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Thursday, April 25, 2013

30 Day Tarot Challenge - Days 13-15


Wow, time is slipping away so quickly this year ~ I need to keep going with this a lot more regularly, as well as many other things! I have a lot to do and wasting time won't achieve anything except a list of regrets.

13. Is there a card that continuously stumps you when it is drawn? Why do you believe this to be so?
Oh yes. Yes there. There isn't a tarot reader or student alive that doesn't have an answer to this one ~ and any who claim so is lying!!!
My "omfg not again" card is Temperance. Whenever it comes up in a reading, I get stumped. Mental blank followed by a temporary panic. I have found that the best way to cope is go back to basics with Temperance then explore the surrounding cards. Interestingly, Temperance is my shadow card! That's probably why I have the most trouble with it ~ because it's the shadow essence in my life. 
Bohemian Cats Tarot


14. For what purposes do you usually use the Tarot (self-reflection, guidance, advice, recreation, communing with spirits/dead, communication with deity, other)?
I primarily use Tarot to read for others and occasionally myself (though I am surrounded with brilliant friends who have wonderful talents and consider it a luxury and a privilege to be read for by them) but occasionally use Tarot to commune with the Divine ~ that's what all divination is in the end really, isn't it?
15. How much emphasis do you put on the text-book meanings for cards, and how much stress do you place on the “feeling” you get from cards through their artwork/symbolism/etc. (aka reading intuitively)? Do you do both, or one or the other?
The textbook meanings certainly have their place, especially when you are first learning to work with the cards. I still find them valuable. One of the things I love about receiving a new deck is reading the LWB (Little White Book) or handbook that comes with it ~ seeing the perspectives of the deck's creator on the cards always helps me to understand how that particular deck works. 
However, your intuition with the cards build the more you use them. Over time, even if you have a collection of decks, you will more then likely find yourself having a primary deck that you use for reading. The more you read, the better your relationship with those cards become ~ it's like a relationship, the more you give, the more you receive  Over time, you and the cards work together like a beautiful duo, and you begin to intuitively understand them in a way that isn't explained in the handbook. Often you will have meanings come up for certain cards that don't seem orthodox ~ but will somehow be the right meaning for that reading. Always go with that gut instinct.