It's the first day of Spring here in Australia and the sun has really come out to say howdy ho.
Every year I start getting itchy around Spring, I want to do a big inventory of everything I own ~ Tarot decks, dvds, clothes, books, music ~ and do a big clean out of anything I haven't used or no longer need.
It's also a chance for me to dust off the cobwebs and start getting active again. Re-vising my workout regime and my diet, look at how much I'm reading and how active I am on Facebook and my blog and get moving on the aims I set for myself earlier in the year. One of those aims was to complete the 30 Day Tarot Challenge. I'm exactly halfway through it and just really want to finish it; it's thought provoking and makes me reflect on my own practice, which is important for tarot readers of any level of experience.
So I'm setting myself the challenge of getting the remaining 15 questions done in three days. Like a boss.
16. Do you ever use the Major Arcana without the Minor Arcana or vice versa?
When I do spiritual readings for myself I use the Major Arcana of the Wildwood Tarot on it's own, it's a wonderfully potent deck that has provided a lot of meaningful insights.
I've never used the Minor Arcana on it's own though...an interesting thought though. Because the Minors are about the people, places and things in your life, it would make sense to use a Minor Arcana only approach to "here and now" type of spreads, solutions to immediate problems, that kind of thing.
17. Do you do readings using reversals? Why/why not?
I am absolutely fine with reversals, I think they give more dimension to a card and sometimes reveal some really interesting symbols you might not have noticed in the upright image. If a reversed card comes up in a reading I'm happy to leave it there and read it the way it is supposed to be read. I don't put reversed cards into the deck on purpose while I'm shuffling though. I know some readers who do and that's fine, it's just not how I roll.
Whatever cards need to come up will come up.
18. Do you feel a connection to your cards?
Absolutely! The connection you feel with your chosen deck is something only you can experience. It's pretty fabulous, and it's like having a dependable, funny and smart friend who doesn't let you down. They do talk back though haha.
I have a lot of decks, and my connection with each varies depending on how we interact together. But they're all special to me and each have a claim on my divining soul :)
Do you feel/think the cards “think” or have their own
consciousness? What do you believe makes the cards “tick?” (Is it
magic/outside influences or all in the mind?)
Shit yeah! They certainly have a consciousness they want to work with you and if you are genuine, they will be good to you (even when they're telling you something you don't want to hear!) My mother used to refer to my cards as "the death cards" and was always hounding me for a reading to find out when she was getting married again after her divorce from my father, and I tell you, they did not like her and had great pleasure in telling her she needed to learn to be independent and on her own. Which she ignored.
The cards know when you're mocking them and they make life a little tough for you. However, when you approach them with an open mind, you will find they are generous, funny, smart and have a serious love affair with irony sometimes haha. I love interacting with them, and for me, each deck has it's own unique personality. For example, my WildWood Tarot deck is incredibly serious and devout whereas my Joie de Vivre deck is vivacious, loud and fun.
20. Do you read for yourself and/or for others? Why or why not?
Are you kidding me, of course I read for myself, and for other people! And why? Because I fucking love it!