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How Does Tarot Work?


Grizabella

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This question has been asked millions of times.  We've all seen the question on the various Tarot forums and chimed in with our answers as best we could.  Over the years, I've learned a lot about various aspects of "how it works" so I thought I'd share some of what I've learned and how I learned it in case it might interest some people.  I don't consider myself to have the answer for everyone but I can say how it works for me----or rather, how I work it and how I came to the point where now I can just relax, read, and trust that I've given my sitters the answers I was meant to give them without worrying about whether I'm doing it right or fearing I'm going to get it wrong and be told I'm out of my mind by a sitter.

 

To begin with, back in the '90's a friend of mine sent me the Jamie Sams Medicine Cards and I messed around those a little bit but then I decided to investigate Tarot. My original intent was that I needed another way to earn extra money because I was raising two grandchildren as a disabled widow and I was already working day and night to keep my inventory stocked, going to powwows to vend my wares, and tending the house, the kids, etc. so I didn't have time to branch out into paintings or making more stuff and it seemed to me that if I learned to tell fortunes by reading cards, that would be a good solution.  I figured maybe a month learning the card meanings and I'd have another way to earn a little more money.  

 

When I first began, I'd read in books "just put out your spread, open your mouth and start talking".  And I'd think "oh sure, just open my mouth and talk about what? I'm not gonna do that." I thought the author meant just open your mouth and rattle out some made up stuff or something. I was at the "this card means this and that card means that" and cramming like crazy trying to learn card meanings, buying every deck I could afford (and some I couldn't) that accessorized the image I had of myself or my lifestyle and afraid to read others for fear I'd forget the meanings, look stupid and be mortified. 

 

More experienced readers suggested learning from Rider Waite but I thought that was a godawful ugly deck and didn't suit me at all.  I decided I need the Ancestral Path deck because I was into Native American stufff.  I do bead and buckskin work and back then I was a powwow vendor so the Ancestral Path really appealed to me, plus I love the artwork on the deck and I'm also of English ancestry.  Anyway, after buying a bunch of decks that were not RW and getting nowhere, I finally bought the book called Tarot for Dummies and buckled down to business.  I found that it wasn't going to be just a month till I learned it all, though. Instead I found myself fascinated and devoted to all things Tarot and I'm still learning over 20 years later.

 

 I belonged to a huge forum that wasn't Tarot-related.  I wanted to try reading for others so I read for my cousin and his friends.  I did well---better than I thought I'd do so then I decided to offer readings for free on the forum I belonged to as a Christmas present for anyone who wanted a reading.  I recommend you never do something like that. 😐 About 200 readings later, I was so exhausted!  But I got them all done, although I don't remember much about it except for how stressed I'd felt and how tired I was. Remember, I was new to Tarot and I had no idea that many people would even be interested in getting a reading.  I was a Pentecostal religion "escapee"---I thought most people would be afraid or critical and that I might not get many takers at all and might even be told I was Satanic or something.   I figured maybe a dozen or so would probably be a good turnout.  I reminded myself of a video I once saw on the news that was about a roach poison somebody invented.  I forget the specifics but it involved giving a female cockroach something that would attract male roaches and the deal was that it would kill them.  They turned the female loose and she went crawling along on her roach-ly way, unsuspecting of what was coming.  The stuff worked so well that this poor female got absolutely mobbed by literally hundreds of male roaches.  I suspect it surely killed the female whether it killed the males or not.  The last I saw of her she had been bowled over onto her back and disappeared under a huge pile of frantic male roaches.  Not that my former forum friends should be likened to roaches, mind you.  It's just my gallow's humor that kicked in about myself having been naive enough to volunteer free Tarot readings on that forum. 

 

Anyway, where was I?  Oh yeah----back to how it works for me and all that.

 

Now that I'm much older and wiser and have gotten lots and lots of reading experience, the way it works for me is that I just put out my spread, open my mouth and start talking. 😂 How did I get here?  Well, I learned that it didn't matter if anyone considered me to be "accurate".  For one thing, no reader is ever, ever 100% accurate.  For another, I'll probably never see most of my sitters again to find out how my reading proved out for them anyway.  Therefore, even if my sitters declare I'm 100% wrong, I don't really worry about it because many of the sitters I've read for have told me that the cards were right when I've run into them again.  Some of them were sitters who flat out argued with me that there was no way this was right.  It isn't me----I just do my honest best to interpret the cards that come up. That means keeping my ego out of the reading and just being honest, empathetic, and non-judgmental in relaying the message.  I know that I can't sugar-coat a reading that may not be very pleasant, but I won't hit them in the face with it, either.  My goal is to provide a reading that's helpful and informative for my sitter that comes only from the information I see in the cards untinged with my own prejudices.  For example, if someone asks me about a love relationship they're in and their love interest is a jerk, in my own opinion, but they want to know how they can make the relationship work and I ask the cards that, but the cards that appear give the message telling the sitter what the sitter can do to try to improve the relationship, I won't tell the sitter a message I'd prefer for them to have telling them to kick the love interest to the curb. I give them the information I see in the cards.  I keep myself in the position of being what someone once termed as "a messenger from the Universe" or some such.  I don't remember the exact term they called themselves.

 

Now, about this "just open your mouth and start talking" thing----I've found that when I keep myself out of the way, relax and just look at the cards while relaying what comes to my mind, that's going to turn out to be that message from the cards that the sitter is supposed to hear.  In relaxing, keeping my own personal thoughts and prejudices out of the way, and then telling the sitter the thoughts (which are really not thoughts but whispers from the Universe) that I see in the cards I'm providing the service I'm meant to provide in the way I should be.  So that, for me, is what "just lay out the cards, open your mouth and start talking" means.  It means I'm not worrying about whether I'm going to be right or how the reader is going to like it or dislike it or what my personal opinion is, etc. etc.  I'm just letting it flow from the cards.  It's kind of like emptying my mind of everything concerning myself and my own thoughts.  I don't know if this makes sense to my readers, but I've explained it the very best I can.  I'll answer questions if I can if anyone wants to know something else.  

 

 

 

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-I just do my honest best to interpret the cards that come up. That means keeping my ego out of the reading and just being honest, empathetic, and non-judgmental in relaying the message.  I know that I can't sugar-coat a reading that may not be very pleasant, but I won't hit them in the face with it, either.  My goal is to provide a reading that's helpful and informative for my sitter that comes only from the information I see in the cards untinged with my own prejudices.

I totally agree!  I always taught we are only the messengers.  It is not our place for us to judge, the reading is not for us but for the querent!  Good job, Griz! :classic_love:

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