See differently — learn Tarot
Forget the superstition, the Tarot is a map of meaning that lets you unpick complexity. To learn the cards, learn the system.
The Tarot is one of the great books, a deep and rich work of philosophy about the nature of life and change — written entirely in symbols. It’s also a tool that allows the reader to utilise both logic and intuition to peer into the mess of life, and untangle a thread.
The benefits of learning Tarot are huge:
- Tarot will help you make better decisions
- Tarot will allow you to better cope with change
- The cards will train you in systems thinking
- You’ll deepen your relationships
- And “reading” the tarot will teach you to trust your intuition, a vastly undervalued skill in this age of ours.
The best way to learn Tarot is to understand the system. The meanings of the cards are not random, they are all interconnected, all part of a narrative. Understand the story, and the mechanism of the cards, and then you can let go of all the reference books, and begin to learn from the cards themselves.
It’s only when you take the leap off the cliff, and let go of any external references, that you can begin to experience the real magic of Tarot.
When you “read” Tarot, you lay out the cards, and begin to look for connections. The relationships between the cards, their order and position in the spread quickly overload your conscious mind, and intuition takes over. You see patterns, get flashes of inspiration and jump to conclusions you never knew made sense. This is what has given Tarot it’s power, and you can’t reach it if you have to keep reaching for a book.
I’ll gradually unfold my explorations here and provide a bit more detail.
In the meantime, here is one of my reference spreads. Splitting the major arcana into two rows of ten cards makes it easier to learn the minor cards because they all line up.