Tarot Columns

Tarot Card Combinations (April 2010)

Aug
01

The difference between the accomplished reader and the novice is often nothing more than the ability to synthesize the card meanings into a comprehensive whole. Although spreads form the framework of your readings, to weave the spreads into complete stories you need to be able to read the cards in combination. While the meanings of some card combinations will be obvious to you, others may require some study. The easiest way to learn how to combine card meanings is through practice. In the meantime, here are some simple guidelines for you to consider.

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Tarot Exercises & Games (December 2009)

Dec
06

Tarot Meditation

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Keywords In Tarot (November 2009)

Nov
08

Keywords can be a valuable tool when reading the tarot, especially for the beginner. The keywords can be combined with the in-depth meanings in such a way as to create memory pegs that make it easier to interpret the cards when you’re in the midst of a reading. Sometimes just the recollection of one or two keywords is enough to trigger total recall of a card’s meaning. Once the keywords have been mastered, the ability to combine and synthesize the meanings of each of the 78 tarot cards comes with practice.

Part 1 – Tarot Reader’s Keyword Cheat Sheet

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Dreams, Past Lives, and Tarot (August 2009)

Aug
29

Part 1 – Dreams and Tarot

Both dreams and tarot help you to tune into your inner-self. They bring you messages that you can use to resolve life's problems. Since dream images are often obscure and difficult to comprehend, tarot can be used to help you to understand their true significance. It is my belief that the messages of your dreams are as important, or more important, than any information you glean during your waking hours. Dreams serve as intermediaries that allow you to experience other levels of reality. I created The Dream Interpretation Spread to help you translate the language of the psyche into practical terms that your conscious mind can understand and put to good use.
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Tarot Spells (June 2009)

Jun
28

Call them spells, prayers, affirmations, programs, rituals, visualizations, or meditations. It matters not what name you give to your magical machinations. The real magic comes from your ability to focus your personal power, infuse it with your desire and intent, and then release it out into the universe. When I work spells I like to use the tools I know best: candles, quartz crystals and tarot cards. I use the cards to represent the people and circumstances involved in the situation that I wish to create. I use the candles to help invoke the goddesses, gods, entities, or guides that I will appeal to for help in reaching my goals. I use the quartz crystals to augment my personal power and direct it outwards.

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Tarot Spreads (May 2009)

May
31
Actually you don’t need to use any spreads at all in order to read the tarot cards successfully. Instead you may draw a card, talk about what you see, then draw another, and another. Many accomplished readers work in this manner, and continually produce amazingly accurate results. Besides, you may find that you’re not all that inclined to start learning a number of spreads while also trying to remember the meanings of the seventy-eight cards. So, why should you even bother to learn how to use and create tarot spreads? The best answer is that spreads provide a framework though which you can gain more specific answers to your questions. In addition, they give structure to a reading, and pinpoint recurring patterns in our lives that we might not otherwise notice. Moreover, a spread can be constructed for a specific time frame, so that you will not only discover what is likely to happen, but also when it may happen.
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The Suits and Number (April 2009)

Apr
27

The Suits:

Whereas the trumps of the major arcana reflect larger matters and important turning points, the pip or numbered cards of the minor arcana generally refer to the different aspects and events of everyday life. In most decks the minors consist of sixteen courts cards and forty numbered cards. These fifty-six cards are divided into four suits of fourteen cards each: Wands, Cups, Pentacles and Swords. The four suits correspond to the four basic elements: fire, water, earth and air, and to the four seasons of the year: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Wands:
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The Fool’s Journey (March 2009)

Mar
22
In the language of the tarot, The Fool’s Journey refers to the metaphorical trip that The Fool takes through all the cards of the major arcana on his way to enlightenment. By addressing each card in sequence, the innocent Fool learns the lessons implicit in that card. By the time he reaches the last card, The Fool is no longer a fool. The Fool in the tarot deck stands for each of us at the beginning of any new venture; his journey represents the challenges and opportunities we encounter and the qualities we acquire on the road to knowledge and understanding. The World card represents the fulfillment of The Fool’s quest, the cosmic consciousness to which all the other cards have led.
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The Court Cards (February 2009)

Feb
22
In the tarot deck, the court cards act as a bridge between the spiritual and psychological symbolism of the majors, and the mundane events characterized by the numbered cards of the minor arcana. They correspond to the face cards in an ordinary deck of playing cards. Although the court cards usually represent people, they can also stand for aspects of character and personality, and actual events and activities. There are sixteen court cards in a typical tarot deck, four per suit. Most often they are King, Queen, Knight, and Page. However in some nontraditional decks they go by different names: Man, Woman Child, Daughter, Son, Princess, Prince, Priestess, Shaman, Sage, Speaker. However, the main problem with the court cards isn't what they are called; it's what they mean. Some experts claim they represent people in our lives, others insist that they symbolize qualities, events, or even thoughts that we hold, while some others think that they relate to all of the above.
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Tarot Basics (January 2009)

Jan
18
The standard tarot deck consists of seventy-eight cards. The cards are divided into two groups called the major arcana (greater mysteries) and the minor arcana (lesser mysteries). The twenty-two trump cards constitute the major arcana. The remaining fifty-six cards belong to the minor arcana, which are divided into four suits: wands, cups, pentacles, and swords. Each suit contains four picture or court cards, and ten pip or numbered cards.
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