If you’re just starting out to learn the Tarot or feel a little daunted at the prospect of memorising the meaning behind all 78 cards, don’t worry. There are many ways to achieve incredible insights into a question or situation that don’t require you to know all the meanings off by heart but will expand your knowledge of the Tarot as you do them.
The first method borrows from a form of divination known as ‘bibliomancy’ – where you ask a question and open a book at random to find your answer. In this instance, you can lay your cards out face down and take a card at random. If your question relates to a major life issue you might want to separate out the Major Arcana cards and again with them lying face down, choose one from them. Write down what you intuit to be the answers to your question from this card and then if you like, cross-reference this with the traditional interpretations of the card you can find on-line and in books on interpreting the Tarot. Do they contain answers to your problem and how do they measure up against your own interpretation of the card? One of the benefits of this exercise is that it encourages us to be objective.
Another really simple way to obtain an answer using this method is to literally use the bibliomancy technique with a book on Tarot reading. You can use the book that came with your Tarot deck. Think of your question and open the book at any page. The card you see will usually provide the precise advice you need at that moment.
For those who are interested in finding out what events or lessons they may be facing in a particular year using the Major Arcana cards, you can discover this simply by adding together the day and month of your birth to the year you want to know about. For example, say your birthday is the 14th August. We would have 14, plus 8 (August) plus 2012.
1+4+8+2+0+1+2 = 18.
Always reduce the number until you have one that is 22 or below. In this case card 18 in the Tarot is The Moon. You can then read about this card for insights into what may happen in the coming year as well as adding your own impressions. You can then refer back to it as the year unfolds to see how accurate it has been.
Remember, with the Tarot practice makes perfect and even simple lessons like these can provide us with amazing insights as well as boosting our intuition and overall Tarot skills.
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