Lisa’s Wisdom of the Tarot

Aug 20, 2015 by

I am getting pretty excited about teaching the Tarot again. I really highly recommend learning the Tarot for all psychic students. It’s a fabulous way to develop your psychic ability.

Even the best psychics have trouble reading for themselves.I can’t. As soon as I have an emotional charge about something, my psychic mojo goes out the window, which is why it’s always easier to read for other people.

And that’s where the cards come in, it’s a great personal practice!

I started working with the Tarot cards when I was in my 20’s,so we go back a long way. And even still today, I pull cards every single day as part of my spiritual practice.

It’ a fabulous way to help build your psychic muscle and I have all my psychic students study some form of divination tools. (Runes, IChing- something! But the Tarot cards are my personal favorite!)

Don’t be afraid of the Tarot! So many people are. They have a bad rap for being evil or part of witchcraft and nothing could be further from the truth. They are actually connected to the old Western (Hermetic) Mystery Schools and contain a lot of ancient Mystery School wisdom passed down from the ages. They are full of knowledge and wisdom and have a lot of astrology and the kabbalah mixed into them.

But sadly, people see the Devil card and freak out.

It’s not about witchcraft because it has the Death card or the Devil. Those are two very powerful cards, but they have to do with very normal parts of our spiritual evolution. For example, The Death card is all about transformation and change. It CAN mean actual death, but mostly it means that a part of you is dying, or a phase of your life, or something is changing. There is also a humbling aspect to this card. It’s a reminder that no one is immune, king, cardinal, women and children all fall under the hooves of Death’s horse. (Death waits for no one…)

If you pull this card, ask yourself what is dying in your life right now?

The Devil is about being tempted to go off our spiritual path, usually by the temptations “of the flesh,” if you will. You might be tempted to go off your path by the powerful lure of power, sex and money. The devil stands at the crossroads of our lives, asking us to choose in each moment between the “sins of the flesh” or the harder path of the Initiate.

Not that there is anything inherently wrong with power, sexor money. Except when there is! When people get a little spiritual power, we always end up in the choice point. Always. And the devil is there, like the last temptation of Christ to test us. So the Devil card is just a heads up about that. Not a call to sacrifice small children, I assure you!

And it’s not all bad. Here is the Star. It’s a card of great healing. The soul is calling you on a healing journey and healing the emotional parts of us is so important. Water in the Tarot always represents the unconscious and emotional parts of us so this healer, a woman has one foot in the water and one foot on the ground. She balanced in the realms of water and the earth, which is what healing is all about! If you pull this card, you are in a powerful healing cycle!

Many people feel overwhelmed by how many cards there are and it seems a difficult system to learn, but it really isn’t. There is a pattern to it, and when you learn the pattern, the cards are very easy to read. And very powerful allies in life!

So here are a few little tidbits to help you understand them.

1.    Tarot does NOT rhyme with “carrot.” (Shudder…)“Tar-oh” please!

2.    There are three parts to the deck.

·     One has to deal with everyday life. (The numbered “pip” cards. Also called the “minor arcana.”)

·     One is about all the people in your life. (The Court Cards)

·     And one is about spiritual/soul stuff. (The Major Arcana)

3.    There are NO “bad” cards. There are just cards that deal with everyday life stuff, which is sometimes hard. These cards are powerful and don’t pull any punches! But I find that very useful since life can be pretty gnarly too.

4.    Angel cards, Mermaid cards, Animal cards are all wonderful but they are not the Tarot, even if they say they are.

5.    It’s best to learn on the Rider-Waite deck and use a good book. Or better yet, take my class!

6.    There are four suits in the minor arcana. The cups are about emotions. The pentacles are about money and health. The swords are about power and the wands are about action and inspiration.

7.    And there are meanings to the numbers of the cards too, so once you know the meaning of the suits plus the meaning of the numbers you can intuit the meaning of the card.

8.    Plus the pictures on the cards are FULL of meaning. Every little object on the card means something important! This is why when people change the pictures on the cards, it “waters” down the meaning, at least for purists like me!

9.    Once you learn the parts of the deck and understand the four suits, the number and how to read the pictures, the deck is really easy.

10. I got my start as a psychic doing card readings when I was really young! It gave me the confidence to do readings professionally and clients love having something solid to look at.

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