I have been practicing reading tarot for myself, and for friends for a few years now. In this blog post I want to take some and put some of my thoughts into written form.
I started reading Tarot around September 2015, and I had some oracle decks from about March of 2013. I love oracle decks, and still use them widely, but I really wanted to learn tarot after being fascinated with the fact that tarot has it’s own structure. I actually purchased my first tarot deck I believe in 2005, but after very little use – 2 readings – I put it aside and forgot about it for 10 years. In 2015 when I started to watch tarot, divination and witchy YouTube channels such as the OwlMoon513, and the Kelly-Ann Maddox‘s channel I remembered that I owned a tarot deck, and happily took it out of my shelf to explore the cards. The rest as they say, “It’s History”, but not before struggling once again like 10 years before when I could not connect with the one deck I bought for myself.
My very first tarot deck, that I purchased for myself in 2005 was the Rider Tarot Deck. As much as I wanted to learn tarot and the Rider Waite Tarot System, I could not really connect with the images of the deck, and I actually didn’t really want to work with it from 2015 until 2017, when I started to appreciate it due to people that adore the Rider Waite Tarot and its system such as Simon, from The Hermit’s Cave channel on YouTube.
So it took me a while to warm up to these cards, but now I appreciate it for what it is and I am using it more or less, to study, but also for a few readings for myself when nostalgia hits me. This is one deck that I do find it hard to read with intuitively like I can do with other decks, and it’s almost never being pulled out to be used in my readings for others. But since so many decks are based on Rider Waite Tarot – RWT, and I own a lot of them including various versions of it such as the Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot Deck, and Radiant Wise Spirit Tarot, I decided to love the deck/s and work with it as much as I can. I am not going to lie, part of the conscious decision to like or love the deck was a sentimental one since it was my very first tarot deck. The conscious decision to like it and to love it and to give it a real try is paying off, as I actually developed fondness for the deck and its clones.
In the very first few months I started to work with tarot I was trying to memorize the meanings, and that really didn’t work. After a while, I encouraged myself to learn with each reading that I did for myself, and to allow myself to read intuitively with all types of decks. I loved experimenting, and this desire to read intuitively really opened me up to collecting more and more tarot decks including the various versions of the RWT that I now own, as well as decks with other systems, such as the Thoth Tarot System, based on the Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley with art by Frieda Harris, and the Marseille Tarot system.
One thing I will say is that for me it’s a little hard blending intuition with basic tarot card knowledge into my readings. The best readings I do are full intuitive, but with a deck like the RWT I have to rely more on ascribed tarot meanings than intuition. However, I am practicing the blend of both styles, and I am becoming more and more comfortable with reading a blended style. I want to do at least 100 readings to start to develop and create my own particular style. I am ready to start reading for others, for strangers, and not just reading for myself and my friends.
What is your style of reading? Is it easy for you to blend traditional card meanings with intuition when you read tarot cards? Please tell us about it in the comments.
Much love and many blessings! Stay well, stay safe, and stay loving in these difficult times of COVID-19, and social and political unrest we are experiencing.