I decided to try to give someone a reading. I didn’t know what to do, so I grabbed my deck of Tarot cards. I haven’t played with Tarot since high school. I never really understood what is was about. I learned several layouts and the book meanings of the cards, but I never was taught about the intuitive aspect. Now that I have forgotten the layouts and the book meanings, I had a fun, intuitive reading. Concentrating on the question, I threw a few cards on the table. Interpretation was purely intuitive. The pictures, colors, textures of the cards lend themselves well to intuition. The readings seemed consistent with what we knew, though not always what we would think logically.
Interestingly, the intuitive aspect is the whole piece. The many layered book meanings of the cards are nice, but the cards are window dressing for the intuition flowing through you. As I plucked the cards from the nightstand drawer where they slumbered for so long, apprehension filled my brain. I couldn’t remember all the basic meanings of the cards, let alone the subtle underlying aspects of each. Pouring them into my open hands, shuffling them as though regular cards, preparing to place them in an elaborate layout, I realized I’d forgotten the layouts. Panic struck. With a mental pause, a few breaths, and a release of the tension building inside me, I recalled that intuition works from a place of love, not fear. Eyes closed, I flipped out a card onto the bed, then another, continuing until there were six. It felt right. I opened my eyes. Before me the layout became clear. A couplet of cards laying face up near the middle of the area painted a broad picture of the solution I sought. I interpreted through the apparent picture of the card, the colors, the symbols. Another card lay close, but inverted and I intuited it as an opposite and it fit. Two other cards were sideways at different angles and I felt that gave a degree of meaning based on the degree of sidewaysness. (Yes, I know it’s not a real word, but it works to communicate the meaning.) The last card was flipped over onto it’s front. Turning it over I knew this would be hidden obstacles to the solution. Logically (does logic even count with intuition?), it worked for me. I could comprehend the potential semantics.
Working from love, I was able to give the best Tarot readings. Book meanings? Pah! Complicated layouts? Phh! Infinite subtleties? Piffle! My best Tarot readings came from tossing cards on my bed with my eyes closed and interpreting the meanings intuitively. Maybe that’s all you really need. Perhaps that’s how tea readings work…
Why did I even pick up the cards, again? Because I have had two readings lately, and both readers used Tarot cards to provide focus and information. My attempts at readings so far have been hopeful. I am trying various styles. Each one has it’s own advantages and disadvantages:
I tried automatic writing a while back and was mildly successful. Some of my answers were on target, but not the the right extent. Some of them did not feel as helpful, but allowed me to experience my guides’ sense of humor and point of view. I asked about what was wrong with one of my sons as he was having some health issues. The answer was nothing is wrong with him, he is perfect, as are we all. Not very helpful on a practical level, but a good reminder that we are all energetic beings, not physical bodies.
A friend asked me to try a body scan for health issues. I was able to “see” a spot in her chest and a haze around her abdomen. She said the spot was Breast Cancer that her doctor had just confirmed. The haze she attributed to toxicity of her guts that she was going to cleanse with a process that I don’t recall. That worked well, but I hesitated to find anything as I would like her to only be well. I was torn between telling her what I saw and telling her she was fine. No one wants to be the bearer of bad news. I’m glad she already had the information and was allowing me to “test” my abilities (abilities many of us have and can develop).
Each type of reading can give different results. Tarot gives me a general overview of a situation and solution. Automatic Writing provided details, but were laced with my spirit guides’ point of view. Body Scanning gives health related information, but I will have to practice a lot more to get useful data from it.