Spiritual Tarot / Learn and Understand Tarot Cards Meaning Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:40:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 The spiritual meaning of the Tarot card The Magician /the-spiritual-meaning-of-the-tarot-card-the-magician/ /the-spiritual-meaning-of-the-tarot-card-the-magician/#respond Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:38:35 +0000 /?p=1187

As I slowly work my way through adding the descriptions of the Major Arcana to this website, I spend a good deal analyzing the cards and my own experience with them. I just finished adding The Magician and I want to share here some of my additional insights. If there [...]]]>

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As I slowly work my way through adding the descriptions of the Major Arcana to this website, I spend a good deal analyzing the cards and my own experience with them. I just finished adding The Magician and I want to share here some of my additional insights. If there is a card that would summarize the idea presented in the famous book “The Secret”, it’s The Magician. I’m sure you all read about the Law of Attraction and the Power of Positive thinking. So what is the connection with The Magician? Magician is a very positive card predicting energy, new opportunities, action, and success. But when we look at the position of the card in the deck, it’s the number 1,  the first card after “The Fool”, the inexperienced youth setting off on his life journey. The Fool does not have much in his possession, except for a sack small enough that he can carry it on his back. After setting off on his journey, The Fool becomes The Magician. It’s not enough to just travel, we need a direction. And thus, The Fool, begins his master plan. He begins to paint his vision and by doing so, he paves his future life. One quote in the book “The Secret” particularly stuck with me: “Thoughts create things”. From a materialistic point of view, The Fool is poor and yet the Magician is such a powerful card! It’s because we do not need much to create — only our vision and our desires. These images in our mind, our inteligence, our talents are the tools, with which we conjure our universe.
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Can Tarot Be Wrong? /can-tarot-be-wrong/ /can-tarot-be-wrong/#respond Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:05:26 +0000 /?p=1142 I got frustrated with the Tarot recently. There is a problem I have been trying to solve for a while and somehow I just can’t seem to find the right approach, the golden key to get this obstacle out of my way. I got uplifting readings and then the “doom and gloom” readings. “Did Tarot [...]]]> I got frustrated with the Tarot recently. There is a problem I have been trying to solve for a while and somehow I just can’t seem to find the right approach, the golden key to get this obstacle out of my way. I got uplifting readings and then the “doom and gloom” readings. “Did Tarot fail me??” I wondered. I finally concluded I must have been asking wrong questions. Resigned, I shuffled cards and asked:

What answers can you give… What are you for?!

min_c_knHmm… Knight of Cups… You are handing me a chalice and in it: a spiritual message, enlightenment. It is not the prediction of future I should expect, but wisdom, a sip of refreshing wine that will awaken my spirit and connect me to something greater, divine. That higher knowledge or understanding is meant to help us act and make the decisions that shape our lives.

 

Then why are your messages confusing and inconsistent? (I drew another card)

min_c_099 of Cups.. That took me by surprise. One glass of wine is refreshing, 9 will make you drunk! And that unfortunately is a problem of many Tarot readers. One card is not enough. There are questions that lead to more questions, and before we know it, we start the process all over again. With each additional sip, our vision gets blurry, our thinking incoherent. Tarot messages are jumping from one extreme to another until they leave us confused and anxious.

 

 

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3 Tarot Reading Techniques /tarot-reading-techniques/ /tarot-reading-techniques/#respond Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:43:26 +0000 /?p=1090 When it comes to Tarot reading techniques, the sky is the limit. There are no right or wrong ways to consult Tarot. Some of you may lay the cards all at once or draw the cards one by one and interpret them separately. Here are my favorite techniques and reasons when and why I [...]]]> tarot readingWhen it comes to Tarot reading techniques, the sky is the limit. There are no right or wrong ways to consult Tarot. Some of you may lay the cards all at once or draw the cards one by one and interpret them separately. Here are my favorite techniques and reasons when and why I use them:

 

1. Uncovering all Tarot cards at once

I use this technique when I read to new clients. There is a simple reason for that. When first visiting a psychic, people avoid explaining too much about their problems because they want to verify if the Tarot Reader is telling the truth. If they talk about the problem in detail, they will be left with a doubt that whatever they heard during the reading was deduced from what they revealed in the first place.

When you do not know anything about a person that seeks Tarot advice,  laying out all cards at once can paint a whole picture. Depending on the balance between the Major and Minor Arcana and the Suits, you can quickly determine what the problem is about: career, love life, overwhelming problems and anxiety, etc. Once you know what’s going on now, you can understand more what the cards are saying about the future.

 

2. Uncovering one Tarot card at a time

I use this technique when I read for myself. The danger of reading for yourself is that you already know all the problems of the client (which is you). When you think you understand the “now”, you tend to jump straight to the future cards. But ignoring all other cards and going straight for the outcome is like opening a new book in the middle or reading it’s last pages. You got some answers but can you be right about your interpretation? Reading one card at the time forces you to contemplate your thoughts and emotions, and hear the entire Tarot’s message.

 

3. Uncovering groups of Tarot cards

This technique is great for layouts that involve many cards, such as Celtic Cross. I use it for steady clients or people who are familiar with Tarot cards. As they listen to their reading, they eyes scan the cards anxiously looking for The Tower, Death, or some disturbing pictures many of the Sword cards present. To keep the focus on what Tarot Reading is about: providing guidance, I uncover groups of cards, such as the first 4 cards of the Celtic Cross, followed by the first 2 cards of the staff, leaving the future and outcome cards to be read as last.

 

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How to Feel Tarot Cards – Interpreting Tarot Readings /how-to-feel-tarot-cards-interpreting-tarot-readings/ /how-to-feel-tarot-cards-interpreting-tarot-readings/#respond Fri, 24 May 2013 04:00:46 +0000 /?p=855 Whether you are an experienced tarot reader or not, you have most likely memorized keywords and phrases that explain the meanings of various tarot cards. Most of us apply symbolic descriptions of the card to a particular situation or question when doing a reading.

Humans are very logical creatures. Our minds naturally seek to [...]]]> Whether you are an experienced tarot reader or not, you have most likely memorized keywords and phrases that explain the meanings of various tarot cards. Most of us apply symbolic descriptions of the card to a particular situation or question when doing a reading.

Humans are very logical creatures. Our minds naturally seek to recognize and understand patterns. What we perceive as intuitive reading is very often a mind exercise. Yet no matter how powerful our brain is, it sometimes may be helpful to turn the mind “puzzle solver” off and view your reading from a slightly different perspective.

How to “Feel” the meaning of tarot cards

I stumbled upon this technique quite accidentally. I laid out the cards and found one that meaning was puzzling to me. I picked it up and brought it closer to my eyes. That simple act completely changed my perspective. Suddenly, I was faced with a “living” image that told a story filled with many clearly defined emotions.  I was inside the card. I “got” its meaning.

Understanding the Cards through Visualization

There are many ways to “feel” cards, and visualization maybe one of them (for that, you will need a deck that shows images). Just pick up a card and observe the body language of figures in the card, their energy as they perform different tasks. Identify yourself with them. For instance, when looking at the card 3 of Wands, imagine you are standing at the seashore. Feel the breeze and smell of the scent of the ocean. What are the feelings that come to you as you look in the distance? Do you wonder what’s beyond the horizon? Do you feel happy, energized or thoughtful? What do those feelings remind you of in your everyday life?

This is a great meditation technique when you do a reading for yourself. The meaning of the cards will go way beyond the standard description you find in the books. It will be specific to you. When doing a reading for a client, ask them to describe the card. Start with easy questions such as what a person on the image is doing. Then move onto more in-depth questions, such as what emotions does the card evoke, do they recognize themselves in the picture, do they see a correlation with the events in their lives?

  

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5 Card Tarot Problem Spread Sample Reading /5-card-tarot-problem-spread-sample-reading/ /5-card-tarot-problem-spread-sample-reading/#respond Tue, 05 Mar 2013 15:55:25 +0000 /?p=801 In my previous blog post, I showed you my favorite 5 Card Tarot Problem Spread. Here is a sample reading using the spread:

I did this reading for a young woman who just came out of a short-term relationship. Her boyfriend was not ready for a commitment and my client [...]]]> In my previous blog post, I showed you my favorite 5 Card Tarot Problem Spread. Here is a sample reading using the spread:

I did this reading for a young woman who just came out of a short-term relationship. Her boyfriend was not ready for a commitment and my client had reasons to believe that he could not be trusted. They reconnected 3 weeks after they split up and she wanted to know what to expect from the situation.

Card 1 – The issue
Card 2 – Your response/How you are reacting to it
Card 3 – Advice/How you should go about it
Card 4 – The future
Card 5 – Summary

The Swords suit dominates the spread indicating problems in the relationship and my advice to the client was to remain cautious.

Page of Wands is the problem card and in this case it refers to my client’s boyfriend. He has an interesting personality and brings fun and excitement to her life. However, Pages show people young at heart and often not willing or able to carry the burden of relationship responsibilities. Page of Wands is a free spirited fellow that likes to do whatever he pleases. He does not take kindly to any restrictions.

The Star shows my client’s response to the current events and talks about renewal of hope. Deep down a spark of optimism and faith is lighting up her feelings and thoughts about the budding relationship.

However the remaining cards serve as a warning. The 5 of Swords suggests that she should realize that she is in a “no win situation”. Trying to force a desired outcome will lead to defeat. The best strategy is to have low expectations.

Page of Swords suggests that truthful and fair communication will be at the core of future events. My client will not be able to easily trust her friend. She will have her eyes and ears open to make sure she sees the picture clearly. I often look at the Page of Swords as a card of a spy. He gathers information, checks for clues behind the scenes and uses intellect to decipher confusing sighs.

With 10 of Swords in the Summary position, it is quite visible that my client experienced a disappointment in this relationship. Lack of trust remains to be an issue and not without merit as the 5 of Swords in advice position suggests. Overall, high hopes and expectations can result in disappointment. Cautious and leveled approach will serve my client best in the coming weeks.

 
 

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5 Card Tarot Problem Spread /5-card-tarot-problem-spread/ /5-card-tarot-problem-spread/#comments Tue, 05 Mar 2013 02:19:37 +0000 /?p=765 I created this simple 5 Card Tarot Problem Spread after trying many problem analysis layouts, from one card to complex readings. Simple and straightforward, it became my favorite option for finding solutions to various issues.

Card 1 – The issue
Card 2 – Your response/How you are reacting to it
Card [...]]]> I created this simple 5 Card Tarot Problem Spread after trying many problem analysis layouts, from one card to complex readings. Simple and straightforward, it became my favorite option for finding solutions to various issues.

Card 1 – The issue
Card 2 – Your response/How you are reacting to it
Card 3 – Advice/How you should go about it
Card 4 – The future
Card 5 – Summary

 

When to use the 5 Card Tarot Problem Spread

This is a great layout for any situations that make you worried or anxious. I also use this spread for many important issues from major life decisions to relationship questions. It may not be the most in-depth reading you ever did, but I find that it provides a quick and very accurate take on the issue.

Cards Descriptions

Card 1 – The issue

I do not use reversals but this position points to negative aspects of the card and explains the nature of the problem. Sometimes it could be an event, sometimes another person and sometimes our own attitude. In either case, it’s Tarot’s answer to the question: What’s the problem?

Card 2 – Your response/How you are reacting to it

This card shows how you are dealing with this issue, what your thoughts and emotions are about the situation.

Card 3 – Advice/How you should go about it

The advice card will likely address how you should feel/perceive the situation, as your thoughts and emotions will affect your actions. It may also give you additional description of the situation so that you understand the problem fully.

Overall, looking at the first three cards, you can quickly understand what is going on and identify your own role in the issue: how you are reacting to the problem vs. what how you should handle the situation.

Card 4 – The future

The future  describes what will be the likely result of the situation. Depending on the question asked, it may not show the final outcome but  what you can expect to happen next, given the current circumstances. The advice card is your key to how best manage the next events and arrive at the possible best outcome.

Card 5 – Summary

Finally, the summary helps you look at the cards from a larger perspective. It is not the final outcome, nor it is an advice card. In fact, I tend to look at each of the 4 cards, through the prism of the Summary card. This card tells me if the issue at hand is important, what events, root causes or emotions are influencing the issue.

The final two cards shed a light on where the situation is heading.

In the next blog post I will show you the Sample Reading using the 5 Card Tarot Problem Spread.

 
 

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Judgement Tarot Card as Advice /judgement-tarot-card-as-advice/ /judgement-tarot-card-as-advice/#respond Sat, 02 Mar 2013 21:42:56 +0000 /?p=752 The beautiful Judgement card has a powerful mystical impact on the Tarot reading. It’s almost impossible to draw this card and not feel it’s mystical and religious importance.

It depicts the scene described in Revelation, in which the dead are raising from their graves awaken by the trumpeting Archangel Gabriel. There is a tangible [...]]]> The beautiful Judgement card has a powerful mystical impact on the Tarot reading. It’s almost impossible to draw this card and not feel it’s mystical and religious importance.

It depicts the scene described in Revelation, in which the dead are raising from their graves awaken by the trumpeting Archangel Gabriel. There is a tangible connection to the Divine, with both men and women looking up at the angel, seeing and recognizing his message. The earthly and divine realms meet in a decisive moment of our spiritual path.

In personal Tarot readings, we know it’s a card of a special meaning, yet interpreting how it relates to everyday events poses a challenge. Viewing Judgement Tarot card as advice involves some soul searching.

If we were to summarize the message of the card in one sentence, it would probably be: “Rise from the dead” or “Hear the call and rise from the dead”. But the natural next question that comes to mind is what does that mean. Of course, there are readings when you can intuitively get the message, but even then, looking in deeper can help.

Judgement as Advice – Stop Living in the Past

The people are rising from the dead after hearing Gabriel’s trumpet, which suggests that before they heard the call they were laying listless in their graves. If you get the Judgement card in advice position, this describes you. The tomb symbolizes thoughts and things of the past, things that were but do not serve us any more.

What could that mean in your reading? You view your life through past experiences. You expect the same hurts and struggled in your path that you experienced in former relationships. Or you dwell on things that have long faded away.

Judgement as Advice – Connect with your Higher Self

Above the gray colors of the tombs, we see a dynamic image of Archangel Gabriel blowing a trumpet. The white banner with red cross is a Christian symbol of victory over death. The sound awakens the people who now rise from the graves experiencing resurrection and liberation.

In simple terms, Judgement card’s advice would therefore suggest hearing the call. But how to do it? Where to tune in your spiritual radar?

Symbolically, the meaning of the Judgement card represents the successful attainment of the mystic goal, which is the identification with the Higher Self. Beyond all of our human worries and uncertainties, there is an inner connection to the Divine. Tapping into it will raise you above the everyday struggles. It is the never ending source of hope, love and liberation. It’s knowing that everything is exactly as it should be. It’s letting go of everything that holds us back and allowing the Universe to lead us on.

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To be alive is to be able to fully and freely experience life. And yet often, our fears, worries and past mistakes keep us locked in the depths of our inner tomb, away from the true and free way of living. Past hurtful relationships continue to define our love life and negative experiences feed fears and uncertainties of the future. Letting go of the past is the only way to liberate our mind to new experiences. And we can do it by listening to our Higher Self, the inner wisdom.

 

 

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Ace of Swords in Love and Relationship Readings /ace-of-swords-in-love-and-relationships/ /ace-of-swords-in-love-and-relationships/#comments Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:57:01 +0000 /?p=690 Many people feel quite confused and worried when Ace of Swords appears in their relationship reading. Of course, the first thing they see is the sword, sharp, dangerous weapon forged to deliver a deadly blow. And all Tarot Readers know that Swords are not a very romantic Tarot Suit. With many interpretations in the [...]]]> Many people feel quite confused and worried when Ace of Swords appears in their relationship reading. Of course, the first thing they see is the sword, sharp, dangerous weapon forged to deliver a deadly blow. And all Tarot Readers know that Swords are not a very romantic Tarot Suit. With many interpretations in the books and circulating the web, good and bad, you may feel confused whether the Ace of Swords Tarot card bodes well for the future of your love life.

After multiple tarot card readings I have delivered to people concerned about their relationships, here is what I learned about the meaning of  the card Ace of Swords in love and relationships:

The Basic Meaning of the Ace of Swords

Aces are not the easiest cards when it comes to predicting future. They are not as tangible as some minor arcana, say 2 of Cups or 3 of Swords and their meaning will often depend on other cards in the spread. As the first card of the suit, they are the purest and simplest representation of its qualities. Swords signify thoughts and communication, so expect new ideas and important conversations when Ace of Swords comes up in your reading. You can learn more about the general meaning of the card by reading Ace of Swords Tarot Card Meaning.

Ace of Swords as Speaking Your Mind

With Ace of Swords in your reading, there is usually some clarifying to do, and often via truthful conversation. Most of us dislike open confrontation, partly because we are afraid to find out something “bad”. Tell a man you want to have a serious conversation with him and you will see him run through the door. Women are not that good at the game either. They will talk about their worries to their girlfriends for hours, while their partner remains clueless of their growing issues and insecurities.

With Ace of Swords we find the courage to voice our mind,  and that is often to the benefit of our relationship. Not only do we manage to solve any past misunderstandings but we also show our partners that we are assertive, confident and equal partners. Clear and  straight forward talk can often help restore the necessary balance in our relationships.

Ace of Swords will often come up when a couple is going through relationship problems, and there have been estrangement and arguments. With the tension building up, Ace of Sword marks a moment when you address the issues and clarify them. It is a moment where you reach a conclusion to the problems and begin of a new chapter. The card may often indicate that the miscommunication between you and your loved one is over and you both can move on to the next phase of your relationship. However, it may also mean that you are ready to break ties with that person and move on.

Ace of Swords as the Relationship “Aha Moment”

Another possible meaning of the card Ace of Sword  card is a state of mind when things become clear, like “Oh, that’s what the problem really is” or “That’s how I could handle this issue”. With Ace of Swords in your reading, you did some thinking and figuring out, put the pieces together and have a moment of enlightenment.  Sometimes, it’s a great plan of action, sometimes a sobering experience when you realize “the truth”. Could this mean the end of the relationship? Yes, should you choose that option. Aces are empowerment cards, the future action will most likely come from you.

Ace of Swords Gone Wrong

In general the Ace of Swords will have a positive tone. Even if it means the end of a relationship, you will have a sense of victory when delivering the blow. However as any card, Ace of Swords has negative sides. You will see it when you notice the Reversed Ace of Swords (for readers that do not use reversals, it will be often indicated by accompanying cards). That’s when the communication becomes bitter and words cruel. Depending on the position in the spread, it can indicate verbally abusive partner or hurtful news.

Ace of Swords in Love and Relationships Summary

No matter the actual circumstances that are symbolized by the Ace of Swords Tarot Card, things will become clear. Either through candid  talk, your own thought process, or external news, you will know where you stand. The results of this newly gained clarity are yet to be revealed, as the Aces are very much cards of potential. When you see the card in your spread, remember the phrase “Information is power”. Knowing is the best weapon you can have to defend yourself or to charge forward with your life.

 

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The World Tarot Card and Its Meaning in Every Day Life /the-world-tarot-card-and-its-meaning-in-every-day-ife/ /the-world-tarot-card-and-its-meaning-in-every-day-ife/#comments Fri, 06 Jul 2012 15:18:42 +0000 /?p=494
So you lay out your tarot cards and find a pearl – The World. What a happy moment! Your life seems brighter just from looking at it (that by the way shows again the power of our perception). The card tells you that your plans will conclude positively, that your work will [...]]]>

So you lay out your tarot cards and find a pearl – The World. What a happy moment! Your life seems brighter just from looking at it (that by the way shows again the power of our perception). The card tells you that your plans will conclude positively, that your work will pay off, or that you will go for that trip abroad you long for, where you will see the many wonders of the world.

But what if you don’t have travel plans. What if you don’t work on any specific life changing project. What if the card appears in a general reading spread and does not mean the outcome or the conclusion. What could it mean in just every day life?

Here is how you can FEEL the meaning of The World Tarot Card in your life:

You wake up one summer day, drink your cup of coffee… and have a moment of realization that everything is JUST RIGHT in your world and you are peaceful and happy. All seem to have fallen in the proper place. The job that you weren’t so sure about turned out to be just perfect for your circumstances. The relationship you are in may not be the “Harlequin Romance” type but oddly enough fits well with your personality and has been going strong for quite some time. Your home is just close enough to your job and not too far from the gym so you can actually go there more than once a year. And yeah, you always wanted the pool in your backyard, but your new neighbors have one and they just love to have you around. So you have a pool and a social life! And there are all these other countless small things that together work magic.

You ask yourself how it all happened?

There were no fireworks nor rounds of applause to announce that all the small pieces of your life came together. They all aligned perfectly, unassuming and unnoticed. The World must have been working behind the scenes to unveil its synchronization to your surprised eyes.

And, that’s when you realize that everything, including YOU, vibrates in a flawless harmony. Your thoughts and wishes resonate and align with people and events. You are connected with everything that surrounds you, on the right path, in the proper place and time.

You and the Universe are ONE.

 

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4 Tips for Interpreting Tarot Card Readings /tips-for-interpreting-tarot-card-readings/ /tips-for-interpreting-tarot-card-readings/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:33:00 +0000 /?p=193 It is a well known fact that simply reviewing the description of each card in the spread is not enough to provide a comprehensive reading. Understanding the whole system of cards within a spread and how cards relate to each other comes with practice and your own relationship with Tarot. However, here are some [...]]]> It is a well known fact that simply reviewing the description of each card in the spread is not enough to provide a comprehensive reading. Understanding the whole system of cards within a spread and how cards relate to each other comes with practice and your own relationship with Tarot. However, here are some pointers that may be helpful to a beginner reader:

1. Look at the spread as a whole.
Before you start reviewing the detailed meaning of each card, try to identify the balance between major and minor arcana. When major arcana dominate the spread, you may be certain that something significant is happening in the querent’s life. That could mean some major changes or deep rooted beliefs and perceptions that are hindering their progress. Minor Arcana dominating the spread will simply mean that we are dealing with day-to-day events or struggles that are temporary in nature and not as profound in their influence on the querent’s life.

2. Identify the dominant suits in the spread.
Cups will reveal that emotions and personal relationships are the leading issue in the querent’s life. Pentacles will point to more pragmatic concerns such as work and finances. Swords talk about mental struggles and decisions that are or need to be made, whereas Wands will highlight a period of activity and reveal the motivations behind our actions.

3. Group cards together based on their position in the spread.
Cards representing the Querent, such as his/her current situation, hopes and fears, attitudes, underling problems should be read together as they will give you a multifaceted look at the believes and perceptions that drive the querent’s decision. Immediate future, outcome, hopes and fears, and similar cards analyzed together will give you a fuller understanding of the direction the querent’s live is taking.

4. Use your intuition but don’t get carried away.
Especially when reading for yourself, be weary of your personal bias, which can be easily mistaken for intuition. Many times cards will express our inner most fears, which can be seen by an inexperienced reader as an impending doom. It is important to remember that Tarot is meant to help us by providing spiritual guidance. Search for advice rather than definite answers. The future is never set in stone.

 

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