Because psychics often use Tarot, people assume you need to be psychic to use this tool. The Rider Waite deck has scenes depicted on each card that can be applied to what you are thinking of, encouraging you to creative insight. With practice, to the extent you can spot patterns and trends in things, you will sense a theme in the cards you have put down. Start using just two cards at a time.
You don't even need one of those books that give meanings. In fact, most of them are counterproductive. Eden Gray's The Tarot, a Bantam paperback, is a book that will get you started, because the meanings there are mostly based on the illustrations in the Rider Waite deck. The whole-page description of each Major Arcanae in Eden Gray's book is very useful. Most of her descriptions of the Minor Arcanae do bring out what their meanings are, but you should ignore everything about reversed (upside down) cards. Repeat: You don't need a book; a book is a shortcut, though. Its downside would be that it limits your creative thinking.
First, of course, you must familiarize yourself with the scenes and how they might apply to general topics. In the beginning, simply ignore cards that don't have a meaning to you when you look at them for a while. Let's say you are looking at the fellow who is waiting for his ships to come in. Well, that is a clichÃ©. We understand that one instantly. (That is the 3 of Wands.) It suggests waiting, something is in the future, something is coming.
Then let's say you are examining the scene of an extended family having a meeting, dogs present, overlooking a large building with a cupola, a stone fence perhaps, with green bushes behind it. An old man sits on a chair-throne. The dogs are paying attention to him. The couple, younger, some distance from him, is having a discussion but the man is not looking at the woman who is talking. He also has his back turned to the old man in the chair. Well, this is a tense scene and it has something to do with family, with problems or trouble. It suggests a discussion. Wealth and power are part of this scene. Whichever parts of this scene apply to your topic are the ones you use.
For example, with wealth/power + family + problems/trouble, this card sometimes suggests syndicate/mob/corrupt politics. With autocratic old man + a problem between persons, this card can also suggest power struggle, therefore persons being marginalized, what some people call 'discrimination,' a misnomer if ever there was one. See how the scene expands different ways, depending on how your topic applies it? It's that simple! (That card is the 10 of Pentacles.)
Let's say you have chosen these two cards with the topic in mind of whether to get serious about whom you are dating. The information suggested would be: There will be family problems; other people will interfere in your relationship. Was your topic whether to have a baby? There is a couple with a child, and the other card says 'it's coming.' Was your question whether the people at work will get along, or will cooperate in a project? Obviously, hashing out some complications will be in order.
Yes, Tarot is that simple if your thinking is that flexible.
As a matter of fact, the use of Tarot will influence your thinking being flexible. Tarot use will also expand the connection between your conscious and subconscious mind not only through its concepts being applied in creative intuitive ways, but through the visual images having meanings. The subconscious tends to favor visual information. As you do Tarot more and more, you will be able to think more and more insightfully. (P. S. It's fun, too!)
Insightful thinking expands your spiritual abilities. You can use Tarot directly for self-examination. You can ask "Why do I feel this way?" "Why did I do that?" "What do they think of me; how do they see me?" and so on. Do this enough, and you enrich and expand the parts of yourself that you choose to foster, and dampen the parts you least prefer in yourself.
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http://TarotVerbatim.com - demonstration of method via daily detailed messages for visitors
http://www.emilysinsight.com - tells you all about Emily, what she can do for you, and has her voice
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