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Tarot interpretations

Date: 2018-12-03 02:26 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Aron Blue here. How do you feel about tarot illustrations? Continuing with last week's discussion about the too-maligned swords suit, it seems as if a good way to balance out one's personal interpretations might be to use a deck that only provides illustrations for the major arcana. Maybe not for a beginner ... What do you think?

Re: Tarot interpretations

Date: 2018-12-03 08:51 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Yes, it varies and I think depends on how you interpret the cards. If you have decided to learn tarot divination by a strictly empirical, 1:1 relationship between a card and a meaning, then suite cards with just a number and suite indicator may work for you.

But I find my best, most specific interpretations come to me from images on the cards that may or may not have to do with the usual/traditional meaning of the card. It's kind of the same mindset you would use for scrying. You have to be aware of ideas that come into your head that seem significant and not dismiss them...for example, I once noticed that a leaf on a card reminded me of an old logo of a business. It was on the card next to the King of Cups reversed. Lo and behold, later in the day someone tried to scam me using a confidence scheme (King of Cups reversed) that hinged on a supposedly "official" website that used that old, incorrect logo.

If one of your goals of divination is to learn to notice signs, serendipity, etc. in every day life and correctly interpret such signs and use the knowledge to your advantage, then you may find illustrated tarot cards to be helpful.

-Ms. Krieger
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