Ralph. Walking Around Talking Tarot!
Beginning Tarot readers can fall into many traps. One of those traps can be trying to apply standard textbook Tarot card meanings to the same cards you see during a reading. And this practice does not always work out.
Why? The reason is that when we are doing a reading our goal is to answer the clients question as best we can. In order to do this we must feel comfortable letting our intuition run freely, and not confining our mind and creative thinking to textbook definitions. Rather we must learn to be freer and loser. We must be prepared to look at the cards and ask ourselves the question, “What are these cards saying about the question my client has brought to the table?” Here is one example.
Say a person comes to you asking about a certain real estate deal and The Fool card shows up in a prominent spot. Now, usually The Fool stands for new beginnings, but for some odd reason your mind starts thinking about a Condo on a hill. In this case, should you tell the client to go start something new, or should you trust your intuition and pursue the Condo on the hill angle? I’d say that (if you are the kind of person who can trust their intuition) it’s best to go with the Condo on the hill angle. Even though no Tarot textbook I am aware of mentions the word “Condo” your mind made that jump for a reason. And, if “Condo” fits into the question your client has asked, trust you intuition and explore that angle.
A general rule of thumb I like is, when it comes to doing real Tarot readings, it is best to know a few general keywords that fit each card and then, as the cards pop up, see how those general keywords fit into answering the question or issue your client has come to talk to you about. See how the cards seem to be answering that question, and then focus on presenting that answer as clearly as possible to your client. And, if something odd jumps into your consciousness and you are pretty sure it applies to your client’s question, run with it. It may go beyond the standard meaning of the cards that you have seen in your favorite Tarot workbooks, but sometimes that is how our intuition springs to life and the world of Spirit speaks to us.
So, do not let yourself be confined to interpretations other people have dreamed up concerning the cards. Instead, focus on listening to your “inner voice” and present the best answer you can to your client. Tarot books are great. But in a reading, trusting your gut is far superior!