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Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 22 Jan 2004, and now archived in the Forum Library.



kelpy  22 Jan 2004 
When learning to read tarot, Should you or do you find it easier to ask specific questions or just to shuffle the cards and let them tell you what they need to?
I ask this because while learning to read tarot I find it easier for me to just shuffle and let the cards tell me what I need to know.
Rather than ask specific things.

Maybe Im not clearing my mind and mediating enough, but I ask a question and I get something totally different from what I asked. I realize the answers the cards give me was somewhere in my mind but I honestly thought I had cleared my mind totally
( funny how things can creep in on ya)
Any suggestions??? 


dadsnook2000  22 Jan 2004 
Whatever you are doing right now is probably just fine -- the most important thing is to work with and get familiar with the cards and the impressions that come to you. Over time you will have plenty of opportunity to learn what others are doing and why they do it. Some ideas you will readily adopt, others will be either discarded or tentatively tried.

You will find that certain spreads or card arrangements seem to fit with the issues you are curious about. You will also find that some decks and some authors really resonate well with your thoughts. Let the process work over time. For now, have fun and remain always curious and thoughtful. Dave. 


Imagemaker  22 Jan 2004 
Quote:

I ask this because while learning to read tarot I find it easier for me to just shuffle and let the cards tell me what I need to know.


Even now, I find that I quickly run out of specific questions, yet I want to use the cards a lot to immerse myself in the learning. So I practice with "tell me a story" or "what do I need to know today for my highest good?" or "how can I help someone today?" -- then I feel like I'm using the cards for giving, not just receiving. 


Khatruman  22 Jan 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by kelpy
...I ask a question and I get something totally different from what I asked. I realize the answers the cards give me was somewhere in my mind but I honestly thought I had cleared my mind totally
( funny how things can creep in on ya)
Any suggestions???
This does happen to me sometimes, which used to bother me. However, my advice is to go with what the cards want rather than to force it into an answer. If the answers seem to point elsewhere, it seems that the more pressing matter in your mind IS elsewhere. Therefore, shouldn't you deal with what your mind feels is more important?

I did a reading for someone once where she asked advice about the buying of a new car. I read the spread and tried to fit the cards into her query, which I tried like hell to do, but it just didn't seem to be turning out right? Grasping for straws and giving responses, I looked to find her smiling. Uh oh, I thought, she thinks I am a charlatan.

Then she tells me that the car question wasn't really what she was thinking about at all. It was about her relationship, and then the cards, so to speak, fell right into place.

In any case, I say to go with what the cards are pointing to, rather than trying to clear your mind and get them to go where you want. 


Star Spirit  22 Jan 2004 
That's an interesting story :) I'll have to keep that in mind for reading professionally. I don't do many readings for myself anymore either due to my not having questions to ask, but I like the idea of just doing a story-type reading. I think I'll try that. 


Alissa  22 Jan 2004 
I use both methods, often quite successfully.

Sometimes I simply want insight into a situation. I bring the situation to mind and lay out usually 3 cards, maybe 7. I approach these cards with an open mind and try to find the connections, sorta like story telling.

If there's a specific question that I, or a client, wants addressed, I do that too. The spread will depend on the nature of the question.

And, I've had readings that talked about issues other than the question asked. I also figure that's due to our Teachers telling us what we most need to know as well. 


sprite  22 Jan 2004 
most of the time when reading for myself i just ask the cards to tell me what i need to know, works just fine. when i ask a question and get something totally different i figure that the cards want me to know about this rather than what i asked. i figure whatever the cards are telling me is the most important thing i need to deal with and focus on at the time. 


wildinthemist  23 Jan 2004 
I always add a card to the reading which addresses the question, "what do I need to know that I am not aware of..." or similar. Essentially, it is determine whether there is a question which, though not foremost in the conscious mind, is a motivating force which gets me (or the otherperson I'm reading for) into a reading situation, because the issue needs a way to be released into consciousness. Gosh that sounds a tad airy-fairy, but I talk from the point of view of a psychologist.

The advice about just immersing yourself in the cards and not worrying too much about questions is excellent. It really takes a heap of experience to combine the individual card meanings, how they read in relation to one another, how they read in toto, and then to tailor them to a specific question.

Love the story idea too. 


jmd  24 Jan 2004 
There are various kinds of readings - some of which are not reading for others per se.

Basically, whatever I could have said has already been said in essence... so what to add?

As you feel easier doing readings without a specific question, I would continue doing this when reading for others.

In between, may I also suggest that specific questions are asked and a three card spread is drawn. For example, before looking at the front page of your local newspaper, draw a spread and ask what issue is being discussed, and how is it likely to be resolved.

... in a nutshell, when learning to read, trust.

Such an important keyword:
    Trust
:):):) 


Orion  24 Jan 2004 
I totaly agree with Khatruman. I have been in similar situations with reading for someone and they ask about one specific item or situation, and the cards point elsewhere. I completely go with the cards! 


Khatruman  24 Jan 2004 
In thinking about this issue further, I think it makes sense to go with where the cards are going, rather than trying to get them to fit what you were asking, or rather, blaming yourself for an unclear mind.

The very nature of tarot is that it is dealing with something deeper than the conscious mind. I mean, if the querent has that much control over the situation anyway, why would he or she turn to tarot anyway? If you are in perfect control of the situation, then consulting them would be futile.

Should I get a Big Mac or a Filet O Fish sandwich? Hmm, I am hungry for meat today. Go with the Big Mac... there, didn't take a tarot deck for THAT situation.

Consulting tarot means you are putting trust in a deeper source. My understanding of it tells me it is my intuition and the collective spirit, however you want to make sense of it..God, in shorthand. If you are tapping into this, you are stepping in the river of deeper spirit. It is often best to "go with the flow." 


kelpy  26 Jan 2004 
Thank you! for all the wonderful advise and insights, What started this is I was trying to do a three card reading for a friend
it goes something like:
Past- What do I need to throw out of my wardrobe
Present- What do I need to save for to buy anew
Future- What do I need to save for to buy
Unfortunatly for her it was about me and was a continuation of the one she did for me, (she is still waiting for hers) I guess there was unfinished business with this reading that needed to be taken care of, I can do questions when Im not the one asking them. My friend says part of the problem is im trying to hard Im beginning to think she is very very right. Thanks to all
kelpy 


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