reading as meditation/for answers

isthmus nekoi

I'll try to make this uncomplicated...

I think b/c I like to interpret dreams, I often have a very unconcrete approach to reading tarot. With dreams, I try hard not to pin meanings on the imagery etc. and try to work *with* the dream rather than work *on* the dream if that makes any sense. So whenever I read tarot, I find most things represent inner workings rather than external events. If cards do point 'outside', then it is usually in relation to the 'inside'. This is perhaps the result of the primacy of my inner life....

The strange thing is, when I read for others, the external events are pretty clear, and how they relate to the querent's inner state although this may be just b/c the ppl I read for are understanding the world through concrete, physical reality.

Sometimes I wonder if I'm being too lazy and not putting enough emphasis on external events when reading for myself. I hardly ever ask a question when reading for myself! Are there a fair number of ppl who read mostly for meditation?.......

All responses are appreciated!

p.s. the new board is excellent! THANKS, Solandia ^_^
 

jade

i use the tarot, (for myself) as an opportunity to get some equanimity. rising up above my life and getting the external look at it and at myself is very useful for me.

i never ask a question and my readings are usually very internal. that equanimity allows me to see myself with truth rather than prejudice.

i hope this makes sense to you.

in light,
jade
 

truthsayer

what you're saying makes sense to me and generally what i have experienced also. i rarely ask questions in concern to myself but if i need outer world guidance, i will ask a specific question. i do find that most ppl i read for get more externally motivated answers. occasionally, i'll read for someone that gets a more spiritual than external reading. i think you are on target to assess that most ppl are more externally motivated.
 

isthmus nekoi

Thanks!! I was under the impression that it was odd *not* to read for external events b/c so many sources tell you to concentrate on a question, issue etc whereas I'd just try to blank out, or focus on a symbol. Also, in the readings forum I found most interpretations were geared towards the external, but in hindsight I see that the majority of them are concerned w/a question...

Obviously there is a lot of interplay b/w the inner/outer but I guess it's the difference b/w where you find your base, where you choose to stand.
 

jade

i think it's also a thing of experience. the ones who are more experienced and know the tarot better tend to allow the tarot to work regardless of themselves..........whereas newcomers try to get the tarot to work with them.

in light,
jade
 

isthmus nekoi

I think a real problem arises when ppl try to get tarot to work *for* them instead of *with* them. I sometimes get querents who have this sort of attitude - tarot as a resource serving their needs. The powers that be don't take it lightly when you treat them like servants at your beck and call!

It's funny, I've been reading since August 2001 but I still feel like I've just begun yesterday! I guess there's something exciting and refreshing and just... *new* about seeing a different configuration of cards w/each reading, noticing things about the cards I've never seen before...
 

DeLani

This is the way I do it too. Most of my reading are for inner guidance and growth; only occasionally do I ask a question re: an external event/issue. I find the tarot is an excellent tool for working on inner growth.
Keep up the good work. Your life will benefit greatly from it.
DeLani
 

isthmus nekoi

Thanks for the encouragement, DeLani!
 

zorya

If I'm looking for inner guidence, that is what I recognize. If I'm looking for "outer" guidance, then that is what I see. It seems to me that the outer "reflects:" the inner. If my innerself is in turmoil, or feels like it's falling apart, example; 10 of swords. then it is likely that my material world will follow ie: the Tower. Something will break. Inner and outer are not truly separate. Zorya