Here, I continue to discuss the real secrets of reading Tarot cards intuitively. You will rarely find this information in tarot books and tarot courses.
I will also continue our discussions of Palmistry by looking at the flexibility of the fingers.
Tarot Reading (Part 2)
In the previous Newsletter, I instructed you to assign three meanings to each and every Tarot card. These three must be meanings with which you can personally identify. You must be able to look at the Tarot card, and see the meaning embedded in the card. The meaning must sound right. The meaning must feel right. They must not be meanings that other authors have assigned to the cards.
At this point, most students ask me the following question: “During an intuitive tarot reading, how will I know which meaning is the correct one?” Good question!
Secret 5: Look at the Tarot card. What do you SEE? What is the Tarot card SAYING to you? How does the tarot card make you FEEL? Just say the first thing that comes to your mind.
Yes, that’s all there is to it. Your unconscious mind will ensure that you select the correct meaning. Beginners get into trouble when they doubt their intuition. When they say to themselves “that can’t be right”. When they use logic and reason to select a meaning. When they try to fit the reading to the sitter. Just say the first thing that comes to mind. Say it loudly. Say it confidently. It will always be correct.
Tarot Card of the Month: The Fool.
The Fool is a very important Tarot card. This is not a trivial card. When The Fool shows up in a reading, you need to pay it very close attention. The sitter is going through a very significant phase in their life. This phase will have a major effect on them for the rest of their life. You must understand this tarot card and you must understand it well!
Instructions: Select three meanings (and only three) from the long list below. Select the meanings with which YOU identify most. Select one of these meanings during an intuitive Tarot reading.
Look at the card. The Fool is starting a new journey. This card signifies a new phase in the client’s life. A new chapter is opening up for them.
But where is the journey taking the Fool and what is the Fool leaving behind? To determine this, look at the cards that the Fool is walking and looking towards. That is where The Fool is heading. Now look at the card at the Fool’s back. That is what the Fool is leaving behind. You need to read the Fool and the adjacent cards as a group. This is where beginners go wrong. They read the Tarot cards in isolation.
If there are no cards on either side of the Fool, then lay out more cards!
Look at the example below. I have used Tarot cards that less experienced Tarotmancers can read intuitively.
In this example, the Fool is starting a new, more socially active phase. He is looking in the direction of the arrow. The Fool is leaving behind a life of loneliness, introversion (The Hermit), depression and pessimism (The Five of Cups). These things are behind him. He is turning his back on these things. The Fool is moving towards a life of celebration, social interaction (The Three of Cups), friendships, partnerships and close relationships (The two of Cups).
Look at the card. The picture shows The Fool beginning a new journey. It’s a new journey because his clothes are neat, tidy and clean, and his pack is still full.
The Fool can mean the client is feeling restless, bored and looking for travel, fun and adventure.
The picture of The Fool shows someone who is obviously travelling. Assume they are looking for fun and adventure.
The Fool can indicate a person. This person is unpredictable and uncommitted. This Tarot card often shows up if a client wants to know if their partner is committed to their relationship. If this card shows up, the answer is no.
The name “The Fool” suggests someone who is unpredictable.
The picture of The Fool shows someone who has few commitments.
The Fool is “Fooling around” with you.
An innocent person.This Tarot card will sometimes show up if the client asks “Is my partner having an affair?” or “Is my partner doing something behind my back?” This card suggests the client is innocent.
Look at the card. See the white rose? The white rose is a symbol of purity and innocents.
Other people think the client is acting foolishly. They are laughing at the client behind his or her back. This card often comes up if the client asks “Am I doing the wrong thing?” or “Am I acting silly?” If this card comes up, the client is acting silly.
To find out who is laughing at the client behind his or her back, look at the cards at the back of The Fool card. See below for an example:
In this example, people who work with the client think the client is acting foolishly, and they are laughing behind his or her back. We know they are people at work, because of The Eight of Coins card. This is usually a work-related Tarot card. We can see that a Senior Manager (The Emperor) is laughing at the client, as are two women, the Queen of Rods and the Queen of Pentacles. All these cards will be covered in due course.
Look at the name “The Fool”. During the middle ages, The Fool (Jester) was the equivalent of the modern day clown, always “fooling around”. People laugh at clowns.
This card is warning you about something. Look out! You are taking a big risk. To find out the nature of this risk, look at the cards facing The Fool. Example below.
Here The Fool is contemplating legal action (Justice) against a wealthy man (The King of Pentacles) who owns a large business and comes from an old, wealthy family (The ten of Coins). This is clearly a warning that he is taking too large a risk.
Look at the card. Can you see the white dog trying to get The Fool’s attention? The dog is warning The Fool about upcoming events.
You lack the knowledge, experience or wisdom required to succeed in a new undertaking. This card will often show up if the client asks, “Should I quit my job and start my own business?” or “Should I apply for a promotion?” If this card comes up, the answer is no.
Look at the card. The Fool is obviously very young. Young people usually lack knowledge, experience or wisdom.
You need to spend more time outdoors. You need to get out and breathe some fresh air. You need to get out and enjoy the sunshine. You need more exercise. Enjoy life. Smell the roses.
This card often shows up when clients who work too hard and too long ask me why they are always stressed and unhappy. When this card comes up, it tells me that they spend too much time in the office or in front of the computer. They need to take a short holiday. They need more exercise, like fast walking or hiking through the countryside.
Look at the card. Notice the mountains in the background (fresh air), the sun in the sky (sunshine) and the rose in his hand (smelling the roses). Notice The Fool hiking through the countryside. Overall, the picture is one of enjoying the great outdoors.
More in-depth Tarot next month!
Palmistry (Part 8)
Let’s look at the significance of the flexibility of the fingers.
Try this out on your own hand: Hold out any one of your 4 fingers. Try and bend back the top joint. Does it bend easily? Try bending back each of the joints in turn, including the bottom joint where the finger connects with the palm of your hand. Are the finger joints flexible or stiff?
People with flexible fingers have flexible personalities. This person can change their outward, social behaviour as easily as a chameleon can change its colour. They can easily show a different side of themselves to different groups of people, e.g. they would show one side of themselves to their friends while showing another side to their children while showing yet another side to their co-workers. They keep changing the way they present themselves depending on what others expect from them. They are natural actors. They can reinvent themselves quickly and easily. They are poker-faced. They can also be very convincing liars! Stiff fingered people think they are shallow and fake.
People with stiff fingers find it very difficult to change their outward, social behaviour. They can’t “put on an act”. There is no pretence with them. They have difficulty creating an impression. They are always themselves. What you see is what you get.
These are people whose fingers can flex backwards a little. These people are able to “put on an act” if they must. However, they don’t like to do so, as it makes them feel “fake”.
More Palmistry next month!
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