Then one day I was in Brisbane, Queensland, when I came across a book remainder store and bought a book on the Tarot. When I got home, I found its images were nothing like the Rider-Waite deck I’d bought in a fit of curiosity, so I put the book aside.
However, third time lucky. In July 1996 I fell and broke my leg and ankle and, as I was living halfway up a mountain with my husband out at work from 6.30am to 5.30pm, I was immobilised and stuck on my own for hours on end. I started drawing mandalas and got more interested in the whole idea of symbols. I returned to the book I’d bought and discovered that it was about the Thoth Tarot deck. The explanations revolved around psychological, emotional and spiritual insights. I was hooked. When I was mobile again, I bought a Thoth Tarot deck and found that the images just spoke – and still speak – to me.
I have always worked with this deck because it gives me insights into each person I work with. Even now new images and insights jump out at me when I do readings.
If you’re drawn to the Tarot, there’s a wealth of information around. My only suggestion is to go through decks until you find one that really draws you and whose images talk to you. There is no rush. As is the way of the Universe, when the right time for the Tarot deck to be available for you , it’ll enter your life.
There is a lot of mythology about the Tarot that is quite off the beaten track. No, you don’t need someone to give you a deck. Sometimes it’s great – my daughter gave me a deck without a book that she found in an opportunity/charity/thrift shop. The images fascinated me and a few months later I synchronicity led me to Rachel Pollack’s Shining Tribe deck.
While I work with the Thoth Tarot in readings for others, I work with the Shining Tribe deck for myself.
Yes, you can use the Tarot to make predictions, and often make quite accurate predictions. To my mind, you could get a prediction come true but so what? If it’s predicted you meet a policeman and you do, all it proves is that this prediction comes true. What does this mean for yourself? I’m far more interested in the Tarot as a journey into yourself, to discover what makes you tick, what you’ve taken on board during your life which may have enriched your experience but which may have led to roadblocks in your moving ahead in your life. The Tarot can help you unearth unacknowledged obstacles in your life path, give you insights into your journey, and help you develop spiritually, emotionally and physically.
It’s why I work with the Tarot and the person requiring a reading to illuminate who they are, where they’ve come from and where they can head. The Tarot is not set in concrete. You can listen to a reading and decide not to take action if you so choose. Or you may listen and decide that you have new insights into moving ahead, into personal growth and how you live your life and decide to make changes to your life. There is no right or wrong. You need to listen to your intuition. Perhaps you’re not ready right now to make changes, but something of the Tarot reading remains with you which you act upon at a later stage. It is entirely in your hands.
Some people treat the Tarot as a joke or approach a reading with the intention of trying to outwit the Tarot reader in some way. It’s a waste of your time and the reader’s time. A Tarot reading reflects your intuitive response to questions about your life, it’s your energy which draws you to select particular cards, and you are the heart of the reading. Participate to the best of your ability and you’ll get a reading which can go into depth and enrich your understanding.
I’d like to wind up with a note about positive and negative readings. My approach is that a reading’s aim is to uplift you, to give you a vision of how you can grow into the future. A negative reading can drag people down and feed fears which is quite irresponsible. Remember – we who are Tarot readers give readings through our own personal experience of our life’s journey on earth, and it colours our readings. It’s why each reader will give a different nuance to the same cards. So be judicious with the information you receive. You should be able to walk away with a positive perspective and feeling uplifted.
My only other advice is to go to the reader who really draws you. I’ve had the best readings by wandering around psychic fairs or exhibitions, taking my time, and then sitting down with the reader who sparks an intuitive response from me.