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12 April 2013

Burning My Tarot Bra

Over in the Aeclectic Tarot forum a fellow cartomant was bemoaning the shift towards counselling and near psychoanalysis that Tarot card reading was taking. They signed off with - "Has anybody else reached this same conclusion?"

As it happens, I had an Ah Ha! moment about this very thing only a couple of days ago, so I was moved to reply (especially as no one else had since it was posted almost a month ago)...
Yes - yes I have.

I've been studying/using Tarot cards for over 30 years. I'm sure I started out in the hope of being able to "tell the future" with them. As time went by and I read more and more on the subject I began to see their deeper psychological, I prefer to say spiritual, connection.

Fast forward to the past 5-10 years and now, well, anyone starting out with Tarot would think their only intended use is for Psychic Soul Transformation or Guided Karmic Purging or suchlike. ;-) What ever happened to fortune telling?!

I "discovered" Lenormand earlier this year, while I was coming to grips with an old fortune telling deck of my grandmother's (and consequently searching online for information; deadly that, LOL). The more I worked with these cards, and a few others, the more I realised why my use of Tarot cards had stalled. The new Tarot Zeitgeist left me feeling that I wasn't really serious/worthy enough to be dabbling in such esoteric things.

Well, pfft! I've decided to reclaim Tarot for myself. I'm going to go back to basics and tell fortunes, with whatever cards take my fancy, including the Sacred Seventy-Eight. ;-)
There, I've said it.

There are, and always will be, times when Tarot cards are the most appropriate choice, based on the nature of the enquiry or the needs of the client, but I refuse to become so awestruck or precious about them that I can no longer use them.

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  • At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Dawn said…

    I found this a very interesting post. I have been feeling the same recently about tarot, largely because of the emphasis many people on AT place on the esoteric. Having started to learn cartomancy this week (and making faster progress than I could even hope for!) I've realised that I too need to reclaim tarot for myself. Some of my readings lately have been "off" or repetitive and I have realised that this is more to do with my recent lack of confidence than anything else.

    Thank you for sharing this, I'm very glad I'm not the only one!


  • At 8:50 PM, Blogger jmk said…

    Thanks for commenting, Dawn - I really appreciate it. I'm glad to hear you're making good progress, but I'm not surprised. I've found that straight cartomancy, without the tarot "woo woo", comes quite naturally. I still love my tarot cards, but I'm going to be looking at them differently from now on.

    I hope you come back to see this because I'd love to know what cards you're learning. Keep up the good work and have fun!


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