Do You See?
Generally speaking, there are two types of Tarot readers. Tarot readers can broadly be categorised into a) readers who actually see the cards and allow the cards to speak the language of symbolism without blocking the flow and b) readers who go off set card meanings and don’t really give the cards a chance to tap their intuition.
Of course life is never black or white and there is a spectrum… Many readers start out by learning set card meanings simply because they do not – through no fault of their own – know what they are looking at or what they should be looking for. The problem is that from a young age, we rely on others to tell us what we are looking at and how things ought to be labeled. Gradually, we lose the ability to use and rely on our inner guidance that bridges the third dimension with higher dimensions.
Was Your Filter Properly Installed?
I think of it as a filter being installed and this filter blocks the third eye. It happens sooner to some than to others. Children who are encouraged to use their imagination go without their filter for longers than those who are discouraged from being imaginative and to create from that place where everything is possible.
My filter, thank Goddess, never got properly installed. The Matrix never properly managed to make me forget completely and that is why I had such a powerful first ever Tarot reading experience at age 15. I looked, saw and simply relayed what I saw. No filter. And wow, that packed a punch!
Again, things are never that black and white… Doubt creeps in. You hear about what the cards are supposed to mean… about a right way of reading the cards. Of having to rely on reversals or dignities or astrological correspondences…
There is nothing wrong in learning about all these things – on the contrary. Everything we learn can be used to enhance our readings… but only if we do not lose our ability to see.
In the Tarot Geekery group, we are currently studying Tarot Prediction & Divination by Susyn Blair-Hunt. I haven’t gotten very far into the book yet and there are already a couple of things I don’t agree with (in particular would I never in a million years remove the ‘bad’ cards from the deck – I’d rather spend some time explaining to my client what they mean)… BUT I completely agree with her about the importance of what she refers to as ‘visual literacy’ when it comes to being able to use one’s psychic ability in connection with reading the cards.
Unless we actually read the visual symbols and take time to get to know the for each of the decks we work with, we are not actually reading the Tarot; we are reading a list of memorised card meanings and that is not something anyone would pay you for. Why would they when they could just look those card meanings up for themselves.
I am of the opinion that we are all psychic and that it is just a matter of discipline when it comes to developing. That said, we are also all musical to a certain degree but very few reach the heights of Mozart or Gary Numan (yes, I’m a fan!).
Being visually literate is important when it comes to the Tarot because it is a visual medium. Your strongest clairs may be clairaudience or clairsentience… but the impulse for both of those clairs will still be triggered visually, so no excuses please… I’ve heard them all before – from myself!
One of the best ways, I have found, in exercising my visual literacy is daily Tarot symbolism studies. All of a sudden I’m seeing things I never noticed before… new meanings and layers of meaning have opened up this way – I cannot recommend it enough!
My other top tip is to relax and trust what comes when you look at the symbols. Never second-guess or doubt your first impressions. Your intuitive brain is much faster than linear thought. The reason for this is that intuition is what made our ancestors good sentinels in times of danger.
How ‘visually literate’ are you? How did you first begin learning the Tarot? How psychic do you consider yourself to be? What’s your strongest clair? Comments below, please!