Divination Best Practices and Tips for the Tarot Reader
People all over the globe for centuries have been interested in two inter-related things: what’s the best way to live in this world, and what’s going to happen in the future?
Faced with different paths and choices or stuck somewhere in between, people want to know what is the “divine will” and the divine guidance about the matter. In every country and on every continent, people have invented systems to do this: the I Ching, the Mayan Calendar, the casting of stones or cards or other objects. Anything can be turned into a divination system as long as its symbols are relatable to the diviner, and have associations with phenomena in nature.
Sometimes the way information comes to the diviner changes. I have always had a way of getting insights from the directions: East, South, West and North and their associated elements, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. For years I just used it for myself and also for making predictions in horoscope columns that I’ve produced since the early eighties. At times it was a daily practice of tuning into the different forces of nature and what the spirits of each direction had to say to me and about the day.
Just yesterday, I got the insight to stop using this method the way I now relied on it. Over the years it had morphed into mostly a practice to get insights for my clients. The more I worked with people, the less I did my own circle work. Until now, when in the course of my own spiritual evolution, I got the insight to return the directions divination to a personal practice. Voila! My intuitive intelligence immediately gave me a new way to get pre-appointment insights, which I used today.
Those two things that everybody wants to know create a puzzling situation for the tarot reader. Which one are the cards answering? Are they giving advice about the better way to do things given the current circumstances and options, or are they telling you what’s going to ultimately happen? Although this answer will differ according to each diviner’s symbol systems, ultimately the most important fact is that the cards powerfully stimulate the intuition. The cards laid out in a pattern that makes relational sense to the reader act like an ignition key that turns on their intuitive intelligence. Working together, the intuition and the imagination make the jump from staring at pieces of paper to reading a detailed map.
No matter what the method of divination, if you want to read for other people or divine about world events, feed your own soul first: begin by asking the tarot, for instance, for whatever guidance or healing you might need. When your own cup is full and you have soothed your own self with the wisdom or truth of a higher vibration, you’re in the best position to read about other people and things.
Tarot - The Story I Was Told
One story is that the original tarot was used in ancient temples as a tool to know Divine Will. The priests didn't ask the tarot questions, they asked the gods to speak to them through the cards--"What did the gods have to say to them?" . However old it is and wherever it originated, the tarot is still an instant way to receive wisdom.
As a divination system, tarot cards are magical, practical, and anybody can use them. They can look into the past, see the very big picture; warn, state the truth of a situation, bring divine insight, and see the consequences of an action a person is thinking of taking. One of its most intriguing mysteries I witness daily, is that people with no experience can accurately tell a story about themselves through the cards. The tarot brings can bring out most peoples' inner knowing.
In October 2010 I spent a week researching tarot history at the Widener Library at Harvard. I was curious what scholars thought about the tarot and people who studied it. They have a vast store of metaphysical books in their labrynthine basement three floors underground. None of the tarot histories were conclusive about its origins and use. None were so inspiring as the story my metaphysical teacher Eric Teissedre told me about how they were used to commune with the divine, and that it was a portable ancient wisdom and all knowledge.
I use the Waite deck because its system of correspondences between the planets, colors, is closest to Nature's language.
(Nature's language: the color red is associated with the planet Mars which is associated with aggression, male energy, war, etc. Wave a red flag in front of a bull, and they'll charge. In the Waite deck, the Mars card (the Emporer) is the right colors for its meaning, with a red background.)
Elissa Heyman, Psychic Counseling and Spiritual Healing, in person/by phone, Santa Fe, NM 87501, 505-982-3294. firstname.lastname@example.org