Is Tarot Hard To Learn?

is tarot hard to learn?

Anything worth learning takes time, effort and consistency to master.  If you approach Tarot with the right perspective, however, it can be easier to learn than you might think.

The problem most newbie and hobby readers run into is that they want to learn it by memorizing definitions and from a very “black and white” analytical type perspective.  This doesn’t work.  Tarot is very fluid and you need to learn to tap into your intuition and creative thought processes while learning it.

When I teach Tarot; I always have students start with a Tarot journal.  This is by far, the most effective way to internalize Tarot and make it a part of you, rather than some external thing with complex parts that you are always trying to sort out.

In mathematics, there are set answers and methods for solving a problem.  In other studies, thought and problem solving is more abstract and individualized.  Different approaches lead to the same result.  Think of Tarot as more fluid than rigid and you’ll have much better success with it.

If you start trying to memorize a bunch of symbols and vague “text book” type definitions of the images, without really looking at those images from your own perspective, you’ll find your readings lack substance and may lead to more questions than they answer.

You can look at 3 different Tarot books and there will be 3 different perspectives on the cards meanings – why? Because Tarot, despite having some common themes, is mostly subjective to the user.  There is no wrong answer – you are using the cards as a tool for your intuition and higher thought processes.  The answers are not on the images in the cards – they are in your mind/intuition.  That’s the part that new readers struggle to grasp.

If you open up to the idea of Tarot as a means to tap into your connection with the universal mind; it becomes much easier and definitely more meaningful.

I think most of us start out learning Tarot with the completely wrong approach.  We want to “know what the answers are”, instead of looking for the answers within and using the cards as a guide.  We put too much focus onto the cards themselves and not the messages they evoke from within.

How to Learn Tarot

The best way to learn is by doing.  Use the Tarot journaling exercises here.  After you have gone through your entire deck once or twice; then start doing readings.  It’s really as simple as that.  You don’t learn without practice and you have to keep at it.  This is one of those things, like learning to play an instrument, where practice is always needed and there is always room for improvement.

Tarot Reflections The Three of Wands

tarot reflections three of wands

Tarot Reflections The Three of Wands

tarot reflections three of wandsThe Three of Wands is a card of choices, and learning to recognize potential rather than only seeing obstacles.

Here we see the man leaning on one of his staffs, the others have been left behind. He is moving out of comfort zones and into the new and unknown. The desert he is crossing through is barren, and the mountains are in the distance.

He can view this from different perspectives: One is that it is risky, and he might not make it. The other is that it is flat and empty, so there are no obstacles present and he can reach the mountain if he keeps moving.

The sunny skies indicate that his best opportunities will come from a willingness to accept new growth in his life. The red of his cloak indicates personal power and energy, it surrounds him in a protective way, allowing him to adopt the pioneering spirit he needs to move forward and act on new ideas.

The only other choice is for him to remain still, but the past leaves nothing to sustain him, and the future depends entirely upon his decision to act or not act. In this case, movement becomes necessary to bring about positive change.

There are times when we must encourage ourselves to leave the comfort of what we have known so that we might progress into a new and better way of living.

Tarot Reflections Page of Wands

tarot reflections page of wands

tarot reflections page of wands
The Page of Wands is an optimistic, youthful sort filled with enthusiasm. He is full of great ideas and passion and so he leaps into his projects head first. His zeal in whatever he does is infectious to others. Pages represent learning and knowledge. Wands are the suit of fire, passion, and initiative. They are the drive behind a project, that “gung ho” type energy that is often very exciting, but not often well-planned.

This page represents those people you run into and can’t help but smile because they have such positive energy emanating from them. They have a sense of adventure and enthusiasm. They take risks and adjust well to change.

Page of Wands typically indicates a personal desire for expansion or a fresh start. Longing to break free from stagnation or from restrictive influences. This page represents that enthusiasm and anticipation when starting a new adventure.

The Page of Wands, however, does also pose a challenge that we need to work to maintain that enthusiasm and finish what we start. Often times this page comes up when the initial excitement is there, but perhaps not the long-term plans that are required to keep that initiative in place.

If you find you have some unfinished business that needs to be attended to; do what you can today to tie up loose ends so you can move on to the next adventure with all the excitement and none of the leftover worries of unfinished business.

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Tarot Reflections Seven of Pentacles

tarot reflections seven of pentacles

Tarot Reflections Seven of Pentacles

tarot reflections seven of pentaclesIn this card, the man stands looking down, feeling dejected and disappointed. Next to him are six coins that represent all of those things he was told would bring happiness.  He becomes so caught up in these ideas of what he thought should provide happiness, comfort, etc that he forgets or ignores the other coin that lies at his feet.

This forgotten coin represents choice and freedom. It reminds us that happiness and inner peace are choices and not future attainments dependent on outer world influences. It’s always right there “at your feet”.

The happiness provided by material goods is fleeting at best, leaving us looking for that next thing to fill the void. True happiness and contentment must be cultivated within and nurtured.  You should take the time to express yourself authentically and follow your true path.

We live in a society that continually bombards us with messages of “must have” “need” “not enough” etc. to get us to always chase the elusive dangling carrot of “enough” or “perfect”. It’s good for
business, but not so much for the psyche and human spirit. It’s no wonder that so many people feel a sense of emptiness or endless struggle.

If you’ve been feeling a bit blue, like something is missing; take some time today to do something that excites you.  Try a new skill or hobby, go on an adventure, make plans for your own business – whatever it is that you’ve been putting off, devote some time to it.

Daily Tarot Reflections The Sun

I love the Sun card and its symbolism. It is a reminder of our personal power, the energy we send out and what we can potentially become when we recognize our own worth.

The Sun is responsible for the live giving energy that keeps us on this planet growing and thriving. Within the heart of each one of us is also a core of power – a life force energy that creates and gives life to our thoughts and ideas.

Have you ever looked at the stars at night and thought how far away and small they looked? Millions of little pin dots all through the universe. The truth is though, that each of those is a “sun” a powerful source of energy whose light reaches through the universe. We see the stars and think of them as small, detached, far away – but they are all a powerful part of the universe. We tend to look at ourselves as detached, small and far away as well – think about that for awhile… You are larger than you think you are.

The Sun indicates a period of sustenance and support. When this card comes up know that you are being guided and supported by the universe. If you’ve been feeling a bit out of touch lately with your life purpose, or finding goals difficult to reach, the Sun card reminds you to get in touch with your source. Tap into that deep inner wisdom and intuition, not what your mind “thinks” you want to hear. Now is a time for growth through building a positive foundation.

When the Sun appears in a daily spread it tells us to also ensure that we are properly sustaining ourselves in all areas. Just like plants need the suns energy to grow and thrive, we also have vital needs that must be fulfilled,not only physically, but emotionally,mentally,and spiritually as well.

The Sun also symbolizes power and raw energy. Now is a good time to work with this energy and direct it towards positive goals. Where our thoughts go our energy follows, so pay attention today to the areas where you are directing your vital energy. Make any necessary revisions. Don’t underestimate the creative power you have within yourself.

 

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