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I wouldn't say that you're stagnant. If you're really feeling that way, the only way to change it is from within. New spreads are worthless and won't tell you anything that you couldn't glean from even the most basic layout. Focusing items are props for shills. For that matter, environment really doesn't matter so long as you're not distracted. The cards aren't doing anything special... it's you being open to seeing what they have to say that gets you any meaningful results. Cards aren't sacred, they're not doing any of the work. You are, either consciously or subconsciously. No need to treat them with kid gloves... they don't bite.
Originally posted by Cheyracingchick
Although I have been reading tarot for a couple years now, my ability has reached a stagnant point .So, here is my plight: Most of my readings have been successful, all of them informative. But I have found myself at the crossroads in this art. I have learned my cards well, spiritually cleanse, and care well for them...
I have studied the standard spreads of the Star, the Celtic Cross, the simple 1,3, 5 card spreads in depth. I am looking now towards new insights and more specifically, new spreads and techniques.
*Do you have a favorite spread you would be willing to share?
*Special advice or alternative approaches to your art?
*Any Pitfalls or adverse experiences you think others should be aware of?
*Where do you find is the best environment to read in? (outdoors, indoors, special locations)?
*Do you also use any focusing items? (crystals, candles, incense, etc)
This is true. You can use just about anything. The trick is coming up with a self-consistent system of meanings and applications and sticking to them. The symbology of the Waite deck has visual cues that allow one to remember interpretations and see connections more easily. Not too surprising, considering A.E. Waite was a Masonic scholar and knew a bit about symbols as well as trestle boards.
Originally posted by RuneSpider
If it works, and I personally am fairly skeptic about it, it seems to have little to do with the actual cards (which started out as a playing card game) and mroe with the person dealing them.
I've met card readers who claim they can use a regular deck of 52 cards to do a reading.
It seems more tradition that people use Tarot cards than anything.