posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 08:12 PM
The first thing to do is make sure you're using the Rider-Waite deck. It's not as pretty as some, but it is the only one that features all the
images on each card that you need to be able to properly interpret a reading. No card has a meaning that can disregard the context that the rest of
the reading imposes upon it, and the complex imagery of the Rider-Waite deck allows the reader to reach for the card's nuance without aving to
consult a chart or a guide book.
A good example is the 5 of Pentacles. At first glance, it appears to be a bad card, and most tarot books will tell you that it's a bad card. "Dark
night of the soul" is the term usually associated with this card, and standing there by itself, it does mean that. However, if this card shows up in
the right position, or surrounded by the right cards in other positions, the card can be a warning to the seeker to not let an upcoming success
distract them from the fact that material satisfaction is fleeting at best. This - obviously - is a very different interpretation, and one that a
neophite would never think to offer the seeker.
The best book I know of for learning tarot is a Numerology book. It's called "Numerology and the Divine Triangle" The art of reading tarot is the
art of interpretation, and there's no "power" involved other than the reader's capacity for subtle indication. The rest of the magic resides in
the subconscious mind of the seeker - but not unless that seeker is allowed to shuffle the cards. Psycho-kineses is what does the workj, and the
seeker actually knows the answer to the question he/she is asking. It's like the "tale of the tape" estimates that Major League Baseball
statisticians employ when calculating the distance of a homerun ball. Height, angle, and the resulting trajectory - applied to the momentum of
progressive causation. The seeker knows the trajectory (deep inside) and the tarot cards simply focus the subconscious to "shuffle" the cards into
place. The reader, then, interprets the intent of the seeker's subconscious advice.