Using the Tarot for Creativity and Empowerment

21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card

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Are you ready to take an adventure with me? An adventure that will deepen your understanding of the cards in your Tarot deck, perhaps providing you with new insights you never thought possible? For the next 21 weeks, I am going to take a personal journey through Mary K. Greer’s excellent book entitled “21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card.” In the book, she states that the goals of the book are:

  • To expand the ways you obtain information from a card
  • To deepen personal insights
  • To evolve an individualized reading style or technique

Sounds like a blast, doesn’t it? I just obtained the book recently and thought about what fun it would be to work through it on my blog. I’m not sure if any other bloggers are doing this – but if they are, no matter. For each individual, the experience will be completely unique. This section of the blog will detail my personal journey with the book.

So with Mary’s permission, I am ready to begin my journey. Journeys are always a lot more fun with some company, so feel free to join me – and let me know in the Comments section how you are faring.

To begin with, let’s look at a couple of preliminaries in the first chapter “How To Use This Book”. First off, she explains that we will be working with two different levels of exploration: The Apprentice and the Adept. The Apprentice level gets us up and running quickly – the fast track, as Mary explains – and is intended to provide an overview of the messages in the cards. The Adept level takes us more deeply into the concepts of the chapter. She includes many options for the adept level, allowing us to pick and choose the ones that intrigue us the most.

The first bit of homework we have, is to add sections to your Tarot Journal (you do have a Tarot journal, don’t you?). These can be a 3-ring binder, a journal book, a computer file, index cards – anything that works for you (my personal favorite are 3-Ring binders – I have a bookshelf of Tarot Journal Binders). You should create sections for any or all of the following:

  • Each tarot card (notes from book, discussion group, your own insights, related images)
  • The Numbers (one to ten)
  • The four suits and elements
  • Symbols
  • Spread diagrams
  • Personal readings
  • Readings for others
  • Historical Information
  • Rituals and Meditations
  • Creative Processes
  • Original Card Sketches

Before we dive into the book, Mary includes a preliminary step called Step 0 – a reminder to use the tricks of the trade carried in The Fool’s bag; namely to approach these techniques with openness, fun and in the spirit of play. The idea here is to be mindful of the present moment, without any preconceived notions or meanings – to be flexible and spontaneous and just allow whatever comes to flow on its own.

So stay tuned for the beginning of our exciting journey as we learn the 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card.

If you would like to purchase the book, you get the print version HERE.

For those of you who would like to read their books on the computer or on am ebook reader/iPad device, there is a Kindle edition of the book HERE.

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