Jump to content

Welcome Guest!

Welcome to UK Pagan; The Valley

Like most online communities we require you to register for an account before we give you access to read and post.

Only a small number of our forum areas can be read without registering for an account.

Please consider supporting us to help keep our Website and Facebook groups online. Become a Patron!

Tarot - When To Begin


Wanderinghawk
 Share

Recommended Posts

The best way to understand Tarot, is using playing cards...maybe it seems odd, but you soon understand how to understand them. Tarot was created in 14th century, it origins, are like finding a pin in a hay stack, so basically we only know about them from scholars, of that period. It was used has a game, like modern day playing cards games. Until new decks were used, which included Major Arcana, which were used has Trump cards, a deck of 22. Which are now used has they are today, for reading. The Minor Arcana, are 56 cards, divided into four suits, which include 14 cards each. These are also used with or without the 22 other cards. Minor is called lesser suits, or lesser secrets or whatever person likes to call them. Major is called Greater Suit, or Greater secrets, or knowledge based cards. Therefore, learning them, is one thing, it takes a long time, it is used only has a tool, but sometimes used to seek knowledge in many witchcrafts, like a place where you can seek for truth, but it can also provide some puzzles. Runes are the same, it was also a game, which told stories, do not ask, why, they were placed into the Witches, for leisure pursuits, not like they had TVs or game consoles, or reading materials.

Edited by Exdaemonus
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Please consider supporting us to help keep our Website and Facebook groups online.

It was used has a game, like modern day playing cards games. Until new decks were used, which included Major Arcana, which were used has Trump cards, a deck of 22. Which are now used has they are today, for reading.

 

No, the game included the trump cards. And it is still played on the continent. I have played it. :)

 

Runes are the same, it was also a game, which told stories,

 

No, they weren't, I'm afraid. Runes are an alphabet. That's what their use was - for writing. Writing ordinary things, because they were the only alphabet in the countries that used them. Until Christians arrived, with their cursive script. People made up poems to help remember the alphabet, and we know of a few of these. We tend to think that attaching meanings to letters is off, but that's how many (all?) alphabets are formed. They begin as pictograms. Some of the runes have different meanings in different poems. One or two have meanings so obscure, we can't be certain what they were.

 

do not ask, why, they were placed into the Witches, for leisure pursuits, not like they had TVs or game consoles, or reading materials.

 

They weren't placed into the hands of witches by any arcane or hidden source.:) People tended to use any object they could get their hands on to use for divination. My mother was taught to use ordinary playing cards, though she never recalled the meanings as it didn't interest her. A friend of mine who grew up in Pakistan was also taught to use ordinary cards. But many did not have access to such things, and used what they had. For example, medieval documents frequently mention a lost tool - the sieve and shears. Many who could not afford cards would have these tools. Unfortunately, we have no evidence from the period to tell us how they were used.

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

There are lots of different ways of working with the Tarot. I have found that depending on how you work with them and what you are aiming to achieve can effect how easy/hard they are to work with.

 

I agree with others here that reading for yourself can be very difficult. As well as knowing yourself to well you can also be to attached to the reading outcome and therefor influence the cards you get. For example I started to find that if I had an subject which was important to me then I would often hope for the cards to point in the direction I would like them to. More often then not they did, even to the point that sometimes the very cards I wished for would turn up. I can not explain this but it did stop me in my tracks and made me question the reliability of the readings I was doing for myself. It seemed to just be a reflection on my current state and nothing more.

 

Now using the cards to see what your current state of mind and feeling is fine. As long as you know that is what you are using them for. This way can be quite good in therapy type settings where you use the cards not to tell you what is going to happen but as a way of looking into your personality and maybe even uncovering some blind spots.

 

Other ways of working with Tarot are through meditation and guided journeys, using the card as your setting for your visualization. This can be quite a fun way of learning about the cards. You can enter the cad by being yourself and observing everything happening around you or you can see yourself as a character from the card and see what you learn from that experience.

 

I know some people use the cards in magick, although I have never done this myself.

 

Some writers also use them as inspiration for stories. A single card can help with character formation and a number of cards can help with narrative making. This is also a good way of learning how to read the cards because at the end of the day all readings are a form of narrative and story making.

 

The point I am trying to make is that there are many doorways into working with Tarot, if you find one way more difficult then maybe try one of the other ways. Find what works best for you.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I have a Tarot pack, looked at the symbolism some years ago, but decided it was unnecessarily complicated and that life was too short to be bothered any further.

 

Then again, I've never really been that interested in divination; what little I have done has needed nothing more than a "yes/no" type answer - for which tossing a coin is as good as any.

 

I did create a Greek alphabetical chart for divination based on the so called Limyran Oracle (see http://www.newsfinde...greek_alphabet/ ), but have very rarely used it and am currently unsure where I've put it...

Edited by Ellinas
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Nettle
      I have only ever been a Christian on paper lol. When visiting hospitals I would give the CofE answer when asked about my beliefs. I didn‚Äôt really even know what it meant. As a child I often prayed to God. But could probably count on two hands the amount of times I have attended church. Obviously at school I sang hymns¬†and recited the Lord‚Äôs Prayer. But I never went deep into it. My family is not religious. I have never been deeply influenced by Christianity. I have always been spiritual though. The weirdest thing is when I started on this journey it actually allowed me to gain deeper understanding of the Christ spirit. For many years I sought a shamanic technique¬†called the ‚Äúfierce eye‚Ä̬†technique. This technique as I believed at the time would allow me to command any spirit. I could banish them or destroy them at a glance. My long search for this technique allowed me to find and connect with many interesting things but never allowed me to unravel¬†the mysteries of the fierce eye technique. One day I had vision. In the vision - between the two doors - I saw a man standing at the corner of a street near to where I live. It was daytime but there was nothing else around. Nothing moved. It was as if every living thing was¬†asleep. I approached the man who as I was drawing closer turned to regard my approach. What I saw blew my mind away. The love I felt emanating from this strangers eyes was so powerful, so all consuming, utterly accepting¬†that I fell to my knees and started weeping with happiness. The love was so unconditional, so total and all encompassing. It took my breath away. I eventually awakened from this vision thinking what the hell was that all about? I did not realise until later that I had been shown the ‚Äúfierce eye‚ÄĚ technique. I had been mistaken in my assumptions as to what the ‚Äúfierce eye‚Ä̬†technique was all about. It was not about destroying something,¬†Commanding something¬†or even banishing something. It‚Äôs power lies in acceptance. I later realised that the being I had seen in my vision was the Christ spirit. The Christ spirit is also a Great Fool.¬† Who would have believed it,¬†that I would find¬†Christ following a pagan path lol. The irony was fitting. And made me realise just how limited I had allowed myself to be. The few times I have gone to church recently since this experience¬†(my son used to attend a CofE school) I feel very happy. Overjoyed even. A little mischievous.¬†I know I am welcome there even though I do not take up the mantle of Christian. I feel at home, accepted, even though I am a pagan. I feel very¬†welcome within the church.
    • Nettle
      I have several. Stone rabbit is one of my guides. He is a stone around the size of a medium sized hand, that is in the shape of a rabbits head (in profile) that I found many years ago and kept. On one side he has a mark that looks like an open eye, on the other side it looks as if he has lost that eye. Stone rabbit is master at navigating mazes/webways. When I want him to see something within the mundane I turn his head so his eye can observe. If I am going on a journey I have his lost eye side observing. He comes on my walks with me and I carry him in a bag around my neck.
    • Roundtuit
      Thank you.  Yes, I'm starting to think it's the journey that matters.   What a gorgeous image!  I'd love to get back to the fells, there's something new around very corner there.    
    • Stonehugger
      I've had varying degrees and natures of commitment to Christianity since I was at school but I've also always had pagan leanings and for quite a long time now my path has been entirely pagan. It's unproblematic in that my family and friends think it's harmless eccentricity, but I imagine it would be different if I took a strongly pagan stance on something. For me personally it's important to listen to what's going on around me and work out my path accordingly, so I celebrate the presence of many paths up the same mountain and have no concerns about reaching the top. I imagine that, like almost any walk in the fells, what currently looks like the top is just another place to see the next top from. Definitely!! ūüėĀ
    • Ellinas
      Well, I've been called many things in my time... I'm also a former Christian, with a chequered history (Anglican, in the guise of the Church in Wales, then Plymouth Brethren with the odd foray into the Baptists along the way).  I fell out with Christianity in the early 2000's, when I was late 30's, early 40's. Since then, the general nature of my meanderings has remained fairly constant, but the details and contents have changed over time.  That's fine.  The journey is the issue, not the destination.  Ithaca calls, but Phoenician markets and Egyptian cities have the greater import (poetic reference - just means follow your path and hope to arrive late, if at all).  What I believe tomorrow may be very different to what I believe today.  What I believed yesterday is just a stepping stone. In short, don't worry about what you have been, as it is merely the pathway that got you to what you are, and don't worry about where you are going, there are any number of bye-ways for you to explore. As to others - I have struggled with family pressures and the tyranny of monotheistic faith.  I understand your position and have no issue with a softly-softly approach such as you describe.  In fact, it is the best way unless you are prepared to create and weather a family rift. Dangerous statement.  Talk about tempting fate...!
×
×
  • Create New...