Intuitively reasoning reasons for intuition.
So what was your reason for wanting to learn tarot? Was it because some of your biggest heroes swear by it? A creeping suspicion there’s something more to life, and that gypsy at the carnival may have had it right? I personally wanted to be a powerful wizard that gets to hide in a room full of books and do wizardly things….more like Gandalf less like Saruman.
My guess is most people would probably say they picked up the tarot for divination. Does he love me? Does she hate me? Am I going to get the job? Are they going to fire me?
Any discussion about divination will require some discussion about intuition. Lets forego for the moment the theory that,”the cards have some mind of their own and they are actually telling us what they want to tell us.” We must infer then that it is our intuition that is putting the cards in the right order as we shuffle them or it is merely chance.
If intuition was easy to master there would be no looking for love or searching for just the right tarot deck for that matter. One would just know where to find it and know it when they found it. There is probably a hidden “law of irony” involved here with how many people buy tarot cards to look inside of themselves and find out why nobody asks them out, while at the same time it’s quite apparent there’s just as many people buying tarot cards to find out if they should ask them out…if only they were at the bookstore on the same day buying the same deck of cards…
As far as intuitive reading of tarot cards goes, this is not a shortcut. Either way one will have to memorize all the cards. Either they learn the meanings to the cards they have from studying. Or they spend a good deal of time staring at the cards creating associations with each card through which they can make their divination.
If you have selected the correct deck teaching yourself the meaning of the cards from scratch is just reinventing the wheel. And that is a waste of energy and time.
There are only 78 cards to memorize, it’s not that big of a mountain to scale. The I-Ching, or Book of Changes, has 64 hexagrams each composed of six lines, each line having a different meaning, on top of that each hexagram having its own meaning. For a whopping total of 448 different things to memorize! And that’s just the beginning if you want to really dig into The Book of Changes. Memorizing the tarot cards doesn’t seem so frightening now does it?
Since I planned on being a wizard of the non-Oz variety, I knew I would have to learn astrology. The school I chose to learn astrology at teaches the modern style of astrology. This is the more common astrology in the west and it takes into account the three outermost planets. So I chose a deck of cards that includes those planets.
This means everything I have learned about tarot is something I learned towards astrology, and anything I learn about astrology is another thing I learned about the tarot. The tarot cards then become a tool for learning, describing, and explaining astrology with others for teaching and learning and even for doing readings.
By approaching tarot in this manner the adept avoids the use of intuition to guess the meaning of the card. Each card represents a very specific complex of thoughts or ideas that the intuition can you use to communicate with the adept, the things that the adept would like to know.
Building up the skill in this way forces the intuition to manipulate the shuffle. Since there is no guessing or hunches involved with the meaning of the card the intuition can focus on bringing the proper symbols to the top of the deck for the spread that has been chosen.