a bridge to your soul
There is intuition, and then there is intuition. Where is your intuition directed? We focus on the shuffle not the image on the card. Grab a card any card and look at that image. The creator of that card designed that card with a specific meaning in mind, that meaning is the value of the card. The moment intuition is used to understand that card or discern it’s value, the original value for that card is void. If we could make any plea to all the tarot practitioners of the world it would be, ”stop guessing what the card means with your intuition.”
Lets have a thought experiment.
In this experiment there is only one kind of deck of tarot cards in the world. We have all learned the meanings of these cards, they are engraved upon our souls. Everyone knows the meaning of the cards so well, they don’t need pictures just a card with a number. Everyone knows the value of the fiftieth card as well as the first. The meanings of the cards are so well understood they are used to describe the landscapes of our psyche, the cards are road maps to our soul. Everyone finds they can communicate their emotional states to one another with these cards. The internet goes quiet, there is no one asking the meaning of individual cards anymore.
In this world there is no intuition involved with reading the cards, since the value of the cards are completely understood. Now that the value is always known the attention must be directed to the shuffle. It is the shuffle and the cutting of the cards that is bringing the cards to the top of the deck that will give the spread the meaning that is read.
The tarot spreads retain their meanings still. Intuition is expressing itself though our hands as the shuffle is done. To do this, everyone is shuffling more.
Ok…the experiment is over, this little thought experiment was about to destroy the entire tarot industry since everyone was buying the same deck of cards.
A couple things are apparent if enough time and effort are spent in this thought experiment. First off, somehow intuition is capable of being accessed during the shuffle. Secondly in order to leverage this intuition a complete command of the meaning of the cards is needed, no guessing the value of the card is allowed.
We find that the shuffle is a meditation in and of itself. By shuffling the same over and over, shuffling becomes a mechanical movement, an action that the body goes through without any direction or conscious awareness. All awareness is directed towards the question or subject of the tarot spread.
At this point when shuffling comes without thought, is when intuition can take charge and lead the shuffling to stack the deck in it’s favor, so it can communicate the answers requested. In order to do this the shuffle has to be done with such a regular rhythm that intuition is enabled to do it’s magic. If the shuffle goes on too long, not long enough, or a different amount of cuts are made the wrong cards will be on the top.
For instance we shuffle three times then cut three times, shuffle three times and cut three times, and then finally shuffle three times and cut three times. While in the meditative state it requires only the lightest attention be paid to ensure the right amount of shuffle and cuts are made. There is more than enough shuffling to allow for an intuitive stacking of the deck.
Before the shuffle make sure the spread has been decided on. With this choice intuition is being informed as to how many cards are going to be needed for the spread, and what type of thing each card will refer to. Make a conscious decision how you are going to shuffle, and then do that for the rest of your life. Don’t shuffle for so long it is impossible to keep track, don’t make the shuffle so short that it is not possible to re-stack the entire deck. Most importantly, NEVER CHANGE THE SHUFFLE YOU CHOOSE. The important thing is that the shuffle becomes complete muscle memory so that the focus is on the subject at hand and not the handling of the cards.
It is nice that images on some cards connect with people. It is cool that artists are painting over the old stuffy religious cards with something fresh and new. It is more important to accept that cards need to be a complete system with a certain set of values. Values that cover a specific range of events and emotional states in order to communicate. Changing the meaning of one cards necessitates the changing of other cards to reflect the new values. This is no small task, so lets be mindful of our tarot, and not assign meanings where they are not meant to be.
It is now time to shuffle shuffle shuffle. Pull out those old decks you don’t really care for and beat them to death practicing. Shuffle till your hands hurt. Shuffle until you can not count how many decks you have thrown in the garbage. Shuffle and shuffle and shuffle, shuffling should be your new fidget spinner. At some point it will just happen, effortlessly.
At that point the cards will become the bridge to your soul.