Intuition is the ultimate branding in occult studies these days. So we figured it would be prudent get on with this little series of how intuition and tarot cross paths….since people are just going to click on anything that has intuition in it, right?
How to recognize intuition.
It is time to break intuition down into it’s basic parts. Before the entire occult of the internet rises up like some evil dragon and roasts us for dissing on intuition and it’s tarot. Please remember this is our experience we are speaking with. To learn about intuition, we suggest reading some neurology books about the brain and consciousness, there are quite a few good ones these days that break things down in layman’s terms, that mere mortals like us can understand. Science is fully on board, scientists and psychologists and doctors have spent decades trying to get to the bottom of this underlying rhythm of consciousness. If the interest really has grabbed a hold of you this article on the Ventralmedial prefrontal cortex is a very well written piece, tons and tons of references. The intuitive process appears to be entwined with consciousness at the most fundamental levels. The article itself is not about intuition, but intuition appears to be all about the Ventralmedial prefontal cortex.
Intuition is fast.
Blindingly fast, intuition is so fast that it knows what the card is before you turn them over. Intuition knew what the cards were going to be, before you shuffled. When you shuffle the cards and get that stinking feeling you didn’t shuffle them right or this is a bad spread coming, now that’s doing a reading with intuition. Your intuition is saying, “hey I didn’t have time to get those cards in the right order for you.” Staring at the cards wondering what they mean, is not intuition.
Intuitions requires data
Intuition draws on memories such as past experiences, learned behaviors, and knowledge learned. . Intuitions other data set is sensory input, our little intuition machine is always grinding away measuring what is happening against what has happened. As long as something is being sensed intuition is intuiting.
In ones memories there needs to be a subset of data that is the meaning of the tarot cards. For this reason it is important to become one with the cards. The closer one is in understanding the the specific meaning of the cards the more accurately the intuition can select the proper card. Trying out different decks means starting over from complete scratch.
Intuition has access to an unbelievable amount of information, all the same it is not omniscient. With these memories intuition compares past experience with the current sensory load, extrapolates future probabilities, and takes actions accordingly. Intuition can only calculate the answers with what it has on hand to use.
Intuition gets instant updates of sensory data from the senses. For the tarot user it will use this data to have access to your shuffle. Intuition has to know where the hands are, how the hands move, how to press with the fingers, it needs that tactile feeling of the fingers to sense the surface of the cards.
Intuition needs to know what the cards mean to you. This takes memorization plain and simple. Repetition and memorization. Don’t change systems. Don’t switch decks for this or that. Find something that feels good and keep it.
Intuition speaks its own language. It functions in the language of your memories and dreams using image complexes, symbols. This is why the image complexes of tarot cards are so readily accessible to the intuitive mind. The intuition already speaks to itself in symbols, making memorized tarot cards a fertile field for intuition to work in work in.
Intuition’s only ways to communicate with you of its own volition is by taking control of your body. It can increase your blood pressure and adjust your hormones triggering flight responses, make a hand tingle or a ringing sound in the ear. Intuition is easily drowned out by conscious thoughts,
By entering a state of self observation or meditation, the mental process that are taking a rest allow intuition to be heard or in the case of a diviner of tarot to hi-jack the muscular system to shuffle the cards. Intuition has very little power to exercise over the muscular system, It is of paramount importance that shuffling becomes an ingrained automatic process, to the point that you are literally shuffling intuitively.
It is likely that there is no intuition available for looking at pictures. Intuition is not at work when we are observing the tarot cards. Staring at the Thoth deck until the meaning comes is not using intuition.
“intuitive tarot,” is a redundant hyperbole
If we are not using the tarot intuitively, we never were using the tarot at all. Using tarot cards is giving the intuition a series of cards with values that it can communicate through. It’s as if we were talking to someone and we only had 78 words to work with. Without including intuition in the process it’s just a card game. Everybody that owns a tarot deck is not going to be able to do this. Most will get some sort of results of a worthwhile value, once they have memorized the cards and have ceased their searching for those card meanings.