Sunday, March 4, 2012

Productive Reading

How can you get the most out of a Tarot reading? Well, there are several ways. Remember that a Tarot reading, regardless of how it's done, is a back-and-forth process. So first off, ask questions! If you find a reader who says something to the effect of "SILENCE! The Oracle is SPEAKING!!" you're probably first off, in the wrong place for a serious and in-depth reading, and second, probably have someone doing readings for the wrong reasons. A common question I get is, "You predict the future, don't you? So why should I have to ask you questions?" Good point. Say you were asked to summarize, say Ulysses. It's a big book. What would your first question be? Probably something to the effect of "What aspects of the book should I focus on? Character development? Social implications and commentary? Joyce's use of language?" Asking questions allows your reader to focus more on one particular aspect of the situation. True, the cards can be read without it, but it can help to home in on what you would like to know. Good readers are flexible, and know that there are layers of meaning in the cards themselves as well as their interactions and patterns that they form, and will be able to see how these patterns relate to your own question.
On the heels of this, another good approach is to "do your homework". Not necessarily go finding out background information on the reader themselves, though that certainly is your decision, and readers will be able to tell you about qualifications, certifications, if any, and so on. There are certification organizations in the United States and Europe, though there is no real "official" Tarot certification process. What I mean by homework is get your thoughts together before a reading- walk in knowing not only what you want to ask, but your feelings about possible outcomes. If you have trouble clarifying or getting your thoughts in order, that's also all right! Bring that to the table too. But in a nutshell, try to put together an idea of what you hope to gain from the reading, and go from there.
Another useful thing to remember is that free will always plays a role. Each person makes their own decisions- granted, there's no getting away from karma, but ultimately what we decide plays a role. And karma is not necessarily a bad thing- simply put, karma is like thermodynamics- for every action, there is a reaction. Good or bad doesn't really apply in this definition- merely action and consequence. However,there are those actions that are beneficial to you, and those that are not. But remember, the time to change your future is in the present. If you find something on the negative side in a reading, don't panic! Stop and think about it before you go running off hanging garlic in your windows and sprinkling goofer dust around the house. If something is up, ask yourself (and your reader, depending on the situation) what you can do. One of my favorite cards in the deck has always been the Wheel of Fortune. As the name suggests, it tells of things going around and coming around. The image is usually, well, a big wheel. Often there are figures on the wheel, indicating good and bad fortune. The concept is that everything comes around- when you're up, sometimes you'll be headed back down. Not to be pessimistic, just know that fortune can change. So don't try to always be on top of the world (or the wheel, as the case may be), just remember that the opposite is true also- when you're down, you're going to head back up as the wheel turns. The only constant in life is change, after all. Know how the change operates, and know that when you're down, the situation is not permanent! You always have the power to change it- it may be a little chip off a big boulder, but every little bit helps.
So go out there, if you're a reader, read well and true and honorably, and if you're having a reading done, and even if you're not, live well and true and honorably.

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