Do you feel a “connection” to your cards? [ full list of questions here ]
I do, indeed! The moment I saw the artwork for the Shadowscapes deck I felt immediately drawn inside the world within each card. What’s funny is, I waited quite a long time to purchase this deck. It has been in my possession for a little over a month now but I feel as if we’re old friends with lots of catching up to do!
Do you do readings using reversals? Why or why not? [ full list of questions here ]
I did when I used my R-W deck. Currently, I do not and prefer it this way. Per the companion guidebook for my Shadowscapes deck, the author (and artist) did not intend for this deck to have reversals. I feel, based on the descriptions and card meanings in the book, there are both positive and negative characteristics mentioned for each card. Also, depending on the question(s) asked, the message/answer can be interpreted either way.
Do you ever use the Major Arcana without the Minor Arcana or vise versa? [ full list of questions here ]
No, I don’t. Though I would like to explore that option later on.
How much emphasis do you put on the text-book meanings for cards, and how much stress do you place on the “feeling” you get from cards through their artwork/symbolism/etc. (aka reading intuitively)? Do you do both, or one or the other? [ full list of questions here ]
When I first began working with my Rider-Waite deck, I consulted various websites such as Aeclectic and Learn Tarot to learn the meanings and symbolisms for each card. Over time I’ve come to know what each card represents or symbolizes when by itself and with other cards in a spread. When I draw a card, I take the time to focus on each card and write down what emotions/thoughts I get from it. However, I still find myself looking up meanings when I’m stumped or feel blocked when I try to read them intuitively.
For what purposes do you usually use the Tarot (self-reflection, guidance, advice, recreation, communing with spirits/dead, communication with deity, other)? [ full list of questions here ]
I use tarot mainly for self-reflection, and guidance. Once in a while, when I feel the need, I use it to gain insight on how to best open myself up and/or communicate with the Divine. Other times I use it as a checkpoint of sorts to see if I’m journeying along the right path so to speak.