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.
Is there a card that continuously stumps you when it is drawn? Why do you believe this to be so? [ full list of questions here ]
There isn’t one specific card that stumps me as most of them usually pertain to the question(s) I ask. However, once in a while a card will come up that, on the surface, doesn’t have any ties or links to the other cards. When that happens I tend to concentrate on that card more and look for the hidden meanings and/or clues.
To kick off the new year and Tarot365, I decided to do a an annual spread I found here. This particular spread calls for 13 cards: twelve to represent a general overview of each month, plus one card for an overall reading for the year ahead.
Have you ever created your own spread? If so, how effective is it? Feel free to show the spread. [ full list of questions here ]
No I have not yet created my own spreads. That’s actually one of my goals for the new year! And I will definitely share it here when it happens. 🙂
I’m sure you’re all familiar with the various year-long photo a day projects such as iPhone365 and Project365. Having completed iPhone365 for the second year in a row for 2012, I wanted to try something a little different for 2013. I decided to create my own project/challenge to incorporate my love for iPhone photography and tarot. Thus Tarot365 was born!
As with the other 365 projects, Tarot365 involves taking a photo a day of my personal daily tarot draws/spreads/throws for the entire year. This will be an excellent way for me to further expand my knowledge of tarot (the individual cards and in general) as well as try new spreads or create my own.
Here’s a rundown of the details for this project in case you would like to join me, maybe? 😉
Start Date : January 1st, 2013
End Date : December 31st 2013
Challenge : Take a photo a day (with your phone/camera/what have you) of your daily tarot draws/spreads/throws for the entire year and tag them with the hashtag #tarot365
I plan to document my progress on my Instagram (@_bewitchery), on my Tumblr, and on this website. Can’t wait to get started! 🙂