When did you first commit to your Path? (full list of questions here)
I fully committed myself to studying/researching and practicing my eclectic path on September 23rd, 2011. That date is significant because it was also the Autumnal Equinox. I’m a stickler for starting projects on special dates. 😉
Prior to that I dabbled in witchcraft in my late teens/early 20s. Then I considered myself Agnostic for years even though I’ve always felt a strong inkling there was something more I needed to learn/know. This journey has been a long time coming! It’s a fulfilling one at that, and I know there will be always something new to learn.
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.
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.