So many of these posts are from the POV of new readers or people with an interest in Tarot. This week, I reached out to friends I knew had no prior knowledge of the subject and asked for questions. Sometimes it’s good to look at the topic from a fresh perspective. So without further ado, I offer you “Friends Asking Questions!”
Do you have one or several decks?
Kat and I both have multiple decks, but we tend to use them for different things. For example, my primary deck, The Enchanted Tarot, is my go-to for regular readings, but I also use Steven Farmer’s Power Animal Oracle Cards for daily readings. Kat has multiple oracle decks which she uses for different purposes. Colette Baron-Reid’s The Enchanted Map is Kat’s go-to, but if a deeper interpretation is needed for an individual or relationship within a reading, she’ll pull a card from Colette’s Wisdom of the Hidden Realms deck.
Some people collect decks as art, while others just maintain multiple decks for multiple purposes. It’s individual to each reader how many decks they will have.
Is there special meaning to the decks? I know each card as a translation.
There is a basic traditional meaning for each card in the tarot, but the interpretations will vary based on the deck. When someone creates a new deck of tarot or oracle cards, they bring their own biases, interests, and perspective to that deck. You will see that some decks have a more spiritual or New Age feeling, whereas others are more pagan or “witchy.” There are decks with a decided Christian perspective, and others that are not religious at all. This is perhaps why readers go through so many decks before settling on “the one.” Each deck has a personality—in the artwork, the interpretations offered (if there is a book attached), even in the choice of suits used. It can take time to match the deck to the reader.
Do you turn to tarot for general guidance or to answer a special concern?
Both. When reading for others, we tend to get more general questions. The three big topics are health, relationships, and career (not necessarily in that order). The more specific the question, the more specific the reading.
When we read for ourselves and each other, we generally pull the cards out to address a special concern or situation. For instance, if we are going to be working on a project, we’ll pull cards to see what areas of concern we should address to ensure our best results. If one of us is going through depression or anxiety, we will sometimes pull cards to help uncover hidden stressors or triggers that are contributing to the feelings. Like any other tool, the cards are flexible enough to handle the tasks we ask of them. The more you use the cards, the more you understand when it is and is not appropriate to turn to them for answers.
Does nationality influence the cards in any way?
There are many eclectic decks from different parts of the world, and each reflects the aesthetic and sensibility of its country of origin. As tarot did not originate in North America, this is the norm, not the exception. There is a rich choice of decks out there, and of course the artwork is going to influence the readings.
The nationality of the questioner or reader, as opposed to the deck, also affects the readings. Just as personality, physicality, social standing, and other factors play into how a reading is given or received, the country of original of the people involved will also affect the nature of the questions asked, the focus of the answers, and the ways those answers are interpreted and communicated.
Most questions concentrate on love, relationships, and work. Is that because they are the big items in people’s lives so there is more energy around that, or is that because there can be uniformity in experience so it’s easier to do a reading knowing it’s lack of specificity is broad enough that people can see themselves and their lives in the reading?
Interesting question. It’s true that most questions do circle around The Big Three, mainly because those tend to be what people struggle with the most (and care about the most). Each reading is individual, and sometimes these Big Three questions are super easy to answer because the person’s energy is focused so much on that topic.
While it’s true that the topics are broad enough that people have shared experiences, the things that pop out in a reading tend to be more aligned to what’s going on in that specific questioner’s life. The trick to good reading is to start with a general question, then to dig down towards more specific factors that are of importance to the client.
I hope this helps you get a better handle on how to find the right reader for you. If you would like to talk to Kat or me about getting a reading with Two Ladies Tarot, please check out our contact information. As always, if you liked this post, please sign up for our weekly newsletter or follow us Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. Please don’t forget to like and share this post. Comments are greatly appreciated.
Peace and Love,