The Tarot Course
Let me say a couple of things so you understand how I put the material together.
There is an old joke about someone interviewing for a job. He is told:
You can’t get the job unless you have experience.
So how do I get experience?
You need to have the job.
But I can’t get the job unless I have experience.
So it’s a bit like: You can’t read the Tarot unless you know what cards mean. At the same time, you can’t really know what cards mean unless you read them.
Typical Tarot Courses
I have seen what people offer in their Tarot courses. The problem is that they have a structure that they use to get through the material, but it is artificial and misleading.
They divide the cards into major and minor trumps; and separate the court cards. This makes us think that some cards are more important, or that some deal with spiritual matters while others are more about everyday affairs. The problem is that it’s not true.
They separate court cards – but any card can represent a person, and any court card can represent a condition or a situation. They aren’t limited only to people.
The teachers will often begin with the major trumps and start with the Magician. Why? It is number 1, but so what? This doesn’t mean it is most important, or that it should be a starting point.
So they give us an artificial format and we learn cards within that context, but then we have to un-learn some ideas and be aware of wrong assumptions when we read spreads.
What we do that is different
On the other hand, if you are examining or reading a card and can watch a video about that card and what it is and what it might mean in a reading, then you are adding to your understanding at the moment, and this puts you in a better position for later.
You can start anywhere – and choose what card to study, or pick cards at random and work with those videos.
I had put some videos on YouTube, but wanted to offer people a complete set of videos for the cards, as well as showing some exercises for getting to know them. So you get a video for each card – and can work with them in any order – as well as samples of spreads in action and how to get to know court cards and suits, etc.
You start from where you are – and move forwards, or backwards, or sideways, or in all directions at the same time. The Tarot is about life, and life happens all at once – so it’s better to have separate explanations that you can refer to as you need or want them, instead of being given a manual or instruction book with a set order. There is no real beginning or end.
I have dealt with people who have taken courses and have certificates to prove it, but they can’t read spreads.
However, if you try some of the exercises, you will develop ability.
A procedure to follow
So, for example, you could write down a typical question like: What will happen in my marriage? and pick a card for the answer.
Make some notes about what you might say to the person who asked that question. Then watch the video for that card. Then make some more notes.
With the same question in mind, pick another card. Write down what you might say to the questioner. Watch the video. Add to your notes and increase your understanding.
Shuffle. Use the same question. Pick another card – and it might be one you have already chosen and so it is time to do more work with it, instead of considering a new card, and that in itself in interesting. Make some notes. Watch the video again. See what more you understand this time.
You will discover that you develop understanding and are drawing on your own knowledge – instead of learning someone else’s apparent meanings and trying to fit those meanings with a real person’s real question.
The main point is: It’s not so much what a card means or is supposed to mean; it’s more about what SENSE it makes as part of the answer to the question.
I am at your disposal, so if I can be of any assistance, just let me know. I can reply to emails, or record an mp3 answer and email it to you, or we can Skype.
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John Ballantrae on YouTube