Where it All Started
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I first came to the Tarot over 15 years ago and have been a student of this wonderful and ancient form of divination ever since. Sourcing books or courses on this subject or indeed any area that was considered spiritual or metaphysical was a nightmare back then. Some forward thinking book shops thankfully, kept a tiny area at the very back of their store for these, then controversial topics. You really had to know where to look and also be prepared to walk miles between stores or wait weeks for a specially placed order to arrive. Anyone who was reading the Tarot at that stage more than likely had been fortunate to have the knowledge passed down to them.
Well, things have certainly changed for the better. The internet and online shopping now gives us access to thousands of books on any subject our heart so desires to study. Bookstores boasting huge Mind, Body, Spirit and Metaphysical sections can be found in most towns or even local villages. People in general have changed their attitude to such subjects. There is now a massive curiosity and developing interest in everything spiritual, metaphysical and esoteric. Open mindedness has replaced narrow views and beliefs. More and more people are moving away from traditional conventional careers and instead can be found training as Healers, Reflexologists, Crystal Therapists and Psychics.
Fads and fashions come and go but The Tarot has remained consistently popular throughout all these changes. Mystery and secrecy has always surrounded the Tarot and it was considered that only those who had the gift could read. This of course is not true but up until recent years there was so little literature on the subject that it indeed had to be passed down to you. This gave the appearance that the person reading the Tarot was especially gifted. Nowadays, things have changed or have they? It wasn’t until I advertised my first course in teaching Tarot that I discovered I was one of only a few people in Ireland teaching this fascinating subject. How could this be? As a constant student myself, I have never had any problem studying alone or from shop bought books, self-educating myself so to speak. This is not to everyone’s taste though. Most will start off with good intentions to study, read and practice only to become bored and disinterested after a short period of time. I discovered this to be the case with many of my students who admitted to having bought numerous books on the Tarot over the years, but still hadn’t really learnt anything. The books had become dust gatherers on a shelf. Their complaint was that it was all too confusing and that one needed too many books as no one book held all the information. You know, I had to agree with them. I too had to buy several books before I could get some sort of idea as to what was going on.
When I was first approached to teach the Tarot, I was surprised that I had never thought about it before. The years of study and reading had slipped by and I had all but lost sight of the fact that I now had something that I could pass on, or down, to others. And so I began. I sat down to type, confident in the knowledge that my Tarot Course would be ready to run in a matter of weeks. Little did I to know what I had let myself in for. I quickly understood why there are so few people teaching this subject. I soon realised that it was going to take me much longer than I expected. Where was I to start? How did one go about teaching the Tarot? There was nothing else for it, I just had to sit down and type. And type is what I did, type and type and type. I’m still typing to this day. Still working on this course, still up-dating, still going back and correcting typos and grammatical errors (well trying to anyway!).
What I wanted to put together was a complete Tarot Course. A lesson-by-lesson course, with homework and assignments. I wanted the course to have structure so that the student could work methodically and gauge their progress from the very first lesson. I wanted to introduce them to Meditation, Psychic Development and Dowsing. My aim was to develop the natural intuition and psychic awareness of each student by engaging in all these disciplines. The end result would be a gifted, wonderfully aware and empathic Tarot Reader who would use their Tarot cards as an extension of their own natural abilities and not as a crutch. When you, the student first set off on the journey below, you may feel overwhelmed or daunted by the immediate amount of information that is thrown at you. Do not lose heart for before you can get down to the exciting exploration of each card, some necessary information must be handed over or should I say handed down. Remember that nothing of value ever comes easily.