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Tarot World Messages 2016 – Conversations With My Son

Greetings to All my Tarot Friends around the World,

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I do hope your New Year has got off to a great start for you. I have been working on this post for the last couple of weeks. I had initially intended only a couple of lines per card but somehow or other it evolved into something much grander. For this Special Post I decided to call upon my son in the spirit-world and ask for his help in sending the World some messages or guidance through the Tarot for the year ahead. I am not a Medium and do not claim to be a Psychic. I do not Channel messages from the Spirit World but thought this might lend a more Spiritual Tone to the interpretations.  I particularly focused on Global Conflict and War as it appears to have dominated our lives and personal security for so long. I also chose this subject because of its connection to a conversation I had with my son a couple of years before he died in 2007. An account of this conversation is detailed below.  For this Special Post, I separated the Major Arcana from the rest of the deck and shuffled.  I did not reverse any, but instead intuitively Read the rest of this entry

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How to Interpret a Relationship Tarot Reading with no Cup Cards!

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There is a certain area of Tarot Reading that causes considerable confusion and frustration to those who are in the early stages of their apprenticeship or studies. The area I refer to is how one goes about interpreting a Relationship Spread when there is an obvious lack of Cup Cards to work with. Many students struggle when attempting to link non-Cup Cards to the emotional needs or desires of their client. They can view each Suit in a one-dimensional manner. This results in seeing love and romance only when Cup Cards are present. A good old Wand, Sword or Pentacle doesn’t have the same impact at all.

How to Interpret ‘Wand Cards’ in a Relationship Reading

I spent several years teaching Tarot, and at the end each class lesson, students would pair up to do mini exchange readings for each other. I would oversee these readings as I circulated around the class, stopping occasionally to observe the interactions. Time and again, I saw students fall into the same presumption trap that seems to be particular to the Cups’ Suit.  Here are some examples:

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Student A – Wants to ask about their career and in their near future position lies the Ace of Cups.

Student B– Face lights up and announces that they are going to meet someone on a romantic basis in the near future. Love is in the air. Student B hooks onto this card and bases the rest of the reading around the new romance that is just appearing on the horizon.

Student A – Is quite flattered but still would like to know more about their career.

I ask Student B if there is a possibility the Ace of Cups held others meanings that might be connected to career rather than love? The Point being that Cup Cards do not automatically mean ROMANCE or LOVE.

How to Interpret ‘Wand Cards’ in a Relationship Reading

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The Lovers Reversed

Student C – Wants to ask about relationships and whether there is a ‘special other’ waiting for them in the near future. The cards drawn reveal no Cups.

Student D – On seeing no Cup Cards suggests that the time is not right as they see no romance in the foreseeable future.

I ask Student D to ponder the cards in the Spread and consider the possibility that Student C is not the romantic type and is looking for a less traditional type of relationship. Could they be seeking an intellectual match, or someone who is daring and adventurous, or then  again it might be financial security and stability that means more than romance. The Point being that no Cup Cards does not mean NO RELATIONSHIP or LOVE

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I had a query recently from a site viewer who couldn’t work out why she had drawn so many Cup Cards when she had deliberately asked about her career. She asked if it meant that she should be concentrating on her love life at present instead of her career? Now, maybe the cards did mean that, but my response was to examine the personal emotional associations of the Cup Cards she drew, as opposed to automatically connecting them to romantic involvement with another. I reminded her that personal happiness comes before seeking it with another. I asked her to revisit these Cup Cards in relation to how she emotionally felt about her career choices. Were the cards suggesting a career associated with the Cups’ Suit? Where they questioning the long-term emotional fulfillment that would be derived from certain career options she was considering? Could she be choosing to turn down a career opportunity that would bring great happiness, but little wealth, in favor of one that promised the very opposite? There are endless possibilities and she would need to analyse the spread as a whole to find the answer.

So, the next time you do a Relationship Reading, and upon turning over the cards you find not even one Cup Card to run with, don’t panic. Look at the cards that are present and work from there. Love comes in many shapes and sizes. Our definition of love also changes throughout of our life. What we consider love as a teenager, is perceived as no more than naive infatuation as a young adult. When we are busy building our careers we may take another view of love and romance. It may not be as vitally important to us during that busy time. Love that involves committing to each other, or starting a family, takes on yet another slant. Then we have the type of Love that develops into a deep rich friendship. We also have a Love that demands the retention of personal freedom, the love of one’s own company. We have love that comes and goes, many loves in one lifetime, love that is delusional or elusive, and of course love that is timeless. As Tarot Readers or consultants it is not our job to attach a blanket understanding or meaning of love when doing Relationship Readings for ourselves or others.

What might sound preposterous to you may very well be extremely acceptable to another. A lack of Cup Cards could easily suggest that the person you are reading for is looking for something other than the typical romantic idyll. They may not feel ready for that type of love, so it is not our place to cast judgement.

I have taken some time to compile a list of possible meanings and associations (both Upright and Reversed)  that can be used for the other Three Suits; Wands, Swords and Pentacles when they turn up in a Relationship Reading. I have already written extensively about the relationship aspects in the more detailed versions of each card which are available to view on this site. These however can be used for quick access.

I have also given snapshot Yes/No meanings that can be applied, but remember they are only snapshot, and not definitive. There is also a reference to the Number of the Card with its numerical associations. 

I will be releasing these in installments over the next week, starting with The Wands Suit. Of course I will also include The Cups Suit at the end. For today, I bring you The Wands Suit. Just Click Here or on the link below. 

How to Interpret ‘Wand Cards’ in a Relationship Reading

 

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Drum Roll Please for….. THE KNIGHT OF CUPS…..

Hail to All my Tarot Friends Far and Wide,

I am thrilled to announce that the long-awaited Re-worked Knight of Cups is now ready for viewing. I got pretty carried away with this Knight in Shining Armour so there is a bit of reading involved which I do hope you will all enjoy. Take your time going through all the Information and Personality Description that accompanies this Fair Knight of The Cups Suit. It may seem like a lot of information at first glance but really this Knight is very Self-Explanatory and once you get the gist of him, you will say ‘Ah yes, I now understand what he is all about’. Many of his meanings both Upright and Reversed are similar. It is just a matter of applying them to the Specific Area you are dealing with, and very importantly, consulting all the other Cards in the Spread along with The Question. Should you draw The Knight of Cups in a One Card Reading, it would be advisable to draw a Second, and even Third Card so that you can get a better insight as to what Message he holds for you.

Some Exercises for The Knight of Cups will follow next week and I will add the next installment of The Drama of The Four Knights in the near future.

To View this Dashing Knight in Full Detail, please CLICK HERE, THE KNIGHT OF CUPS or Click on The Image Below.

THE KNIGHT OF CUPS

Knight of Cups Upright

Shorter Version

As with all the other Re-worked Cards there is an alternative option where you can view just the Keywords and Meanings of this Knight both Upright and Reversed without the Lengthy Card Imagery Description and Personality Profile. Just Click Here to go Directly to The Shorter Version.

Happy Reading and Studying,

Vivien (your Tarot Teacher)

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  A Selection of Knights of Cups

Selections of Knights of Cups

Top Row –  The Robin Wood Tarot, The Gilded Tarot, (Unknown)

Middle Row – Rider Waite-Smith

Bottom Row Timothy Lim, Morgan Greer & Witches Tarot

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Copyright © 2006-2014 Vivien Ní Dhuinn

A Multi-Layered Daily Card Reading & A Special Gift

Greetings to all my Tarot Friends,

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The Hare among The Flowers – Artwork by Isabelle Lynch

Well, it has been one of those weeks again. Hard to get to my work done due to life getting in the way, obligations and the ever-present Hospital Appointments that take up the whole day just to have one fifteen minute chat with my consultant. I have another Hospital to attend next Monday and I know for sure that this one will definitely take up most of the day yet again. However, I have been getting some work done here and there and am busy working on Lesson Content at present.

I also had a quick look at my Cards over the last week whenever I got the chance just so that I could share their messages with you. I write about this Particular Daily Card Reading for a very special reason as you will find out when you read below. This Reading is important on many levels as the Cards drawn yielded several messages for me. Some of those messages did not reveal themselves to me until much later in the day, in fact just before I went to bed, which urged me to remind you that what you see in the morning in your Cards may or may not make a lot of  sense to you, or may appear indecipherable at the time. However, if you get into the habit of leaving the Cards you have drawn in the morning in a place where they will still be visible to you that night, you may find more messages contained within or they might read in a completely different manner. Whichever the case might be, it is wise to get into the habit of comparing your morning interpretation of your Drawn Cards with an evening or night-time interpretation, an After-The-Event-Reading as such.

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Practice Reading – The Horse Shoe Spread

Hi to All My Tarot Friends,

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Layout for Horse Shoe Spread

(Please note this image is for layout purposes only and does not show the Cards for the Reading)

Cards for Reading

Base Card  – Judgement (XX) Major Arcana

Card 1 – 2 of Swords Reversed

Card 2  – 10 of Wands

Card 3 Near Future – 7 of Wands and 5 Wands

Card 4 Answer – 10 of Cups

Card 5 (Surrounding Energies) – 9 Pentacles/4 Wands

Card 6 (Hopes and Fears) – 6 Swords

Card 7 (Outcome) – 8 of Wands

Here is The Horse Shoe Spread for you to have a go at (see layout above).  The Practice Reading I have posted below is based on this Spread. It is a Reading I did a few years ago. I have been given permission from the Querant to use it for Practice Reading purposes when teaching.  The Horse Shoe Spread is very popular among Readers of all levels and can be used for multi-purpose Readings. It is a variation of the Celtic Cross Spread.  It has a basic shape of 7 Cards laid out anti-clockwise in a Horse Shoe shape (click here to see exact layout of Practice Reading) .  In the Reading below, extra Cards have been drawn for some of the positions at the request of the Querant at the time.  When doing Readings, it is perfectly fine to add extra Cards in a Spread, but try not to add too many as the Reading is liable to get confusing. In addition to the Cards drawn for the Spread, I have also added the Base Card.

The Base Card is the Card that is found at the bottom of the Deck, after all shuffling has been completed, and before Cards are drawn.  It is the very last Card in the Deck. The Base Card often yields substantial information about the nature of the Reading, and as a Stand Alone Card, it can be uncannily accurate.  The Base Card should be looked at before any other Cards. If its meaning is not clear at first, it will likely make its relevance apparent as the Reading progresses.

It is important to understand what area a Position in a Spread covers. It is best to approach each Position with a flexible and open-mind. This is important for the Querant to understand too.  For instance, Querants do not always understand what the Past Position means. They can take it too literally; they can think it refers to the recent past or distant, but not both.  You may see something in their Past Position Card and go to great lengths to explain what it is.  The Querant can look blank and say it has no meaning for them.  This gets you off to a bad start.  You may see a broken relationship in the past that is causing them problems, but they disagree with you. Later in the Reading this comes out again and again before the Querant eventually makes a connection saying, ‘oh yes, there was a relationship, but that was over a year ago. I thought you meant in the last couple of months’. So a two-way flow of communication is very important. The Querant must know what you are referring to in relation to time spans and what the Position implies. However, do not get bogged down in having rigid views.

The Horse Shoe Spread has Seven Positions.

Position 1 The Past (This can be any time from a couple of weeks ago to two years ago.  Depending on the Reading, and if you get a sense about it, it may refer to the distant past or childhood.  Experience and practice will help with this. This Card should give background information as to the root cause of the situation i.e. where it is coming from).

Position 2 – The Present (approx. 3/4 weeks each way, but it may be more than that, so keep an open mind.  This Card should yield information about what is happening in and around the situation at the moment. This Card can also throw some light on the people who are involved if Court Cards are present.

Position 3 – The Near Future (approx. 3/4 months) This Card should give an indication of where the situation is heading based on the last two Cards, how it is likely to develop. Here is where the first bit of constructive advice can be given if the Card appears to be negative or unwelcome.  The Past cannot be changed, the Present is happening now,  but the Querant does have the power to take steps to change the future. They can do this by changing their attitude, behaviour, feelings and actions. If the Card is a Major (one of the 22 Cards of The Major Arcana), then the situation will be quite difficult to change as these Cards indicate a more fixed state.

Position 4 – The Answer (one of the most confusing Cards and needs a lot of practice to understand its nature.  The Answer does not mean the Outcome. The Answer can represent The Desired Outcome and may not be based on reality, but more like wishful thinking.  The Answer can represent advice, or the solution to the situation or issue, but it does not mean that it will occur or be taken on board. The Answer can act as confirmation or reiteration for the Outcome Card, suggesting that yes, it is the best Outcome under the circumstances. The Answer Card if in opposition to the Outcome Card, can suggest that you are heading for the wrong Outcome by the choices you are making. The route you are taking is not in your best interest, there is another way.

If you are looking for a definite ‘Yes’, then the Outcome and Answer Card should both be Upright. A Reversed Answer Card can indicate blocks or set-backs to the Desired Outcome. Once again, if the Answer Card is a Major Card, either Upright or Reversed it carries more weight than a Minor Card.

The Answer Card can also stand as a representation of the Querant, highlighting their personality or where they stand in the situation and how it is affecting them.

The Answer Card in The Horse Shoe Spread is generally read last. However, should you see a very positive Outcome and Answer Card from the outset, it can be very reassuring to let the Querant know this. When both Outcome and Answer Cards appear Negative or Reversed attention should not be immediately drawn to them.  The Reading should be worked through so that the Querant is gently guided and assisted in understanding the reasoning and logic behind them.

Position 5 – The Surrounding Energy (Another difficult one for Readers to interpret. It is a bit like the Base Card, but instead of it giving you background information, it will let you know the general feel surrounding the issue or situation.  It can show how others are perceiving  the issue, family and friends for instance, and whether the atmosphere is either positive or negative. It can expose information that the Querant may not necessarily wish to reveal, therefore, hidden agendas or the ‘real story’ can turn up in this area)

Position 6 – Hopes and Fears – This is quite straight forward.  If it is an apparent Negative Card, then it represents the Querant’s Fears about the situation. It is also shows that they are quite pessimistic about the Outcome. Their Fears can be discussed and extra Cards may need to be drawn to get to the root of these fears.  If it is an apparent Positive Card, it reflects the Querant’s Hopes, and suggests they are quite optimistic about the Outcome and have a positive outlook.

Position 7 – Outcome – This Card represents the Probable Outcome and not a definite Outcome.  In Tarot, nothing is set in stone or absolute. No guarantees should ever be given.  Telling a Querant that a certain Tarot Card is telling them exactly what is going to happen or what they have to do is interfering with the individual’s freedom of choice. No matter how excellent a Tarot Reader you think you are, you can never be 100% accurate.

The Outcome suggests the most likely Outcome based on the attitudes, actions, behaviour, feelings and thoughts of all involved, if the situation continues as it is. If the Outcome Card is Positive and Welcome, it suggests that there is great potential for all to work out in the end. This can be very reassuring for the Querant.  If the Outcome Card is Negative and Unwelcome, then it can suggest that the Querant is unlikely to be happy about how things are going to work out. They may not get what they want.  If you are using Reversed Cards, they may have appeared in the Reading highlighting blocks, negative mind-sets or behaviour that is stymieing a successful Outcome.  Constructive advice can be given or extra Cards drawn for further insight. Look to the Answer Card in Position 4 for advice, solutions or options.  It is quite common to do a second Reading using a Negative Outcome Card as the focus, with the intention of seeking constructive advice and a way forward for the Querant.

Along with Reading the individual Positions, you should be observant of Cards that are opposite each other, and diagonal to each other. If there are Court Cards, note which way they are facing and which Card is opposite them. For instance, a Court Card directly opposite an apparent Negative Card can throw light on who is causing the problem.

The above all sounds very complicated but only because it is written down.  We automatically arrive at these assumptions in our everyday life as we go about our business and when communicating with those around us. No one thing ever stands alone without having an effect of one sort or another on others, or the atmosphere around it.  In our everyday life we are constantly making connections and linking one bit of information with another in order to arrive at an assumption or the facts.  When we watch movies, TV dramas and soap operas, we actively and consciously participate in looking at a scenario from many different angles and perspectives. We analyse the characters and their personalities, search for flaws, inconsistencies, hidden agendas. We try to second guess or predict what will happen next and declare loudly to all ‘I knew that was going to happen’ when it actually does. When asked by those present with us ‘how did you come up with that?’, you are ready and waiting with a list of all the observations, links and connections you have made. Some around you may have come up with similar conclusions or were way off the mark.  We all know there are some much better than the rest of us at working out complicated plots and puzzling situations.  Some of us are  natural Police Officers, Detectives. Then there are those who are inclined in a Forensic manner. There are those who have a combination of the above, with minds, eyes and ears that are acrobatic, elastic and extremely rapid. Their minds flit this way and that, calculating and analysing continuously, while their eyes miss nothing and their ears here all.  Bringing a Tarot Reading together does involve having to cover many angles all at the one time, a bit like watching a tv drama or movie when you are not just content to sit there waiting for the end to find out ‘who did it’.  You want to work it out for yourself, and so must apply yourself to the task, and not just be a passenger. Intense detective and forensic work goes into Tarot Readings on many occasions. It takes time to be successful at juggling it all. In time like any decent Forensic Detective or Sleuth knows, it becomes instinctive and automatic.

So if you are ready to have a go at making links and connections, have an attempt at the Reading by clicking here or on the Link below. This Link will take you to the  Practice Reading – The Horse Shoe Spread. Read the Querant’s Question several times and make sure that your Reading keeps coming back to the Question. Set your imagination and subconscious free. Set you mind to analytical mode. Let them report back to you with their findings. See what you come up with. I will post a transcription of this Reading next week which will should allow sufficient time for interpretation.  You can then compare your Interpretation with mine.

Practice Reading – The Horse Shoe Spread

Remember it would be really weird if you were all to come up with the exact same interpretation as mine, so do not expect to.  Your Reading will be a reflection of your own personal style of interpretation.

Good Luck!  

Vivien (your Tarot Teacher)

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The Querant – Male. Late Fifties. Quiet spoken and a bit unsure as to what will come of the Reading.  Slow to communicate in the beginning, but once he settles into the Reading and sees how relevant all the Cards are he becomes quite animated and leans closer to view the imagery on the Cards for himself.  He has never had a Tarot Card Reading before but connects quite quickly to their symbolic nature.  He sees things in the Cards himself and points them out to me as we go along.  

The Question – I am going through a difficult time at the moment and would like to know what the next year holds for me.  I am filing for divorce, have a lot going on in work and can’t seem to see the wood for the trees.  My divorce is not amicable so I know it is going to be tough going.  The good thing is, I am in a very strong relationship but feel I cannot fully commit until I am totally free.  I feel tired of it all right now and would love to see some sort of light at the end of the tunnel.

The Cards Drawn

Base Card  – Judgement (XX) Major Arcana

Card 1 – 2 of Swords Reversed

Card 2  – 10 of Wands

Card 3 Near Future – 7 of Wands and 5 Wands

Card 4 Answer – 10 of Cups

Card 5 (Surrounding Energies) – 9 Pentacles/4 Wands

Card 6 (Hopes and Fears) – 6 Swords

Card 7 (Outcome) – 8 of Wands

The Horse Shoe Spread – Practice Reading (please Click)

Practice Readings

Copyright © 2006-2013 Vivien Ní Dhuinn

Truly Teach Me Tarot Course Update – Rolling Home With The Four Nines

Spring Greetings to all My Tarot Students and Enthusiasts,

I do hope you are all keeping well and are looking forward to the summer months ahead.  We are progressing nicely through The Minor Arcana and very shortly The Four Suits will have completed their current journey or cycle.  The drama for each Suit is building momentum as they head towards the finish line, the climax of their endeavours.  At times it has read like a Soap Opera but then, the story of The Four Suits is based on Archetypal Characters and Archetypal Situations.  This is exactly how Soap Operas, Movies or Fictional Novels work as they too are all based on Archetypes.  They mimic real life but in the extreme; characters with over-the-top personalities and exaggerated scenarios.

I am delighted once more, to announce that I have finished re-working and re-formating the Four Nines of The Minor Arcana, The Nine (IX) of Wands, The Nine (IX) of Cups, The Nine (IX) of Swords and The Nine (IX) of Pentacles which are now ready for viewing.  For continuity purposes, I have continued the fictional storyline for some of the Cards in The Card Imagery Section, but do also include their basic description.  Just Click on the Individual Images below to go straight to the Individual Pages. Don’t forget to read The Nines Introduction first.

The Four Nines – Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles

Nines Introduction

9 of Wands  9 of Cups Upright  9 of Swords Upright  9 of Pentacles Upright

These Cards will also be found in Lesson 9 of Part I of Course. They are also listed in the Section The 78 Cards – Detailed.  Don’t forget to read The Nines Introduction Page first before moving on to the individual Cards.

As with all the other Cards, there is detailed information on the Card Imagery and Description along with the Keywords and Meanings for both the Upright and Reversed versions.  Should you only require the Keywords and Meanings, then they can be found in the Section, The 78 Cards -Brief which is being created as I finish re-working each Card. There is still a great wealth of information available in this section and is probably most suited to those who just want to find out what their Cards mean rather than an in-depth study.

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It is important to remind you that it is not required of you to remember all interpretations given as that would be impossible.  What you are given is a wide variety of Keywords, Meanings and Associations for each Card.  Choose the meanings that resonate with you, make sense or have personal experience of. Take note of these, attempt to memorise them and use them as interpretations when those Cards are drawn.  In time you will find that you wish to add more meanings or keywords to your original ones as they become relevant.  This is how you build up your repertoire.

There are some Readers who only ever assign one meaning to each Card and therefore when a certain Card comes up, it means only one thing.  This is great if you have confidence and conviction of that sole meaning being relevant for your Querant.  Every Querant and Each Situation is often complex and complicated.  One meaning may not be suffice to unravel their Reading or provide any constructive advice.  If one meaning per Card works well for you then that is the way to go and is perfectly fine.  Otherwise, try to build up a variety that you are comfortable working with.

It is important also to remember that you will not learn The Tarot overnight, so don’t expect to. Take your time and get to know each Card on a personal basis.  Learning The Tarot involves self-discipline, personal application and heaps of patience.  Unlike many courses today that offer Certification after a One-Day or Weekend Workshop, allowing participants to then set-up professional practices as a qualified this, that or the other, you won’t be able to do that with Tarot. For a start, you have 78 Eight Cards to cover and remember, 156 if you are planning on reading reversed, and also many other disciplines to take on board such as Numerology and Astrology.  However, there are some who attend weekend Tarot Workshops and then set-up in business straight away. I have heard from very good sources there are several to be found at holistic  and psychic fairs where they have to consult their books and notes under the table when interpreting readings for people who are actually paying them for the privilege of it.

This type of Tarot Reading brings disgrace to the profession and is very damaging to the reputation of diligent, experienced Readers.   No one wants to, or expects, to have to study anymore in the current climate of ‘just add hot water and stir’ qualifications. I have taught several classes over the years and at the beginning of each course some students will drop out after the first class or two.  Those who come to let me know their reason for leaving explain that there was more involved than they thought.  They had always wanted to learn Tarot but they thought it would be simple.  Some had already attended Angel Card Reading Courses and now wanted to add Tarot Reading to their list of services.  They believed it would be as simple to learn Tarot as it was Angel Cards.

I always explain to anyone enquiring about learning Tarot the complexities involved if you really want to be a serious Tarot Student.  Tarot is an Apprenticeship and an Art.  It takes time to become adept at it but still some students find this hard to accept. If you wanted to become a psychologist, biologist or indeed an artist, and enrolled in a college to study it, you certainly would be very concerned if you discovered that all your tuition was to be covered in a weekend along with certification and graduation. The same applies to Tarot.  You will have to be prepared to work and study at it for some time if you want to be a Good Reader.

This is not to say you shouldn’t be Reading for others at all. On the contrary, you should now be hungry to practice your growing skills on friends and families members who will only be too happy to help you out.  It is important to let people know you are just learning at this stage and need to gain some first-hand experience.  This will take the pressure off you.

Best of Luck with your continued studies,

Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)

Copyright © 2006-2013 Vivien Ní Dhuinn

Truly Teach Me Tarot Course Update – The Eights are Good To Go

Hail all Tarot Students and Enthusiasts,

The Eights Intro

8 of Wands Upright 8 of Cups Upright 8 of Swords Upright 8 of Pentacles Upright

I am back once again and this time I bring with me the up-dated and re-worked Four Eights of The Minor Arcana; The Eight of Wands, The Eight of Cups, The Eight of Swords and The Eight of Pentacles.

The Story of the Four Individual Suits continues in the Eights as we head quite rapidly now towards the end of their current journey in the Tens.

It is in the Eights that the governing Elements are given free rein and we can really get an idea of their sheer strength and force at work as the Four Suits harness and utilise their qualities.

At last each Suit appear to be realising the potential of their precious Element and are managing to balance their components for maximum results. No longer are they content to be mere passengers on their journeys, for they are now in a position to control instead of being controlled by their respective Elements.

There is one Suit however, that still struggles to get to grips with theirs, and unfortunately have to contend with one of the most difficult, unpredictable and potentially destructive Elements of all.  This Suit is Swords and they have been given very little respite on their journey so far.  Apart from the Element of Fire in Wands, Air in Swords is very difficult to control and much self-discipline is needed in order to keep it heading in any desired direction. We shall see what it is capable of doing in the Eight of Swords.

You will see once more that I have used fictional storylines again and I trust you will find these useful on many levels.  These are just my stories and not required study. The idea is for you to remember the theme of each Card and Suit in a way that links them to each other.  When Reading Tarot, you must be able to rewind and fast forward the story in front of you so that you know where something is coming from, where it is now and where it is likely to go in the future.  Knowing the general storyline of each Suit allows you to do this.

So when you have plenty of time to spare go slowly through the Four Eights and attempt to assimilate their energy and meanings.  Do not put yourself under any pressure to remember all the variations of their interpretations as that would be too much to ask of anyone.  Just pick out the parts that are understandable and relevant to you and start with them.  In time you will add to these bit by bit and your knowledge will deepen and strengthen as a result.

These Cards will also be found in Lesson 8 of Part I of Course. They are also listed in the Section The 78 Cards – Detailed.  Don’t forget to read The Eights Introduction Page first before moving on to the individual Cards.

As with all the other Cards, there is detailed information on the Card Imagery and Description along with the Keywords and Meanings for both the Upright and Reversed versions.  Should you only require the Keywords and Meanings, then they can be found in the Section, The 78 Cards -Brief which is being created as I finish re-working each Card. There is still a great wealth of information available in this section and is probably most suited to those who just want to find out what their Cards mean rather than an in-depth study.

The Eights Intro

8 of Wands Upright 8 of Cups Upright 8 of Swords Upright 8 of Pentacles Upright

I will be posting another Practice Reading next week but in the meantime I will be getting on with updating and re-working the Four Nines of The Minor Arcana.

Enjoy,

Vivien (your tarot teacher)