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30 Day Tarot Challenge – Day 06

Are tarot spreads really that important to learn from? I remember when I thought there were finite layouts and card combinations. My young tarot reading mind couldn’t fathom why you’d need more than three possibilities. Since then, things have really changed in the tarot spread department. There is an infinite supply of card layouts to choose from, all of which seem to offer something new to discover about the tarot. But, I can’t help but remember the days when it wasn’t about the layout. I learned tarot using one layout for the longest time, and it never failed to enhance my tarot reading in general. Too much of a good thing is still bad, so let’s go back to basics today. Today’s question is all about tarot spreads, and I’m taking full advantage. Continue reading

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Weekend Readings: Hanson Roberts Tarot

This weekend I’m highlighting the second tarot deck I ever owned. The Hanson Roberts Tarot is better known today as the deck that comes with The Essential Tarot Kit: Book and Card Set. Back a few years ago, and maybe still today, you could pick this kit up at your local Barnes & Noble. The deck always seemed marketed as a gimmick type gift, you know, one of those last minute trinket impulse buys. But, I couldn’t help myself, and I picked the deck up. I’m glad I did, as it was a huge improvement to my minimally illustrated first deck. To do this deck’s art justice, I’ve also decided to highlight one of my favorite spreads called The Double Triad Tarot Spread. Is there a better spread for the weekend? Probably not, so let’s ring in the weekend with a new sample tarot reading. Continue reading

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Day 022: Learning Tarot Through Tarot Spreads

The Holistic Tarot beginner’s guide embraces all kinds of tarot spreads. Learning tarot through card reading seems to go back, way back, at least to the Pictorial Key to the Tarot published around 1911. In his book, A. E. Waite provided a ten card spread, a thirty-five card spread, and a forty-two card spread. Of these, the Celtic Cross Spread is undoubtedly the most popular today. All tarot readers seem to come across this spread fairly early on in their tarot journey, if not certainly later on. Many decks present at least one spread in their ‘little white booklets’, and the Celtic Cross is usually it. But there are, perhaps, more spreads today than ever previously available. Which one should you embrace as a tarot reader? Does the spread you select even matter? Continue reading

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Day 021: Tarot Books & Working Decks

Today, I’m going to be talking about tarot resources. These are the books we all have on our shelf, or maybe don’t have but should. Likewise, I want to take a look at tarot decks from the perspective of a student of tarot. What decks should every aspiring tarot reader have or be familiar with? How do the tarot resources we choose impact the way we read tarot? Are there any books I simply can’t be without? How does one exactly connect to a tarot deck? Do fluffy tarot decks and occult tarot decks have a place at the table together? Let’s talk about this, because let’s face it, resources are part of the learning process. Continue reading

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RWS Tarot Card Meanings: The Lovers

In the heart of the Garden of Eden stands the mighty Tree of Life and the great Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Since the beginning, man and woman has lived in harmony in their shade. But now, the serpent lies in wait, silently biding his time. For the serpent knows that a time of separation is near. The man’s gaze has wandered to the sensuality of the woman, for her own gaze is locked on the Divine. Lust has a way of complicating things, but is it truly lust that grips the man? Could it be that he sees the Divine shining through the woman he has known for so long? Continue reading

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Day 020: Getting Acquainted With The Lovers

Out of the many tarot cards I’ve studied across various decks, The Lovers card seems to be the most misunderstood. Today, many tarot readers translate The Lovers into a card of romance, perfect partnership, and sexual passion. However, a quick glance through the Major Arcana and we realize this isn’t quite accurate. If The Lovers is truly the perfect relationship, then why is The Devil necessary? The question is a valid one, and yet, it is rarely asked by modern day tarot readers. Getting acquainted with The Lovers isn’t as easy as one would expect. To do so, we have to explore some sensitive topics, so let’s just get started. Continue reading

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Weekend Readings: Everyday Witch Tarot

Out of all the decks I’ve purchased thus far, the Everyday Witch Tarot is probably the most heartfelt. This is the only deck I’ve purchased due to prior exposure to the author’s work. What makes this deck for me is the author through the wonderful and talented artist. The author of this deck though, is Deborah Blake. Her voice is a significant one in the Wicca/Pagan/Witchcraft community. Deborah Blake is herself a Wiccan High Priestess, and the author of Everyday Witchcraft. On a personal note, this deck gets plenty of reviews, but for me, I just love what this deck means to me. Deborah Blake’s work found me at the right place, in the right time, and I’m so glad every time I use this deck. Continue reading

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