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Learning About Tarot

Subject: Learning About Tarot


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re whether the significance of the cards is absolute/static:
that depends entirely on the way the cards are used and what
someone is attempting to achieve.  in reflective or oracular
activities the meanings are likely going to be less important
overall, though the significance of the cards can take on a
personal definition for the reader in both cases without a
tremendous deteriorization of effect.

if one is attempting to glean the insight professed to be a
part of any specific deck through meditation and focussed
usage, then study of primary sources, general understanding
of symbolism and one's own psyche will be of great importance.

re comparisons of texts from which to learn:
texts are not always the best tools to use for learning tarot.
sometimes it is better to have a human instructor to guide the
integration of the deck, sometimes it is better to work alone
and construct one's own meanings without the interference of
other (conflicting or supporting) input.

books of sparse detail and formulaic structure are probably
better as lead-in introductions to the construction of one's
own system of association with the cards.  authors like
Waite (_Pictorial Key to the Tarot_) and Eden Gray (_Mastering
Tarot_ or _Tarot Revealed_, etc.) may be very helpful in this
regard, giving very skimpy interpretations which can be turned
toward one's purposes without intruding upon the process.

sources which describe in rich detail, usually from the
perspective of the designer, artist, the school(s) from which
they are working, and with a complexity and profundity of
content are best sought for the assimilation of a previously
defined significance and the mysteries which lie behind them.

re the possibility of poorly learning tarot:
the worst way to learn the tarot is through a mixture of half-
understood styles combined with an arrogant presumption of
having complete knowledge of the tool and its valuable uses,
generalizing in order to obtain authority.

even without the half-understood admixture this arrogance
and ridiculous facade can be a very great hindrance to one's
studies and personal development (as well as a challenging and
sometimes initiatory goad where founded on substantial study).
myopia and ego-explosion are the twin dangers here, and keeping
an eye on both open-mindedness and humility are remedies.

blessed beast!

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