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  The Twenty-Two Major Cards:

  1. The Magician
  2. The High Priestess
  3. The Empress
  4. The Emperor
  5. The Heirophant
  6. The Lovers
  7. The Chariot
  8. Strength
  9. The Hermit
  10. Fortune
  11. Justice
  12. The Hanged Man
  13. Death
  14. Temperance
  15. The Devil
  16. The Tower
  17. The Star
  18. The Moon
  19. The Sun
  20. Judgment
  21. The World
    0. The Fool













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Sedona Journal of Emergence

Drinking From The Cup of Love

A Useful Spread For Decision Making

Article in: Sedona Journal of Emergence
2020 Contractors Rd. #4
Sedona AZ 86339
By Kooch Daniels

For centuries the mystical art of the Tarot has alerted humanity to a greater truth than the dogmatism of conventional thought, and in modern time the magic of Tarot is stronger than ever. The Tarot, a symbolical playing-card storybook of timeless wisdom, is becoming more and more popular with the public through national advertising for psychic phone hot-lines, the comeback of tea rooms, and the visible presents of Tarot card readers throughout the country. The cards popularity is not only a phenomena of modern times. Its potency to be used as a divinatory medium began centuries ago.

Many theories concerning the card's true origin are in existence, but the truth of the card's commencement is lost in the obscurity of time. Some scholars claim that the cards originated in Asia since many of the symbols in the cards have parallels represented in Indian mythology. For instance, the Hindu monkey-god, Hanuman, has been portrayed carrying in his hand the signs of the four Minor Arcana suits, the cup, wand, sword, and coin. Also, the Tarot's focus on the positive-negative forces in a world of duality echo's the ancient teachings of the Vedas.

Other authorities claim that the cards were birthed in ancient Egypt where they were used to help instruct initiates to learn mystical rites. After hieroglyphics were decoded, it became known that "Tar" meant "royal", and "Ros" meant way, or Royal Way another title for the Tarot.

Some Tarot scholars argue that the only possible origin of the cards is rooted in the Kabbalah because each of the twenty-two Major Arcana cards correspond with letters in the Hebrew alphabet and can be systematically correlated on the Tree of Life, their scheme of order in the universe. However, the religious symbols and teachings communicated through these cards are eclectic and not limited to any single system of belief.

There are many other suggestions as to the origin of the cards, and when you study other authors you will read various opinions and hypothesis. However, most give credit to the gypsies and their nomadic travels across the European continent for popularizing the cards as their common name, "Tarot of the Bohemians", will testify. Even though there is disagreement to the Tarot's origin there is popular consent about their contents. Anyone who seriously plays with this deck of seventy eight cards will come to recognize that their symbolic dialogue communicates universal truth and wisdom.

In today's world the origin of the Tarot is not so important as the question, "Where do I buy a deck?", and luckily for most of us, we don't have to find gypsies to obtain our cards. Access to the Tarot is as easy as a trip to the local metaphysical book store where you can find numerous Tarot decks with traditional as well as modern designs. Your choice of decks is up to your personal preference, however if you're just beginning to learn Tarot, it is the decks with traditional designs such as the Rider Waite Tarot which have an advantage. Many text have been written giving instruction for the Tarot using traditional symbols. For instance, it is easy to find numerous instructional manuals to help you learn the Tarot by using Waites deck, but you will be lucky to find one instruction guide to help you interpret a recently published New Age deck.

Because there are many books written that teach about the Tarot and its 22 Major and 56 Minor Arcana cards, it is not hard to find information about them, but if you want to demystify the Tarot and quickly learn how to use these magical cards, you're going to need to do more than read about them. Your potential to do readings using the Tarot comes from your willingness to play with them repeatedly, and your understanding of how to communicate using the language of symbols, the key to divining with the Tarot. The more you understand the meaning of symbols and recognize the significance you yourself associate with the various Tarot symbols, the easier it will be for you to interpret the meaning of the cards.

Here is the most important advice I can give you if you're serious about becoming a Tarot reader: Become familiar with the meaning of each card by asking yourself what it's symbols means to you. Don't try to memorize other people's meanings for each card. If you're a robot, memorizing other people's interpretations is a perfect way to relate to the cards. But if you want to have a deep, intuitive connection with them, then you need to have a personal understanding of each card's meaning. Listening to your inner voice to learn the significance of each card simplifies learning the Tarot, it doesn't make it harder. Reading twelve books on the Tarot, and trying to memorize each author's 78 interpretations for upright cards and 78 interpretations for reversed cards and repeating these interpretations for during the readings that you give makes for a great intellectual pursuit, but this will not necessarily help you give meaningful readings. Let go of relying on other people's authority concerning the truth found in the Tarot and discover each card's meaning by working with your own diverse associations for its symbols.

The key to understanding the Tarot on personal level is believing in your own wisdom and trusting your intuitive process. Faith in yourself and your willingness to practice gives you the green light for traveling the sacred highway of the Tarot

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Drinking From The Cup Of Love
By Kooch N. Daniels
Copyright 2012

A tarot student once asked, “What does it mean if the majority of the cards in my tarot spread are from the suit of cups?”
“It’s important to drink from the cup of love,” was my reply.
A different answer to this question involved exploring the meaning of the specific cards in the layout. However, this question could also be answered by examining the significance of the meaning of the suit of cups. What is this tarot suit communicating to us?
The suit of cups most often involves love, passion, and relationships. It is identified with the element water, the emotions, depth of feelings, receptivity, imagination, and the intuition. When there is a predominance of the suit of cups in a tarot spread, its message involves a watery or emotional essence. It visually shows the importance of discussing your client’s heart-felt needs and puts their longings and desires in the limelight. Even if the topic of romance isn’t the main question being asked, the person receiving the reading may need to get more in touch with their feelings and the truth of what’s affecting their inner reality.
A majority of this suit in a spread can indicate that life experiences are triggering emotional reactions. If the cards are mostly upright with positive images, I might ask my client if he or she is falling in love or seeking advice about an on-going relationship. When most of the cup cards in the spread are reversed, I may ask whether a relationship is in conflict or if there is tension invoked by a past relationship. Is the person who is getting the reading suffering from the pain of loss or quarrelling with a significant other?
During the discussion of the potential meaning of these cards, it will become obvious if the person is anxious or secure, a victim or victor in love, and how I can best nourish my client’s sense of wellbeing. While viewing the spread to explore the path of the inner self, it may become possible to dive into the sea of the subconscious mind and find truths buried under the surface of conscious awareness. Most often, my key to unveiling the message of this suit is to inwardly question, “What are you presently drinking from these cups of love?”

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A Useful Spread For Decision Making

By Kooch and Victor Daniels for Readers Studio's Tarot Tips
Copyright 2018

Just as Cinderella’s royal coach turned into a pumpkin at midnight, we can each predict that at a certain time change will come into our life. Although many count their blessings to have opportunities for new experiences, some people face unfamiliar experiences and untested outcomes with dread. Coming to a crossroad and facing an opportunity to make a life change, a person may freeze with uncertainty as to what choice to make. Juggling even the best alternatives can turn worrisome and frustrating.

Seeking clarity about a decision can become a stressful dilemma that causes a client to knock on a Tarot reader’s door. Questions such as, “Should I stay in my relationship or should I leave?” “Will I be happier living in California or should I move to New York?” “I’m thinking about changing jobs. Should I or shouldn’t I?” are but a few of the limitless concerns involving ambivalence. Emotional and career choices can sit heavily in a person’s mind like a mound of boulders dangling from a cliff’s edge.

One of my favorite spreads to inspire clarity and help a person hear his or her opposing voices is called The Inner Dialogue Spread. You can use this spread for your own decision making process to see how it works. Once you become well acquainted with it, you’ll be able to work its magic with your clients.

The Inner Dialogue Spread

Think about your situation while you shuffle your cards. Cut the cards as you normally do to get ready for your reading. Once you are ready, select your cards.

Place the first two cards that you draw side-by-side on your table.
Card 1: Represents pros of your situation.
Card 2: Reflect the other side or the cons of your concerns.

Envision the images on the two cards discussing the pros and cons of your feelings. Give each card a voice and let it and your imagination express the judgment of the image it represents. What does each card have to say about your situation? How do you feel about the insights, arguments, suggestions, or warnings that each card brings to your decision making process?

Now draw and place two more cards side by side on your table. Card 3 goes directly under Card 1 and Card 4 goes directly under Card 2.

Card 3: Represents the present most likely outcome of making a decision to follow the direction of Card 1, or the pros of your situation.
Card 4: Reflects the present most likely outcome of making a decision to follow the direction of Card 2, or the cons of your situation.

Listen to your inner dialogue in relation to each statement that goes with each card. What feelings are the card images invoking? Explore the real life possibilities of decision-making in relation to the pros and cons that each of these cards represents. You can even let all four cards argue among themselves. Which card has the strongest argument? Pretend that you are the judge listening to all concerns and you need to make a verdict that determines who or what is right and wrong.

Next select and place the final two cards on the table.
Card 5 goes directly under Card 3 and Card 6 goes directly under Card 4. You will now have 6 cards on your table sitting in three horizontal rows of two cards each.

Card 5: Represents envisioned future merits of making your decision.
Card 6: Reflects potential future negative fallout from your decision.

Listen to your inner dialogue concerning the pros and cons of your future that the card images are evoking. Does listening to the two (or more) sides of your story that is being told in relation to all the card images clarify what’s involved in your choice?

Optional card: The Wisdom Card

If one of your selected six cards in your spread makes you feel sad for any reason, listen without judgment to your inner dialogue. What negative thoughts are being triggered? To give you a deeper look into your feelings, you can pull another card called The Wisdom Card. The reason to pull this card is card to gain further insight and potentially uplift your concerns. After all, your goal in doing this reading is to gain clarity and have a positive sense of what choice is best to make.

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