Lesson #2: Proper use of Tarot Cards
This is going to be a bit meandering, so please bear with me.
When you think of tarot decks, what do you think of? If you are thinking of something that will tell you what to do, then I must inform you that you are wrong.
Tarot cards should never be used to omit one's own culpability in the decision making process. As mentioned in the first lesson, this is the difference between Fortune Telling and Divination. But the proper use of the cards goes farther then that.
So okay, you know yourself, and you know you aren't going to use the cards as a scape goat. That's a great first step. The next step is recognizing what your'e doing when you use the cards. In most cases, reading the cards is simply a way of using the imagery present to access your subconscious mind. That's it. Big F-ing, right? Well it is if you consider the fact that our subconscious registers EVERYTHING around us. Only a small percentage of that information gets filtered through to the conscious mind. The rest is usually ignored as irrelevant. Thus when using the cards you are pulling up subconscious experiences and information to the surface, and what may have been thought irrelevant is put into a new light and suddenly becomes VERY relevant.
But what about the esoteric secrets of the tarot? Well, there are lots of theories there, and some even make sense. But the two big ones that you'll run across are the Akashic Records and the Psychic Connection. I'll explain both, but remember, if they don't make sense, you're free to disregard them. What makes one a good tarot reader is that they have a system that works for them (more on that is lesson 3).
Akashic Records are something that came from Carl Jung. The idea is that there is a racial/species memory that all people share and have access too. That what one experiences, another can know by accessing the Akashic Records. And some cite this as the source of the knowledge being presented in the imagery of the tarot and how a reader can pin point events for someone they have never met before.
Psychic Connection is similar to the idea of the Akashic Records but it's on a more personal level. Basically, the idea is that the reader establishes a psychic link or energetic connection with the other person and has access to the thoughts and feelings the that the higher self provides access to so that the reading can be a success (no this connection does not facilitate psychic peeping toms).
In both cases you are accessing something outside of yourself. I feel that I'm accessing something more then myself when I read the cards, but beyond that, I don't know what to call it or how to quantify it. But that's okay, because I don't mind saying, "I don't know." What I do know is that whatever I do, however I do it, it works and those I read for find benefit in the readings.
However I'm presenting the above theories so that you can further study this if you like.
So! Back to the topic of how to properly use the tarot cards...in a nut shell it's about accessing your hidden thoughts (or those of the quarent). These thoughts are NOT unknown to the questioner. More over, the cards will not tell you anything you don't' already know. What they will do is help you see things in a new light, and will often spotlight things you had overlooked perviously or had willfully ignored.
To that end, the proper use of the tarot cards is as a tool to be honest with yourself as you work to understand your ideas and experiences, or that of the quarent.
Note: when reading for others, it is not a prerequisite that you the reader understand things. But it is necessary that the person your reading for understands.