Got together today with my Ya-Ya Sistahs for lunch and tarot practice and we had a good time, as always.
I brought two decks with me to use; my trusty Robin Wood tarot, which I find easy to read and understand, and my Pearls of Wisdom tarot, the deck I got for my birthday and am totally in love with. I've decided I really want to learn to read with this deck, its so lush and detailed and I think it will be excellent for readings because there is so much symbolism in each card. Most of my fellow readers who see this deck feel its too bright, too detailed and too... well... psychedelic-- but I tend to like highly colorful and detailed decks; I feel I get more out of them when reading because no matter how many times I might draw the same card, I usually see a new symbol or detail which gives me a deeper interpretation of its meaning.
For our first exercise, we each did a practice reading using a spread from the Complete Book of Tarot Spreads. I just recently found this book and I really like it, lots of good exercises and useful spreads. I did a 9 card spread on self-definition, with some interesting cards appearing for my answers. It was quite accurate (the cards always are) but I'd like to take a little more time exploring in depth what came up, I think there's lots of good information for me that I didn't have time to really delve into during our practice time.
Our next exercise came from the same book-- we went through our decks and drew all the cards we disliked or that made us uncomfortable for whatever reason. Then we compared which cards we drew-- and for the majority of the cards, we all chose the same ones-- I.E., we all had The Tower, 3 of Swords, 9 of Swords, 10 of Swords, 5 of Pentacles, etc. So then we each shared what it was about the card we didn't like-- the message, the artwork, etc. Each of us was using a different deck, so it was interesting to compare the similarities or differences in the same cards.
Then we looked at the cards we'd drawn that we didn't have in common and discussed why we'd chosen them. For instance, I was the only one who had the 4 of Pentacles, which in the Robin Wood deck just expresses isolation and misery to me as well as possessiveness and greed.
This whole exercise was really fascinating and generated lots of good discussion. It was also interesting to note that the number of cards I drew depended on my deck. There were more cards in the Robin Wood deck that I disliked/made me uncomfortable than in the Pearls of Wisdom-- almost twice as many!
We had some competitive fun for our last exercise. We used a deck we're all familiar with (Rider-Waite) and threw down each card one by one. The first person to shout out a correct keyword/phrase, won the card. After we'd gone through the whole deck, we counted cards to see who had the most. Darling kicked butt-- she won 45 cards out of 78! I had a total brain cramp, I only won 13 cards. I definitely know what I'll be working on-- my keywords and phrases for each card.
I love tarot study with the Ya-Ya's. We always have such a good time and I always come away feeling like I've learned something. Who says study time has to be boring?
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