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The Psychic Tarot by John Holland
When it comes to tarot there are many highly insightful books available to explain the various levels of meaning assigned to each individual card.  

While a lot can be learned from this approach, studying and / or memorizing meanings is not the only way to read.

Over the years, I've learned the standard meaning of the tarot and even a few more esoteric interpretations.  I've also developed my own tarot shorthand.  If I'm looking for answers, for example, the 3 of Cups is a "yes" and the 2 of Swords is a likely "not right now."  

All of this is very helpful.  But there are draw backs.  Learning 78 or 44 or 33 cards from top to bottom takes time.  The things you've worked to learn may not  apply to the same card in another deck.  And there are times when the standard interpretations (or even your own personal shorthand) just don't seem to jive with the question being asked.

In these situations, looking at the card the way you would a psychic vision or an image in a dream can help.  For me it is so helpful in fact that I remind myself that the card is the vision every time I read.

So how can we view the cards this way?
The Psychic Tarot: Sacrifice
  • Begin with your first impression of the card, noting what element jumps out and then reflecting on what that element might mean.  
  • Note your emotional reaction, whether negative or positive, and then ask yourself what that reaction says about the question you've asked.
  • Be aware of the color.  If one color seems significant or dominates the reading, think about (or learn) what that color means.
  • Take the time to tune into the symbolism.  What elements stand out to you?  What do they mean?  Are any of them reflected in the other cards?  If so, is a story being told?
  • Think about possible connections between the reading and your experience in the material world.  Is there any aspect of the card that relates to or has been mirrored in your daily life?
  • Understand that working with symbolism is an art form.  Do not allow yourself to be rigid or  superstitious.  A reading full of mountains doesn't necessarily mean you should buy the Catskills vacation home you toured last week.  But it may be a heads up that you're headed in the right direction.
An intuitive approach to reading is especially well-suited to a personal reading where there is only one set of associations in play, but it can be used when reading for others as well - especially if you invite them to view the cards in an intuitive way.  

And if you like to read with different decks (as I do) experiencing the card as a vision will allow you to move easily from deck to deck without feeling disconnected or confused.

Seeing deeply is a skill worth developing, too!  You'll find it especially useful in Step #5 when we talk about Honoring the Reading through  journaling.

Please note:  This entry is part of my "Reading for One" blog-a-book series.  To learn more about this book and see an index of online entries please visit About "Reading for One" to get your free PDF of "Reading for One" (when the series wraps up) including bonus Step 7 (Transformation and Manifestation by Card) please sign up for my email list here!

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