On Julia’s post for today, she talks about how this practice has contributed to more blogging overall, and I totally agree. Thank you so much, Julia, for creating this practice! I love blogging but can struggle with ideas/posts. This exercise keeps blogging in the front of my mind, so it’s easier for me to think of other posts through the week.
So, here’s another Thursday, another #tarotthursdaythree…. Here you go!
1. Reversals or nah?
I do not shuffle to include reversals, no. I know some people have very intricate shuffling practices in order to incorporate reversals (or: throw all the cards on the desk and mix ’em up, a suggestion from Julia, ha!), but I do not. I take a more hands-off approach to reversals, as if if a card ends up reversed, it must have happened somewhere along the way and I keep it that way.
If I turn up a card that is reversed, I read it reversed.
Do I actively try to incorporate reversals into my readings? No.
When I go to reset my decks (putting them all back in order), I right all the reversals.
2. If you could go back in time and give your novice self one piece of wisdom to fast track your tarot learning, what would it be?
I really love Julia’s suggestion of making an Excel little white book (LWB) cataloguing all 78 cards with my own keywords. I haven’t done anything like that, mostly because when I tried to systematically learn tarot in that way, I got really bogged down in the technicalities and ended up writing too much for each card and losing steam really quickly. Thus, I think the Excel LWB is a brilliant, low pressure project. And I think I’m in a good place now to start such a project. I just signed up for Little Red Tarot’s tarot course, so once I actually start, I’ll use Julia’s idea!
I guess I wouldn’t really change my learning experience exactly because I think the way I learned tarot basically would be the only way I could get into it. I learned early on that if this was a hobby that I wanted to enjoy long term, there would be no “fast tracking” for me personally. Too much deep study too quickly was going to kill the mystique and enjoyment of tarot for me. What I did to learn, mostly, was to pull at least a card a day (or near to each day), and journal about it. It also helps me to compare cards across decks, and, actually, that would be something that I’d tell myself to include more to help me learn.
3. What is your go-to spread?
I like to pull one tarot and one oracle card to get a quick picture for the day/question. I love the 4 card spread (1 card for the message, 3 cards as how to explore that message), which I think gives a nice, well-rounded snapshot of the situation without creating specific questions/definitions for each position. I love all of the mind-body-spirit and within-without-advice three card spreads. But, if I had to pick, I’d say the one tarot and one oracle card is my basic go-to, even if it’s not really a spread. I don’t like to do very large spreads very often, which is why I try to keep the spreads I make under 6 cards.
At the time of publishing, here’s another post that I’ve seen published — Julia.
Did you make a #tarotthursdaythree post? If so, let me know in the comments. If not, how would you answer the above questions? Let me know in the comments!