Hey all! Another week I’m behind on the prompts…. Sometimes the days just get away from us, eh? This week, Julia also shared a really cool spread by Kimberly, @fablesden, entitled “A Tarot Spread for a Tarot Reader.” Here, I answer the blogging questions, and include my pulls for this spread.
1. What was it that initially sparked your interest with Tarot?
As previously recounted, I was formally introduced to tarot at a costume party. I purchased my own first deck shortly thereafter, but didn’t dive in to the hobby until years later. I remember I was in Edinburgh on a solo trip, I had just purchased some crystals while in London at the Natural History Museum… I had a lot of time on my hands… And I guess it must have been the magical feel of the city, but the metaphysical was on my mind. In Edinburgh, I purchased a labradorite ring, and not long after being home, I purchased my first working deck, The Wild Unknown. I cannot recall what exactly pushed me to do this, really. Maybe it was the striking art of the deck, to be honest. But I’m not sure how I even really came upon the deck… I should look back in my journals and see if I wrote down my actual logic……
2. Is it what you expected it to be and if not, in what ways were your expectations defied?
Yes and no. I guess my initial exposure to tarot made it seem really mystical. When watching the tarot reader at the costume party, she was getting shocked reactions from the people she was reading for. People she didn’t even know! She read the tarot very intuitively and I got the sense that she had never actually “studied” tarot, but it was just something her parents exposed her to and she just kind of knew. I hoped my experience would be like that — HA! — and so in that way, my expectations were defied. While I’m regularly bowled over by the readings I do and receive, I’ve learnt that tarot is more a reflective tool than a tool with inherent magical powers. They are, after all, just cards.
3. How do you primarily use Tarot? I.e. for divination, self-reflection, analysis, shadow work, ritual or something else?
My tarot work, at this time, is primarily reflective work. I like to use the tarot for guidance and for analysis of what is going on in my daily life.
And now, my spread.
1. Why do I want to read for others? VII of Swords. To help others see the paths laid out before them. To help others analyze the energies of what is going on in their life and to make an informed decision of what happens next. To help others see the risks/benefits of putting a plan into action.
2. What is my biggest strength as a tarot reader? VIII of Pentacles. There is a pride and love that I have for this kind of work. I’m honored that people come to me and find value in what I have to share with them. I view this work as a process of discovery for myself, while shining a light for others on their own path.
3. What are some negative attitudes or beliefs that may hinder me as a reader? II of Wands. While the two of wands is about making a choice, and boldly following my bliss, as an answer to this question I feel the reversed aspects of this card are applicable. Second guessing myself, comparing myself to others…
4. How can I continue to grow and improve as a tarot reader? The World. Continue on the cyclic journey of learning; there is always more to learn and improve upon. Enjoying the journey, and finding ways to learn in new places.
5. How does my practice help me grow as a person? Knight of Cups. Tarot reading, and especially reading for others, helps me to get in touch with my intuition and to trust the softer sides of myself. I do not like to feel vulnerable, but when you are putting your work out there, for others to purchase, it is an extreme exercise in vulnerability. It helps me to feel out my emotions, to share my concepts and ideas that do not otherwise have an outlet.
At the time of publishing, Julia’s is the only other #tarotthursdaythree post that I’ve seen!
What sparked your interest in tarot? Did your expectations change as you went along? Did you try out this spread? Did you make a post this week? Let me know all about it in the comments below!