This is the week one reading from the Alternative Tarot Course. I’ve moved away from larger spreads (and, really, this one isn’t even that big) because I feel like I can gain a myriad of insights from just one card at a time and I don’t need six cards telling me different things at the same time. However, Beth Maiden does craft my favorite spreads, so I’m happy to be re-entering the spread game with her at the helm.
1. About me in general: what is my most important characteristic? Three of Cups
Connection: making connections, feeling connection, celebrating connections, and focusing on the good stuff. Yes, tarot isn’t all roses, but even the messy stuff brings about big shifts if we are honest with ourselves.
2. What strengths do I already have as a tarot reader, what am I bringing to this course? XX, Judgment
Plugging in, reconnecting with the small, quiet parts of self, and analyzing the task or question before me.
3. What limits do I feel as I start this course? Three of Wands
I feel like this is a warning in the sense that it’s easy to get carried away, in looking beyond the shore and forget that life is what is right here, in front of me.
4. What key lesson can I learn on my developmental journey with tarot? XIV, Temperance
I mean, this is the perfect card for a tarot journey. As Lindsay Mack says, Temperance is “where we learn, holy shit! When I’m not operating from ego, spirit drops in even better than I imagined, even better than I dreamed.”
5. How can I be open to learning and developing on this journey? King of Swords
Straight up connecting with my eternal student, airy, swords-y mind. Making a plan of attack, and staying dedicated to learning.
6. What is the potential outcome of my tarot journey? Ten of Wands
Letting go of what no longer serves me, to tackle tasks with my full head and heart.
The conclusion of the week 1 lesson is to select a card from this spread which most represents my tarot journey, and to keep it close through this course. While the King of Swords may most represent a student and dedication to the course, I feel that Temperance is the card I most want to emulate during this time. I love how Temperance tasks ego with taking a back seat, how Temperance has struck a balance between spiritual and earthly pleasures, how Temperance is a symbol of what is Right. Temperance is why we humans bother with the tarot at all: to get a glimpse, a notion, of the divine journey beyond and outside ourselves.
I am blogging my experiences here with Beth Maiden’s Alternative Tarot Course which asks students to draw a card each day, reflect on it, complete weekly readings, and other assorted exercises.