My readings are from a cross-cultural perspective and therefore I prefer to use the Crowley deck. There are 78 cards in this deck. They contain Egyptian, Grecian, Eastern, Medieval, and Christian symbols. This is the only deck that I’ve found to incorporate numerology, alchemy, astrology, and the Cabala within it. I view Tarot readings as a self-help tool, not just a fortune-telling device. To use them in that way would be to misunderstand and misuse them. The symbols are a psychological mechanism for transforming energy.
The Minor Arcana as a whole reveals the truth of what Emerson said ”What lies before us and what lies behind us is but a small matter compared to that which lies within us.” The following is an explanation of the suits…Disks are physicalSwords are mentalCups are emotionalWands are spiritual
Each angel has a mastery — for example, the Knight of Swords is master of focus, will, intention, concentration, and passionate thinking. When having a Tarot reading, the cards that are drawn are what you are drawing in towards your life. Therefore, you can choose a different path and avoid what is not good for you. A practical application of ancient visual symbols, and in order to take care of problems you may have, one must first solve them on a mental level, then on an emotional level, and lastly on a spiritual level. If you fail to solve a problem you will get ill on a physical level of consciousness. Naturally, we’re taught to care for others which is the meaning of the Empress card, or the Earth Mother — but rarely are we taught to nourish and take care of ourselves!
We are given an abundance of tools in order to shift our perspective and see things in a different light. We learn where we are growing and, where we are glowing! Readings help you move through life’s challenges and to burn out negativity. In a reading I clearly interpret each card for you and the energy that is drawing it into your life.
Here are some helpful books I recommend to deepen your understanding of the Tarot.
Jung and Tarot by Sallie Nichols
Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The God Code by Gregg Braden
The Healing Power of Sound by Dr. Mitchell Gaynor