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Step   1 – Using Tarot to See Beyond the Obvious

Step   2 – The Symbolism of Numbers and Colors

Step   3 – Thinking Outside the Box

Step   4 – Asking Great Questions

Step   5 – Reading For Yourself

Step   6 – Reading For Others

Step   7 – The Suit of Air (Swords)  

Step   8 – Reading to Clear the Mind

Step   9 – The Suit of Fire (Wands)  

Step 10 – Reading to Support Action

Step 11 – The Suit of Water (Cups)  

Step 12 – Reading to Align Emotions With Goals

Step 13 – The Suit of Earth (Pentacles)

Step 14– Reading to Create Fulfillment

Step 15 – The Suit of Bridges

Step 16 – Reading for Manifestation

Step 17 – The Major Arcana, cards 0 thru 10

Step 18 – The Major Arcana, cards 11 thru 21  

Step 19 – Reading the Future and Past

Step 20 – Putting It All Together

Glossary of Tarot Symbols

Index of Topics and Layouts


The Fool, The Empress, and The Magician

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Stepping Out of Your Established Perspectives

A well developed ability to think outside of familiar patterns is a great

asset when reading Tarot. Skillful reading will often include asking

questions and receiving answers that are outside your own realm of

experience or knowledge.

Developing your ability to clearly think into places where you have no

foundation of knowledge is done by developing your imagination and by

developing your ability to link imagination with observation and

experience. These are foundation blocks of well-developed intuition. If

you’re not already accustomed to thinking this way, be patient with

yourself; it’s a skill that you can develop.

Your ability to think outside of familiar patterns will naturally develop

as you do readings. Playing with activities like the ones that follow can

help you develop this skill more quickly.     

Ideas for developing your imagination:

► Question the facts. Periodically listen to an expert on a subject and

    wonder what he/she has left out of the conversation. Focus on one

    thing that’s said and give your mind permission to imagine why that

    matters, how it was figured out, and if it’s the only accurate perspective.

► Push your limits. Do something you believe is beyond your ability.

► Do it backwards. Choose something very simple, like walking up

     the stairs, and do it backwards.

► Accept someone else’s truth as “also true”. Take in the perspective

    of someone you disagree with about a topic you understand well.

    Explore ways that both of your perspectives could be equally true.

► Transform dissonance into resonance. Arrange scraps of various colors

    of fabric or paper into patterns that look conflicted to you. Then put

     additional pieces between the conflicted ones, creating a transition

    that transforms each conflict into a harmonious flow.  

Thinking Outside the Box

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