Thursday, March 19, 2015

Writing Tarot Cards

I have studied and read Tarot cards for over 20 years now (I can't believe it's been that long, which makes me feel old). It annoys me when the Tarot is misrepresented in entertainment, like movies. As a writer, I know it's done for dramatic effect, drawing on stereotypes and often misinformation. As a reader, it furthers misinformation that my clients often believe and can make it difficult to do readings for them.

If you would like to accurately depict Tarot cards in your work, here's a few tips:

1) The Death card does not mean death. This one drives me crazy. The card actually indicates a change that is coming or needs to be made and it won't be easy. The death of something - a habit, a relationship, an endeavor - not a person. In letting this aspect go, you are opening yourself to new potential.

2) Not everyone who reads cards (or does other forms of divination) is a psychic. When you are reading anything (cards, tea leaves) you are reading symbols. Readers trust that the Universe has put what the client needs to know out there for us to interpret. Often, readers are highly intuitive and that intuition grows as they practice. We are not all psychics able to predict the future or mediums that can deliver messages from those who have passed on.

On that note...

3) Tarot cards do not always predict the future. There's a difference between fate and destiny. Fate is changeable, destiny is not. Few things are destined in life. The cards may indicate something is coming, but you have the power to change your course or work towards it. Pulling cards for predictions any further than three months isn't always useful because so much can change in that time, rendering the prediction void.

So what are the cards for?

4) Tarot cards are for guidance, to help you see another angle to a problem, information that may be hidden from you at the moment, or help you find your path. Most questions that I pose to the Tarot start with, "What do I need to know about...?" or "How can I...?"

5) Not all Tarot readers fit the typical New Age stereotype. You will not come into my home and find an abundance of crystals or New Age music. People from all walks of life read Tarot. Try to avoid stereotypes.

6) There are many types of decks though the most common one is the Rider-Waite. If you want to view some decks, check out the website Aeclectic Tarot. The site features a wide variety of decks and reviews.

Those are some of the basic things that are misrepresented when it comes to the Tarot. If you are using Tarot cards in your story (or are just curious), I will answer any questions.

If you read Tarot and have something to add to the list, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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