This card tells us something isn’t working the way we want it to and rather than push through, we choose to acknowledge it, deal with what needs to be addressed, and leave it behind (at least temporarily).
I like to look at them as growth cards – illustrating the area in our lives where growth is available to us. We can choose to actively engage with our card – create a relationship with it – get to know it and how it impacts you.
It’s also become much more clear to me that the average person on the street still looks at the tarot primarily as a tool of divination. The tarot is so much more than that….
Analysis is what most of us think of as the meat of the reading when we are interpreting what the cards mean. Card A in position 3 means _______. A lot of readers get stuck at the analysis phase because (in my opinion) most materials teaching beginners to read the tarot is too focused on key words.
Don’t get me wrong. Analysis is critical to a reading. Synthesis, though, is where the magic happens.
New readers tend to stick to spreads found in books or online. Even when a spread doesn’t exactly fit the situation, lots of new readers will use it – then find themselves frustrated that they didn’t get the information they looked to the tarot for in the first place.