How a Subject Determines a Tarot Card’s Meaning


Being Aware Early On In Your Tarot Journey Of How One Subject Calls For A Different Set Of Meanings Than Another Subject Does

Suggestion: Especially if you are a beginner, ask questions about as many things as you can think of, and ask questions you know the answers to.

The purpose of this is to get your meanings for various subjects into your personal Tarot system early on. Asking a question you know the answer to defines the meaning of the cards. “I know what this is saying, so I guess Five of Wands can be a fight.”

If you haven’t inquired, at the beginning while your personal Tarot system is jelling, about, say, lost objects, how to do something, a malfunctioning vehicle or appliance, business deals (say, real estate), health, job interviews … then when you do inquire about those things, you are at a loss because ‘I don’t have a card for that’ or ‘What does Seven of Cups mean about a business meeting?’

So there’s this stage as we begin Tarot when we are picking meanings for 78 cards. We are picking them as we ask questions of Tarot and draw conclusions as to ‘what that card means.’ If the questions we ask are mostly about one thing or two … love and money … we are filling up all 78 cards with meanings about those things, right? Most of us start Tarot because we want to know about our love life, and we may be obsessive at that point. So we have a pile of interpretations for love life.

Be ready for the bottleneck that happens when you branch out — especially when you start answering other people’s questions. You have to now find new meanings for cards that you feel are ‘already filled up.’ They aren’t!

At some point we are new to the idea that it’s not just ‘the cards’ meanings,’ it’s that each subject is going to have its own list of meanings. If the question is love, Lovers means a love relationship or love partners. But if the question is about your job, Lovers is going to apply to a contact, partnership or partners, the ‘higher ups,’ connecting with another person, or even standing side by side.

Being aware early on in your Tarot journey of how a subject calls for a different set of meanings than another subject does makes achieving Tarot expertise a lot easier.


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