I love the Celtic Cross spread. I modified it. And a wonderful thing happened.
The first three cards, named Self-Cover-Cross become Self-Situation-Turning Point/Crux. The Behind/Ahead or Past/Near Future pair are The Extended Present. The Foundation/Far Future cards are pretty much the same–and those 7 cards make the first sentence.
The next three cards are the second sentence. They are called the tower because that is what it is modeled after (a short stone icon the Celts used). These three cards also are labeled Self-Situation-Turning Point/Crux. This duplicate position naming makes the first and second sentence parallel. Try it, you will get very comfortable with it.
This Celtic Cross is even more focused and powerful. The outcome becomes three cards (and you can add one). They make the third sentence. And they make three sentences possible.
To the extent the three sentences repeat and support one another, your spread is accurate.
In ancient history, I read of only one Tarot system that indicated how accurate its answers were. I do not know of a modern one.
The ‘relief card’ is a major thing to learn as one becomes sophisticated in the use of the Tarot. That is the card that you look for when ‘bad’ cards show up – the one that limits or negates or modifies the ‘bad’ card. Eventually you learn that nightmares are really adventures, and you repackage and relabel all sorts of stuff, all sorts of experiences.
Some people are born adventurers, some people learn it. Learning it is fun for some and painful for some but after you learn it, by golly, you are a person you would want to meet.
(And yes these cards also limit other cards too. It’s just they are so welcome when they show up next to Ten of Swords type Tarot citizens!)
Like there are ‘good hair days’ there are good Tarot days.
Sometimes it’s not a good Tarot day and the cards may be talking using different cards than they would on the good day. You accommodate, and you learn your ‘bad Tarot days’ ways of Tarot speak. Over time.
THE ‘WHY’ ABOUT THE GALS WHO BEWAIL HOW THEIR MEN TREAT THEM
In real life, instinct plays a role. Mammals. Humans are mammals. Mammals tend to have this instinct that the male owns the turf and fights other males but lets the females on His turf because females mate with us, make more of us, and do not compete for turf.
In humans, this instinct will bequeath some females with the victim mentality, expecting to be passive and be ‘taken care of.’ A distress call, their instinct tells them, will bring the rescue. Well, most male mammals are not caretakers, that’s for the females, to take care of the young.
Supposedly, humans rise above that. NOPE. Society used to be arranged to force a male human to (1) get married, (2) have children, (3) support them and live with them. It used to be that a young man (of the right appearance and character) could expect a beginner’s job (bag boy), could be promoted and get more money when he got married, and could expect more money when he became a father. The MANTRA was “He has a family to support.” This mantra never applies to a female – ever.
This mantra, back in the day, was the foundation of women not being allowed to have jobs except temporary ones designed for an unmarried woman. Quite often those jobs had a time limit: You could teach school for two years ‘until she marries.’ That phrase was in the contracts of employment for schoolteachers back in the day.
So it’s instinct for some underdeveloped women to, in this new phase of our civilization, moan and whine about not being taken care of. It’s masochistic too.
A divorcing man back then lost his job and was unlikely to get another. Ditto for a man who was prosecuted for abuse of spouse or children. (But the courts seldom convicted them BECAUSE it was such a disgrace.)
Florida was populated by divorced people who were runaways from this institution when divorce became more common—in the Sixties when I began court reporting.
DOING READINGS FOR YOURSELF AND IT’S NOT THE SAME?
Pretend—and phrase your question that way – that you ARE someone else. Think of another person you do readings for, or a relative or friend, and ask from that person’s perspective. Sometimes this helps.
How to speak with Tarot for the best result. Tarot is a bridge between your regular ol’ conscious mind and your subconscious or even superconscious mind. You talk with your subconscious when you use Tarot, and the longer you stay on the bridge there between consciousnesses, the stronger the bridge becomes until you are a citizen of that place.
The purpose of my site and my work is to establish the fact that you don’t need spirit guides or anything paranormal (unless you consider the subconscious paranormal) to obtain useful detailed focused information on a subject of your choice. I establish that the phrases that grow out of Rider Waite’s illustrations, when you directly read those pictures as words, build a bridge connecting the conscious and the subconscious. Therefore, what you access is your own, and you can proceed to discover your Self, including its moldy corners you would just as soon not air.
And if you do use spirit guides, you can use this Tarot verbatim way of reading the pictures directly as words when your spirit guides’ phone is on airplane mode.
It’s kind of like the distinction of whether you are ‘Observant’ or ‘Orthodox’ in your religion:
You have your own version of some of the Tarot cards. Yeah, you emerged from a distinct background that the rest of us did not arise from. Your taste buds differ from mine too.
Here’s the reality of your adoption of Tarot Verbatim. ANY Tarot system must express anything that is, was, will be, could be, could be imagined, does or does not exist … and more. It doesn’t matter which card, or set of cards, express any of that. What matters is your ability to draw, and then to read, what your Tarot is saying to you.
This is why, every once in a while, I say ‘That doesn’t happen in my system; it may in yours.’
What does that picture say to you … mean to you?
How sensible are you? How experienced are you? How rigid or fluid are you? Your limitations are your Tarot’s limitations. And always remember that ANY Tarot system works, any Tarot system impresses its user … even if it is a feeble system compared to some others.
Tarot Verbatim represents forty years of research, research about collecting all kinds of meanings that a given card expressed in god-knows-how-many spreads. So it is very likely to work, and I have demonstrated that it DOES work for all sorts of people who adopt it and report their experience. The cards Tarot Verbatim differs from most other systems on, readers report, work better for them than the standard interpretations … which suggests there ARE intrinsic meanings for some of these cards. Confessions from readers validate this concept.
So there are distinctions, there are individual slants and individual definitions, there are distinctions, there are individual views of the scenes on the cards, but your system must be wise enough to describe your answer clearly enough for you to relate to it well enough to spit it out.
If you eliminate an orthodox Tarot Verbatim definition, there must be another way to express that in your Tarot dictionary, your private data bank.
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.