A new student of the Tarot asked me why there was so much negativity in the books she was reading. The deck she had been working with gave a gentler slant where other interpretations seemed much more doom and gloom. She and I exchanged a few emails that resulted in her buying another book (Tarot Wisdom by Rachel Pollack).
One thing that occurred to me is that we (this is everyone and not just we students of Tarot) have a tendency to believe what we read. When someone writes a description of a card in their personal journal, that is one thing. However, when that personal journal gets turned into a book, well now, we have a whole ‘nother kettle of fish, don’t we?
What I am driving at is that just because it is in print, that doesn’t make it so. Even though I post numerous articles here on my blog, I certainly don’t expect you to take everything I say as gospel. I harp on the need to learn to read and think critically. So when you read a description of a card that does not jive with your gut…take a moment to figure out why.
Is it because that description rings too far from what you know? Or, conversely, is it because that interpretation is a little too close to home? For me when I read an uncomplimentary discussion of the Queen of Cups as being a dreamy female who couldn’t grasp concrete thought?
Well, I blew my top. Honestly, it made me personally angry to read that! And why?
Well, because I can be that dreamy female who can’t grasp concrete thought. It took me some hard searching to come to that but I realized it was a true statement. Of course then I decided that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing because we can’t all be engineers. Grin! No offense to the engineers who are dreamers in their own right!
So remember that your particular deck, like all decks, is given its interpretations by its author/artist. Some authors avoid any negativity. Others roll around in the negativity. I don’t agree with either point of view because I prefer to see the good and the bad balanced. I like light and dark in my decks. One reason I so enjoy the World Spirit tarot is that it doesn’t shy away from the bad nor does it attempt to hide the good. For me, there is a fair balance of both in this deck.
In an article I wrote about the Tower, I mentioned the fact that even in the bad there is good. This can also be said of the opposite that even in the good there is bad. Don’t think so? Love ice cream? That’s good, right? Try eating too much and see about the bad in that. Ha! See! Even in the good there is bad. Balance in all things.
A book I recently reviewed explores cards in a similar fashion. Rachel Pollack shows both the good and the bad in each card. If you missed that review, you can read it here. She gives in-depth essays about each card that I really love.
You just have to remember that each deck is simply a reflection of that person’s world view. Find the one that fits your worldview. This system is an intuitive tool to help us work on ourselves. For me personally, I require my own soul searching to pick up the rocks of my life and see what’s under them. Sometimes there are tiny growing shoots that needed that dark time to germinate. Sometimes there are icky crawly things that need to be eradicated from my inner self because they aren’t doing me any good.
So, remember to examine why an interpretation doesn’t fit for you. It’s your intuition being triggered by these images. Listen to your gut, okay? And stop denying your own ability to be intuitive. That’s a whole ‘nother post, isn’t it, darlings!