I came across Shaheen Miro about 6 months ago when I stumbled onto his blog http://shaheenmiroinsights.com/. Shaheen posts not only about Tarot but all things spiritual and has a real talent at being able to present a very deep and complex idea with such simplicity and ease. So, I asked Shaheen to come on over to Biddy Tarot and share his insights with you, dear reader!
Today, he shares his thoughts about why we Tarot. It is a wonderful piece that offers a simple reminder about why we do all this Tarot ‘stuff’ in the first place, leaving you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Over to you, Shaheen…
A few months ago, while doing readings in L.A. on my Gypsy Tarot Tour, the husband of a client decided he would show some interest in all this “Tarot Business”. Nonchalantly he looked over and asked, “How’s it all work? You know, this psychic stuff.” Happy that he was interested I began to explain the concept of energy, and how it surrounds us, holding important information. Perplexed, he said, “Well, what do Tarot cards have to do with any of that? They sound like a third wheel to me!”
I stopped for a moment, a little caught of guard, trying to gather my thoughts. It’s funny how people on the outside sometimes make the most sense! His question really made me think. To me Tarot is a springboard, a starting point. I don’t have to use cards… I could read for you by holding your hand and closing my eyes… but Tarot makes it fun, it makes it easier and more concrete.
Tarot cards create a language for the reader to communicate with the Universe and the unconscious mind of the person being read. If you learn to approach Tarot as a window that opens you to the sensual world of energy and possibility, then you will be able to expand your reading practice far beyond cardstock images, or keywords in a book.
The Tarot is a living, breathing entity that wishes to speak to you, to interact with you. You may see the same card a million times, but each time it will have a different meaning within the context of the story being told. Reading Tarot is learning to tell stories. The cards aren’t a third-wheel at all because they create tangible representations of ephemeral information. Without the cards it may be more difficult to see the progression of the story being told. The cards are nothing but prompts for your intuition… but you have to do the work.
The visual cues of the cards act like clues to your psychic senses. Take note of the numbers, letters, symbols, people, objects, colors, seasons and settings that appear before you. What stands out among all the cards? There is something that will catch your eye… take that information and ask your innate psychic abilities to take you deeper. That’s how a truly stellar reading is given.
And, notice what happens beyond the table! What stands out to you in the room? What about things that are popping into your head, or impressions you’re feeling in your body? Do you hear someone talking in the other room? What are they saying? Everything is significant if you are in the right frame of mind.
There is a synthesis that happens between you, the cards and the person being read. Everything becomes a mirror, a doorway, a window, or a step into another realm. A reading is meant to be fun, uplifting and insightful, and it’s always a commitment. When you sit down, as a reader, you are taking an oath to walk between worlds, to be a channel. The cards have been given to you as a key to that liminal space.
Many times I have looked at the cards and thought, “I don’t need you. I can do this all on my own!” And the truth is, I don’t need Tarot cards, none of us do! But the messages are so much more powerful when we have the cards in front of us. Sometimes the cards are nothing more than a reminder.
I was speaking recently to another reader/author friend and she said that the cards remind her that she is always learning! That message resonated with me. You never “learn” the cards. It’s a never-ending process of seeking and discovering. The more open you are, the more information you receive, but as soon as you think you’ve seen it all… the cards will show you different!
About Shaheen Miro
Shaheen Miro is an intuitive reader, Reiki practitioner, fashion design student, artist, writer and spiritual nomad. He has been reading Tarot cards since the age of 6, Learning the art of intuitive reading and storytelling from his Mother. Shaheen teaches people to tap into their creativity by allowing their intuition and imagination to intertwine. He teaches such workshops as, The Gypsy Tea Party: Learning Intuition with Tea Leaf Reading, Journey Through the Tarot, and a variety of other metaphysical subjects. To read Shaheen’s writing or to learn more about a reading visit his Blog.
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