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Tarot Circle: Becoming a Skilled Tarot Reader

By January 16, 2013Tarot Circle

blog-20130116-tarot-circle-becoming-a-skilled-tarot-readerThis month’s Tarot Circle is from Sigrun in Norway. Sigrun sent in her Tarot reading following my Tarot Masterclass on how to interpret reversed Tarot cards for empowering readings when I set everyone the challenge of trying out their new Tarot skills for reading with reversals. Sigrun stepped up to the plate and I’m so glad to share her reading here.

As with all Tarot Circle posts, I’ll provide my initial thoughts and then I’ll hand it over to you, the reader, to use the comments section to write what you see.

Remember there’s no right or wrong and you don’t have to be an experienced Tarot reader to comment.

The Question

Sigrun asks, “Show me in three cards my next steps of the ultimate way to become a skilled tarot reader.”

Great question! It’s empowering and action-oriented.

Sigrun’s Tarot Reading

Sigrun used the three-card Tarot spread and drew the following Tarot cards:

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Card 1: 8 of Wands reversed

Card 2: 7 of Wands

Card 3: 10 of Wands

Here’s how Sigrun interpreted her own Tarot reading…

“The 8 of Wands reversed could point out that my tarot education will be in some way blocked or delayed, or I am advised to slow down the reading and studying. Not surprising at all, considering my  way of sometimes rushing into new and exciting things.

“Another glance at the card took me a bit further on. What is the reversed card saying except from this? A bunch of nice wands, perfectly in harmony, nice and gentle sailing into my world and easy falling down to earth. I read a new message in this one. The branches may be a symbol of my tarot education, courses, books, blogs, practice, everything and in every way I have learnt Tarot this year since the beginning in March. They tell me to pick down the sticks ( e.g. the tarot knowledge) calmly and firmly one after another and to take care of it all. The picture is peaceful and quite the opposite of the haste and power symbolized by the up-right card.

“The 7 of wands could be speaking of myself, struggling and fighting the Tarot knowledge, dealing with studying and readings.

“Concerning the previous card however I find it possible to read this in a different direction. What do I see? A person struggling with the knowledge he received in 8 of wands. What does he do with them? He knocks them into the ground. The knowledge has to be grounded, it has to be read and understood and fully integrated. And this is what happens here. Not a fight, but a hard work to really understand what tarot is all about. Get it really good grounded.

“The 10 of wands is often read as someone carrying a heavy burden and too much responsibility, too much work and too few to relay on. A glance back to the two other cards it is tempting to interpret it in this way: The person is carrying the wands, symbolizing the knowledge which is gathered and integrated within him or being integrated during the time passing. Of course it is about responsibility. He feels the weight of it. Where is he heading? Into the village, to town, to the civilized world where people live and love and learn. He is taking with him his spiritual knowledge, his kindness and his willingness to help others so that he can offer the wands to people requesting and appreciating his help.”

My Interpretation of Sigrun’s Tarot Reading

I really enjoyed reading Sigrun’s interpretation of her Tarot reading and could see how she started to get even more in flow with her intuition as the interpretation developed.

Look at how she interprets the Eight of Wands reversed. It starts with quite a traditional interpretation, but then she challenges herself to look at the imagery in more detail. Her intuition kicks into gear and she’s starting to see entirely new and more insightful messages.

When she interprets the Seven of Wands, she’s already starting to look back to the first card for any connection. And the Ten of Wands, she’s bringing together a compelling story about all three cards.

Great work, Sigrun!

Let me add a few more insights that I have picked up here.

I can’t ignore that all three cards are Wands cards. Wands symbolise energy, motivation and passion, and often reflect further study and education. It is clear that Sigrun is truly enthusiastic about reading Tarot and is pursuing her studies further as she also applies her skills practically. She has an abundant source of energy that she can continue to tap into that will help her to become an even more skilled Tarot reader.

I also noticed that we’re dealing with a Seven, Eight and Ten – all cards at the end of a cycle. She’s getting much closer to feeling confident about her skills and perhaps is also concluding a course or study program. There may be some challenges along the way, but once she reaches the end of this cycle, she will be ready for new opportunities later down the track.

Something which came to me as I was looking at the cards was that Sigrun would need to establish her boundaries quite soon. Her progress may be slowed down when she is asked some difficult questions or challenged in some way by people who do not fully believe in the Tarot. She will need to work out where her ethical boundaries are so that she can stand her ground and fight for what she believes in. Also, when Sigrun is clear about her personal boundaries, particularly as they relate to her energy levels, she will avoid some of the more negative consequences of the Ten of Wands (taking on other people’s problems and bearing a heavy burden). As Tarot readers, it’s important we protect ourselves and set these boundaries so we do not get weighed down by issues other than our own.

What’s Your Read?

Over to you! How would you interpret these cards and the spread overall? What is your advice to Sigrun?

Post your response in the comments below. Use this as an opportunity to hone your Tarot reading skills or to get your opinion out there!

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