In the Cards

In the Cards


The Trouble With Tarot Is Trust

posted by Aliza Einhorn

"full moon in pisces" You know what? I don’t even know what I mean by that. The trouble with Tarot is trust.

I was reading Yoav Ben-Dov’s Tarot book on the ferry and taking notes on post-its — for the on-line Tarot class that I’m teaching, as well as taking notes for future blog posts and I wrote that phrase:

The trouble with Tarot is… trust.

My notes provided no helpful clues. “Querents don’t want… THIS.”

Don’t want WHAT?

I had a Tarot mystery on my hands — of my own making! 

Some notes that I had written below provided a little more. Not sure how it connected, but more nonetheless. This is how I move from tool/work to spiritual experience. 

Lately I’ve been feeling a bit burnt out. Not burnt out by working with clients, but tired from the striving, trying to build a career, maintaining a career, confused about direction, and other questions too. For you astrology lovers, Neptune is square my MidHeaven. I’m just not sure about a lot of things. And I also realized that I’d lost… I don’t know if the word is pride. But pride fits too! Pride in my accomplishments along with a loss of zest. Juice. I was not feeling at all zaftig. Experiencing a kind of complacency. Minor depression maybe. Exhaustion. After all, we moved less than two months ago and I’m still getting used to the new everything.

So I was thinking to myself how Tarot is more tool for me than anything — a divination tool yes, but… a piece of work. A piece of the work. And I have this desire to… switch that up. Because I miss the magic. So I read. I read books. I do classes. I take classes. Trying to inspire myself. Sometimes we need to do less. Sometimes we need to do more. Wisdom is knowing the difference.

And then I noticed, opposite my post-it, some lines I had underlined in my book and had written the word TRUST in bold ink beside that section… and AHA. I think I know now, in part, what I was getting at.

I was telling ME to trust. 

See, in the underlined section, the author is talking about how a Tarot card will develop in meaning even DURING a Tarot reading. And I have experienced this. About a week ago I did a reading and I felt flummoxed by these two cards and I even felt embarrassed.  I mean, here I am, the professional but I was afraid to say:  hey… I KNOW there is somehing else here that I’m not getting yet. I’ll email you when it comes to me. And even though I was afraid to say that I DID say that. And it was true. And the first meaning wasn’t wrong. The first feeling wasn’t wrong. But there was more. There was more I had to give over.

The trouble with Tarot is trust. That we DON’T trust. 

It’s a tricky business. No reader is 100% correct although I’ve been told I am right a lot. I’ve been doing this for a while now. You just get better by the doing. Another way it’s tricky is that even I get Tarot readings and sometimes get news that I do NOT want to hear and I go into a tailspin. It is so so so so so important how you deliver what you get from the cards — honesty plus kindness plus anxiety-avoidance. Hold their hand and if need be, STOP the reading. Step outside the reading. Break rapport. If there is an upsetting outcome, discuss how it can possibly be avoided. Be supportive.

“Even at a single moment in the reading, a card can have more than one valid meaning.” (Pg 38, from Ben-Dov’s book).

Love, Aliza

*
P.S. Are you interested in receiving a personalized Tarot/Astrology reading? I have a new Special going on for folks who find me through Beliefnet, a discount on my usual rates. Click here to get in touch. Also, Tarot class forming later this month! Email for details.



Previous Posts

Tarot For The New Moon In Sagittarius
I've  been obsessed with Time Management lately and, no, it doesn't make much sense to me to draw New Moon in Sagittarius time management cards but I'm going to do it anyway.  The Sagittarius that I've known have been short on Time Management skills but long on the big picture, big vision, and tim

posted 10:52:22pm Nov. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Fire Flower: Venus in Sagittarius & the Queen of Wands
This is the dark time. The dark time of year in the Big City, Northern Hemisphere. And we need light. Lucky for us, finally, we have some light. We're still neck-deep in Scorpio Season but Venus, Goddess

posted 1:12:24am Nov. 19, 2014 | read full post »

Oracle In the City (Sunday, November 9th)
I was rolling a stone around in my hand. A crystal. An astrologer told me once to do that -- that I needed to, that it would relax me. Keep my hands busy. My chart is Mercury-ruled. I'm a Virgo Rising.

posted 10:12:59pm Nov. 09, 2014 | read full post »

Are You The Queen Of Pentacles?
I love this time of year. Early November. It starts to get dark around 4:30 pm or 5. The leaves are still on the trees. We are the trees. We can meditate sooner, rest sooner, dream sooner, put on our fuz

posted 11:50:42pm Nov. 04, 2014 | read full post »

Tarot For The Snow Moon (Full Moon In Taurus)
Astrologers, Tarot Readers, various and sundry star gazers, starfish, magicians, and young lovers, we get all excited about the MOON:  New Moons, Full Moons, waxing, waning, first quarter, last quarter, it's all good :) We end. We begin. We end. We being again. We plot. We predict. We hope. What

posted 11:20:35pm Nov. 01, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.