We’re at the half way point of this challenge and the biggest question so far has been reserved for this particular point. The question is: How much emphasis do you put on the text-book meanings for cards, and how much stress do you place on the “feeling” you get from cards through their artwork/symbolism/etc. (aka reading intuitively)? Do you do both, or one or the other?
The answer for me, is both. Sometimes I find that the “textbook” meaning is more applicable for the card in the position it is in, other times it is not and I go by intuitive methods. This has been the hardest part with The Wildwood. The text book meanings aren’t the same as in the RWS and in most cases, they’re not even close!
TABI taught me a few things. One, the text book meanings and combining them. The other, was how to read intuitively and how to get that message across in the ethical and compassionate way that the Association promotes.
What card can represent this? The Ten of Arrows (Instruction) comes to mind as I type: I’ve learnt the instructions, the basics. I’ve been guided in improving my reading skills and come out the other side, wiser, braver, stronger.
Like this old man, teaching his son (but I think it’s more his grand-son) there comes a time when you, the single arrow, has to fly alone, recalling and remembering all the teaching that has gone before.