It’s Beltane & it’s Tarot Blog Hop Time. This time, we’re being asked by Joy Vernon about what we do to continue our Tarot Education or any education for that matter.
So, it’s Beltane, it’s the 1st of May; when many a maiden in olden times had suffered bathing to smell nice a few weeks ago but carried a flower posy to help hide her unique smell, at least until things were consummated later on! However, this Beltane we’re looking at our continuing “school” education within the realm of the Tarot.
So, I read Tarot. You must’ve known that to be here. It took me a while to learn how to do it, though I knew I was called to do it. That was it, right? 9 months of education & then that’s it, out into the World like school was over. Well, no. It’s never-ending. Do you know how many darned books there are out there on the Tarot? A lot. How many times can the same card be interpreted? Well, there are 78 cards in the deck, there are 7.3 billion people on planet Earth (as of 2017) who could read that same card or spread of cards, very differently, taught or not.
Multiply those together, I dare you. That’s over 578 trillion permutations of ONE card. Now, multiply that by however many cards there are in a spread, say, 11 for a Celtic Cross. That’s 6.4 QD: Quadrillions. The number is just too huge to comprehend. There’s no way on this blue planet that I’m ever going to learn that many card patterns or meanings.
The trick is, not to. But to learn to read for that many outcomes, possibilities, life has to be lived, enjoyed & experienced. Life also has to give way to the tombs of knowledge that are stuck inside the heads of every single one of us. Some of us are gifted in getting them down onto paper. Me, not so much. Rachel Pollack, Joan Bunning, Mary K Greer, Benebell Wen, Silver Ravenwolf, Caitlìn & John Matthews, Barbara Moore, Andrew Kyle McGreggor… the list is endless of the authors of Tarot book that adorn my many shelves, my bed-side stand. The basic fact is, if Ms Kondo were to enter my house, there’d be a fight for more than 30 of my own books are on the Tarot alone.
What Is My School?
So, that is part of my further education in the Tarot. I read. I (try to) read books regularly, I read blogs, I read Tarot forums & I add to that by writing blogs (hey, you’re reading this, aren’t you? 😛 ) & sharing those around as much as we can. I also join in a Tarot Meetup every month, twice a month (I host one of them). Like birds in a tree, we all want to be heard, to be listened to & understood. How do we listen though? Have you ever gone to hear someone speak on a subject? Watched a TV programme on it, say, Blue Planet? Listened to a PodCast? Watched celebrities use their fame to get important news & insights, injustice’s out there to be discussed?
You have, let’s be honest. That’s why school is never out for me, or for you. Every day is a school day, somehow. We’re forever learning about the World around us, the people, insects & wildlife we share this wondrous blue planet with. We need to protect our home a heck of a lot more than we are doing, that’s for sure & we’re learning more about that as we continue to grow. The Tarot is the same, we need to continue to grow, evolve, change, adapt, learn, change again & be open to that change.
Change is one of the only constants in this life. If you ever think that you’ve learned it all, then I’m sorry but you’re dead wrong. If you hear any Tarot reader say/boast that they know all the permutations for the cards out there, they’re more than wrong; they’re arrogant & naive. Do you really want that kind of reader guiding you with a Tarot reading? If that’s who they are, they need to go back to school, back to the basics
The continuing education of the cards is something everyone in this industry should be doing, by reading, by going to conferences, talking with their peers, reading books by their peers & adding their thoughts to the collective consciousness.
I live & work in the Black Country, a colourful part of the West Midlands. I’m passionate about helping you from where you are now, to where you want to be. There’s a little “fortune-telling” involved in what I do, though it’s more like coaching/counselling with the cards as a prompt for ideas. I can travel to your home for the added comfort of a reading in your own environment (within a certain distance), via Wyrd & Wonderful in Brierley Hill, or I can connect with you online via Skype, Zoom, Hangouts, FB Messenger or another such platform. I’m available for 1-2-1 & parties. You can find out more by contacting me directly either via my mobile, 07505 463597 or via email.