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The School of Tarot

tarot Posted on Tue, August 14, 2018 05:31:55

For a while now, I have considered putting together a Tarot course, but not been sure in what capacity and how to structure it. I contemplated shooting a series of video tutorials, which might still happen, but not in the immediate future. In part since I’m still exploring video apps, as I want it to be as professional looking as possible, and also because of personal reasons. So I decided to do it in writing instead. Conceptually, I have a vague sense of direction, and perhaps that’s for the best. Instead of going through the deck, card by card in numerical order, I will draw cards at random and provide perspective on reading them.

What I’ve learned from all these years in the metaphysical community, is that most readers have their own approach. I recall when I started learning about the cards as a kid, picking up countless books on the subject. All they did was to confuse me, as they tend to rely too heavily on the basic keywords – which can be intensely sterile and occasionally nonsensical. Then there are the different approaches to reading, covering everything from new age pseudo-psychology to pure fortune telling. However, in practice, a reading is an amalgam of all this combined with the reader’s own psychic sense. It’s also possible to use the Tarot for mediumship, but more about that on a later date.

So to start things of, let me ask you what you see in the photo posted here. How does the card make you feel? What is drawing your attention: the colors, the objects, the people, the animals, etc? How does their story unfold? I highly recommend a spiritual notebook/journal, if you don’t already have one, to write things like these down in. I’ll be providing my input on the card in my next Tarot school post. In the meanwhile, get yourself a weekly Tarot reading over at my Instagram account:

Beautiful Tarot – a review

tarot Posted on Mon, July 30, 2018 16:30:29

I used to buy a lot of tarot cards, was a bit of a –holic about it – even got this rare three part encyclopedia on the subject: But those days are alas gone. Or alas not so much. I know that a lot of my spiritual peers prefer the physicality of a solid deck of cards, but I feel the opposite. Like with books, where I rather read them on my iPad, I also favor digital tarot cards. There’s a collective gasp at this point, I’m sure, but honestly: how many of us lug around tarots cards all day and everywhere? Meanwhile I‘m pretty sure most of us are glued to our phones. That’s why tarot apps make sense, turning one of our favorite divination tools available instantly anywhere. Yes, think about it.

Now, finding a decent tarot app in this current jungle of esoteric software is a hassle, and it took me a while to procure the perfect one: Beautiful Tarot (not sponsored – though I’d love if it was!). It might sound ostentatious to claim such a thing, but in terms of functionality, it offers the widest and most realistic tarot experience. My favorite feature about it is being able to freestyle spreads, drawing as many cards as one wish (shuffling is done by the press of a button). For those who prefer set layouts, the app includes nine of those (none of which I’ve used so far). The selection of decks is slightly lacking, with only three available – something that might not appeal to everybody. In particular since they are the most “basic” set of cards: Rider Waite Smith, Tarot de Marseille, and the Charles V!. I love it, though, as I tend to stick with the Rider Waite Smith one, the foremost inspiration for the majority of our modern Tarot decks.

Each card comes with a few keywords, leaving the reader with the possibility to add their own interpretations to them. There’s also an option to allow reversed cards, if one is so inclined. Once done, a reading can be emailed, which is a great feature. It sure beats taking a screenshot and then adding it to another app. Considering all this functionality provided in a single app, it’s a straight-up bargain – 3.99 USD! There are no in-app purchases, but it’s all included for this absurdly low price. I highly recommend you to try it: Without exaggerating, it’s one of my favorite apps of all times, so of course it deserves nothing but 5 stars out of 5.