Tarot Card Counting Tutorial

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Tell the story of your life through tarot

Tarot Card Counting

Contents

Introduction

Tarot card counting is a wonderfully rich and exciting technique for reading tarot cards. Brought to light by the Golden Dawn, but used much earlier by European cartomancers, it allows a sequential story to unfold before your very eyes. It removes any cases of doubt as to what happens next or what tarot card meaning to apply within the circumstances because it is a very clear cut way of reading the cards. This tutorial will focus on tarot card counting as refined by the Golden Dawn, their system is interwoven with the Qabbalah and the Tree of Life, and you will see influences from these systems in card counting, though you don’t need knowledge in either to count cards.

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Deck Review: Infinite Visions Tarot

Infinite Visions Tarot Dark Magician

Review by guest poster, Valerie Sylvester. When I was in college I took several art history classes. These involved sitting in a darkened lecture hall as a clicking, whirring projector beamed representations of masterpieces of (mostly) American and European art onto a large screen. Image after lovely image drifted by on the walls. I found …

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Deck Review: the Hezicos Tarot

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Created and self-published by Mary Griffin, this stunning deck took 3 years to complete and is the most wonderfully colourful deck I have seen in a very long time. I was surprised to discover that the Hezics Tarot is painted in watercolours, I never knew watercolours could be so vivd. The shades of pink and orange, of green and lavendar, of blue and yellow are rich and full and a delight to behold.

The deck is based on the Rider Waite-Smith Tarot and remains true to the imagery and structure of it. The only differences being a name change in the Minor Arcana: Pentacles become Coins, and Wands become Rods.

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Tarot Court Cards – Kings And Knights

Whether known as Kings or Knights* in your own Tarot deck, this final group of the Tarot Court will almost always be a senior male to yourself, in rank and/or age. They will represent your father, your uncle, your bank manager – the mature males, and generally the ones we look up to in life. Being a King instantly reminds us of hierarchies, be that at home, at school or university, or in the workplace, and as such he will always be seen as ‘patriarchal’.

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Ancestral Patterns of Life: The Tarot

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The Tarot is my first love and continuing passion, its history is entrenched and animated with family, ancestral and archetypal patterns way back to its very roots.

When it is used to its full capacity as a spiritual and divinatory system the Tarot can be an amazing tool for enlightenment, transformation and change. I first starting working with the Tarot system as a young teenager and went on to read professionally a couple of years later and continued for the next 15 years. It became an integral part of my life even when the focus of my days shifted to more logical and scientific realms as I studied Physics at University. As I continued to work with individuals I would see the patterns affecting them in the present moment unfold in front of me in the cards.

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Order In The Court

Guest post by Barbara Moore

Do you think about the number of Minors, Majors, and Court Cards and thank the tarot goddesses and gods that there are only sixteen Court Cards? I know I did. Even today, after almost two decades of studying and reading tarot, I still cringed when Court Cards turned up in readings. Court Cards are usually considered among the most difficult cards to interpret. I can think of several reasons why this is true.

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Tarot Court Cards – Queens

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All four queens of the Tarot Court Cards are instantly recognisable – we know them up close and personal as invariably they are our mothers. Generally associated with mature women, this age range I feel is becoming wider as more and more younger women become mothers too. It’s safe to say though that we accept the Tarot Court Card queens as emotionally, spiritually, intellectually and generally more mature through life experience.

As inner processes, and events they represent creativity, the creative process and ideas, and seeing the fruits of the efforts of those ideas. They bring a warm, nurturing element to a reading and can also be seen as a right of passage for a woman – embodying and accepting womanhood, femininity and sexuality.

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