Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Counsellor – Diving into deep water

Today’s card is The Counsellor from the Dreams of Gaia Tarot. This is the second time he has come up this week and I am not surprised at all. Lately, I have been pondering about the way I tend to read my tarot cards. I usually have a very quick and certain style of interpreting my cards. And if  I doubt myself (which is still quite regularly) I open up the guidebook and read what the “intended” meaning is for this card. Trusting the written word is often easier than trusting your own ideas
But I want more and I want to dive deeper. Perhaps this quick way of reading my cards is caused by fear of discovering a more personal meaning of a card.
And then The Counsellor arrives on my doorstep and he invites me to sit down and he asks me how I feel and then he is quiet and he waits... First, there is silence but then I start talking and talking and it almost seems as if I have opened up a bottomless pit. One subject leads to another, free associations are whirling through my mind. Everything goes, everything is okay no censor, no uncertainties, just talking and talking….
And I think that is the answer on how to read more intuitively: don’t be afraid of the initial silence and let your mind roam free. Just sit a while with your card and notice how it makes you feel, what stands out and how can you form sentences around these feelings and observations.
This way of reading not entirely new to me but it isn’t one I practice a lot. So the Counsellor is a welcome guide for this endeavor

11 comments:

  1. I have had some issues relating to the symbolism in the cards and decided to back to basics and re-read some of the books and others interpretations. Kind of like a Tarot Primer. Intuition is the best way, how I/we connect to the images. Still it has been helpful to go back to the guidebooks.

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    1. I would be blind without the knowledge I have found in my guidebooks but I don't want to become enslaved by them. The Original Rider Waite is the deck I always return to in order to go back to the basics. it is my alltime fav deck

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  2. This reminds me of my initial resistance to journaling. I was afraid of the squirrels running around in my head! :D But it turns out that putting thoughts to paper has brought me much clarity and insight.

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    1. I love how journaling establishes linear thinking which slows me down and quiets the squirrels. Especially when I write by hand. Now they have to speak in turn

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  3. I am (and need to be) in booklearning stage. I hope one day to be able to read intuitively especially card combinations :)

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    1. Books are an invaluable source of knowledge and a perfect place to start. I've bought my first deck about twenty years ago and I have read many books. but since my memory skills are not what they used to be I feel the need to access a different source as well

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  4. don't be afraid of the initial silence. Well said. I was stunned at how hard it was to do a live reading. I'd spent all this time working with the cards on my own, and when I opened my mouth to read for a friend, silence was the only thing to come out.

    When reading with just our mind it goes zip zip zip, explaining out loud is a whole different thing

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    1. I don't read for other very often, mainly out of fear of drawing a blank and also because others often want there fortune told which I don't really like to do.

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  5. What I tend to do with my daily card is draw it and notice my first reactions. Then, I take my Little One to nursery, and walk home through a Heath (about 15 minutes in nature). And I let my mind meander around the card while I walk and enjoy the sights. It is a time of quiet, and attunedness. And by the time I get home, I normally have a much deeper idea about what the card means for me that day :)

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    1. That sounds great Chloe! I love the idea to reflect on my daily draw while going for a walk!
      The only thing I need now is a Little One to take to nursery :D ( just Kidding).

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