Lesson 1.4 : SIGNIFICANCE OF COLOURS IN TAROT

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Colours are known to trigger our subconscious mind, and enhance our intuition. If you understand the meanings of colours on the Tarot cards, it will bring more insights and depth to your Tarot readings. Knowing the meanings of colours will help you in understanding the Tarot better. It will also add multiple layers and different dimensions to you interpretation skills.

 

 

What the different colours in represent in Tarot….

  1. Red: Red is a vibrant colour and it represents passion, primal urges, accomplishment, pleasure, enthusiasm, glow, vitality and love.
  2. Orange: Orange is the combination of red and yellow, and is about harmony, desires, warmth, gratification, courage and intelligence.
  3. Yellow: Yellow reminds us about the sun and it represents creativity, security, mental power, positivity and clarity.
  4. Green: New leaves in spring bring forth the green around us. Green comes with rejuvenation, newness, freshness, nature, adventure, growth and good health. .
  5. 4Blue: The vast sky above us is blue and it represents open spaces, freedom, imagination, expansiveness, motivation, and sensitivity.
  6. Indigo: Indigo is a shade of blue, but darker and hence represents the more intense qualities of depth, potency, flexibility and expressiveness.
  7. Violet: Violet reminds us of spirituality, empathy, morals, devotion and values.
  8. Brown: That’s the colour of Mother Earth and therefore it represents being grounded, earthiness, physicality, practicality, security, stability, and solidity
  9. GreyGrey makes us feel gloomy. Grey indicates uncertainty, neutrality, vagueness, unknown, and seriousness.
  10. Black: Black gives all other colors a certain darkness and depth. It represents formality, dignity, force, obscurity, negativity, ignorance and lack of clarity.
  11. White: White stands for peace, cleansing, illumination, purity, innocence, compassion, clarity and the highest type of understanding.

 

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The Seven Chakras

Our Chakras are also associated with particular colours. Each of our Chakras is also associated with specific aspect of human behavior, emotions and stage of development. They are also closely connected to specific parts of our body and certain organs. Correlating the colours on the Tarot cards with the Chakras they represent give additional insights during a Tarot reading.

 

The seven Chakras are as follows…

  1. Root Chakra – RED – Red represents our survival instinct, self-esteem and need for security. It also represents material stability and a firm foundation.
  2. Sacral Chakra – ORANGE – Orange is representative of sexuality and sexual energy. Thus, it deals with our ability to connect with people, fertility and procreation.
  3. finalSolar Plexus Chakra – YELLOW – Yellow represents the need for control, because this chakra is the ‘brain centre’ of our nervous system – it’s here that we experience the ‘gut feeling’. Hence, this colour represents intellect and mental power.
  4. Heart Chakra – Green – Heart is from where love and compassion emanate, and therefore green radiates sympathy, forgiveness, harmony, unity, growth and abundance.
  5. Throat Chakra – BLUE – Blue represents our ability to communicate. The vibration of this colour raises our consciousness and hence it represents calmness, devotion, sincerity and truth.
  6. Third Eye Chakra – Indigo – Indigo is a colour of depth, intensity and wisdom as this Chakra controls our ability to see, hear and smell beyond the obvious. It represents intuition, inner voice and inner vision.
  7. Crown Chakra – VIOLET – This is the Chakra that connects us to the Source, or the Universal Consciousness, and so this colour represents true greatness, worthiness, awareness, mysticism and the sense of prophecy.
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Lesson 1.3 : STRUCTURE OF THE TAROT DECK

A standard Tarot deck has 78 cards, which are divided into two parts – the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana.  There are 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards in the Tarot Deck. The Minor Arcana is further divided into 40 numbered cards and 16 Court cards. The number of cards and their structure is what sets the Tarot apart from Oracle decks, which can have any number of cards depending on their creators’ choice.

Major Arcana

major2The Major Arcana Tarot cards (also known as the Trump cards) form the foundation of the Tarot deck and consists of twenty-one numbered cards and one unnumbered card (the Fool). The Major Arcana is often referred to as the ‘Fool’s Journey’ as it represent a path to spiritual self-awareness and depicts the various stages we encounter as we search for greater meaning and understanding in life. In this way, the Major Arcana holds deeply meaningful life lessons.

The Major Arcana cards are as follows –

Card  0: The Fool
Card  1: The Magician
Card  2: The High Priestess
Card  3: The Empress
Card  4: The Emperor
Card  5: The Hierophant
Card  6: The Lovers
Card  7: The Chariot
Card  8: Strength
Card  9: The Hermit
Card10: The Wheel of Fortune
Card 11: Justice
Card 12: The Hanged Man
Card 13: Death
Card 14: Temperance
Card 15: The Devil
Card 16: The Tower
Card 17: The Star
Card 18: The Moon
Card 19: The Sun
Card 20: Judgment
Card 21: The World

 Minor Arcana

minorThe Minor Arcana consists of four suits – Cups, Pentacles, Swords and Wands.

The Suit of Cups relates to the element of Water and represents emotions, relationships, feelings and creativity.
The Suit of Pentacles relates to the element of Earth and represents money, financial resources, material possessions, career and the physical realm.
The Suit of Swords relates to the element of Air and represents power, rationality, the intellect, and thoughts.
The Suit of Wands relates to the element of Fire and represents inspiration, spirituality, ideas and energy flow.

Each suit of the Minor Arcana consists of fourteen Tarot cards – ten numbered cards (Ace to X) and four Court cards (King, Queen, Knight, Page). The numbered Tarot cards reflect everyday life situations. The Minor Arcana highlights the more practical aspects of life and usually refer to current issues and situations.

Court Cards

court cardsThere are four Court cards – King, Queen, Knight, Page; in each of the four suits – Cups, Pentacles, Swords and Wands; making a total of 16 Court cards. The Tarot Court Cards reflect actual people or qualities and traits represented by the suit and rank of the Court card.

KINGS: Kings are the most mature of the Court cards who have travelled through life successfully and are now at the pinnacle of experience and understanding. They are stable and solid, and like to be seen as the providers. They seek power and control.

QUEENS: Queens represent someone who has matured and they tap into the feminine energy of nurturing and caring for others. They gently and subtly influence, without being seen to be too pushy or domineering. Queens reflect the rites of passage for women, from embracing sexuality to motherhood and to taking care of others.

KNIGHTS: Knights are highly action-oriented. The journey of the Knight is already underway and the Knight is more focused on keeping that journey going. They have enough experience under their belt to know what they’re doing, but are prone to being extremists. Knights reflect change, movement and action. They are never still but are constantly on the move, looking for the next big opportunity.

PAGES: Pages often represent young, energetic people who are at the very beginning of their personal journey. Pages look forward to the opportunity of learning and practicing new skills. Pages are often seen as messengers and come to you with a new opportunity or an invitation. They may symbolize a new stage in life.

 

 

 

Lesson 1.2 : GETTING STARTED

Connecting To Your Tarot Deck

111Once you have purchased your Tarot deck, it is recommended that you place it in your alter, offer flowers, light a candle and incense stick, and set an intention by praying that your Tarot deck guides you diligently from a space of Divinity and Higher Consciousness. Alternatively, you may use any method of prayer you deem fit. However, there is no compulsion, this process is optional.

If you meditate, do meditate with your Tarot deck in your hand, as and when you feel drawn to do so. By doing so, your subconscious mind will connect with the cards and you will be able to understand their messages clearly. If you do not meditate, this is a good opportunity to start, as meditating with your deck will certainly improve your intuitive ability to read the cards.

Place your Tarot deck under your pillow, at bedtime, for 21 days altogether, so that you build a bond with your cards, wherein they will understand how your intuition works and will guide you accordingly when you use them for readings. On the other hand, you will be able to understand what they convey to you. This is also a good exercise to hone your intuitive abilities.

 

Cleansing, Charging & Programming Your Tarot Deck

thumbnail_IMG_5612It is necessary to cleanse your Tarot cards before and after a reading has been done, as they tend to pick up energies from the readings done and also the people for whom the readings have been done. Holding the Tarot deck in between the palms of your hand and visualizing a white light passing through the cards, is the quickest and the easiest way of cleansing your deck. Alternatively, you may smudge them with sage or ‘dhoop’. It would be quite cumbersome to do so with every reading, so allow your intuition to guide you, and make note if your Tarot cards feel heavy, or fail to work – these are some of the indications that your Tarot deck needs cleansing.

You can charge your Tarot deck by the same method of visualizing the Divine light passing through it, by setting an intention for the same. You may also charge your deck by keeping it in the early morning sunlight or the moonlight on a Full Moon night, for a couple of hours.

It is essential to programme your Tarot deck, to show you the Absolute Truth, without the interference of your conscious mind’s thoughts and feelings. Saying it out as a prayer and invoking any Divine presence before doing a Tarot reading ensures that the cards give you the appropriate guidance from the Source.

 

Basic Guidelines

Do keep your Tarot deck in a pouch or a box, and you can also keep them wrapped in a cloth if you choose to. You may use a piece of cloth made of velvet, satin or any other material you are comfortable with, to lay the spreads. If you choose to, you may also lay the cards directly on the table whilst doing the readings.

thumbnail_IMG_5672Shuffle the deck of cards, ‘cut’ them and reverse one pile and shuffle again, when you begin the reading. Ask the question in your mind whilst shuffling, before you lay the spread. In a spread, some cards may appear straight while some may show up reversed. The meanings for both the possibilities will be explained eventually. More details about how to lay the spreads will follow in due course.

While doing a Tarot reading, some readers pick the cards themselves, whilst others ask the client to pick the cards. The former believe that the cards are cleansed and programmed and it’s best to avoid the clients’ fears and doubts from interfering with the reading, while the latter believe that clients hold all answers in their subconscious mind and those answers are revealed through their choice of cards. Choose any method that you feel comfortable with, and set your intention accordingly. Don’t forget to cleanse your cards before you put them away after every Tarot reading session.

How one connects to their Tarot deck and works with it, is a highly personal affair. It is largely dependent on a person’s belief system about what spirituality means to them. These beliefs are greatly influenced by the religion they follow and their cultural background. This lesson is merely a guideline based on my own way of working with my deck of Tarot cards. There are no rules, and nothing is right or wrong; you are encouraged to use a system or a method of your choice, one that suits your sensibilities.

Lesson 1.1 : HISTORY OF TAROT

History of  Tarot

The word ‘Tarot’ is derived from the Italian tarocchi, the origin of which is uncertain but taroch was used as a synonym for foolishness in the late 15th and early 16th centuries.

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The Tarot is a deck of cards that originated over 500 years. Playing cards first entered Europe in the late 14th century, most likely from Mamluk Egypt. The first documented Tarot packs were recorded between 1440 and 1450 in Milan, Ferrara, Florence, Bologna; when additional trump cards with symbolic illustrations were added to the common four-suit pack. These new decks were called carte da trionfi, and the additional cards known simply as trionfi, which became “trumps” in English. The early Tarot symbolism was deeply rooted in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, but over the centuries it has grown to incorporate everything from Astrology and Kabbalah to Runes (which predate the Tarot by 1000 years) and the I-Ching (which predates the Tarot by 2500 years).

The earliest Tarot cards were hand-painted; the number of the decks produced is thought to have been small. It was only after the invention of the printing press that mass production of cards became possible. Even if you aren’t familiar with Tarot, there’s a good chance that you may have seen one of the most common decks – the famous Rider-Waite, which has been continually printed since 1909 by publisher William Rider and popular mystic A.E. Waite, and was illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith . The Rider-Waite helped bring about the rise of 20th-century occult Tarot used by mystical readers.

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Pamela Colman Smith

The Rider-Waite deck was designed for Divination and included a book written by Waite in which he explained much of the esoteric meaning behind the imagery. The most fascinating aspect of these cards is that Colman Smith incorporated the number of suit signs into little scenes, and when taken together, they tell a story in pictures. This strong narrative element allows readers to look at a combination of cards and derive their own story from them, with the help of their intuition.

A Tarot decks consist of 78 cards. 22 of the cards are Major Arcana (trumps). The remaining 56 cards are Minor Arcana divided into 4 suites of 14 cards each. The suites are Swords, Cups, Wands (sometimes called Rods or Staves), and Pentacles (sometimes called Coins or Discs). We shall learn more about this when we start our lessons explaining the meanings of the cards.

Over the centuries, Tarot has evolved from being just a fortune-telling tool, and as a Divination tool serves a myriad of purposes, today. Some of the different ways in which Tarot can can add value to our life, apart from being a used for predictions and guidance are listed below.
1.) Tarot helps us to understand ourselves better, and shows us how our past actions are influencing our present situations, and using this information, guides us as to how we can go about shifting our circumstances to achieve our goals.
2.) Tarot unlocks the secrets of our subconscious mind and how it is affecting our life situations.
3.) Tarot is an excellent tool that aids in focusing our attention to whatever it is that we desire, when used in combination with meditation, affirmations and rituals.
4.) Tarot guides us when it comes to aligning our personal goals to our life/soul purpose with its ability to chart our life path when used with Numerology.
5.) For believers, Tarot unfolds secrets from past lives, delivers messages from ancestors, and conveys messages from Guides, Gurus and Masters.
6.) Tarot involves ‘active’ listening from a completely non-judgmental space, offering guidance to transform limiting perspectives and beliefs to more empowering and potent wisdom, thereby making it an effective counselling and therapeutic tool.
7.) Tarot enables us to improve our power of imagination and enhances our intuitive abilities.

Tarot Ethics

Every Tarot Reader has their own value system that they adhere to when offering their services to seekers. Each professional follows his own moral compass to decide what they are comfortable with, and chooses to abide by the set of rules they have created for themselves and are comfortable with. It is very important for a seeker to go through the list of ethics or policies that are applicable when they choose a Tarot Reader, before paying for a session. It is advisable to opt for a Tarot Reader whose professional ethics do not clash with your queries and the type of answers you are seeking.

 

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Here’s a list of my own moral code when it comes to offering my services as a Tarot Reader…

  • Clients need be over eighteen years of age to avail my services. However, this does not mean that I don’t read for children, young adults accompanied by a parent/s can seek guidance, especially with issues like to choosing a career path, building confidence, dealing with fears and general wellness. Parents can seek assistance regarding how they can improve their family environment; empower their children and similar issues as long as they are focused on bringing change in a given situation as parents.
  • If you want to know if you are pregnant, please use a medical pregnancy testing kit as it’s the most accurate method, and cheaper too. The Indian Law does not permit the knowing of the gender of an unborn child, and I am a law-abiding citizen, so refrain from asking me this question. Having said that, I am more than willing to work with you when it comes to guiding you with the help of Tarot, about how you can prepare yourself to be better parents, or take care of yourself during pregnancy, during and after childbirth.
  • I do not read issues related to serious or critical illnesses, especially if you hope to know the outcome. Tarot can certainly guide you about how to remain balanced and have the right frame of mind during such difficult times. Kindly note that such readings are in no way meant to replace medical attention and treatment – the guidance received from Tarot is NOT professional medical advice.
  • Legal issues are serious, and a Tarot reading is not a substitute for professional legal advice. Tarot can certainly guide you about where the energy of the situation is headed and how you can work with the people involved, for a more suitable outcome, but asking to know the final outcome of a court case is not an appropriate approach, as the future is dynamic. Tarot Readings do NOT substitute professional legal advice.
  • Refrain from asking me to spy on others with the help of Tarot – I do not entertain third-party readings. Unless a person, or an issue related to another person, is affecting you directly, no reading will be done to check on people other than yourself. Even in such cases, the readings will focus on you as the purpose of the reading and not the other person/s.
  • I do not offer my services for picking out lottery or lotto numbers. To know about where to invest and how your investments will perform, seek professional advice from a financial expert. However, Tarot can guide you about the psychological and karmic blocks that could be stopping you from living the abundant life that you desire.
  • The future is unpredictable, dynamic and every small change in the present affects it. Therefore, outcome/result depicted during a reading depends not only on the situation remaining constant, but also the guidance received being religiously followed. It’s best not to ask yes/no or ‘when’ question, and even if you do to remain open to other possibilities. The more suitable way to deal with such issues is to ask what you need to do to get what you want, in a time-frame that you want it in.
  • Once a tarot reading has been done for a particular issue in your life, it’s best not to repeat readings for the same issue because you are hoping to receive a different guidance or answer. Ideally, I suggest you wait for at least a month before you opt for another reading for an existing issue, provided that either the situation has changed, or you have diligently followed the advice received when the reading was done for the first time.
  • Be open to the possibility of your questions being re-framed or rephrased to receive the most appropriate guidance. Most times, questions have to be reworded to make them client-centric, to avoid third-party readings. For example, if you want to know about your ex after a breakup, I would recommend you to look at how you can heal your pain and insecurity to move on…or, if you are inquisitive about a prospective relationship, I would suggest you ask Tarot what you need to do to be more open to having a loving relationship. Similarly, Tarot can help you with guidance about how to stay calm and deal with a person who is critically ill, or what to be careful of when dealing with a legal issue or a financial matter.
  • All readings are strictly confidential. You are in a safe environment and all readings will be done without judgment and with compassion, and the more honest you are with your situation and questions, the more accurate your guidance will be.

There are times when seekers are a little confused about their queries and how to ask the right questions, and it’s a good idea to work with your Tarot Reader to have a successful session by asking questions that are empowering, that give you holistic answers which guide you to take the appropriate steps to move ahead to achieve what you desire.

 

How To Get The Most Out Of A Tarot Reading

The first step to getting the most out of a Tarot Reading session is to find the right Tarot reader. It’s important to check the credentials of your Tarot reader with regards to her background training and experience. A Tarot reader who is trained in psychology and/or other alternative therapy and healing methods, though not necessary, will certainly be in a position to offer a broader perspective, additional guidance and support, especially if your situation demands it. Some readers have client feedback and testimonials to back them up, but many a times when readers are new, they do readings in exchange for a feedback. Therefore it’s important to use your discernment to check the authenticity of such testimonials by checking if they are more generalized, or they are specific when it comes to the experiences shared therein. Most times, a word of mouth or referrals help you to connect with experienced and expert readers, who are authentic, thereby reducing the risk of approaching the wrong kind. 

Once you have found a suitable reader, the next crucial thing to remember, is to be honest with your issues and the guidance you are seeking. Though it’s not important to reveal every minute detail of your life, especially if you are not comfortable doing so, it’s advisable to refrain from lying or manipulating facts, as this affects the accuracy of the Tarot readings. If you have approached a sincere and aware Tarot reader, trust that you will not be judged for whatever is happening in your life, and that the reader is a mere medium who knows that her job is to convey the messages meant for you, with the help of Tarot. 

 

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Apart from being truthful, it helps if you are clear about the questions to which you are seeking answers or guidance for. The more specific your questions are, the more clear will the guidance received be. There may be occasions when confusion may hinder you from being precise with what you are seeking from a session, during such times, trust your Tarot reader to guide you to approach the situation with clarity and help you to frame and ask the right questions. 

Lastly, it’s important to ask the right questions during a Tarot reading. Asking close-ended questions- the ones that begin with ‘will’ and ‘when’ will lead to answers that are restrictive. The future is not set in stone, and a single conscious or unconscious change in the situation can change the final outcome of a situation. The outcome or answers given by Tarot are applicable only if the situation continues to remain unchanged, which is usually not the case about anything in life. Hence, it’s important to ask questions that are empowering, questions that will guide you about how to achieve your goals rather than those that will give you answers that are limiting…. for instance, instead of asking, ‘Will I get this job?’, ask this question, ‘What do I need to do to get this job?’. Rephrasing  the question, ‘When will I find the love of my life?’ to ‘What should I do to find the love of my life at the earliest?’, is more empowering as it puts you in control of the situation. A good Tarot reader will guide you to ask the right questions and will also will assist you in phrasing your questions in a way for you to get the best out of your reading session. 

 

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Remember, it’s you who’s holding the magic wand that will change your life and guide you when it comes to fulfilling your desires. A good Tarot reader will be instrumental in connecting you to your own power and potency by successfully making you aware that you that you are the master of your destiny.  

Tarot – A Multifaceted Divination Tool

 

One of the primary reasons my brand new Tarot deck remained unopened in the farthest corner of my bookshelf, was me believing that Tarot was a Divination tool used for predictions, fortune telling and forecasting. Fear of the unknown, and a value system that did not endorse knowing the future beforehand, made me uncomfortable. Fortunately for me, over the last few years, as I continue learning everyday, Tarot has unfolded the secrets of the varied ways in which it can be used, apart from just predicting. 

 

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For those who believe in destiny, Tarot works as a tool that provides relevant information, warning, and prepares you to deal with what’s to come in your life. However, the future is not set in stone, and here the important aspect of Tarot being a guidance tool, can be put to use. By asking questions that are empowering, rather than close-ended questions, Tarot can guide you how to achieve desired outcomes for your efforts, and how best to deal with tricky  life situations. In this way, Tarot as a Divination tool, helps you to become the co-creator of your life. 

Some of the different ways in which Tarot can play an important part in your life are listed below.

1.) Tarot helps us to understand ourselves better, thereby making us aware of the qualities that we can get the best out of, and areas where we need to work on ourselves .

2.) Tarot shows us how our past actions are influencing our present situations, and using this information, guides us as to how we can go about shifting our circumstances to achieve our goals.

3.) Tarot gives us a glimpse of not only all the choices available to us, but also reveals possibilities that we may have overlooked.

4.) Tarot unlocks the secrets of our subconscious mind and how it is affecting our life situations.

5.) Tarot is an excellent tool that aids in focusing our attention to whatever it is that we desire, when used in combination with meditation, affirmations and rituals.

6.) Tarot guides us when it comes to aligning our personal goals to our life/soul purpose with its ability to chart our life path when used with Numerology.

7.) For believers, Tarot unfolds secrets from past lives, delivers messages from ancestors, and conveys messages from Guides, Gurus and Masters.

8.) Tarot involves ‘active’ listening from a completely non-judgmental space, offering guidance to transform limiting perspectives and beliefs to more empowering and potent wisdom, thereby making it an effective counselling and therapeutic tool. 

9.) Tarot enables us to improve our power of imagination and enhances our intuitive abilities.

10.) Tarot has the ability to not only unearth our hidden fears and guide us about how we can rise above them, but can also reveal our hidden talents and direct us about how to get the best out of them.

 

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Tarot has enriched my life in a myriad of ways, from helping me understand myself better, to guiding me during the defining moments of my life. Next time you are looking for answers, or need a hint about which direction is best for your life journey, do give Tarot a chance to be your lighthouse, your guiding star.