My, how the weeks seem to be flying by! Another Thursday read for you guys, hosted by Julia of Spiral Sea Tarot. Have a look below!
1. Reversals or nah?
I began learning with reversals because naturally, I wanted to grasp the complete and fulsome world of Tarot right from the start. But somewhere along my journey I felt my understanding of reversal interpretations was just not happening fast enough, nor was the level of detail at par with its upright counterparts. I happened to really enjoy a few reversals from the RWS perspective, but because I pulled them less frequently, it slowed down the learning process… patience was clearly not a virtue of mine at the time. So I decided to drop reading reversals altogether to focus more deeply on really getting to know the uprights and solidifying my interpretations of them.
So no, I don’t read reversals at this time – but will likely incorporate them back into my practice in the future.
2. If you could go back in time and give your novice self one piece of wisdom to fast track your tarot learning, what would it be?
I would definitely tell my teenage self to practice following intuition more instead of worrying about “rules” and would also strongly advise pulling daily cards. At the time, I didn’t even know daily pulls were a thing – or what other mini spreads were out there as I really had no one to share my interests with or learn from. I was kind of a loner student, pulling cards in the secrecy of my bedroom using the basic LWB! I should’ve consulted additional resources online as well for inspiration on other reader’s practices and perspectives. As a result, I only occasionally did large spreads for “major” events such as on New Years Day or after breakups (HA!) while strictly adhering to the book’s guidelines. Pretty in-the-box type of stuff but without consistency.
My advice to all the young or novice readers out there: don’t be so rigid with learning! Tarot is an art – so start small, free flow with it and have fun!
3. What is your go-to spread?
As Alaina mentions on her post, the Body, Mind, Spirit spread has really been working for me as well. Beyond that, I’m liking a mixture of oracle and tarot for myself – especially the Goddess Guidance Oracle by Doreen Virtue (first + favourite oracle deck!) and the Connected & Free deck from Inner Hue. Throw a tarot card in the mix, and I’m good to go!
I would LOVE if you shared your go-to spread with me. I’m always on the hunt for new and meaningful ways to experience and expand from tarot. Leave me a comment below and let me know!