My Experience of Learning Tarot

It’s funny how different people come to tarot. For some people it’s been something their family has always done, others are simply drawn to it, but for people like me who grew up in very ‘no nonsense’ households where anything esoteric was poo-pooed, it is something odd and mysterious that requires a ‘happening’ to be brought into your life.

Tarot was something I was aware of but never paid much attention to. After all, it was just a load of nonsense and woo wasn’t it? Just a bunch of generalisations that could be applied to any situation, a bit like cold reading. Until I learned that my good friend, Steve, reads the cards.

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The Four Aces of RWS

Learn Tarot – Introduction

On the many Facebook groups and forums you’ll regularly see people recommending the study of each individual card, using a mix of artwork interpretation and other references, over many, many months.  With 78 cards this is a considerable challenge;  if others learnt the hard way then you should too!  Right?

Wrong!  Let us show you not only the easy way – but the best way to learn the underlying associations.

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From James Ricklef’s Blog

James Ricklef's Tarot Blog Explore and learn about the Tarot ... and yourself!

  • New Tarot de Marseilles — Update (13 – 18)
    by jamesricklef on July 30, 2021 at 12:40 am

    I am continuing to work on a new “21st Century Tarot de Marseilles” deck, and I would like to share with you my new versions of more of the Major Arcana cards — cards XIII to XVIII

  • What does the Knight of Swords mean?
    by jamesricklef on July 15, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    Pithy Tarot card meanings are short, easy to remember meanings that may stimulate further insights when called to mind during a reading. They also make great "Card of the Day" messages. Here’s one for the Knight of Swords.

  • What does the Page of Swords mean?
    by jamesricklef on June 28, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Pithy Tarot card meanings are short, easy to remember meanings that may stimulate further insights when called to mind during a reading. They also make great "Card of the Day" messages. Here’s one for the Page of Swords.

  • What does the Six of Swords mean?
    by jamesricklef on May 29, 2021 at 3:00 am

    Pithy Tarot card meanings are short, easy to remember meanings that may stimulate further insights when called to mind during a reading. They also make great "Card of the Day" messages. Here’s one for the Six of Swords.

From Mary K Greer’s Blog

Mary K. Greer's Tarot Blog "Tarot helps you meet whatever comes in the best possible way."

  • The Truth Untold, Lenormand Cards, Ashbless, and the Smeraldo Flower
    by Mary K. Greer on June 17, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    Recently, music producer for BigHit, PDogg, was asked what his favorite BTS song is and he answered “The Truth Untold,” sung by the four vocalists (live performance below). It seems there is a long, fascinating history behind it. I’ll try to make this short. (Check out these sites for details: The BTS Effect and the

  • Emperor/Death/Fool Birth Cards and Daechwita
    by Mary K. Greer on January 6, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Among the Tarot cards determined by adding the numbers in your birth date, I find most intriguing the Constellation of the Emperor, which consists of the Major Arcana cards whose numbers add up to four: the Emperor (4), Death (13 = 1+3=4), and the Fool (the un-numbered 22nd card of the Majors; 2+2=4). Many people

  • Flying Ambulances for the Navajo Nation
    by Mary K. Greer on June 1, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    My friend, John Irving, is currently flying medical planes within the Navajo Nation that’s being devastated by COVID-19. I asked him to send me his story that I could post here to let people know what is actually going on. It’s just one story from the midst of this crisis. I want to add that

  • Write from your Heart with Tarot
    by Mary K. Greer on January 13, 2020 at 1:30 am

    How to write from your heart with tarot: – Breathe (ground/center if applicable). – Connect with your future reader (including if you will be your only reader). Try to get a specific image in mind and open your heart to that person(s)—real or imaginary. – Begin your writing with where you are right now at

From Round the Cauldron’s Blog

Round the Cauldron Everyday life as a modern witch!

  • Smokeless Cleansing for your Home
    by Megan Black on July 6, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Smoke is one of the easiest methods of cleansing a space. It’s also the method that is recommended most often. There’s something otherworldly about the curl of smoke from burning herbs in a cauldron or incense burner. But sometimes using smoke to cleanse a space isn’t the best method to use. That’s where these tips for smokeless cleansing will come in handy! When you can’t use smoke… In my house, there are people that have allergies, reactive airway issues, and other concerns that make smoke cleansing hazardous or impossible. Certain smokes, herbs, and fragrances can trigger respiratory issues but we also have several animals. I have a dog, a cat, two ferrets, and a snake. Sometimes smoke isn’t a good cleansing technique to use depending on the room that I’m in. I definitely don’t want to use smoke or any heavy fragrance in a space with animals or allergies. I don’t want to make anyone sick and I also don’t want to trigger the flight or fight response of the animals I have. If you don’t live at home (or even if you do), there may also be rules against using smoke and burning different objects, herbs, or even candles. It’s a good idea to have smokeless cleansing techniques and methods as a backup for those times when you just can’t use smoke or an open flame. Sound Cleansing Cleansing a space with sound is one of the easiest smokeless cleansing methods you can use. It requires nothing except for yourself, though you can add other elements into the ritual if you choose. You can use any method of creating sound, though the easiest is clapping. In my practice, if I’m going to cleanse a space with sound, I like to clap loudly in every corner of the room, moving from the entrance to the exit. Usually, this is from the door to the window, but feel free to change that up to suit your specific situation. Clapping helps to loosen up any stuck energy in those spaces, even ones that would be more difficult to get to. For example, clapping in a closet space or around a bookshelf can get those vibrations into spaces that smoke or other methods might have trouble with. The vibration from clapping, the movement through the air, and the sound itself help to loosen up that energy so that it makes it easier to get rid of it. So with cleansing a space with sound, you can add different elements of sound to this in order to make it more effective. If you did the clapping in the corners then you can turn around and start from the door or the corner of the room. You can also use different musical instruments like bells, triangles, or drums. I have even used my flute to play different songs or notes that I felt vibrated well to cleanse a space. If you don’t have a musical instrument and you don’t have a bell, bang on some pots and pans. Room Sprays Another smokeless cleansing method is using a room spray. A room spray is essentially a charged spray usually made with alcohol, water, and some type of herb or essential oil and it works in the same way that smoke cleansing would. You spray it around your room starting from top to bottom and as it goes down, it really captures and dissipates or transforms the energy that has been left in that room into a neutral energy. It really helps to dissipate and clear the area. Now you can make a room spray on your own if you choose to do so. The method is very simple but it’s going to depend on the ingredients that you are using. If you’re going to use essential oils, you want to have an emulsifier. This is usually going to be some type of alcohol, though many people have said using witch hazel is effective. In this instance, it is not. Please do your research and make sure that you’re creating your room spray safely. Some essential oils can’t be emulsified and mixed together like that and they should be used sparingly, especially if you have pets. If you’re going to use herbs, I definitely recommend using a dry herb instead of a fresh one unless you have some sort of preservative that you can add to your spray to keep it from molding and going rancid. If you want to make your own room spray, I definitely recommend giving it a go. You can find a lot of different room spray recipes online if you just Google “cleansing room spray”. For ethical reasons I cannot recommend that you use white sage. I’ve talked about white sage before and how its use can be problematic in the witchcraft and occult community. Use an herb that youcorrespond with cleansing if that’s your purpose. Juniper and rosemary are two of my go-to cleansing herbs. Room sprays are great for cleansing a space and they’re a good alternative if you still want that fragrance without having the smoke. Again just be mindful of other people or creatures in your home. Some essential oils and fragrancesare harmful to different animals and we don’t want to harm our furry or scaly friends just for the sake of cleansing a space when there are other options available to us. Just clean your house! Now the last one I want to mention here is by far the easiest and the most mundane. Just clean your house! Or your room or whatever the space is. Too often I see people jumping to the conclusion of “I need to cleanse the space! Let’s get out my herb bundles and my room sprays and my incense,” when they neglect the fact that maybe their desk is super cluttered or they have dishes and junk mail scattered all over their kitchen and they haven’t swept or mopped in months. You can combine witchcraft and magic with the mundane action of actually cleaning your space. I find this to be especially true for me. I do most of the cooking in my home and the kitchen really holds a lot of energy. If I go downstairs into my kitchen and the kitchen is a mess, I cannot cook anything without cleaning the kitchen first. When I wake up in the morning and I’m getting up and I’m getting ready and I get ready to tidy up my house, the kitchen is the first thing that I clean. It’s one of the places that I spend the most time. It’s one of the places that other people spend a lot of time in my house and it’s one of the places that, when people come home from work, they pass right through that space or they hang out there first. I can combine the act of wiping down the cabinets and the countertops with cleaning away anything that has been left there unbeknownst to other people. There are floor washes and window washes and door washes that are created for the specific purpose of cleansing spaces. It’s definitely okay to do these in the same vein as mopping your floor. I think it’s really important that we can effectively combine these two different processes. Clean your house but cleanse it too. Never forget that witchcraft is an intuitive practice and there is almost always more than one way of doing something. Cleansing a space is no different. Just because you can’t use smoke doesn’t mean you can’t cleanse a space. Smokeless cleansing is a simple and effective alternative when you can’t burn anything. What are your favorite smokeless cleansing methods? Let me know below! The post Smokeless Cleansing for your Home appeared first on Round the Cauldron.

  • Social Media Detox || I’m Struggling
    by Megan Black on July 5, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    Social media used to be for community, to bring people together. Now it’s full of influencers and marketers. It’s more difficult than ever to create a community around common interests. The post Social Media Detox || I’m Struggling appeared first on Round the Cauldron.

  • Natural Magic by Doreen Valiente || Book Review
    by Megan Black on June 16, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    Doreen Valiente covers a lot of ground in one little book, giving us a brief explanation of more than 10 different subjects we might encounter in modern witchcraft. The post Natural Magic by Doreen Valiente || Book Review appeared first on Round the Cauldron.

  • To be like children…
    by Megan Black on June 2, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    I watch my daughter in any social setting and am immediately amazed. In no less than 5 minutes she has five new friends and they play like they’ve known each other for years. It makes me wonder why we as adults may have a hard time making friends, fitting in, or feeling seen. The post To be like children… appeared first on Round the Cauldron.

  • Magickal Magnolias
    by Megan Black on April 21, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    I have several Magnolia trees around my home. In the spirit of using what you have around you and knowing your natural landscape, I wanted to look into the properties of Magnolia trees, their folklore, and any correspondences I could find online (plus come up with some of my own). The post Magickal Magnolias appeared first on Round the Cauldron.

From the Unified Esoteric Tarot

Esoteric and Divinatory Tarot by Attila Kárpáthy

  • Creative writing
    by Admin on July 28, 2021 at 4:37 am

    Gene Fowler joked, “writing is easy. You only need to stare at a blank piece of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” As a writer, just as important as your final product is the process by which…Read more Creative writing ›

  • Keeping a diary
    by Admin on July 27, 2021 at 6:19 am

    Allegedly, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, stepping for the first time on the Moon on 20 July 1969, uttered, “that’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Keeping a diary is a small step for mankind but…Read more Keeping a diary ›

  • The mystical Moon
    by Admin on July 26, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Bram Stoker wrote, “Do you not think that there are things which you cannot understand, and yet which are; that some people see things that others cannot? But there are things old and new which must not be contemplated by…Read more The mystical Moon ›

  • Il Matto
    by Admin on July 15, 2021 at 5:53 am

    “The clown figure has had so many meanings in different times and cultures. The jolly, well-loved joker familiar to most people is actually but one aspect of this protean creature. Madmen, hunchbacks, amputees, and other abnormals were once considered natural…Read more Il Matto ›