How do you begin to trust your intuition as a tarot reader?

Whew! Is it just me, or is time flying by?

Sometimes I can’t believe how fast time is going. I’ve been noticing that lot of people are going through some major periods of re-evaluation in their lives.

There’s a lot of change in the air as many of us are rethinking what’s most important and looking at  what to de-prioritize in order to have more time for our families, friends, and ourselves.

Are you going through a big change right now?

When things are busy and hectic, and you’re feeling a bit (or a lot) unclear about what it’s all leading to, it can help to pull out your tarot cards and give yourself some space to reflect.

Instead of asking a predictive question, which can muddy the waters of the present even more, ask something like, “What can I do to stay true to myself right now?”

When you’re feeling pulled in a lot of different directions, it can help to come back to the here and now rather than getting lost in thoughts of what may be to come.

“How do I know what I’m actually seeing in the cards?”

I know it’s not always easy to read for yourself. Especially when you’re feeling scattered across so many areas of life.

When I ask people why they want to read tarot, the Number One reason I hear is, “I want to develop my intuition.”

So many of us want to experience trust and alignment within ourselves, and the universe. And tarot can be an amazing way to open up to that.

But that kind of insight doesn’t come automatically for most people. It takes practice, and that’s okay: So many of us are taught to do what everyone else wants us to do. How can we expect to be so attuned to our inner voices when we haven’t been encouraged to listen to them?

When I teach tarot, one of the things that I help my students overcome is the pressure to magically know what the cards are saying right away.

Intuition does play a role in tarot reading. But it’s not the only thing to focus on in your development as a tarot reader. I actually think that sometimes intuition can be over-emphasized in tarot development if it completely ignores the presence of tarot itself.

What do I mean by that?

Some people expect that laying out a few cards will get their “intuition going” somehow, just by being on the table.

But tarot is full of information, and learning how to glean that information from the cards themselves – including their symbols and imagery, and the structure and historical context of tarot – is how you can start to piece together a solid reading.

It’s also how you can cut through the confusion you might feel when you are making an interpretation.

Knowing what to look for your cards and relying on tarot as a visual guide helps your interpretations to be grounded in something concrete. When you learn to read your cards and rely on what they’re showing you, your confidence as a reader grows because you’re not pulling answers out of thin air, or relying on intuitive skills that you haven’t developed yet.

Your intuition will grow as you gain confidence understanding what it is that tarot is showing you.

But it begins with the cards themselves.

That’s what I teach in Tarot Foundations: How to read every card in the tarot, and how to take into account tarot’s history and structure to inform your readings. By the end of the course, you will know how to read cards in combination with each other in order to answer a range of questions.

This season I’m offering a live component with this comprehensive course, which includes a series of integration sessions for 10 weeks to help you implement what you’re learning.

If you’d like to join me, we start on September 27. When you register, you’ll get immediate access to the first lesson so that you can begin right away.

Details are here.

Hope to see you in class.

~ Liz


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