Why I Love Tarot (and Why I Won’t Be Doing Anymore One-card Draws for Myself)

Last week I was getting ready to go out to a fun little local tarot event. I was very excited for this, because it would give me an opportunity to meet other tarot readers, get in some practice, learn some new things, and let my spiritual side out. Since I’m not the most confident person when it comes to larger social situations, I decided to get out one of my decks and ask my guides if there was anything I needed to know about this event. I pulled one card from my Shadowscapes deck.

Page of Cups – but it was reversed.

Just picture it upside down.

I didn’t hear or see any message straight away, so I started to just process the feelings that I got from the card. Emotions, but not really happy emotions. Here’s the problem with the one-card draw…I started to over think it! I thought, “Ok. Sad emotions. Someone might get a bit too emotional tonight, or maybe I should remember to keep my own emotions in check. Great. Got it.” I thanked my guides and the deck, and went downstairs to grab my purse.

I pick up my phone, and oh- look at that! A voicemail. And a missed call from a number I didn’t know. I listen to the voice mail, and it’s the woman organizing the event. It’s cancelled. Sigh.

Well then. As I listened to the voicemail I thought of my Page of Cups reversed, and I laughed.

See- here is why I love Tarot so much. As often as a message hits me head on, or brings tears to my eyes (or to others’ eyes), it is twice as likely to make me laugh out loud.

Yes, these were sad emotions (tied to the event) alright. I was very disappointed. I had been looking forward to this event for a week. At the same time, I couldn’t be too sad. The cards did warn me after all.

So while I was on the right track with the card’s message, I couldn’t help but feel annoyed with myself. I had let my inner censor, and logic, start to run all over the meaning of the card so that I missed the real truth, and instead invented my own. Since then I’ve been doing three-card draws for these simpler questions, and for daily guidance. I’ve gotta say that it’s much easier to see and hear the real message this way, and to keep my brain from building up its own meaning around what the cards give.

That being said, I can’t put the one-card draw down too much. It’s very valuable; especially when what you are trying to do is get into the meaning of just one card. If you want to start using your intuition to read, sometimes it’s just best to keep it simple. But when you want some real solid guidance…well, I think I’ll be pulling three cards. Apparently it’s what I need to keep my brain quiet long enough to get the whole picture.