Tarot Technique: DIY Unique Keywords *NEW*


Inspired by the Keyword Kaleidoscope technique taught by Tali from Tarot Town in her Lenormand Course, I took this one step further and accidentally discovered a really easy way to uncover unique keywords and meanings for any card in tarot, without fail; including reversal-meanings. It immediately cuts to the chase both ways; that is to say, in no time at all you can create your own positive and negative traits for any tarot card.

We begin with two simple triangles to form a grid, placing one on-top of the other to form a six-pointed star. The grid positions are marked in the illustration that follows:

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In positions 1,2 & 3 write down existing keywords that apply to the card you are working on, these can be found in most tarot books and deck LWB’s. In my example I am focussing on The Fool card. The commonly-accepted keywords that I have decided to use in these positions are:

1. Excited

2. Trusting

3. Care-free

Next, in positions A,B & C we are going to create a new keyword by merging existing keywords together. In position ‘A’ link keywords 1 & 2 to create a whole new keyword, one that it ‘born’ as it were from combining the essence of these two keywords.

After thinking about it for a few seconds the word that I came up with by merging ‘excited’ and ‘trusting’ was ‘anticipate.’  It is not difficult to see how ‘anticipate’ easily fits with the energy of ‘excited’ and ‘trusting.’ I write this new word in position ‘A’ on my grid.

Now, do the same for position ‘C’ combining keywords 1 & 3. In my example the new word created from merging ‘excited’ with ‘care-free’ was ‘child.’ Once more, do the same for position ‘B’ on the grid by combining keywords 2 & 3 to form a new keyword that reflects the essence of these two original keywords. In my example the new word born from merging ‘trusting’ and ‘care-free’ is ‘allow.’ Play with it, there are no ‘wrong’ answers, whatever your subconscious mind links by merging two keywords together is what works, for you!

A: Anticipate

B: Child

C: Allow

We now have 3 new keywords using Tali’s Kaleidoscope technique, but now we are going to take it one step further to discover shadow keywords that will be useful in reverse-card readings too. These we’ll slot into positions AB, AC and BC.

Using the same technique I consider keywords ‘A’ and ‘B’ to create a new keyword born from merging the two, but this time I allow myself to dwell for a moment on a negative possibility. The first thing that comes to mind when a child waits in anticipation of something that does not come is ‘disappoint.’  This then becomes my ‘shadow’ keyword in position ‘AB’ on the grid. Considering keywords ‘A’ and ‘C’ I decide on ‘relinquish control’ as a shadow meaning, derived at by contemplating a negative effect of anticipate’ and allow.‘ Finally for position ‘BC’ on the grid I consider what negative trait could be born from ‘child’ and ‘allow.’ After a few moments I deciding on over indulge as my shadow word.

AB: Disappoint

AC: Relinquish control

BC: Over indulge

This technique is easy to do and can be applied to all tarot cards. Give it a go, you might surprise yourself with the unique keywords that you discover with this method. Share your discoveries in the comments below, we can all benefit from them!

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The Yes or No Spread


Great post for answers to yes/no questions.

Shorthand Tarot – What makes a Tarot card?


When doing Tarot readings, I consistently look at all my deck and then carefully select….the RWS. Or at least an RWS based deck. I love to work with the Marseille deck privately, but seldom use it with a client. I like Thoth and Deviant Moon to explore, but seldom use them with a client. When I am finished with a reading, I take a photograph (or screenshot in online readings) to “write down the reading” for reference and to give it to the client.

A while ago I thought it would be a good idea to have a way of noting down readings by hand. To be able to do something wihtout a smartphone, internet access and all that comes with it. Of course one can simply write the names of the cards, but that was not what I looked for. I wanted something quick and unique. I am familiar with a lot of systems to write down information quickly, such as shorthand notation, Juan Tamariz’ system of symbols to write out magic performance instructions and others. But they all suffered from a serious drawback: For me and the client they do not capture the essence of the reading. The client has to recall what the card looked like in order to recall the reading, which is difficult from abstract symbol. My abilities as a graphic artist are seriously limited so drawing each card was no option.

I tried to work out what exactly I wanted to have and came to the conclusion that I wanted a sort of Icon which would convey the Gestalt of the card, its general look and its numerical, elemental and astrological symbolism without words. These are the things I most often refer to in readings, so they needed writing down. Do these things constitute what a Tarot card is? I think not, there is more, obviously and less as well. To some a Tarot card is an artwork, nothing more. To others it is a projection of a full esoteric system on a symbolic representation, nothing less. Still, I tried to have this information as my minimalistic tarot shorthand.

Each card should be drawable as just line art with a single thickness pen, and in less than a minute. Plus my sore head needs to remember 78 silly pictures, so too much detail could not be included. Thus I developed what I now call the Shorthand Tarot, by no means the only version of a simplistic handdrawn cards, but to me, useful ones. I now use them for notation and also for other activities, subject of future discussion.

I would love to see what you think and what you make of the two cards below.

Shorthand Tarot (c) 2013 Markus Pfeil

Shorthand Tarot (c) 2013 Markus Pfeil

Shorthand Tarot (c) 2013 Markus Pfeil

Shorthand Tarot (c) 2013 Markus Pfeil

I am a Germany based Tarot enthusiast available via http://www.Tarosophy.De

Invitation: Become a contributing author on Tarot Taxi


INVITATION: Bloggers and tarot/lenormand lovers, reviewers, teachers/students and cartomancy enthusiasts. Become a contributing author on Tarot Taxi, a popular cartomancy blog with over 1,900 subscribers. Send me an email (aussie.graf@gmail.com) to express your interest. Use GUEST BLOGGER in the subject line. https://tarottaxi.com/

Journals – 3 different ones to choose from!


Hi Everyone!

I have good news. If you are like me, and draw daily oracle cards and record them into notebooks for later reflection and learning, I have created the perfect Card Reader’s Journals for you. They will be available shortly on amazon.com websites, but for now I will share the links with you where you can get them before then.

I got tired of writing my readings in a notebook, and then forgetting where I put the notebook, or which color notebook I put them in when I needed to reflect on the readings in them.

There are other journals, not many, that “kind of” let me record what I need to in them, but to be honest, they were just not the exact thing I was looking for. So with that said, I thought, why not just make my own? Once I did this, I realized how much I love them, so I thought I would share them with other like minded people.

Remember the softcover workbooks at school that fold over nicely, and lay flat so you can write in them? That’s what these journals are like! Seriously, they are awesome! I have been reading cards for over twenty years, so these are actually made by someone who knows a bit about recording a reading in a journal. I do hope you like them as much as I do!

3 card readings – holds 90 of them – any oracle cards can be used. I use my for Tarot. – https://www.createspace.com/4325915

Lenormand Grand Tableaus – 9×4 – holds 60 readings in one journal! – https://www.createspace.com/4326030

Lenormand Grand Tableaus – 8×4+4 – holds 60 readings in one journal! – https://www.createspace.com/4326047

Love & Light,

Bridgett

(When I took the pics, I put cards on the pages to show the size of the journal, the pages are actually blank, no card images in print! )

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From Regret to Authentic Life: A Tarot Spread


Circle Ways & Evolutionary Tarot

Bronnie's book

   A couple of days ago, someone on Facebook posted a link to The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Australian author Bronnie Ware.  These top five regrets inspired a fruitful online conversation and prompted me to create a five-card tarot layout to help us live a life that’s less regret-filled and more fulfilling and authentic.  You can use tarot cards, runes, crone stones, soul cards, gifting bones, or any other divinatory insight tool.  You can also use the five layout questions as prompts for journal writing or for verbal sharing in a circle-based conversation group.  If desired, you can preface the entire spread with a specific time frame — e.g. “Throughout the coming year…” or “This season…” — or you can let your insights resonate for a lifetime, your choice.

1     2     3     4     5

  1. How can I remain true to myself?
  2. How can I remember to…

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Happy World Tarot Day!


JillianToday is World Tarot Day, and the gifted Jillian Healand wrote this wonderful poem on the Tarot Professionals Facebook group to mark the day. Thank you Jillian! (posted with permission.)

Please go over to her Facebook Page where you can win a tarot reading (today only) or book a reading with our fabulous Jillian.

The Fool looks down and takes a chance
Lured by the Magician’s powerful stance
The High Priestess, an intuitive lady
Knows that the Empress will soon have a baby
The powerful Emperor sits on his throne
And the Hierophant speaks through God alone
A choice is presented to the Lovers
And their journey begins when the Chariot hovers
Inner Strength will always win
In the words of the Hermit, the truth lies within
Destiny arrives through a turn of the Wheel
And through Justice, the truth we cannot conceal
The Hanged Man’s surrender is an unsettling sight
And then Death arrives in the dead of night
Temperance brings us balance and peace
But the chains of the Devil are hard to release
When the Tower has shattered us to the core
The Star allows our Spirit to soar
The Moon reveals our deepest fears
Until the light of the Sun brings joy and cheers
When Judgement calls, we see the light
And the World keeps turning from day into night

 

25 May 2013 – 30 Day Tarot Challenge!


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What are you going to do this year to celebrate National Tarot Day?? Some of us will go out and buy a new deck of cards. Some will offer free readings. Or our friend, Rootweaver here, will be releasing her new Lenormand deck !! How cool is that ?

I have decided that my personal celebration will be to educate those who know little about Tarot, or those who want to learn more intuitive style reading, by offering my very own 30 Day Tarot Challenge! 

I am in the midst of preparing it right now. It is taking a bit of work, and much typing, but I am sure that it will be of great value to all those interested, and best of all anyone can join, and it’s FREE!

I challenge you to give yourself to me, and the Tarot for 30 days – deck, pen and journal in hand, and a commitment to dedicate yourself to the challenge. :)

I will give all those wanting to join in on the fun more information on May 25, 2013 – in honor of National Tarot Day. So keep your ears open, and your eyes on The Tarot Taxi.

Let’s create a wonderful environment of like minded people and get to know each other a bit while completing a really cool challenge. Those who participate the most will be entered into a drawing for my own creation of the Lenormand deck – Vibrant Visions. 

Spread the word folks, and don’t forget a bottle of wine.

Talk soon ….. STAY TUNED. x Bridgett

A Healing Message – 3 of swords


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Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Circo Marchetti

When one sees the three of swords come up in a reading, their first reaction is usually, “yikes,” or “yep, I knew that already.” This card is not to be taken lightly. Of course you knew that already!

Look at the image in this card. This sort of pain doesn’t just happen over night.

It is usually a good indication that one has been hurting for quite a while, and that they are probably in denial.

Even if it’s not what one wants to hear, they need to. You are actually doing them a favor by helping them prepare for what they already know is inevitable. Just keep your heart in hand, because your compassion as a reader will make all the difference in the world to them.

  • Legacy of the Divine Tarot, By Ciro Marchetti is a fascinating deck. It’s image in the three of swords is of a woman who is already very aware that she is hurting. She’s already gone through the majority of the grieving process, and for her, this card in the deck is sort of a card that says, “I understand. I see what you are going through. You will be ok. You’re not alone.” The good news is, after all the tears and all the pain, comes acceptance. This card is showing your client that it wasn’t all in their head, what they feel is very real, and a normal part of life.

If you turn the three of swords upside down for a moment, you will begin to almost “feel” the heart starting to heal.

The swords are heavy, and so is the grief. Soon gravity is going to release these swords from the heart, and from that moment on it can begin to recover.

It will not be easy, but if you accept that the pain is real, and that it’s going to take time to heal, you will be that much closer to feeling whole again. You have survived your own personal tragedy. No matter how big or small it is to someone else, it is your victory. See how strong you are? :D

I usually do a follow up with my client to make sure that they are doing fairly well. I don’t know about you, but I do what I do because I believe in the power of light, and love.
I take others feelings very seriously. I like to help point them to the light at the end of the tunnel. I know all too well the agonies of life.

Remember what I said before; the power of a smile is awesome! If you don’t believe me, walk into a room and smile at someone. I bet they smile back! Smiles are contagious and they somehow lift the heaviness from ones heart. Even if one can not see your face, they can hear your smile in your voice!
x- Bridgett 

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dePepi Magazine is here!


depepi magazine tarot lenormand

The first issue of dePepi magazine features Rootweaver’s Vintage Lenormand, one of the most beautiful and gorgeous Indie decks on the market right now.

But wait, that’s not all!

You can also find:

  • On exclussive: Celtic Lenormand (Chloe McCracken)
  • Upcoming Tarot: Keys to Creativity (Sharon Cumming)
  • Upcoming Lenormand: Mixed Media. (Pepi Valderrama)

PLUS!

  • On cover: Akina.
  • A Call to the Fool.(Kendra Hurteau)
  • The Egyptian Lenormand. (Nefer Khepri, PhD)
  • May I have this dance? (Penny Mason)
  • There’s always a first time. (Marina Manzano)
  • and more!

You can get your magazine HERE.

And you can get 50% on your sales of the magazine if you join the Ambassador program. 🙂