While I'm finding myself more conscious of the passing of time with this exercise, I'm also noticing an increase in blogging in general since we've started. I think the weekly prompts have taken some of the pressure off, because it's like, if I don't have the motivation to type up something else from my list of content, then I know at least I'll have this to fall back on. It would seem that may lead to a whole lotta #tarotthursdaythree and not much else, but actually, I think the very act of weekly writing has created some better habits with blogging on a whole. So yes, it's been fun, but it's also been damn productive!
For those unfamiliar with the process, this exercise is open to anyone with a blog or forum to express and an interest in tarot or related metaphysics. All you need to do is take the questions and answer them for yourself wherever your presence is, whether it be Social Media, your website or even YouTube. To learn more, submit your own questions or to see past prompts, click here.
Okay, let's get on to the questions!
1. Reversals or nah?
When I first started reading, when I was a kid, I did use reversals. Actually, there was little I didn't do that the books suggested, including entertain the idea of significators. I didn't realize, back then, that you could break or bend the rules to suit your practice. Then, somewhere along the line when I picked it back up again in high school, I decided that reversals led to too many "negative" readings and so I stopped regarding them. This lasted many years and as I evolved in my study, I realized that reversals didn't have to lead to downer results. There were other ways to interpret a reversal and suddenly one day, about a year ago, I flipped the script and adopted them again.
Being someone who relies heavily on imagery, flow and body language in the cards, I loved the idea of having an additional 78 possibilities of various facings. That Knight of Swords doesn't always have to be running right, for example.
tl;dr: yes, I read reversals...now.
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?
Make your own LWB. The moment I gave in and created a log of all 78 cards was the moment that each card began to form its own unique identity and one that I could more easily distinguish. It doesn't have to be a huge paragraph for every card and not a whole lot of thought needs to go into it. I'm talking a few keywords for each card, in your own words. The very act of writing something down, at least for me, really helps commit to it memory. Because I hate actually writing in length, with pens, I created an Excel document a few years ago and used that instead. That also made it very easy to make edits or additions.
And I know this question asks for only one piece of advice, but I also think it's really important to read everyday when you're learning. At least a single card draw. When I took my practice from sporadic to consistent and daily, I saw a huge expansion in my learning.
3. What is your go-to spread?
Lately, it's been my Energetic Landscape. It's pretty versatile because it can address both specific inquiries as well as the general "tell me whatever" questions. It's 5 cards which I find is a really good number; meatier than a 3, but not overkill. If you would like to learn more about it, you can check out this blog post!
That's a wrap! See you next Thursday!