30 Days of Tarot — Day 4: How long have you been reading the Tarot?
Not as long as most people assume. I’ve noticed that folks on the Internet assume that to speak with the confidence I have, I must be, like, totally ancient and a matriarch of some powerful secret coven, or some fad-chasing teenager that has yet to escape high school and just downloaded a Fluff’s Guide To The Tarot list of meanings.
Don’t disrespect those two age groups like that. ~shakes head~
Truth is, I’ve only been reading the tarot since autumn of 2007. As of this post that’s six and a half years from first purchase to today. Of that time, I’ve been reading tarot with confidence and accuracy for five years.
What slowed me down at first was all the conflicting information I found on the Internet. I had no local teacher. I did not trust online courses. So many of them proclaimed the One True Way approach to tarot systems, and what I had learned of tarot’s history contradicted that.
So it took me a while to discover my personal relation to the tarot. After obtaining a personal understanding, I let it slip to associates how I was using the tarot as a means of self-reflection. Of course, they jumped on the prospect of “pocket fortune-teller” with glee. What started as a frivolous way to pass the time became serious when I started telling them things they thought was private, unspoken thoughts.
Serious results meant there was more to this tarot business than just self-reflection. I took it seriously then and approached it as a skill to be mastered, and here I am.
That reminds me. I should host a round of tarot poker again soon.