作者: [email protected] (Lin)
時間: Mon Oct 27 22:18:36 1997 Tips on Reading the Tarot
Meanings of the Cards
There are general guidelines about the meanings of the cards (see The Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana, coming soon), but remember, these are not hard and fast definitions. Every reader has had cards that mean something they probably never would have thought before.
When I started reading, I had a tendency to second guess myself because I was afraid I was wrong. I would always look up the meanings in a book and go strictly by that. Gradually, I began to trust the gut feelings I'd get and the words I'd "see" in my head. Now when I read I feel like I "shift" a little; I become partly the person that I'm reading for. I would liken it to channeling without the outside influence; I tend to free associate and speak everything that comes to mind and then sort it out. If I suddenly get the feeling "mother" when I look at a certain card, I say it and usually the querent will acknowledge that that person figures significantly in their question.
I am not sure how other tarot readers handle this, but I'll explain how I do it.
I never have the querent tell me their question before I read the cards. I prefer to read the spread unbiased, because then I will not try to make the cards fit the question. I almost always know the question when I turn up the first card in the spread. Once I have read all the cards and interpreted them within the context of what I see the question was, I ask if the reading made sense to them. I only ask to make sure that if they asked for guidance on financial matters, I didn't do a reading about their love life.
I have yet to hear that any of my readings did not make sense. However, I have had one reading come out completely unrelated to the question the person asked. She had asked about some new job prospects, but the reading I did was completely about her father and their relationship. When she told me what she had asked about, I was shocked and a little embarrassed, feeling that I couldn't read the tarot anymore. However, she told me that her and her father had been fighting about a recent major decision she had made, and it bothered her immensely. The cards had apparently picked up on what was foremost in her mind.
A Note on the Death Card
Many people unfamiliar with the tarot feel that the Death card is a bad omen telling them when their time on this Earth is up. Not so. The Death card will probably never actually mean death in the literal sense. It means a transition, usually one on a large scale. It can be a good or bad one, depending on the other cards. The Death card is neutral until read in the context of its position in the spread.
很多人因不瞭解塔羅牌所給的意象,而認為"死神"是壞的預兆,表示他們即將死去. 當然不是囉."死神"這張牌不能照字面上解釋為"死亡".它代表在一個過渡時期的 "轉變",常常是一個人處於一個大環境下時(帶給他的影響導致可能的重要抉擇). 這張牌可為好或壞,完全要看其它的牌而定.這張"死神"是不帶任何色彩,它的意義取決於整個spread出來的牌所綜合的意象.
You must remember to read the tarot responsibly. Whenever the Death card or any other seemingly malevolent card turns up, never tell the querent that all hope is lost and they are doomed. The tarot does not fortell events carved in stone; it tells you what may happen if you do nothing to change matters. Always gently tell the person what the cards may mean, and be sure to play up the positive cards so they know what is working for them. Remember, the cards have no feelings, but you do.
你必須記住,要讀出塔羅所給你的意象.不論是死神牌或任何看起來似乎不帶善意的牌, 別(敷衍地)告訴求卜者:你沒希望了,你死定了.塔羅牌不會fortell events carved in stone.(注:這句不會翻,望高手指引 ^_^;)塔羅牌是告訴你如果你不做改變的話, 事情會怎樣發展.請婉轉地告訴求卜者這些牌的意思,而且確認牌所給的正向(激勵)意義, 這樣他們才知道如何做才是有益於他們的. 記住,牌本身是無意識的,全掌握在你手上.
many people think that you must have a "gift" for reading the tarot. While a good knowledge of the cards and good intuition help, anyone can learn to read them if they try. It simply takes a lot of practice and time to get to know the cards yourself. While there are no fast and hard rules about the meanings of each specific card, there are a couple of general things to remember when reading them.
* If you see a lot of Major Arcana cards in a spread, it generally means that this question is extremely important to the querent or is a life-changing matter.
* Each of the suits can also be thought of as representing a season if you wanted a timeline of the situation. Swords is generally thought of as winter, cups as summer, wands as spring, and pentacles as fall. Some interpretations on this matter may vary.
* A particular suit may turn up heavily in a spread and can tell you what is influencing the question or querent most. For instance, if you see a lot of pentacles, then this must be a financial matter. Cups would indicate a matter of the heart; wands, spiritual, and swords perhaps an argument or something similar.
*特殊類別的牌顯示對問題或求卜者有重大的影響.例如,五芒星出現較多時,表示問 題跟財務有關.杯出現較多時,塔羅顯示問題在求卜者的心念上.若是杖較多,則塔羅 會指引在精神上的啟示.而較多的劍也許和爭執或此類事有關.
Remember, the tarot can be used for many things besides telling the future. A reading will often give you as much, if not more, information on the past and present. It isn't just a parlor game; the tarot is a very powerful tool that, when used properly, can be very illuminating.