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Intuitive Tarot Readings by Jeannie presents: Intuition Video Class 4 – The Empress and The Emperor Tarot Card Meaning – Tarot Symbolism

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Intuitive Tarot Readings by Jeannie presents: Intuition Video Class 3 – The Magician and The High Priestess Tarot Card Meaning – Tarot Symbolism

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Intuitive Tarot Readings by Jeannie presents: Intuition Video Class 1 – Intuition and Symbolism

Intuitive Tarot Lesson 3: How the Symbolism of Tarot Supports Your Intuition

Intuitive Tarot Readings by Jeannie
San Francisco, CA
Jeannie Zukav
Website:  http://www.tarotreadingsbyjeannie.com
Email:  http://www.tarotreadingsbyjeannie.com/contact/email-jeannie.php
Telephone:  415/267-3970

In 1989 when I first moved to San Francisco to complete my college studies in creative writing and education, I felt a strong calling to support my Intuition. I was immersed in assignments from school, yet something deeper was urging me to broaden my scope. I found myself delving into the oral tradition, creation and cautionary stories passed on through the ages to protect us. I started looking at symbols and the lessons they taught. It wasn’t long before I found myself with my first Tarot Deck. I chose the Motherpeace cards (see my blog about choosing your first deck below).

I tried to find the oldest stories from as many parts of the world as I could. I wanted to learn the lessons of the ones who lived before me. I looked at the symbols they wove into their cloths, marked onto their bodies, crafted into their pottery, carved into stones, painted onto cave walls. I listened to sacred music, the songs they sang and watched ceremonial dances. I listened to the prayers and mantras that comforted them. And all of it started to come together as survival stories, nature’s stories. Zig-zag patterns represented water, crosses signified the 4 directions, circles meant creation, spirals indicated growth, Z shapes symbolized lightning.

As I began to take in the messages and symbols on my Tarot cards I realized that they were a continuation of the ancient stories, still speaking through imagery and symbols. The major arcana cards represented universal life patterns that are still relevant…and evolving. The minor arcana cards showed me manifested patterns and connected me to everyday life.

As I spent time with the images and symbols on my cards, the stories they told came alive. There was a movement in each card, and card spreads could show me vivid stories with beginnings, middles, and ends.

The cards showed me the stories and my Intuition completed and confirmed them. The cards prompted me to recognize what my Intuition knew without them. They attuned me to the cycles and patterns I was experiencing.

Now, 20 years later as I teach Intuition Studies, I can say that what we’re learning really is to trust what we already know. Symbolism is a reference that points to life patterns. But truly it’s Life who is our greatest teacher.

Intuitive Tarot Lesson 2: Choosing Your First Tarot Card Deck – Choosing Symbols to Work With

Intuitive Tarot Readings by Jeannie
San Francisco, CA
Jeannie Zukav
Website:  http://www.tarotreadingsbyjeannie.com
Email:  http://www.tarotreadingsbyjeannie.com/contact/email-jeannie.php
Telephone:  415/267-3970

Prospective Tarot students often tell me that they really want to learn Tarot but for some reason they have a hard time sitting still with their cards. I ask them if they love their cards and they’ll say no. Ah then this is the problem. You have to love the cards that you’re about to work with and through.

Let’s define what Tarot cards are and how they are used. Tarot cards fall into the category of intuitive or divination tools. Like diagnostic indicators, they inform the Reader through symbolism what is currently happening. Most Tarot cards are representations of two worlds:

  1. The world of universal truths and life lessons as depicted in the major arcana cards
  2. The world of learning those lessons in your every day life as depicted in minor arcana cards

The original Tarot deck, as far as we can tell, was created during the 1400’s in medieval times. But nobody can agree on the origins of tarot, or how far back its symbolism really goes. Symbolism has been a means to transmit cultural wisdom since ancient times. The symbols represent natural forces from the cosmos to the earth. Attributes of humanity show up symbolically in all cultures. It’s hard to know which symbols started where. For example the many armed Hindu deities of ancient India carry symbols or attributes including the lotus, mirror, fire, bell, trident …. Some carry the sword, bowl, rod, and disc, which are seen in tarot cards we use today. Might they be related? Symbols of wisdom and the natural elements are seen throughout the world. Teaching and learning through the oral tradition and symbols is at the heart of Tarot reading.

So, how do you choose the right deck for you?

Since the 1960’s Tarot cards have grown to encompass many paths and stories. The Rider-Waite deck, which still echoes a culture of kings queens knights and pages is by far not the only choice. I personally use decks that represent cultural paradigms that resonate true within myself. I like to use earthy round cards that keep me connected to life and harmonic life cycles. The war culture images on the Rider-Waite tarot deck may resonate for some, but don’t resonate for me.

So, look at the images on the cards and see what story they are telling. There are many many ways to be in the world. Who you are and the energy you want to support in yourself should be taken into consideration when making your final selection.

Choose a deck that inspires you. Choose one that makes you feel uplifted just by looking at it. Look at the major arcana cards. Are they representing the world as you experience it? Even though you may not understand the specifics of the symbolism depicted on these cards, decide if they resonate with you on every level.

Tarot cards represent one way that symbols are expressed. They are guides. They open doors to much more exploration. The cards point to life. They represent moving and changing dynamics…they help you to see what is already present.

Life is always speaking to us…we need only to listen.

Jeannie Zukav is a long time Intuitive Tarot Reader residing in San Francisco. If you are interested in a private reading or classes with her she may be reached at 415/267-3970. She will return your call within 24 hours.

To learn more about Intuitive Tarot Readings, Classes, and Readings for Events visit Jeannie’s website at: http://www.tarotreadingsbyjeannie.com