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

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Intuitive Tarot Lesson 1: What is 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

From my experience Intuition is natural. It encompasses all of our senses, the ones we know about and ones that are more subtle. Intuition is part of our survival mechanism. It helps us to see what is around us and is not bound by time or distance.

Some feel Intuition in their bodies, some hear it in their mind, some see it in their dreams, visions, and waking time, and all of us get those premonitions from time to time that tell us that our senses are working.

We all know the feeling when we know something wonderful or not so wonderful is about to happen. With Intuition it’s much easier to know if you should move towards, or away from something or someone.

Trusting your Intuition means you are listening to your whole self. Allowing yourself to listen deeply helps you to stay on your authentic path. It helps you to be real and integrated.

When you develop your intuition you are clearing your ability to receive information you can trust. Intuition is always here waiting to come to your assistance.

Embracing Your Pain – Healing Pain With Compassion and Awareness

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

Do not shy away from your pain
in fact allow yourself to drop through your heart
and into the deepest roots of it
for it is in that combination of love and pain
you find the anecdote.

Jeannie Zukav

Hello,

This is my first blog on WordPress. So, for those of you who may not be familiar with me, I am a long time professional Intuitive who lives in San Francisco. I offer individual counseling, mentor those who want to learn how to develop their intuitive abilities, and offer Readings for private and corporate events and gatherings.

In my work, I am presented with people who are trying to make the best decisions for themselves. Fear of failure can stop them from opening doors to new opportunities. The mind says something like, “I want to be in love, or I want to apply for a new position, or I want to write that novel, but when I tried before it didn’t work out and I got hurt.” More times than not, after we experience something deeply negative, our mind will vow, “I’m never going to do that again.”

Healing from painful experiences is an important topic, because if your early life was anything like mine was, you probably weren’t shown too many coping skills to help you to deal with your pain in a productive way. I was taught to either suppress pain or to express my anger to others if I felt I was in the right. Suppressing my pain led to depression and trapped my feelings in a way that they couldn’t change. And expressing my anger just added more suffering.  I also found that the I’m right and you’re wrong perspective pitted me against others, and didn’t help to build understanding.

So what are the steps to transforming pain from something that holds you back, to something that helps you to move freely towards your visions? Zen Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh teaches that we must take care of our pain. That in bringing awareness to our pain we can transform it.

A Sitting Meditation
By Thich Nhat Hanh

Joy of Meditation as Nourishment

1. Breathing in, I calm my body.
Breathing out, I smile.

2. Breathing in, I dwell in the present moment.
Breathing out, I know it is a wonderful moment.

By embracing ourselves and our pain, by sitting still with our pain, by breathing into our pain, we begin to take care of it. We don’t analyze or judge it, we simply sit with it and hold it as we would a crying child. We stay with ourselves during our time of need. Even if we have never done so before. It doesn’t matter if the pain is new or old. We accept that we are in pain and sit patiently with it.

We may feel many emotions. You needn’t analyze them. Just allow them to cycle through with acceptance. We may feel a release. We may feel an ease. We are allowing our pain to be part of our path of healing.

Lessons may arise from this experience. Space opens up. New possibilities and beginnings can come because the pain is no longer stuck. It doesn’t mean that you forget your experiences. It means that you have learned to let them help you to take another spin around the wheel of life and to create anew.