Can I Learn Tarot from a Book?
This a question most people ask when they start out.
Most people can learn to read the cards. This will come more easily to some than to others. Make sure you start with a book that concentrates on each different aspect of the cards, and to begin with, don’t worry too much about th different types of spread.
There is a myth that you need to have “psychic powers” to read Tarot cards, but all you really need is determination and the willingness to focus on honing your natural intuition. Reading the Tarot is a combination of skills born from following instructions, listening to intuition, and making educated leaps of thought. As complicated as it may seem at first, it’s actually a relatively simple process. Seasoned Tarot readers would say that it’s a natural habit—something that comes like second nature to them. You too can reach that level of experience and comfort with the Tarot, through practice and patience.
Try and make sure you start with a book published fairly recently. The interpretations of the cards change as society changes. The Lovers card, of course, does not require a man and a woman to fulfill its meaning. And at one point, I read in an old tarot book that the Three of Wands indicated that a family member was going to die and leave me a chateau in his or her will. But the Three of Wands no longer means “free chateau”; now it means exploration and adventure.
Finding a deck that resonates with you is a great way to begin working with the Tarot. There are versions out there that are very traditional in that they do not deviate from the established language and symbols of the Tarot, while other decks are completely abstract and seem to have minds of their own. Don’t pick the first book that comes with any deck, this won’t help you make sense of the cards if you don’t get the right deck for you..
The basic ideas behind clairvoyance are far from new. People have been channeling and communicating with spirits and generally getting messages from “the other side” for thousands of years. However the specific name clairvoyance is usually reserved for a particular brand of mediumistic trans-communication that became popular during the Victorian era. Believe it or not clairvoyance is a recognized religion. It is based upon the proof that the soul lives on after death. Spiritualists demonstrate that it is possible to communicate with the dead.
Clairvoyance was introduced to England in 1852 by a medium from America called Mrs. Hayden, who had suffered many hostilities from churches and press. However, she was backed up by such eminent people as Sir Charles Isham, Professor De Morgan, Robert Chambers and Dr. Ashburner. Keighley in Yorkshire became the first site in Britain to establish a Spiritualist Church which was opened by David Richmond in 1853 and it was also the first place to publish a Spiritualist Newspaper called ‘The Yorkshire Spiritual Telegraph in 1855. A great socialist called Robert Owen became interested in clairvoyance after having private sittings with Mrs Hayden in 1854. After his death he gave the seven principles of clairvoyance through a Medium called Mrs. Emma Hardinge Britten in 1871. The Two Worlds Newspaper which was first issued in 1887 published the seven principles in 1889. Mrs Emma Hardinge Britten was known as a very good medium and had returned to England in 1866 to promote clairvoyance.
The difference between clairvoyance and other religions is the ability through mediumship to provide evidence that man survives the grave; that is to say certain people called mediums are able to communicate with those who have passed over, thus furnishing evidence of their continued existence in another world. Mediums cannot call up these people as one would a friend on the telephone, they come to us, but only when they are ready, willing and able so to do.