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The Celtic Cross

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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The Celtic Cross method of reading tarot cards is probably the most common one in use today. It was popularized by A. E. Waite in his book The Pictorial Guide to the Tarot, which was published in 1911. There are many variations on this spread, but the one presented here is based on the description provided by Waite, updated to be more readable to a modern audience.

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Madame Le Normand

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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Excerpt from E. S. Taylor's "The history of playing cards, with anecdotes of their use in conjuring, fortune-telling, and card-sharping":

The stormy period of the first Consulship of Napoleon and that of the Empire which followed it, was especially characterized by cartomantic practices in France. At this time, there lived in Paris a famous woman, whose renown as a prophetess will probably not soon pass away. This person was Mlle. Lenormand, whose influence with the empress Josephine, and even Napoleon himself, was said to be considerable.

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Consider the Source

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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In various places around this site, you will hear me throw around the words divination and cartomancy as if they were interchangeable. They aren't. In my opinion, before you trust any advice you receive from the cards, you should be very careful to decide where you think that information is coming from.

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Consider the Querent

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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It's a very interesting question whether one should cold-read one's querent when performing a reading. Some might say that it's a little like cheating, because the cards themselves ought to tell the whole story. To me, there is a very fine line between cold reading and second sight; perhaps it is simply a matter of degrees.

Personally, I disagree. I think that as fortune tellers, we should bring all of our minds to bear on what we are doing, and make use of all of the talents god gave us, including the ability to read people or any other form...

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Framing the Question

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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I remember teachers in school insisting that there was no such thing as a bad question. I disagree wholeheartedly with that idea. I can think of many examples of bad questions, starting with those that trap the listener: "When did you stop beating your wife?" When it comes to reading tarot cards, asking the right question is crucial. Let's start with bad examples, and move up to good examples.

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Centering

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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There are several different methods of centering oneself before performing a tarot card reading, each of them valid: meditation, a moment of silence, prayer, or even taking a moment to focus on the breath can help to provide the ambience you want when delving into the secrets of the cards.

The function of this behavior differs greatly depending on what you believe. For materialists, it can help to achieve a state of heightened awareness, remove the influence of negative thoughts, connect with the collective consciousness, and allow the mind to focus on what is directly in front of it; the reading.

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Cary-Yale Visconti Tarocchi Deck

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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The first thing that struck me upon opening this box was the sheer size of the cards. The box is no deception; that's really the size of the cards. At first I was impressed, but then I started thinking about shuffling and laying out the cards for a reading, and I have to say I'm a little dubious that they would of very much utility for everyday use.

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I 55 Tarocchi di Alan

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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I have not come across too many decks that would be equally suited to divination or gameplay, but this is one. The artwork is bright, cheerful, and amusing. Each card, including the pips, has its own illustration and a word to go along with it. In that way, it would be great to use for divination. The reason I say it would be good to use for gameplay as well is that all of the cards, including the pips, are reversible, and the cards seem extremely durable to me. I am thrilled with this deck. Personally, I intend to use this one for gameplay, because I think it will be certain to impress my guests. If I spoke Italian or if the included documentation had been in English, I might be more inclined to use it for cartomancy.

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