Sorry again to bother you about tarot but I'm having such a hard time turning these cards into something three dimensional and applicable to things. I'm memorizing meanings and trying to interpret symbols but it just kinda falls flat! Advice?
Play games with them. (That’s my standard answer, by the way.) Use them as something other than divination cards. Make up stories using the cards as prompts, and be silly about it. You’re studying too hard. Go play.
After playtime, start over but don’t try to use each symbol or in depth meanings. Be “shallow”. Don’t try to write a dissertation for each card.
In the morning (or whatever time you fall out of bed and are cognitive), pull 3 cards for yourself:
- Today I should be ready for:
- Today I should be wary of:
- Today’s surprise:
(Good, Bad, & Surprise) Write down your gut instinct and then one sentence of what the book says. Then go about your day. That evening, review your pull. What went as expected? What didn’t? How did the surprise play out?
In the mean time, play with your cards. Draw two cards at random and ship them. What kind of relationship would they have? Would they stay together, or would it fall apart? Why? Draw a third card, now your ship is in the environment of the third card. What happens next? (Stay tuned for the next episode of “As The Tarot Said”.)
As your understanding of the symbols, the meanings, and the idiosyncrasies of the deck(s) you are using sinks in, you’ll find your readings becoming more encompassing over time. It’s not going to happen over night.
It’s like learning the piano. It takes less than a day to learn the names of the keys, and to recognize where Middle C is. It takes decades (usually, shut up overachievers) to become a virtuoso. It takes practice, performance, and play to become that comfortable with the keys.
You’re overwhelming yourself with practice. Go play.