When I started to study the Tarot. I took a card a day from the Rider Waite Smith deck and memorized its number, image, title, number, and meaning. I held the card in my mind for the entire day. The next day, I memorized another card after I recalled the images and meanings of all the cards from the previous days. Like Alice in Wonderland, I found myself “falling into” each card as the symbols and archetypes on the pictures came alive for me.
Then, after I had thoroughly memorized the deck, I suddenly “saw” the Knight of Swords when I thought of a friend. The image on the card so completely summed up his character at the time that I was startled. The sudden appearance of the card in my mind stopped my train of thought long enough for me to see the connection. From then on, I have a hard time seeing this image without thinking of this type of energy. The Tarot had become a way for my Higher Self to communicate with me by using the images on the card to trigger my intuition.
The cards remained an intriguing mystery to me that I slowly explored as I started to do readings for myself. I recorded each reading in a notebook, in order to track my progress. I read for situations and people that had just entered my life. A couple years later, I found myself suddenly interested in numerology. I realized that the numbers on tarot cards are intrinsic to their meaning.
~ Excerpt from The Tarot Key: Unlock the Secrets of Your Soul by Aliyah Marr
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