To read any spread, you must first clear yourself as much as possible of personal agendas, obstructing beliefs, and emotional debris; you must be as blank as possible in order for the cards to work. I like to say that the Higher Self, with whom you are communicating through the medium of the cards, cannot penetrate a wall of personal beliefs or a smoke screen of negative emotions. You must become, as much as possible, a blank slate.
The images on the cards are repositories for a great quantity of information. As you work with the cards, you will add more and more information to each card as it accrues meaning for you. Cards will change in meaning according to the reading variables; circumstances such as the meaning of the whole reading, the question asked by the Querent, the position of a card in a reading, and the influence of nearby cards.
The Tarot is a tool for your Higher Self; it communicates with you via the symbolic language of the images. I once had a reading where the Seven of Swords appeared; in this card the traditional interpretation of this card is that the figure is sneaky and duplicitous, taking away the swords from an encampment: the accepted idea is that the 7 of Sword is a thief. Suddenly I saw that the card was telling me that the person who was the subject of my reading was “disarming” or charming. In another reading I read this card as meaning that diplomacy was needed on my part to disarm a potentially contentious situation.
~ Excerpt from The Tarot Key: Unlock the Secrets of Your Soul by Aliyah Marr
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