Hello world! My Introduction Post :)
I don’t even know where to begin. To start with, this project doesn’t really have a set direction. It’s one of those things I did on a whim. A thought that popped into my head. Something I felt I needed to do without really understanding why. Like the journeys depicted in the tarot, I’m going to let the cards fall where they may, and see how this project develops.
I guess I’ll start the first post with a little about me, why I created Learning Tarot, and what this may develop into. The blogger is a 51 year old male. I studied tarot for several years. How long, I can’t really say. Maybe close to 15 to 20 years. I’ve looked into the occult, magickal, mystical, clairvoyant, spiritual, and psychological aspects of the cards. I’ve found Tarot itself to be absolutely fascinating.
Like many things in life I moved on from my tarot studies. Maybe I got burned out, maybe I outgrew it, maybe I just needed to sideline it for a bit. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve delved into the tarot. If I had to guess, I’d say maybe 3 to 5 years since I last picked up a deck regularly.
At 51 life changes quickly. You wake up one morning and realize time and old age are catching up with you. Your once strong body feels slightly weaker. Your life direction is changing. Health issues begin to surface. Your mind doesn’t seem as sharp as it once was. Employment opportunities change. Basically, everything around you starts to change. Some changes good, others, not so much!
Call it old age, call it a mid life crisis, call it life, but whatever it is for the first time in my life I found myself feeling different. Questioning the future and considering what it might hold. Lacking direction, I needed guidance. Tapping at the back of my mind I kept thinking about my tarot cards. They rested comfortably on the shelf collecting dust where I placed them several years ago.
A few days ago I pulled out my deck and did a quick reading. I’ve always reached for the cards in times of need and when feeling a need for guidance. The cards felt familiar, and instantly I felt slightly more comfortable, secure, and guided. Like a conversation with a long lost friend, we just picked up where we left off. The universe unfolded before me as I began to read the cards and look for answers in their meanings. Problems seemed smaller, life seemed more manageable. A feeling of guidance and direction surfaced inside me. That night I decided on creating this site. The thought just popped into my head but it felt like something I really needed to do. More than a thought, more like a nagging urge.
Although the cards felt comfortable and like visiting an old friend, it renewed my thirst for knowledge on this subject. Knowing that there was still so much more to learn. My break was over, it was time to resume my studies.
I think like the journeys depicted by the many characters in the deck, life changes and so does the story with each turn of a card and each decision we make in life. This blog and this website are going to be a place for me to store the information I’ve learned over the years. A way for me to refresh my understanding of the cards and improve my reading style. I want this to be a library, a database, a community. A place to find all things tarot related.
For now, I’m starting with this blog. I’ll be posting daily card pulls, meditations, and random thoughts on tarot. In many ways I don’t think anyone fully understands the mystery of tarot. No matter how long we’ve read the cards it seems there is always more to learn or something new the cards are trying to show us or teach us. I hope you’ll decide to join me on this never ending journey of learning tarot.