Many of the students I mentor through the Automatic Intuition Professional Program have at least minimal experience using Tarot cards or other oracle systems. For some, reading cards provides an entry point to performing psychic readings, connecting with spirit guides, and learning the spiritual language of archetypes.
IS TAROT A CRUTCH?
I hear over and over again that even those who receive highly accurate psychic hits and intuitive insights using Tarot consider divination cards to be "crutches" (or, at best, "training wheels") -- and they fear that continuing to use oracles may stunt their "pure" intuitive growth.
Myth: If you use oracle cards you're somehow "less" psychic
Let me just state that, for the record, I do not use Tarot cards or runes or pendulum dowsing with my clients, not because I think that would make me "less of an intuitive," but simply because I find divination tools to be a bit tedious compared to other techniques.
I believe you can retrieve so much more information, more specific details, more quickly, using "pure," internal intuitive channels -- such as the clairvoyant scanning and clairaudient divine dialoguing techniques that I teach in my courses.
I will sometimes use a divination system when reading for myself, especially if I'm feeling stuck or confused about the messages from Spirit I'm trying to discern. External tools provide an objectivity that can be challenging to achieve when you are emotionally invested in your own Stuff... which creates psychic noise.
AMAZING TAROT CARD READERS
But if you think that a person who reads cards for others can't be an amazing talent, I must tell you that my own personal psychic, the person I go to when I most need the advice of a professional intuitive, is a Card Master. He is one of the most incredible card readers I've ever met in my life! Not only does he have an impressive intuitive connection to Spirit through his cards, he is also very highly adept at an intellectual, academic level.
He has the largest private collection of oracle decks that I've ever seen assembled under one roof (and that's including metaphysical bookstores); and he has total intellectual recall regarding card meanings across a wide range of oracle systems. Name a card, from any system, and like a little human comparative archetypal computer, he can recite and discuss the significance of that card.
And that's just his Thinking Mind at work -- combined, as a supportive ally, with his Intuitive Mind, his readings are phenomenally accurate and insightful.
I'm sharing this so that you can positively re-frame your attitude -- if you like to work with Tarot, or if you're going to incorporate any external divination system into your process, don't disparage it or think "less" of it -- at least affirm the highest possible potential.
THE BEST APPROACH
I advise a very simple and powerful way to incorporate your use of divination tools so that it supports your "pure" intuitive channel and helps strengthen your confidence in your psychic abilities.
Do not use oracle cards at the beginning of a reading.
Most people use cards to initiate a reading -- as a prompt, or a jump-off point. Even though your purely intuitive abilities may come to bear on your interpretation at some point in a card reading, it's difficult to isolate your internal intuitive channel from the external cards.
If you feel that using cards is a "crutch" or that the information "just came from the cards, not through me" using cards at the beginning of a reading reinforces this feeling of dependence. You may "give the cards all the credit."
Do not use a guide book.
Another "transitional" or "developmental" way to support your Intuitive Mind is to begin using oracle cards without "looking up the meaning in the accompanying book." The pictorial, symbolic nature of the Tarot (and all its many iterations) relies on a deep, archetypal vocabulary that has been refined over centuries and predates literacy -- the human mind (both spiritual and intellectual) speaks this language. Indeed, many clinical psychologists and academics, such as Carl Jung, have passionately explored the nature of Universal archetypal truths that form the foundation of dreams and the subconscious or Collective Unconscious.
Those guide books are the recordings of an individual author's general interpretations of these archetypal symbols. You have your own comparable "access" to this vocabulary -- we're all hard-wired for it.
Use divination tools at the end of a reading.
If you struggle with the "Maybe I'm just making this up" mindset or feel insecure about the accuracy or relevance of your purely internal intuitive channels -- the psychic impulses you retrieve through clairvoyance, clairaudience, claircognizance, and clairsentience -- incorporating an external tool that you can't "control" can actually be quite powerful.
The best way to support your confidence in your purely psychic abilities (other than the client's confirmation of the information you share) is to witness how an external source affirms your intuition -- after the fact; not at the beginning, but at the end of a reading.
Employ one of the many techniques in the Automatic Intuition course (or those you've learned from other sources), jot down what you see, hear, know, and feel -- then, pull a few cards to confirm your reading.
When you see that an external source, one you can't control or "imagine" corroborates your intuitive hits, it increases your confidence instead of undermining it.
If your "goal" is to move beyond relying on external divination tools such as Tarot cards to trusting your own psychic abilities, this is a practical approach to shifting your process.
Think of this basic strategy of using Tarot cards at the end of the reading, instead of at the beginning, as "checking your answers in the back of the book" -- a tried and true learning strategy you'll find in textbooks and crossword puzzles everywhere.
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