Excerpt: Observe The Cards

Here is a short extract from Episode 7 called How To Work With The Deck, you can see the whole here. Below the video you will find the written version.

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OBSERVE THE DECK

One of the first and most basic thing is to simply observe the cards. Take card after card and observe the details of an image. Here is just a couple of example questions:

What colours are used?

Where are the things situated in the image?

What does the card show? People or animals?

What symbols are used?

What is the size of the things in the image?

What is the relation of the things in the image? Are they separate? Are they close?

There is plenty of details on the cards waiting for you to discover them.

It is equally important to notice your own impressions and feeling you have while watching the cards.

Do you like this card?

Do you think it is good for you?

Can you identify yourself with this card?

Can you imagine yourself being in the card?

Your feelings, emotions and impressions are very important just as it is with interpreting the dreams. Like Carl Gustav Jung noticed it is not just the content of the dream, it is also your attitude towards the plot that counts. It reminds me of this famous anecdote about Jung dreaming of the dragon and then realising that the feeling he had in this dream was identical as what he felt in the presence of his mother-in-law.

It does not mean that you will have exactly same attitude towards a card all the time, your initial impression may change (and usually does) while your work progresses and understanding broadens. It is mostly noticeable with the heavy, “bad” cards such as The Tower or The Devil. For many users their first impression is dislike because they show dependence and destruction. However, sooner or later they realise that these cards show the elements of life and are in fact nothing to fear but rather something to face.

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