As I've mentioned before, I don't really need Tarot cards to do a reading because I read the energy around a person and their situations.
But because of the way I channel the information, the Tarot helps me to show my clients what I'm 'seeing' during a reading, and more importantly, they help me stay grounded when I read. (Otherwise, a one hour reading could easily turn into a whole day affair. I love the sensation of 'submerging' when I begin to channel, and would stay in that energy long-term, if I could!)
For the past week, I've been working with a new deck of cards - my first in over 40 years. 20 years ago, the deck I'd used for the majority of my adult life (and the collection I had of over 200 additional decks) was stolen - shocking and heartbreaking - and it's taken all that time to adjust to the fact that I'd need another. Once I accepted that fact, it was then a matter of deciding which one I wanted; considering there are over 25,000 different Tarot decks in print, you can well imagine how difficult that could be! (If you're looking for a new Tarot or divination deck see what we have in our shop! http://www.whitelightenterprises.com/store/c31/Tarot_Cards.html)
I narrowed the choices to 25, then 10...and oh - there were some exquisite decks out there! The artwork on some of these was incredible - and they really called to me.
So you might wonder why, after all the time I took making my choice, I'd decide to go with the Original Rider-Waite Tarot - and it's a justifiable question.
You see, to me, doing a reading isn't about me in any way. It's about becoming a clear vessel for the information my client needs to hear. If what I said I believed was the truth - that the cards are a grounding device for me, and a means of showing my clients what I see, then did I really need the fancy artwork? I needed to examine where my need stopped and where my ego stepped in.
The Rider-Waite Deck is simple, clear and informative - one of the reasons I recommend it to students as a good beginners deck. The symbolism in them, beautifully depicted by Pamela Coleman so long ago, stands the test of time. They are the least distracting to the client, and the bright colours make them less threatening to many who might otherwise be so nervous about having a reading that darker, more dramatic cards might frighten them out of truly hearing what the message of the reading is.
I slept on my cards, still in the packaging for 5 days..longer than is necessary, but it felt like the right thing to do; and when the plastic was finally torn away and they fell into my hands....my hands began tingling. I had to smile because I'd been second guessing myself all along...weren't these cards too 'common'? Too 'childish'? Too old? 'Not unique enough?' The answer was powerful and simple once I touched them: No. There's no question they were 'mine', and that I'd chosen precisely what I needed. You'd think after all these years, I'd know enough to trust my intuition implicitly, but taking into account how very human I am, I suppose I'm likely to question it at times.
The energy and the vibrations of the cards let me know unquestioningly that these were MINE...and the joy I used to feel with my old deck was back. I know that these will allow me to work with the most clarity for each of my clients, and that they'll keep me grounded while I do it. More importantly, I realised that my choice of deck reflected on who I am as a person: very intense while at the same time having a rather sunny disposition; plain, simple, direct and with a foot in both worlds.
I don't have time for drama when I read; that's for someone who has more showmanship than I have. When I read, I have no fancy words or promises. I only have the energy of Source, and hopefully, enough intelligence to let that energy speak through me, rather than my ego speaking through me. As the saying goes, 'The whole truth and nothing but the Truth'.
Given that gift from Source, how could I possibly want for anything more for myself - or to offer to the wonderful people who rely on me to guide them?
I am blessed.
Marisa Ward is the founder/CEO of White Light Enterprises UK, Reiki Master and Teacher, and professional Psychic/Intuitive Reader.