Tarot is Confusing

Maybe that’s just me.

Compared to my experience with the rune stones that I’ve done, it’s far more confusing. I’ve got a book that came with my tarot deck that I’m working on reading. I’m still learning the symbolism and meanings, which is no doubt part of it. And it just seems a bit less intuitive to me than the runes were. I’m having fun, but it’s also frustrating that it doesn’t come nearly as easily.

Tarot might be my backup method for divination for the rest of my life, I think. Unless of course I get better at this whole reading the cards thing. I’m hoping that I can do better with it with more experience and practice. It does seem to work for those who use it, but I’m still struggling to even begin to figure it out.

Still — I dislike having troubles with something.

Though it does remind me that I’m human and I have struggles just like everyone else. I suppose it’s good that I’ve got some issues in learning this. It’s about the first thing I’ve ever struggled in learning, at least in years. I’m not sure why that makes me happy, but it does for some reason. And it gives me a challenge to work on, which is always good.

Though, I think that having a secondary method for divination will eventually be very nice for me.

Just a fun little update here, for my own records.


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7 thoughts on “Tarot is Confusing

  1. Well you certainly are not alone in this frustration! I myself have had a very difficult time with Divination as a whole! I have issues with the “what if I’m wrong” factor. I just can’t quite get the self confidence up there. But I keep trying, and so should you! It will come to you in time and I am sure, in both methods, you will excel at it!



  2. Hi there! I think the reason that Tarot is confusing to many people is because many “experts” and traditional books on the cards offer complex symbolism and esoteric minutia that simply doesn’t reflect everyday, modern living. That’s one reason I created my Back in Time (BIT) Tarot Method, as well as created the Snowland Deck (with my artist husband): http://SnowlandDeck.com. In our cards, we depicted what the card actually MEANS rather than strange, static poses that lack connection with traditional interpretations.

    For example, the 6 of Cups in the Rider Waite shows a boy giving a girl flowers in a cup. One of the accepted interpretations is “nostalgia”. What in the WORLD does that have to do with the topic based on the image? Nothing. So what we did was portray a grandmother showing a toddler sepia pictures from her past (you can see the image on our FB page at http://on.fb.me/14Za3bE).

    Sorry to be long-winded. :o) It’s just that Tarot is only confusing if approached with traditional, dry methods. I hope this post encourages you to keep exploring the cards!


    1. See, I actually have no clue what traditional decks look like. I’ve never seen a Rider-Waite deck before, or any of the other common decks.

      Mine makes sense, image wise. I’m just still learning it. Not discouraged at all, just accepting that it won’t be as easy as other things have been. 🙂


  3. It took me a few years to figure out the Tarot. Couldn’t do it with traditional decks. I went from deck to deck until one finally clicked. Now, I read professionally and teach classes as well. But I’m still WAY more in tune with Runes. People just aren’t used to them, so they request Tarot readings more than Rune readings. Ultimately, don’t try to force yourself. I teach an intuitive method of reading that completely tosses the books out the door at first. Once my students are comfortable with their own meanings and readings, THEN I let them read the books. It gives them new perspective, and makes them realize that it only works because they relaxed and let the messages flow.


  4. I feel the same way about runes! While I connected with my Tarot deck almost instantly, even my hand-crafted runes just don’t feel right, ya know? I give runes a try every couple of years to see if anything’s changed, but so far I just don’t connect to them as a divination tool.


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