Or, who or what, if anything, do you call in when you read cards, runes, scry, or work with your pendulum?
Is it even important to consider this? Does it make a difference?
What do you intend a reading to be/do/serve?
Over the years my calls and covenants have changed. At times I’ve done nothing deeper than laid the cards in their positions in response to a question – a process that has been described by Vincent Pritisci as conceptual blending. Applying a random element to a fixed element of the question (the random element being the card, the fixed element being the position in the spread). This is a process widely recognised as useful in business and development – only the random element isn’t usually a Tarot card, more probably words from the page of a book, items you’d find in a bathroom or things you’d find in a hardware shop. The idea being that a random stimulus to a fixed issue triggers creative thought. From creative thought can often come brand new ways of looking at the issue in hand.
A similar approach is the ‘Six Thinking Hats’ method described by Edward de Bono in which an issue is looked at in six different ways (like having six people with differing approaches looking at the same thing).
The White Hat – calls for information known or needed. The facts. Only the facts. Nothing more.
The Yellow Hat – the yellow hat looks at the sunny side. The best aspects, the optimistic viewpoint, the values and the benefits.
The Black Hat – described as judgement, the difficulties and dangers, the obstacles the downside and the ‘this is potentially stupid because’ angle. The pesimistic devil’s advocate
The Red Hat – Gut feelings, intuition, hunches, emotional responses, likes dislikes, loves and hates.
The Green Hat – creativity, possibilities, alternatives, new ideas. The expression of new concepts and new perceptions.
The Blue Hat – the ring master. The hat that keeps all of the other hats in check, and ensures that all hats are given their voice.
I guess the thinking hats system is like a one person and his cards board meeting with the blue hat being the Chair.
Both of the above methods are perfectly valid and ultimately potentially very useful when exploring any issue and sensible forecasts and predictions can be drawn from either.
For me, a purely problem solving approach on a very psychological level leaves a reading ‘wanting’ in a way. I enjoy a feeling of connectedness to something more than this small part of my Self that sits at the table laying the cards. The small part of my brain that is ever present and pretty rubbish at helping me out. I want more. At the very least my higher Self, at a slightly broader level, the collective conciousness, but ultimately with that which I consider divine and connected and well, in everything.
Is this only my way of giving myself permission to be freer in my interpretation with my tools? Being more daring and outrageous in passing on impressions, feelings and sometimes what I consider to be ‘knowings’?
But experience has taught me that being clear on who I covenant with, and saying what I see, hear, feel and know – whether that be strictly shown in the cards I’ve laid according to the systems I’ve learned or not – gives a deeper and more satisfactory reading for all concerned.
What about intention? Is it even necessary to have an intention beyond answering a question?
My own approach, on the surface appears irreverant and light hearted – I do WTF spreads to get to the heart of an issue, laugh with the person I’m reading for, depending on the person being read for I may swear a bit, make the odd pointed comment with a twinkle in my eye and a wink. But there is always intention. And the intention is always the same. That the person being read for leave the session with insights and clarity that empowers them in their life. That if needed, healing on some level, in some shape or form take place for the person being read for.
My own wish to covenant with that which is greater than me but part of me, and my insistance on reading with intent may just highlight my batty old womanness. It may do do nothing more than make me feel useful and a bit mysterious. I hope not.
This isn’t a how to post. It’s not a THIS IS THE ONLY TRUE WAY post. It’s an invitation to have a mull over your thoughts, your readings, where you draw from and what you intend. There’s nothing to justify, nothing compulsory and nothing to prove – just a bit of an adventure into your inner nooks and crannies for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Vincent Pitisci outlines his thoughts on creative thinking and conceptual blending in his book ‘The Essential Tarot’. Widely available online. He also has a You tube channel where he speaks about conceptual blending and creative thought as well as the way he uses spreads in a reading.
The Thinking Hats approach by Edward de Bono and its application in business (as opposed to the Tarot), can be read about here http://www.debonogroup.com/six_thinking_hats.php