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Self-Discovery Through Teaching Yourself Tarot Mastery

There are as many ways to read Tarot as there are people who do. Tarot does not have to be a parlor game, does not have to be the one-card-at-a-time sophomoric routine, does not have to be New Age fluff. Mastering tarot by introducing it to yourself will take time and effort but has the same advantage that teaching yourself how to cook has: The recipes are uniquely yours.
The Rider Waite deck is the only serious one. The books that give you meanings are all written by idiots. If you want a book to ‘give you a leg up,’ Eden Gray’s “The Tarot” is useful, especially the part where she has paragraphs on the meanings of the cards based on the pictures on the Rider Waite deck. Her page-per-card writing on each major arcanae is a priceless shortcut to understanding Tarot. Ignore all reversed meanings, keep your cards upright. (The whole Middle Ages do-it-backwards put-it-upsidedown thing was a counterreaction to the dictatorial power of the Roman Catholic church at the time.) This mastery of tarot by teaching it to yourself project is going to be a long haul, something that is ‘not for everyone.’
Remember algebra: There can be only one unknown in an equation if you are to solve it. That is why asking questions you know the answers to tells you the meaning of the cards.
So, you will be asking only questions you know the answers to. You will use the whole deck for each of those questions because you want to know what the cards mean, and using the whole deck involves each of the cards in that subject matter. You want to discover how the same idea is expressed using different combinations of cards. On each Rider Waite card is a picture of a situation, out of which its meanings arise. That is why I want you to read Eden Gray’s descriptions of the cards. Always remember that your meaning for a given card in a given spread may involved any aspect of the story the card pictures. (You could be the one outsmarted or the one outsmarting.) You look to the rest of the layout to see what parallels there are, to apply that one card.
Use a spread that is equally divisible by 78, the number of cards in the deck. ( I used 13, modifying the Celtic cross layout by putting three cards across where the last card is.) Write down every spread of every question in a notebook and review those notes regularly. Yes, this is drudgery. Mastery involves that, haven’t you noticed?
Pay attention to cards that have the same meaning as you study your notes of what you have done. These are theme cards: very important. They establish the dominant meaning, and you choose meanings that agree with them for the rest of the cards in your layout. When you see them, as you become proficient, you will be able to identify a repeating theme in your answer. That repetition indicates accuracy. You will learn to look for these theme cards first to identify your answer more quickly.
Some things that may happen as you delve into tarot:
(1) Some cards will appear three dimensional. Don’t let that disturb you; it is your subconscious saying this card is important to this message.
(2) Once in a while, the pictures will seem to make a movie. This is the stage in which you are beginning to put things together and get an overview.
(3) You begin to read combinations of cards as they glom together modifying one another: This is tarot expertise, you are on your way.
Certain parts of the layout pair the cards. The Cover/Cross in the center (the second and third cards you put down) relate to one another closely, and may be the reading in microcosm. The cards on either side of those, commonly called ‘Behind’ and ‘Before’ are paired, with the one to the left representing the past and the one to the right representing ‘right now’ or ‘just ahead.’ The card below those is called ‘Foundation’ and the one above paired with it is called ‘Future.’ The positions affect the meaning of the cards occupying them. You will get the hang of that gradually. These seven cards form the first sentence of your three-sentence layout; and the sentences are accurate to the degree they repeat and support one another! This is a discovery.
Next sentence is the three cards going up, commonly called ‘The Tower,’ because of the Celtic background of this layout-style. The bottom card there is the second Self card. (The first Self card is the first card you put down, before the Cover/Cross combination. I don’t put it UNDER the Cover/Cross as the books suggest; I put it opposite the last three cards.) The second card going up is called ‘Others,’ which is self-explanatory. The last one going up is the turning point, or the point of conflict, commonly referred to as ‘Hopes and Fears.’
In the standard Celtic cross layout, there is only one card above those three. To use the entire deck evenly, add two cards and make three across there. All of these blend together to be the Outcome.’ And the Outcome is the third sentence.
The idea of the three sentences you will not find anywhere but here. And the idea that the theme cards establish accuracy when they appear in each of the three sentences in the spread is also unique. I discovered this, I did not ‘invent’ it–that is, I did not decide that’s the way it’s going to be.
As a beginner, you may prefer using only three or four cards at a time to answer the question. This works. Don’t try to use the whole deck that way; only some of the spreads will be clear answers.
The difference between just reading the cards and being a master of tarot is being able to blend combinations of cards (not just pairs of cards) into a single meaning. When you are proficient and are no longer asking only questions you know the answers to, you will see that, when you have a long session on the same subject, combinations of the same cards will link together and appear in spread after spread standing for a concept introduced earlier in the session. They will do this no matter how you shuffle. It is a shorthand. Occasionally, many or even all the cards in the whole layout blend into a meaning. When you can see that, you have arrived.
Let me here note that, like everything you do, there will be good days and cussed days in your Tarot Mastery Endeavor! And let me also note that when you tune into a confused person or situation with Tarot, the confusion is reflected in your spread: It is accurately describing something contradictory! Allow for that!
When you have mastery, you have truth, you have facts. Now you can ask questions about your own life that are more personal than you would want to share with anyone else. You can discover your own motives at your own pace. You can psychoanalyze yourself, something any good psychologist will tell you not to do. (But they aren’t looking!)
And then perhaps you can go on to do the same to other people, and to the people those other people are dealing with–if you want to.

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Tips To Treat Your Body Right Through Nutrition!

In today’s dietary universe, it is best to have an understanding of what the body needs in order to get the most nutrition each day. This is where good nutritional knowledge comes into play. Stick to the good tips in the article below to help you create a healthy diet that is nutritious.
Children generally want to do what their parents do. Involve your children when you are practicing good nutritional habits and preparing healthy meals. This will give you an opportunity to teach them the value of good nutrition and healthy food choices.
If you have diabetes, you face some needs that are unusually challenging. Fortunately, it is possible to maintain more control over the condition by sticking with basic nutritional guidelines. This allows more stability and greater control over blood sugar levels. They need to eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain products and dairy products with limited fat in them. They should also ensure they’re eating at about the same time each day.
If you’re thinking of going into a diet (i.e. for weight loss), read some program reviews first. An in-depth look at the diet program can give you clarity on whether the diet program fits your need or not. For instance, reading through this Eat Stop Eat review reveals that it’s a fasting diet. You then have to ask yourself if fasting still matches your nutritional goals. You get the logic?
Add seaweed to your dinner plate for a healthy addition. Certain seaweeds like kombu, nori and dulse are very nutritious with a lot of minerals and vitamins. People living close to the sea have eating these plants for many thousands of years.
Dark chocolate is a much better alternative for your health than milk chocolate. This kind contains more of the compounds that make chocolate healthy than the others. Antioxidants like these bring up your good cholesterol numbers while depressing your bad ones. Make certain you select chocolate containing no less than 70% cocoa to reap the most benefits. Although you know it’s not all bad, still eat in moderation.
Make foods with plenty of vitamins A and C a key part of your diet. Both Vitamin C and A are crucial for nutrition, as they work as antioxidants. These antioxidants neutralize free radicals that can increase risks of various diseases and cause cell damage. The best sources of vitamin A come from animals, but carrots and broccoli are packed with vitamin A, as well. You can find vitamin C in citrus, strawberries, tomatoes and broccoli.
Processed grains have become so popular because many people prefer the taste over that of whole grains. There is no argument that white flour is a better choice for some baked goods. But overall, the whole grain baked goods have a much more complex taste and even help digestion due to their high amounts of fiber.
Always eat in moderation when you are deciding on a meal plan. If you eat too much, you can take in too many nutrients and fat, leaving yourself feeling out of sorts. This is damaging to your health because it reduces your internal functional processing.
Always give new healthy recipes a try. There are many easy recipes out there. You can even make protein bars with some healthy ingredients you may already have around the house. Also, oatmeal pancakes are great tasting and healthy for your body.
As you’ve witnessed, nutrition can tremendously improve your life. With proper planning, monitoring and some patience, your life will be healthier and happier.