Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Best Way To Learn Tarot Cards

I get a lot of people asking me what the best way to learn Tarot Cards is. Then before I even get a chance to answer them, they say something like, "Should I get a book? Should I memorize the meanings of each card? Should I make index cards?" And the questions go on and on. Well, let me set the record straight here in this article. All of the above are okay methods for learning Tarot Cards, but if you really want to learn the cards in your deck, there is one method that works above all others and by using it, you'll never forget the meanings of the cards. So sit back and get ready to learn the Tarot like you've never learned it before.

Let me start out by saying that this method of learning works best with a Tarot Card deck that is illustrated as close to the meaning of the card as possible. When I explain what I mean, you'll understand. In the meantime, if you want an easy deck to learn the cards using the method I am going to teach you, I recommend getting the Rider Waite Tarot. It is by far the best deck to learn using the method I am about to reveal.

Okay, let's begin.

Let's face it. The best way to learn anything in life is through visual. There is a reason why they say that a picture is worth a thousand words. It's true. Sometimes a picture can tell you everything you need to know about a subject.

The Rider Waite Tarot has the most accurate illustrations in regard to the actual meaning of the cards themselves. The best way to explain this is with some examples.

Let's take the 3 Of Swords. The illustration shows 3 swords piercing a heart with rain coming down from the clouds in the background. This card's meaning is one of deep sorrow and loss. This should be more than obvious by looking at the illustration itself since we associate sorrow and loss with a broken heart. By fixing yourself on the illustration and associating it with what is actually happening in the illustration, you should have no problems remembering what this card means.

Let's take the 8 Of Swords. This illustration shows a person tied up with 8 swords around them. The meaning of the card is that the person in the spread feels very restricted and is unable to make any decisions. You can think of being restricted in the same sense as being tied up. If somebody ties you up, you're unable to do anything. This is an excellent illustration for the meaning of this card.

Let's take one final example, the 6 Of Pentacles. This illustration shows one person dropping coins into another person's hands. This card means that you are going to finally enjoy the fruits of your labors and deserve what is rightfully yours. Again, an excellent illustration for the meaning of this card.

The Rider Waite Tarot is a perfect deck to learn by using this method. Once you've done this, you can then read any Tarot deck in existence simply by transferring the visual of the Rider Waite illustration to the deck that you're reading.

It does take a little practice and time, as with anything, but this is a much better method than just trying to memorize the meaning of each card. I have no doubt that by using this method, you'll be reading Tarot cards faster than with any other method in existence.

To YOUR Divination Success,

Steven Wagenheim

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Do Fortune Tellers Get A Bad Rap? - Improving Your Image

Let's face it, there is good and bad in everything. Not all used car salesmen are crooks and not all Priests are great guys. But it seems to me that fortune tellers get a bad rap. Most are immediately labeled as frauds, or worse, crooks. If you're into the occult sciences and you want to truly gain the respect of your clientele, there are some things you can do. I hope that by reading this article you'll get an idea of how to gain respectability as a medium, psychic, fortune teller or whatever you want to call it.

The first thing you want to do is present a professional ad campaign. There is so much sensationalism in the world today that quite honestly, people are just sick of it all. The catchy phrases, the hype, the whole thing is just enough to make you heave up your lunch. So you want to get away from things like, "Madame Clara gazes into your future and reveals your path to riches" or garbage like that. A nice simple ad, something along the lines of "John Abbott psychic...For honest and practical advice." Man, that's a novel concept. No hype. Trust me, it works.

The next thing you want to do is get away from the stereotypical medium's appearance. Please get rid of the turban and whatever props you've got hanging around your "office" because it's not impressing anybody. When I do a reading, I wear a suit and tie and look like just a regular person. I don't put on any fancy attire that makes me look like something out of a Frankenstein movie, or worse, an Addams Family rerun. Yeah, that's a realistic interpretation of the art.

Finally, you want to conduct your readings with class and dignity. Don't go into these faked trances. If I hear one more person say things like "I see a dark handsome stranger in your future" I swear I'm going to be sick. There is no need for the theatrics. When I do a reading, I simply give my subjects the facts. I then offer some good old fashioned common sense advice on how to deal with what I see. I then hand them my business card, which by the way, looks like a regular business card for somebody who works for AT&T. You don't have to have all this fancy lettering and hype. Plain and simple.

It is time to get some respectability back to this profession. There are some truly gifted people out there, but they are being hurt by the appearance that others are portraying to the rest of the world. The entertainment industry doesn't help either by portraying us as a bunch of weirdos. But if we do our part to clean up our acts, we might actually get more people to take us seriously.

To YOUR Divination Success,

Steven Wagenheim

Saturday, June 9, 2007

What Is Cartouche?

I have to admit, in all my years of divination, Cartouche is probably the last thing that I think of turning to when I want to solve the problems of my subjects or my own life's troubles. There is no question that of all the occult sciences, Cartouche is probably the most misunderstood and least understood of them all, even among professionals. This article is just going to give you a general idea of what Cartouche is. You just might find that it's something you'll want to get involved in after you're finished reading.

Even though Cartouche represents Egyptian symbols from ancient monuments, the word is actually of French origin. I was personally surprised to learn this myself. The word itself represents and oval or oblong shape. Early Egyptian names were usually encased in these shapes. The cards themselves, not to be confused with Tarot Cards, are based on ancient Egyptian knowledge. There are a total of 25 cards in a Cartouche deck.

The cards are broken up into groups. The first group, which are cards one through nine, are called the Major Archetypes. These cards are Osiris, Isis, Horus, Bast, Thoth, Hathor, Nephthys, Ptah and Anubis. The second group of cards, numbers 11 through 14, represent Fire, Air, Water and Earth. The third group of cards, numbers 15 through 25, relate to the common everyday occurrences of our lives. These cards are Sirius, Lotus, Crook and Flail, Uraeus, Winged Disk, The Twins, Sphinx, Scarab, Pyramid, Ankh, and the Buckle of Isis. Finally, there is the single card, number 10, which is called Set. This card is a little difficult to define, but the closest definition that will be accurate is that Set is the card of negative energy. This card can take on many meanings such as one's opposition to an idea or a great change to something in one's life.

The symbols on each of the cards, which are all from ancient Egypt, are the energy forces that rule the universe. Some believe that the Egyptians actually got their knowledge from extraterrestrials from another solar system. While this has obviously never been proven, it does make for interesting conversation. The designs themselves come from ancient Egyptian pyramids, temples and other structures.The belief is that each symbol is tuned to a specific energy field. These cards, when used in divination or even meditation, then invoke these energies and forces.

Like any other form of divination, Cartouche takes a long time to study and master. Honestly, I seriously doubt that there is anybody on this planet who completely understands this science. However, that has not stopped many from studying it. I have been doing so for over 20 years now, and I can honestly say that I am learning more and more each day.

If you think you'd like to learn more about this mysterious occult science, there is a site below in my signature that I update on a regular basis with information on many forms of the occult. I am sure you will find it most interesting.

To YOUR Divination Success,

Steven Wagenheim