The descriptive analysis of the Major and Minor Arcana cards has helped us to go further into the mystical world of the Tarot.
The symbols that these cards illustrate in combination with the mythological tales they narrate produce a code language which we can already begin to translate. Having a first understanding of the metaphors and the figurative truth that each symbol illustrated in the tarot cards conveys can help us put together all the pieces in the puzzle of the tarot reading procedure. We have already examined the tarot cards in terms of their number in the tarot sequence, their position (reversed or upright), the nature of the figures portrayed, their clothing and accessories, the mythological parallelism of the illustration and the analysis of the background and foreground imagery. This way we have begun to unravel the initial mystic nature of the tarot practice.
In order to fully understand the tarot reading procedure, the person that is translating the cards needs to be able to make the appropriate associations with the cosmic reality by understanding the world around them, have a strong will and belief and finally emphasize on their focus abilities and their intuition. Focusing in the reading in a conscious manner suggests a set of rules that need to be followed. The danger of over-analyzing the card contents may lead to a false reading. Firstly we need to recognize and identify all the visual symbols illustrated in the card in detail. Secondly, it is essential to make the right associations connecting those symbols with the cosmic reality and the personal truth of the person concerned on the reading without disregarding the over-all structure of the card. This way we can put our intuition into motion in a true sense. With our instincts unclouded we make the second step towards a reliable tarot reading.
A truthful tarot understanding is also based on personal experience and deep knowledge. Examining each card separately and in depth, comprehending the history and mythology and making the correct associations subjectively for the person involved in the reading, will help the reader gain the necessary familiarity with the tarot deck of cards. The amount of emphasis we give on the visual connotations in relation to each other and the accurate distinction of the symbolisms that stand out, are a result of a long-term practice and study of the cards. The reader needs to devote a part of themselves in order to gain the skills needed to connect the symbolisms and create a narrative that relates to the life of the person concerned in the reading. This narrative should not be consisted of imaginary elements or a disguised repetition of the events and personal details of the participant’s life (such reasons have negatively associated tarot readings with fake prophecies). The ‘storyline’ should be based on the indicative position of the card in relation to the ones that surround it and the symbols in combination to the concerns of the participant.
No matter which structural way the reader choses to interpret the tarot, they will always base their conclusions to the past and present experience of the participant, his/her hopes and fears, desires and anticipations. Therefore these elements can create a basis for any type of tarot reading and are evoking the symbolic associations in a natural manner.