Telling a Story with the Tarot

I am honored to be the first guest blogger over at Amanda Mae’s new site Egyptian Oracle Readings. She is going to be a guest blogger here as well, to tell us all about how the Egyptian Oracle readings that she does (in which she uses cards) differ from tarot readings, which is a question she often gets from her clients.

Meanwhile, this post is the continuation of my guest post on her blog! So, for starters, hop over to her blog to read Part 1!

For those of you who have already read this post, the story continues here:

At first I thought I would simply draw one card and go off of that. I chose the Page of Swords reversed. It seemed to want to say more. So on a whim I drew four more cards, without counting them, just pulling until I felt I wanted to stop.

Here’s what the line looked like when I was finished:


Since I hadn’t had any set plan in mind, I just looked at the cards and let my intuitive mind take over, and let the visual aspects of the cards speak.

When you don’t pressure yourself to produce specific outcomes or results, you’ll most often find that your intuition flows freely and you enjoy the process more.

Here we see a cycle from beginning to end. I noticed how the cards seemed to start telling a story of their own, of a young man on his life journey, his struggle, his rise to power and eventual defeat. When you take in a reading, it can be helpful to let first impressions and ideas come to the surface, before you try to tackle interpreting each individual card on its own. Just like most things in life, nothing operates in a vacuum, and the cards speak so fluently when they can be free to interact with each other. Although this wasn’t a reading and was simply an exercise to tell a story, in a reading you can employ the same principle of story telling to help you gain first intuitive impressions, as well as to help you put away the books of key words and trust your impressions to bring to the surface what needs to come up.

So, now that I’ve put in my two cents from a technical perspective, here’s the story that emerged:

There once lived a young man who was very, very determined, very sharp mentally, and looking for adventure. He felt like his world had been turned upside down, and was ready to go out and conquer, cut down anything standing in his path. He ran into all sorts of competition on his climb to the top. He had to beat back a crowd of people who tried to keep him down in whatever way they could: insults, gossip, threats, intimidation. Every time one of these challenges came up, he simply fought it back with his pure intention and fierce spirit. He rose to power and was able to finally sit confidently on his throne, admiring all of his hard work, confident in his hard-earned wisdom, gained after many years of fighting. As it happens in life though, what goes up must come down. After many years there came another challenger to the throne, one who appealed to the people because of his clear thinking, fresh ideas, modern approach–much like the young man himself who had started out on his journey so many years before. He felt as if he were back at the starting line, now in his old age, yet on the other side of the journey, the setting sun instead of the rising sun. He felt forced to walk away from something that he had spent his whole life building up. He would have liked to have stayed, for the stability and routine, for the security of finally having achieved and not having to fight anymore, but the only way to keep growing is to keep moving on, and so that’s what he did. He once again felt his life turned upside down, as he wandered off alone, leaving all of his investments behind, in search of whatever life had in store for him around the next corner.

An exercise like this could be done by anyone, regardless of whether they’d ever seen the cards. But it is especially helpful for readers both beginner and experienced, because by approaching the cards in an unexpected, unregimented way, your personal relationship with the cards deepens. You, in telling their story, release their energies and their meanings, and are able to reveal what they want to say to you in a new way, a way that comes entirely from within. You don’t worry about interpreting for context or specific meaning, you simply play with the images and weave them together. Don’t worry about your narrative ability or worry about editing your story, simply allow yourself to let it come out, without any goal in mind. With each story you create in this way, you incorporate new perspectives into your overall knowledge of the cards, so that each reading you perform for a specific question gains new depth, new insight, new facets of meaning.


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