Many approach a Tarot reading
with a question about money or love,
usually they want to know what will happen in the future.
If you want to get a snapshot of your psychic health
or an over view of options you have in a difficult situation:
the Tarot is a powerful tool
and you may get more than you bargained for.
The process for reading a standard 2D Tarot deck is deceptively simple:
first one shuffles a deck of the 78 Tarot cards
and selects a few and place them in a pattern on a flat surface.
The pattern has several pre-assigned positions,
each a designated concept:
“this is your present” –
“this is your past” –
“these are the powers that you have control over”,
and so on.
The reader examines the combination of position and meaning of each card
akin to an algebraic equation
estimates an interpretation.
This formula is a launching pad for one’s intuition,
a starting point:
one meditates on a combination of concepts
and “reads the Querent” for resonance.
This works for a combination of reasons.
First, the Tarot is a pictorial representation of 78 aspects of one’s being.
Each of the Major Arcana (the first 22) represents of life’s architectural bardos:
lore developed from centuries of experience from a variety of cultures.
The remaining cards (the Minor Arcana)
represent situations that every one experiences
and the lessons associated with them.
Because we are addressing imagery rather than text,
the interpretation of these images may be broad.
The reader uses knowledge and experience to open channels of intuition.
The Tarot offers door ways to one’s self
with a planet full of lore to back it up.
One of the reasons I created the Tarot Amulets
was to apply the concepts of the Tarot as talismanic in use,
the other reason was to develop the Tarot Casters.
Typically a two dimensional deck
is limited to how a card would be placed in a reading:
up or down, perhaps across.
Tossing a deck to get a random throw can be messy
and consumes a lot of space and is only used as a parlor trick
– for the most part.
The term Tarot Casters was inspired by the Star Card:
the Hebrew letter associated with it is Tzaddi: the “Fish Hook”.
Meditation (according to the Tarot perspective)
is like a fish hook dropped into the waters of the unconscious
to see what may be found.
In the creation of these pieces I discovered the process
was more like casting a net to discover what lies under the surface
of mundane thought.
I did not translate then entire deck:
only the 22 pieces of the Major Arcana:
the core concepts of the Tarot or <em>The Fool’s Journey. </em>
The Casters produce a random pattern when dropped.
The pattern is first considered by the querent as a rorschach blot,
open for interpretation.
Should the querent describe the scattered pieces as a bird,
then the components of the reading (the casters themselves)
are perceived like the anatomy of a body.
For example: the head of the bird is the High Priestess
which in turn points towards the body;
therefore the mind of the querent is at its best position
to receive information from dreams and other subconscious input;
memories and other feminine powers.
This flow will color every piece down the “neck”
and into the body.
As before this provides the reader a springboard for meditation;
as you can see once the pieces are no longer in predetermined positions,
it forces the reader to step directly into an intuitive state of mind.
It has been described as “Reading without a net” by some readers;
others found it “liberating”,
no longer constricted by simple pre-described patterns;
they have discovered the system actually strengthens their precognizance,
heightening their ability to flex intuitive muscles
and able to see more of their “inner workings” through random patterns.
A client who purchased the set
found after some months of reading that he was able to see
the random patterns in clouds and the movement of trees,
triggering leaps of intuition.
He credited the experiences to his use of the Tarot Casters.
The Tarot Caster System is a step forward
bringing the human touch back into the Mysteries.
I invite you to discover a step forward into the use of Oracles
by experiencing the Tarot Casters through a reading or by acquiring your own set
I still make each set one at a time as they are ordered;
accompanied by a hand made bag used as a reading cloth
and a small book of introduction.
Developed in 1992 after 13 years of study and meditation.
More about the Tarot Casters may be seen at the
Casters Page Page
created and developed
by Kirk McLaren
of Amulets by Merlin