There will always be debate about the “true” meanings and techniques when dealing with the Tarot.
Of course, there will always be fundamentalists who claim to have authority in this domain, and they can be quite vocal and intimidating.I urge you to decide what works best for you, and honour that. The fact is, gatekeeping has no place in the Tarot community, and the best advice is to avoid dogma at all costs.
Personally, I place more value on experiential knowledge than on anything I’ve read in a book, or heard in a lecture – taking on second-hand information can be helpful to your growth, but it shouldn’t be your main channel of exploration. Of course, they can be excellent sources of wisdom, particularly if you are just beginning, to give you a starting point from which to build your skills.
I know what works for me, so I trust and follow it… even though I’ve often been made to feel less competent by “formally educated” readers. However, I have also learned that this speaks more about them (and their relationship with ego) than it does about me.
So, whether you’re new to divination, or are looking for a refresh, I urge you to actually *use* the Tarot, and rely on your own intuition and inner knowing to guide you. Hold on to what resonates, and let go of anything else. You are a unique, one-of-a-kind being, so your relationship with the cards will be equally unique and one-of-a-kind.
What has the Tarot taught you lately?