Jump ahead a few years, and I found a book and a deck that I connected with well.
I thoroughly enjoy the definitions and spreads in the book Power Tarot and the deck I found for myself in New Orleans, the Cosmic Tarot.
Relationships seem to be my forte. So while I've mostly read for myself, I did get to a point where I even predicted a friend would be "barefoot and pregnant" by a certain month, and she's now had her third child and is a stay at home mom. I also did a few spreads when I met my hubby and informed him we'd be getting married two weeks after we started dating. He laughed at me for a few months...until he bought me a ring. ;)
All that aside, I didn't really trust my own intuition with the deck, unless it was screaming at me. So when an inexpensive online class called "Intuitive Tarot" popped up on my feed, and I had a few bucks in my bank account, I decided to give it a shot. I'm so glad I did!
I spent 21 days taking thirty minutes to an hour each morning and spending them with my cards. I meditated, I visualized, and I took some time over that period with every one of the cards in my deck. I'd heard before from multiple sources that taking time with each card was important, but this class took me on a journey with some direction, which is what I desperately needed.
I even put symbols under my pillow to try some dream work, but I was more successful with the meditation part. I don't think my nightmares about my retail job count toward the class assignments I was supposed to be doing. Seriously...coupons are terrifying sometimes. *shudders*
Fair warning, if you're not into visualization meditation, or chakra work, and haven't been exposed to any of that before, this class might move a bit fast in spots. I have a very basic familiarity, so I could keep up, but there were a couple days I had to click off my tab and do some research.
After we got near the end, I had probably the best connection with the cards I've ever had, and even did a couple readings for myself without consulting my favorite book once! For some reason, I've never had a good reading from someone else. All the ones I get from other people are vague, and leave me with a real sense that the tarologist couldn't get a lock on me. Which is why I prefer to do my own readings.
My deck was gathering dust before, and now it's sitting just to the side of my desk. It makes me smile to have a way to mull things over in my mind with a little prodding from universal energy. Not to mention the fact that the deck is gorgeous, and reminds me of my trip to New Orleans.
Have you ever had your tarot cards read? Or do you read tarot too? Tell me about your experiences, I'd love to hear your stories.