Contents 1: Section Title + Sub-headings
This version of the Contents gives the Section Number and Sub-headings. By contrast, Contents 2 lists the Section titles as well as an excerpt from the beginning of the article so you can have an idea of what it is about.
Should you try to be “psychic”?
What about using our intuition?
Also, what, actually, is intuition?
01 – In the beginning: the problems we all face
Memorizing possible meanings for cards
Moving beyond the beginner stage
02 – What might happen
Decision-making can be complicated
03 – The approach taken in this book
Make your own version of this book
Becoming comfortable in two ways
Developing your own version
One sorted version of the material
04 – The typical approach to the Tarot, and how it can be improved
What does any of this actually mean?
05 – How this book is set up, and why it has been done that way
Other people’s possible hostility
Getting updates and additional material
You should re-organize to suit your own approach
A suggested procedure to follow
If you agree with the point made
If you disagree with the point made
06 – What the book is about and how it is set up
Turning the material into your own
Knowing your policy
Selecting the category that makes sense to you
07 – So what is the Tarot?
The Tarot in ten minutes? Not really.
Cliches don’t really tell you anything
A better kind of reading
A generally true statement
08 – The Tarot is not ridiculous because…
People look to the Tarot for advice, or for help in deciding what best to do
Using the Tarot can help you to trust yourself
Why are we in life?
We already understand symbolism
Dream interpretation is respectable
There’s what appears to be going on and what is really going on
We might have a weird kind of power when we stop trying
09 – This book – what’s in it for you?
You don’t slow your progress because you’re wondering if you’re doing the right thing
Self-development and divination
The Done Manifesto
Divination is good for you
So, how do we make today better than yesterday?
How do we fine-tune the self?
10 – Having a chat, or reading the Tarot?
What changes when you introduce cards
Completing the triangle
The questioner’s expectations can be a barrier
Jargon is another type of barrier
Here is an example
Making composite meanings
Use the pictures
11 – What it takes to read the Tarot well
Hold back on psychic readings
How best to involve the questioner?
How big is your emotional vocabulary?
Is your viewpoint positive or negative?
The Tarot, like life, is everywhere
The psychic / intuitive approach
12 – How does the Tarot work?
Fate or free will? Or both at the same time?
13 – Let’s not use or depend on jargon
A child shows what?
A tree shows what?
On the other hand, there’s jargon
14 – The problem with having only a little knowledge of astrology
How do people use astrology?
Zodiacal degree meanings are important
This means this, except when it doesn’t
Elemental dignities? At least it sounds good.
Court cards and signs of the zodiac
15 – The Tarot doesn’t need other -ologies
A sword is a sword
What about Numerology?
16 – The beginning stage
Different stages = different activities
The five stages in the Dreyfus model
The 6 of Batons
Your quick thinking + experience
Some cards and contradictions
17 – Fanciful ideas and myths about the Tarot
Can you buy a deck for yourself?
You don’t have to energize the deck
Do you re-sort the deck after a reading?
What is the “right” order anyway?
Do you rest all cards to the upright position?
You don’t need to energize your deck by putting it under your pillow when you sleep
You don’t need to “cleanse” the cards
Peace and quiet are better
The Tarot answers the question that was asked
Just learn to answer the question.
18 – Which deck should you get or use?
The Rider-Waite pictorial deck
Which illustrated deck is best?
Some pictures are worth only a few words
So will you get the job?
19 – A point or two about non-Rider decks that are popular and easy to get.
The Robin Wood deck
One use of a blank horoscope form
The Gilded Tarot
The problem and a solution
Pearls, a pearl necklace, and Queen Elizabeth 1
Using unillustrated decks
What if you have a system?
20 – Use the Rider-Waite deck
Swords in the Thoth deck
Swords and re-structuring
The Rider-Waite deck has certain advantages
Imagining the Tarot as poetry
Buy a new deck for yourself
Don’t forget the questioner is important too
21 – The structure of a Tarot deck
22 – What are the Major Trumps?
There are 22 of them
22 = 21 + 1
People, ideas and concepts
Reading cards isn’t the same as learning the Tarot
Use the name of the card first
What we read should be usable
What’s in a name?
The value of using the name
What movie scene is it?
23 – What are the Minor Trumps?
The four Suits as four principles
Straight or rounded?
Lines – horizontal and vertical
To use the Elements or not? No.
Elements can be confusing for the questioner.
How much does the reader really know about the Elements?
A Cup is a cup; a Sword is a sword; etc.
Starting with an answer
Get to know the Suits themselves
An example – the 4 of Cups
24 – What are the Court Cards?
Court Card personality types
Court Cards as lessons to be learned or challenges to be faced
An example or two
25 – What about reversed cards?
How can you NOT use reversed cards?
Is it too complicated?
Sometimes there are delays
26 – Major and Minor Trumps understood
Major Trump cards have names
27 – Doing Readings
Learning The Tarot
Reading the Tarot
Talking to people in language they can understand
A good exercise
The 8 of Swords and getting a promotion
The 9 of Batons and getting a promotion
Comparing the two cards
Ask yourself questions
The 3 of Swords and romance
Reading in the moment
Dealing with a difficult questioner
28 – There is no magic bullet
A Yes-No spread
A past, present and future spread
A Celtic Cross spread
29 – Three things beginners do that don’t work
Following the manual
Having a system to follow
The card-a-day method
Developing your own meanings
30 – Write out some typical questions
Should the reader re-work the question?
A should I or shouldn’t I question
Have a list of questions
A “Will I get a promotion” question answered
31 – A recap – moving beyond the beginner stage
32 – What about when, or if, you’re thinking of learning the Tarot
The greatest and worst book ever written
The Tarot as philosophy (love of wisdom)
What the Tarot is good for
33 – Buying a deck of cards
We live in a visual world
34 – Before opening the deck, get a cloth
What sort of cloth
35 – Opening the box, and first steps
36 – Activities to get to know the cards
A clear thought makes possible a clear statement
The 4 of Cups, for instance
Questions for questions
The pointlessness of the card a day approach
How do we convince others?
Jungians vs Freudians vs Adlerians vs …
Ingredients in the answer
37 – How to shuffle Tarot cards
How long is long enough?
Reversing some cards
Does the shuffle matter?
Who should do the shuffling?
38 – Shuffling before the reading
39 – Shuffling after the reading
40 – Steps before the reading
What you don’t need
41 – With the questioner and getting ready for the reading
Make a list of the potential questions
How long should the reading be?
Getting background information
Write down the question or questions
Ask for a couple of numbers
42 – Picking the spread
An example of answering multiple related questions
Use only two or three spreads in the beginning, and later too
Creating your own spread? Don’t bother.
The Tarot is flexible, unlike most of us
43 – Get paid first
There is karma and it can be a serious thing
Protecting the reader
How much to charge?
44 – Explain the Tarot to the questioner before the reading
Sixteen Court Cards
Twenty-two Major Trumps
45 – The Past, Present and Future spread
The Past, Present and Future spread
The layout itself
The card for the Past
The card for the Present
The card for the Future
Using more than three cards
46 – The Yes-No spread
The method and layout
If we summarize, then…
More than three cards
47 – The Celtic Cross spread
A significator or not?
Start with the cards face-down
48 – After the reading
49 – References and other resources