On January 16, 2011, Anna Cook joined Beyond Worlds: Your Tarot Tribe for a class on timing in tarot. That episode can be heard HERE.
The handout to that class is below:
WHAT FALLS TO THE FLOOR
COMES TO THE DOOR:
Every now and then, even the most relaxed seeker will drop one, two or even three Tarot cards at one time, while shuffling the deck.
Should the seeker drop just ONE card that lands face up
(meaning that you can see the illustration), within a matter of hours or days (not weeks) “something” in relation to the cards definition will transpire.
A Major Arcana Card
signals an unexpected development that will trigger a turning point in their perception of a matter, or person that is presently not on their mind or likely to appear in todays full reading.
While Court Cards, King, Queen, Knight, Page or Ace
will occasionally signal an unexpected bit of news from or about a relative or an authority figure, (in keeping with their suit) they are sure to signify a fresh burst of personal energy or inspiration connected to a matter, or person that is presently not on their mind -- or likely to appear in todays full reading.
Any Subject Card (Numbers 2-10)
will signify a situation, advantage, opportunity, mood or obstacle (in keeping with its suit) that will come out of nowhere and pass just as quickly—a tempest in a tea-pot. So, while any genuine opportunities that arise must be acted upon quickly, its also best avoid taking any unexpected upsets too seriously.
Should the seeker drop ONE card that lands face down
(meaning that you cannot see the illustration) the event is farther away. The more positive the basic definition, the more likely the seeker is (or soon will be) on the right path to bring the event to fruition. The more challenging the definition, the more likely the seeker can minimize if not completely avoid the upset by changing course or taking action now.
Should the seeker drop just ONE card (face up or down) that reappears as you conduct their full reading,
the definition for THAT card contains the key to everything the seeker needs to know.
Should the seeker drop TWO cards that land face up within a matter of hours or days (not weeks)
two separate events will transpire that correspond to each cards definition.
Should the seeker drop TWO cards that land face down, although the events are farther away, the definition for the first card that you read will serve as a trigger for the second event.
Should the seeker drop TWO cards and one lands face down and the other FACE UP,
they can expect to encounter two separate events. Yet the forecast, for the card that lands face up, will transpire more quickly. Here too, the more challenging the definition, pertaining to the card which lands face down the more likely the seeker can minimize if not completely avoid the upset by paying more attention to new developments that arise, once the first event has come to pass.
Should the seeker drop THREE cards,
it’s best to read them as a 3 Card spread since the opportunities, or obstacles (and usually both) which they represent, signify an additional issue that could complicate or compliment their full reading. I choose to interpret them before conducting the full reading, simply because they impress me as someone saying “before you begin—you need to know ..” However, that is MY preference, so please, allow YOUR intuition to guide you in determining whether to read them before or after you conduct the full reading.
Should the seeker drop more than 3 cards,
they’re simply having a bad day! Replace the cards in the deck, encourage them to resume shuffling—and move on!
© Anna Burroughs Cook 2009
Featured Illustration: Morgan-Greer Tarot
by U.S. Games.0-913866-91-1
Tarot Deck used with permission of US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT.
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