I like to challenge myself when doing predictive Tarot readings. I try to be as specific as possible and part of that challenge is to determine when an event will happen. Although most of this comes down to intuition, there are three really good techniques that can be used to help develop an intuitive sense of timing. Any of the techniques taught tend to vary from simple to complex, with astrological methods requiring the most background knowledge. Although I think astrology can be an excellent tool to use, I want to concentrate on some simple techniques that I use, that can be applied almost straight away.
1. Attention Seeking Tarot Card
Any card that seems to demand your attention, might be doing so for a reason. In these cases, I make a mental note of that card and if, during the course of the reading, I find myself returning to that card again and again, I will usually take that as very significant. These ‘attention demanding’ cards can indicate many things, but occasionally they might be hinting at the timing. Figuring out what these cards want is half the battle, they may have nothing to do with predicting the timing or they may do. In fact, they might even represent three or four different things. For this reason, this technique is the most intuitive, but can also turn out to be the most accurate.
Example of an attention demanding Tarot card
The other day I was doing a Tarot reading and the Eight of Cups kept grabbing my attention. Although this card was hinting at many different things, I felt it was also telling me the overall timing of the reading. I took the number Eight and said, this reading will cover the next eight months. There was no rational reason for me to intuit this; no complex system was used to validate my feelings.
However, there were other patterns and connections in place which also helped me arrive at my conclusions. For instance, the influence of the Moon was prevalent in the client’s reading which prompted me to see the reading within an Eight month time frame. I saw an image of cycles and phases which all helped me to arrive at my prediction, with the most important event happening in November (Death card – Scorpio).
Let’s look at this further
This technique is the most intuitive, and as I’ve said earlier, probably the best. The difficulty with describing such a technique is the difficulty of showing the reasoning process I went through for something which is essentially, irrational. When we use our intuition, we are using our imagination and the rational part of the mind is put to one side while the irrational is privileged. Each person’s irrational way of working with the Tarot will be unique to them. The most important thing you can do for yourself is trust the irrational. Do not try and rationalise the irrational way you have arrived at your prediction because, certainly if you don’t have much experience in this way of thinking, you may damage you’re enjoyment of Tarot.
This can happen in two ways. The first way, is to be overly rational about the whole thing. This kills the irrational and intuitive process which I’ve described and secondly, it can block further progress as your confidence could be affected.
This technique needs to be approached with an open, free, and unconcerned mind; unconcerned for the correctness of technique, or the correctness of approach.
What does all that mean?
If you choose to use your intuition to make predictions, you are entering into a relationship with your irrational mind. This may already be a well developed and close relationship, in which case you will have no trouble with the technique, or it may be a difficult or tense relationship, in which case, gentle steps would be advised when using this technique.
This technique does more that develop your intuition; it actually develops a trust between the hidden, dark and irrational areas of your mind.
2. The Tarot suits and timing
This technique gives a bit more structure to help with making timing predictions. It still relies on intuition but the rational mind can be kept occupied by thinking about it as an actual structured method, while the irrational mind can be left to make connections between the patterns of the suits.
After you have dealt out the cards using your chosen Tarot spread, quickly scan the cards to determine which suit is more prominent than the others. Each suit can be thought of as representing a season, and the more prominent the suit, the more likely the event will happen within the season that that suit corresponds to. Here is a list of the associations that I use:
- Wands: Spring
- Cups: Summer
- Swords: Autumn
- Disks: Winter
Although this system is rather vague, it’s still very useful in certain circumstances, and certain questions. It’s also rather accurate.
Days, Weeks, Months and Years
Imagine the suit of Wands as representing events that happen quickly while the suit of Disks happens very slowly. In this way, we can draw an imaginary line, with Wands representing the fastest and Disks representing the slowest. The other two suits, that being the suit of Cups and the suit of Swords, are positioned somewhere in the middle of that imaginary line. With that in mind, we can make predictions based on the speed of the suit:
- Wands: Days
- Swords: Weeks
- Cups: Months
- Disks: Years
Common advice states that a Tarot reading loses its accuracy when the predicted events are beyond a year from the day of the reading. That means that questions that ask a Tarot reader to make predictions years into the future are not as reliable as questions that ask a Tarot reader to make predictions a few months into the future. Although I accept this point of view, there are always exceptions to the rule and I would advise you not to shy away from making those types of predictions. Experience, both good and bad, is always good.
3. Predicting the day
Although I said I wasn’t going to introduce Astrology, I have introduced this technique because it only requires you to know some basic associations of the Major Arcana or Trump cards which I will present below. This technique allows you to predict the day on which the event will happen.
- Sunday: The Sun card
- Monday: The High Priestess
- Tuesday: The Tower
- Wednesday: Magician
- Thursday: Wheel of Fortune
- Friday: Empress
- Saturday: The World
This list of associations is based on the astrological attributes that are used on some occult Tarot decks. It is surprising how handy this list of associations can be when clients want to know exactly what will happen on “Sunday of next week.”
These three simple techniques for predicting the timing of events are very powerful, and surprisingly accurate. I’d really like to hear more about the techniques that you use when predicting the timing of events in a Tarot card reading. Also, do you find that certain spreads lend themselves to different time frames?