12. Reading Spirit Keeper’s Tarot Intuitively

12. Reading Spirit Keeper’s Tarot Intuitively

I’ve heard some folks wonder if you can
read “intuitively” with the Spirit Keeper’s Tarot, given how symbol-intensive it is. Upon first glance, it looks like a tarot deck
that is so busy with definitive esoteric symbols that it’s “telling” you how to interpret
the cards. I…disagree. Of course I would. I mean, I would. I’m biased. So take what I say with that in mind. First, let’s talk about how sometimes, this
deck might speak back to you in tongues. And even with that statement, not to everybody,
but some decks to some of you, yeah, yes, I think so. It can be a little bit different from what
you’re used to in a tarot deck. You know the concept that a lot of religious
traditions hold, which is essentially that when you channel the language of spirit, you
end up speaking in tongues? A lot of religious traditions, east, west,
north, south, hailing from all continents, have that belief. I’ve actually found that sometimes the tarot
reading you get from Spirit Keeper’s Tarot may at first appear confusing, but it’s
totally not the same confusion as, like, not knowing how the Seven of Swords is applicable
to a certain question you’ve asked or not sure how the textbook meaning of the Strength
card fits in to a reading. I think the confusion that can sometimes arise
from a spread of these cards is a bit different. To me, it feels like what’s coming through,
even as tarot symbols, is coming through in tongues. It’s very interesting. Just take the deck out for a couple spins
and see if you at some point experience what I’m talking about. Not only is it about knowing how to read a
tarot deck, but then at times, in very momentous occasions, readings with the Spirit Keeper’s
Tarot even comes through in a form of tongues. Like it’s kind of nonsensical at first blush,
but instead of fighting it, indulge it, and then it’s like a light switch flickers on. Suddenly, spontaneously, you get it. But it’s not as constructed ideas or statements
of forecast and revelation. It’s an imprint of energy. The tongues, the language of the angels you’ve
channeled, leaves you with an imprint of energy and when you allow yourself to simply feel
and receive that imprint of energy, it leaves you with a sudden knowing. If that’s not reading tarot intuitively,
or the colloquial meaning of “reading intuitively,” then I don’t know what is. I hope you’ll experience what I’m talking
about. It’s very interesting because it is not
at all my ordinary style of reading the tarot, and yet it happens to me when I read with
the Spirit Keeper’s Tarot. If you perceive silence, or non-responsiveness,
what I do is then say with patience and reverence to that spirit, “I will go now, and I will
look diligently for the signs and omens you send me. Upon the paths I walk in my life, I will look
for you.” Then take your exit from that reading session
and over the course of the next few days, do as you say—look for signs and omens from
that spirit. See what interesting divine messages you stumble
upon directly in your path or line of sight. Something in the physical world will pull
at your attention and focus, and it will have a resonance to the spirit of that particular
tarot card that had been silent or non-responsive earlier. The Book of Maps does have a short chapter
on Reading Intuitively. Read that section in conjunction with this
video installment. In that chapter, I note how you can ignore
all the card entries in the book, even go so far as to ignore what you’ve learned
about tarot card meanings, and just isolate your focus on specific symbols on a card drawn
into a reading. Here’s my speculation. This tarot deck’s imagery isn’t squarely
Rider-Waite-Smith, which is a deck that comes with like thousands and thousands of tarot
books with tarot card meanings to give you authority, and it isn’t the Thoth, which
has also developed an arguably familiar system of authoritative interpretation that you can
work with. On top of all that, you can kind of intuit
that the symbolism isn’t willy-nilly and each is sourced from very specific and historically
established esoteric traditions. So, all that put together, I think one hang-up
with reading with this deck is that people are afraid to be wrong. I think the hang-up is a fear that you’re
reading the deck wrong, that maybe you don’t know anything about this magic square, or
Zoroastrianism, or the Catholic hierarchy in Christian angelology, or the sigil forms
of Persian magic that later got folded in to Sufism and Islam, or Greek mythology, so
you’re afraid maybe you aren’t getting full mileage out of the deck, and therefore
maybe, you’re wrong. What I have to say to that is if you think
you’re reading the deck wrong, then you are. Why? Because you’ve clearly proven that you’re
clouding your psychic sensations and your receptivity to the Universe, to Spirit, with
this smokescreen of fear and personal insecurity. Fear and insecurity are powerful smokescreens
and very difficult to penetrate. So. If you’re reading from a place of fear and
insecurity, you’re off to a pretty bad start. For example, in the written case study that
I linked to the preceding guided tarot reading for accessing the Akashic Records, I noted
that in my own reading, I pulled Key 9: The Erudite, the classic Hermit card, and immediately
the name “Saint Nicholas” just—kerplunk!—dropped into my mind. Immediately I wanted to dismiss the thought. Hell, I’m the deck creator and I can tell
you that is very, very far from my intentions for Key 9. Not to mention I have no personal sense of
connection to Saint Nicholas whatsoever. I mean, zero, none. Nada. Also, the analytical “I know how to tarot”
side of me wanted to tsk-tsk myself and say “You are so wrong about this, this is white
noise, cancel, cancel. Abort.” But, what this tarot deck has taught me is
I need to override those fears, insecurities, this over-reliance on “tradition,” and
on “systems,” or “authority” and on what’s “supposed” to be. You see, this inclination to rely on some
form of authority to tell me what the scope of a card meaning should be is born entirely
out of a place of fear and insecurity, a fear of being wrong. I had to learn to override that. So, by the time I got to this reading for
myself, the thought “Saint Nicholas” popped in, I pushed aside my own “Now, now, this
is not how you tarot… This is far removed from tradition, from deck
creator intentions, from…” I can shut that off and lean in to what’s
really coming through, something external, from beyond, something piercing through the
veil to reach me. And the legends of Saint Nicholas of Myra
turned out to be wholly relevant to me and just, really powerful, really a story I needed
to hear and learn lessons from to apply to my life path. And the reason Spirit Keeper’s Tarot is
an entire system of tarot rooted in the conception of spirits with an arrangement of symbols
on each Key, each realm, almost like a Coat of Arms, right, to indicate the world of that
spirit, is so that the Keys in and of themselves can act as sigils, giving these spirits power
to pierce through the veil and get the right signals into your brain. That’s why, in that sense, I would almost
argue that it’s imperative for you to read “intuitively” with this deck and not get
bogged down by the historic legacy of each and every alchemical symbol I’ve featured
on a card. You can do that when you’re studying, but
when you’re trying to connect to spirit, my advice is to let spirit talk. Get your ego out of the way, all that personally
attained knowledge, and instead, let yourself be a landing pad for externalized, dare I
say supernatural thoughts to come in.


  1. Another fine presentation. Thank you so much for keeping it REAL. For reminding us that we have the power….

  2. I love that you've made this series of videos available to us! Thank you so much! It's a joy to listen to you. And it's wonderful to have all this material in addition to the deck. Next I'm going to delve into the Book of Maps, while I'm waiting for the deck to arrive! I also wanted to say thank you for everything that you do, everything that you share with us so freely and kindly. I read your blog post about youtube comments etc, and it made me want express my gratitude to you. Because I realise that many people who appreciate the content they consume, don't actually leave comments. I'm usually one of those people. (My youtube comments can be counted with the fingers of one hand). So, just wanted to let you know that I'm here, and I appreciate the effort you put into all that you share with us!

  3. OMG you hit the nail on the head for me! Smokescreen of fear and insecurity!! Not knowing all religions! Not knowing all symbols! Not knowing not knowing!! ACK! I’ll watch vid 11 again and go through it with you now that I have my deck. XO

  4. Fascinating approach for those who, as you so poetically pointed out, are "afraid to get it wrong". What many readers don't or can't fathom is the deck creators themselves are often blind-sided by insights others who are reading with "their" decks can bring to light. More often than not, the creator will see or hear something from another person (who they may or may not know personally) and the "Holy Crap" light dawns over the marble head, grabs the creator by both ears and shoves enlightenment-worthy insights into the mix. It's really quite wonderful.

  5. Yes! Enrique Enriquez calls this “The Language of the Birds”. That first poetic sentence upon looking at a spread is sometimes all that is required, BAM like a piano chord and you just let it hang in the air. That one poetic word or koan-like sentence can have more meaning and power than an hour long reading. I’m amazed because EE’s style is to strip away all those symbols on top of the tarot, and your deck indulges in it. Despite this, the language of the birds connects us as Tarologists. Interesting!

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