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Hi! I'm new to this and was wondering if anyone can give me some tips and helpful info for beginners. Also I recently started with reading Tarot Cards and was wondering if anyone can help me with learning more about reading them and understanding them etc... Thank You
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Hi Crybaby....don't be sad and go head over to the introductions section to introduce yourself so we can say 'hi'.
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Crybaby... based off Melanie Martinez's song by chance? :')
- don't be afraid to start practicing. None of that research does you any good if you don't get up and do the (spell)work!
- identify what you're drawn to, and start from there to find a path. Are you more interested in cooking? Kitchen/cottage witchcraft! Are you more interested in forestry and herbology? Green witchcraft! Are you more interested in spiritwork, animism and astral travel? Hedgewitchcraft! Are you more interested in the ocean? Sea witchcraft! Are you more focused on the city? Urban witchcraft! Do you find yourself being drawn to using primarily "human made" things in your work? Techno witchcraft! Are you more interested in using spells from Harry Potter? Pop Culture Witchcraft!
As for tarot, look at the images. Try not to look up any definitive meanings for the cards, as it can inhibit your intuition. Ask yourself some questions about the images you see. What's going on in the scene? How does this card's character seem to be reacting to the next card's character? What else is going on in the background of the images?
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*I do not follow any (Neo)Wiccan beliefs.
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There are many many different facets of witchcraft and many different ways to practice it. My first tip would be to read. Read a lot. There are a few good book list on the forum and many of those books can be found online for free. There is also a great deal of information to sift through on the forum as well.
My second tip would be to reflect. Read a little and actually sit and reflect on it. Meditate and discover your own truths. You don't have to agree with everything you read. Apply it to your life in a way that resonates with you.
Also, to understand your tarot cards is to spend time with them. Meditation is key here. You want to form a bond with your cards.
♫Lady stir your cauldron well, chant your words and sing your spell
Come and taste of the cauldron's brew and magic she will give to you♫
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Yes, read, read, research then read some more. Learn about the Sabbats, the tides of the earth, the phases of the moon and how they fit into things. Another good thing to do is to get started on meditation. You're at the beginning of your journey and you have a long way to go - but as has been said - it's not the destination it's the journey that's important and the different paths you can take.
As for Tarot I think it is important to learn the meaning of the cards, the symbols on the cards have certain esoteric meanings. You don't have to memorize each of the 78 cards, learn what the different suits represent first (for example the Pentacles are representative of Earth and are connected to your money, property, stability, work, business etc so the Ace would represent a new start in one of those areas) or learn the Major Arcana first, whichever you prefer. The Major Arcana itself is a journey through life with all its pleasures, pain and success. As you learn the meanings you gain confidence and can then relax with the cards. Actually knowing the meanings can open you up to having your intuition kick in, too.