I just saw a blog post from a Rune reader, lamenting that Tarot is too confusing--too hard to learn. She can't seem to make heads nor tails out of the Tarot book she owns, a dry tome full of estoric puffery, arcane symbolic connections and labyrinthine philosophical musings.
Hey, I'm all for mental masturbation for the fun of it, but when you want good, solid Tarot sex--that is, a Tarot book or method that helps you connect (flesh-on-flesh) with practical interpretations and relevant insights...you need a modern approach to the cards.
Here was my reply to her:
I think the reason that Tarot is confusing to many people is because many "experts" and traditional books on the cards offer complex symbolism and esoteric minutia that simply doesn't reflect everyday, modern living. That's one reason I created my Back in Time (BIT) Tarot Method, as well as created the Snowland Deck (with my artist husband). In our cards, we depicted what the card actually means rather than strange, static poses that lack connection with traditional interpretations.
For example, the 6 of Cups in the Rider-Waite shows a boy giving a girl flowers in a cup. One of the accepted interpretations is "nostalgia". What in the world does that have to do with the topic based on the image? Nothing. So what we did was portray a grandmother showing a toddler sepia pictures from her past (you can see the image on our FB page at this link).
Sorry to be long-winded. :o) It's just that Tarot is only confusing if approached with traditional, dry methods. I hope this post encourages you to keep exploring the cards!
What do you think, dear reader? Is Tarot confusing? If so, what makes it that way? If you once thought Tarot was confusing, but (eventually) found clarity, please share with us how you did it in the comments below.