by Bonnie Moss 2004-09 ©
Why bother with the bottom card?
Tarot cards are not just another deck of cards, of pictures,
of images and symbols, or representation of the artist's
feelings,beliefs and emotions.It is an expression of their
deepest thoughts, from the depths of their soul, created over
many, many hours. It is truly an inspired labor of love.
The client shuffles the cards to add personal vibration to
the reading. Some clients have strong energy, powerful
thoughts that they leave with the deck as they shuffle.The
usual practice of cutting the deck into three piles and pile
it back into one, then hand to me is a process for the client
and I to get centered on the reading.
It is this simple ritual that connects the cards to the querent
and allows that extra time to focus on the readings. For
readings via the internet, I shuffle the cards with the
personal information as the main focus and then cut the
deck.My e-mail readings are succesful. I find that I have
more time to let the cards “talk” to me.
Tarot cards are helpful in clarifying underlying issues or
doubts, validate that which we already are aware of. This
food for thought sheds light on the direction to pursue. It
shows the current energy around the querent at the
time of reading.
Tarot shares its wisdom with those who seek it, but
ultimately, I emphasize that we are responsible for
our decisions and our actions, that nothing is etched
in stone. After a reading, I take a deep breath, take
another glance at the cards and see if I’ve overlooked
anything. Whether I'm reading in person or via the
cyberspace, I take a few moments to reflect on the
reading, the wisdom shared by the cards.
The mystery of the tarot cards never cease to amaze
me- some readings do not reflect the answer the querent
hopes to hear. It may lead the querent to think of an i
ssue furthest from his/her mind.
When this happens in a reading and the querent gives
me that puzzled look. I always take a look at another
card for confirmation. This is where I have learned to
look at the bottom card, instead of choosing a random
card from the deck. Or at times, I get that “nagging”
feeling deep within,I draw upon whatever insight I can
one more time from another card. Again, prompts me
to start taking a look at the bottom card.
This card helps to weave together the wisdom of the
cards; for a one-card reading, it adds extra dimenison
to the reading. It supports the wisdom the cards reflect,
or highlights an issue that could have been missed. I do
inot need to take a “peek”at another card to confirm
what‘s presented before me.
No matter what spread I use, the bottom card provides a
summary, a validation, an advice, or presents a different
angle to the answer, or highlights an underlying issue yet
to be dealt with.
The bottom card is indeed extremely helpful, whether it is
one-card, three cards or a more complex spread. I respect
the additional insight,wisdom or unexpected dimension to the
reading. The bottom card puts it all together.
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