I heard T. Susan Chang on Gordon’s podcast over at Rune Soup first. I was so impressed, that I bought her book. And then… I discovered that we lived relatively near one another and had mutual friends. So we had tea. I enjoyed the face-to-face contact of ‘finding the others’ and I really appreciated meeting a fellow practitioner.
But reading a book of correspondences is not as interesting as reading the essays on either side of those tables of correspondences. In a sense, the essays before and after these tables are the meat of the book. One of the key ideas that Ms. Chang presents — which I think is critical! — is the idea that if you want to learn Tarot, you need to track its use for a while… a good long while.
And that’s what T. Susan Chang recommended, so that’s what I did. I built a spreadsheet to track my Tarot card pulls.
I’m coming up on seventy-eight days, myself. Every day, I draw two cards and I record them in a spreadsheet. The spreadsheet links to (and pulls information about each card from) a database, to a list of conditional highlighting rules, to a table for journal entries. It also exports info from the card-pulls into charts and graphs, so I have a sense of how the information plays back in my history.
And the results have been spectacular. I’ve gotten some really nice experiences out of this program of study. It’s helped me with my geomantic practice, too, as I compare Tarot cards and their placement on the Tree of Life, with the placements that my Druidic order uses for the sixteen geomantic figures.
Now… I wouldn’t have known what to database-ize without Chang’s book. And without Chang’s conversation over some lovely tea one morning, I’m not sure I would have completely followed through on spreadsheet-ing my results of Tarot card pulls, or built the database from her book.
But… I learned a lot more about how spreadsheets work than I thought I would. I’ve definitely learned more about Tarot in seventy-eight days than I thought I would. I’ve definitely learned more about myself in seventy-eight days, too.
Book? Highly recommended. Spreadsheet? Highly recommended. Tarot? Definitely.