The Language of Tarot Symbols

Today’s Journey Tarot was created to depict ordinary people doing everyday things. These people could be any of us going about our lives and having experiences. The reason this style of design was chosen is because it is sometimes difficult for readers, especially new readers, to understand what the symbols on each card means. If we take the Rider/Waite/Smith deck for example, the first thing we notice is that the images are over one hundred years old. It is true that esoteric symbology has not changed that much in a hundred years, but human beings have. While I love the R/W/S deck and have read with it for over thirty years, most people are far removed from having this type of symbolic language in their lives. They resort to trying to memorize each card and oftentimes give up before they get through all seventy eight cards. It is very much like trying to learn a new language before reading a book that is only available in that language. I have taught the Tarot for many years and have seen many gifted readers become frustrated and discouraged before putting their deck away for good. Expanding Dimensions believed when designing Today’s Journey Tarot that if we made the Tarot more accessible more people would become exposed to its extraordinary wisdom. The situations and people on Today’s Journey Tarot cards express the same basic meaning as more esoteric decks. Once a new student feels they can actually understand what the cards are saying, there is always the opportunity to dig deeper into esoteric decks and further meanings.

Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”

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