Today’s Journey Tarot – A Labor of Love

I fell in love with the Tarot on August 25, 1981. That day I went to a lady’s house for my very first Tarot reading. When she pulled out her deck and started the reading I was captivated by the images on those cards. I don’t remember now what she said to me but I can still remember very clearly how the cards looked as she laid them out on her desk. Within weeks I was taking classes to learn how to read the Tarot. As I look back on these last thirty years with the Tarot I think it was inevitable that I would become involved in creating a deck. I have studied it, taught it, read with it, meditated on it and learned, learned, learned from it. Today’s Journey Tarot came out of an idea to learn more about the concepts expressed in the Tarot by conveying those ideas in a contemporary way. There are five of us who toiled together over eight years to give a fresh voice to this tool of enlightenment. We had highs and lows. We struggled and triumphed. There were times when we questioned if we should continue. But always there was the Tarot, leading us and guiding us and never wavering from its encouragement. I think we all feel blessed by the experience and humbly grateful for the opportunity to see our work in print. It was a labor of love

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”.

Yes or No and the Tarot

The Tarot is an unending resource of information. The deck offers its advice without preconceived bias or judgment. It does not have an ego. Positive or negative associations given to the images on the cards are reflections of the reader’s personal understanding of the symbolism. What may be positive to one person may not be to another. Keep this in mind when asking the Tarot questions. If you are confused about answers you receive from the cards it may be the way you are asking the questions. Avoid questions that require a judgment from the Tarot, including yes or no questions. If you have a decision to make and want the Tarot’s advice it would be better to lay out a few cards for each choice. Then you would understand more about each outcome and could choose which path you would prefer to follow. The Tarot will not decide for you, but it can illuminate what lies ahead in each direction so you can make an informed decision.

Ben Perry, co-creator of Today’s Journey Tarot, co-author of Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide and creator of benperrymeditations.com

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”