Tarot: Layers of Meaning

Hi Friends!

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about layers of meaning in tarot cards. You can draw one card and it can mean something on a surface level as well as on a deeper, spiritual level. This can broaden your understanding of the cards, as well as help you get the most meaning from your readings. To show you what I mean, today I drew the Four of Pumpkins from the Halloween Tarot.

Halloween Tarot 4 of Pumpkins (Pentacles)

First, I start by describing what I see on a basic level. So, I said out loud, “I see a sign on the tree for pumpkins and see a vegetable person working in a garden.” Well, I’d just been working in the garden when I got this card, so that made sense on a literal level. Did I stop there? No way, Jose.

The second thing that stood out to me is the sign on the tree. It reminded me of the signs people put on poles when they have a missing pet. It’s like they are looking for something. For me, it would mean I’m looking outside of myself to other people for something I want and saying, “Hey, do you have this? Do you know where I can find this?” However, I have a seed packet for the same thing in my hand. I’m already growing myself what I am looking to other people for. It just needs time to grow. So then I ask myself, “What am I looking for others to provide that I already have but am not recognizing?”

Looking further, the vegetable man made me think of how he is made up of what he is planting (produce). It reminded me of my career and how I was working on my newsletter, have my new services, and am planting these new services into the soil of the universe, letting the energy take over to make them grow. It was a reminder that my services, the seeds, are seeds of love and Divine Light, and I am made of the same material. It’s also a reminder that on some level, I have to relinquish control and let nature take its course.

Then I thought about pumpkins. When I think of pumpkins, I think of the hundreds of seeds inside each one. This made me think of the idea of exponential growth. The person in this card is planting one seed that will grow one plant. However, each fruit of the plant (did you know pumpkins are a berry?) has hundreds of seeds inside. This reminded me that even thought it looks like I am only “planting” a few new services, each one of those services will lead to hundreds of more ideas and inspiration for articles, opportunities, resources, and for personal growth. This helps me look at the bigger picture.

Finally, after I’ve come up with my own associations, I sometimes read the book meaning. In this case it says, “Stability and prosperity, without complacency. For future harvests, it’s planting time. Material success and hard work.”  Yep, I’ll take that too.

See what I mean? All that insight from a single card. What questions do you ask yourself to get the most from your readings or from your life? Do you tend to look at things in your life as they appear, or do you look for hidden meaning in seemingly ordinary details? Do you feel like you balance looking at things as they appear versus looking for a deeper meaning? Sometimes we can over-analyze things, so it is important to keep a balance.

I hope this post helps you get more from your tarot readings and from your life. After all, everything can be looked at as a symbol for something more.

Lots of Love,

Melanie Jade 🙂

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