Monday, August 07, 2006

Significators in Tarot

Back when I was first learning Tarot, my teacher made a big deal about using significators. I thought at the time that it was a great way to get used to the court cards, gender, age, child-bearing/having status, hair and skin colour, etc. I even tried to learn the astrological attributes of each one. With sixteen options to choose from, I could usually come up with a significator for anyone I read for. Add in the people who use Major Arcana for significators, and you have a whole population right there in your hands.

I found over the years, however, that I dropped the practice. Oh, I will occasionally use a significator for a situation, if I really want to focus strongly and narrowly on that sitch, and sometimes if the first card out is a court card I find it significant, but in general I just don't use them anymore.

For regular (and irregular) tarot card users: how important is the concept of a significator card. Do you use one consistently, in special circumstances, by chance, or not at all? How do you find it affects the reading - it's focus, it's accuracy, etc.

Enquiring minds want to know!

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