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How To Read Baseball Tarot
If you've never consulted Tarot cards before, don't worry. There's no need to be intimidated or nervous as a beginner. For one thing, you'll easily recognize the familiar baseball rolls and situations portrayed on the cards. Also there's no pressure here: doing a reading is not like competing in a baseball game. There is no final score and no such thing as failure. Rather, doing a Tarot reading is like talking about baseball: reflective, subjective, tangential, and relaxed. Just keep at it, and over time you'll become increasingly adept at interpreting the cards. Enjoy the journey.
If you're already an experienced reader, you'll find the Baseball Tarot is a snap to interpret from your first use, as the cards' meanings are consistent with traditional decks. Additionally, if you read for others, you'll soon find that this deck's language and images are especially accessible and engaging to a wide variety of people.
Unwrap your deck and take a look through the cards without changing the order. As you can see images represent easily recognized baseball roles, actions and situations. Each picture is matched to its card's traditional Tarot meaning.
Even if you're new to Tarot, a look through the deck should give you a general idea of a card's message without having to look it up in this book. For example, you already know that a Triple Play (the Three of Mitts) means success while an Error (the Five of Mitts) means a setback. Lay out the cards beginning with the first, the Rookie, number 0. Continue until you reach number 21. World Series. This group is called the Majors (in traditional Tarot, the Major Arcana or Trumps). The Majors represent the universal underlying principles of life.
The remaining 56 cards are divided into four suits, just like a typical deck of playing cards. Together, these four suits comprise the Minors (in traditional Tarot, the Minor Arcana). The Minors represent changing circumstances, attitudes, and actions. They illustrate the challenges, conflicts, and opportunities we deal with on a day-to-day basis. The four suits that make up the Minors are Mitts, Balls, Bats, and Bases. Each suit corresponds to a traditional Tarot suit and addresses a particular area of life. Mitts relate to the realm of the heart: relationships, feelings, intuition. They correspond to the traditional suit of Cups. Balls correspond to the suit of Swords, which deals with the mind and analytical, rational thought. Bats (Wands) represent energy and creativity, and last, Bases (Pentacles) address security and the material world.
Excerpted from Baseball Tarot Book & Card Set. Copyright (c) 1999. Reprinted with permission by Workman Publishing.