Newsletter of The Tarot School
Vol. 13 #12 / August 1, 2021
In this Issue:
- Tarot Tip: Avoiding Personal Projection
- Tarot School Aphorism
- Meet the Reader: Emilie Muniz
- Diviner's Corner: Belomancy
- Just For Fun: Tarot Article Title Generator
- Upcoming Events
Welcome to a new issue of Tarot Tips!
And a special welcome to our new subscribers.
I decided to do something I haven't done in
a long time. I typed "tarot" into the search
bar of Google and was treated to a lovely
surprise. The #4 listing (after the usual
famous sites and a Wikipedia listing) was
"How To Learn How to Read Tarot Cards."
For all intents and purposes, it held the #1
position. While that may seem perfectly
reasonable, what surprised me was it linked
to an article in The NEW YORK TIMES!
It's not as if the NYT hasn't published
articles on tarot before, but this was a
serious How-To guide for beginners.
The sub-title reads "Six -- OK, Seven --
easy steps to ease your way into deeper
introspection." It didn't treat tarot as a
curiosity or something of sociological or
financial interest. Granted, it was
published on April 1st, but it wasn't a
prank piece. It was more an homage to
the Day of The Fool, which is how we
in the tarot community think of the date.
And it's still a top result after 4 whole
months! It's one thing to hear about how
tarot has become extremely popular, but
I take this as pretty strong proof.
I live in New York so your search results
may vary. Here's the link if you're curious:
If you've been reading this newsletter for
awhile and/or have been a student of ours at
The Tarot School, you know this introductory
article is just the tip of a very large and
wonderful iceberg. No matter how long you've
been working with tarot, we're here to take
you deeper. Check us out at https://tarotschool.com.
Here's some of what you'll find in this issue...
This month's Tarot Tip addresses the potential
trap of bringing our own personal stuff into a
reading we're doing for someone else. Do you
know what Belomancy is? Find out in an all new
Diviner's Corner! Learn about Emilie Muñiz's
approach to reading, and a bit about her as well,
in Sharonah Rapseik's Meet the Reader column.
There's more, too!
And one more thing...
Want to take your tarot high end in high
heels? This little beauty by luxury shoe
designer Christian Louboutin can be found
at Neiman Marcus for a mere 795 USD.
Wishing you health and bright blessings,
Ruth Ann and Wald
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AVOIDING PERSONAL PROJECTION
I like reading the cards without the querent
asking me a question (unless they want to)
and letting them interpret their issue based
on my reading of the cards. My instructor
was the exact opposite, and in fact, liked
asking many questions of the querent
throughout the reading and seemed to act
more of the psychologist than a tarot reader.
I think that can be dangerous as her readings
were based on her beliefs and moral ethics,
not the querent's. What are your thoughts
Both methods of approaching a reading are
valid, and it really comes down to a matter
of personal preference and what works best
for you. If you can be helpful to your
querent without working with a question,
that's fine. Many people prefer to work
with a specific question at the beginning of
a reading and build a dialog with the
querent by asking clarifying questions along
the way. In these cases, the reader often
takes on more of a counseling or facilitating
role than that of a seer or oracle. There is
certainly nothing wrong with this approach
However, you bring up another issue entirely
when you suggest that your teacher seemed to
base her readings on her own beliefs and
moral ethics without regard to those of her
client's, and that is the issue of projection.
It is a challenge to keep our own personal
opinions out of a reading, especially when
the issue has an emotional charge. Sometimes
a reader is unaware that they are not being
objective. Being able to recognize this is an
important part overcoming the problem. It's
this unawareness that can lead to projection.
Knowing the message of the cards is a
reader's first responsibility. And that
message is heavily influenced by the
imagery. Unfortunately, many readers
don't take the time to look at their cards
carefully and thoroughly. The result is that
they don't know their deck as well as they
could. Be aware of exactly what is
physically in a card before you begin to
interpret it. Separating what is physically
present in the image from what you think
the image means is the first step towards
The second step is knowing what the deck's
creator intended his or her images to mean.
This is the tradition from which the images
of the deck are drawn and constitutes what
could be called objective knowledge. There's
always some root knowledge system behind
the images of any deck, unless they are purely
artistic or playful. Take the time to understand
the symbolic system behind the deck(s) you
When you can speak authentically with the
voice of your deck, you'll be doing the
closest thing possible to an objective
reading. When either your opinions and
beliefs -- or those of your querent's --
dominate a reading, that reading is
subjective and there is a strong possibility
There are times when it is perfectly
appropriate to include your own opinion in
the process of a reading. But you should
recognize that you are doing it, and do it
because you choose to. And you should
know the difference between your opinion
and the specific message of the cards you're
reading. You'll avoid the issue of projection
if you tell the querent that what you are
about to say is your personal opinion.
Tarot School Aphorism
Meet The Reader
By Sharonah Rapseik, Ph.D., CMAP
Emilie Muñiz is a New York City, native.
She started to dive into the world of tarot
and spirituality over twenty years ago.
She is a now full-time diviner, instructor
of tarot and the creator of Simplicity Tarot,
published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
Emilie is a lover of everything of the
forest, as well as crystals and roses.
Emilie, what makes your tarot practice unique
and how do you express it?
I think that every tarot reader is unique in
their own way. I like to call myself a
“descriptive” reader. Whatever I see in the
cards, I describe it visually in great
detail to the sitter so I can draw them into
the reading and so they can understand the
source of my information.
It can be what I see in the cards, what I am
hearing, what I am feeling during the
reading, or whatever impression I pick up.
I get as specific as I can in describing all
For me as a reader, trust is everything and
I like the sitter to know where my source
of information is coming from. I don’t just
give information, I describe it.
Thank you Emilie, it’s a pleasure to meet you!
To follow Emilie Muñiz...
The Simplicity Tarot is available here:
Sharonah Rapseik is an Artist / Designer,
Author, Tarot Reader, Radio Host and
Producer for Psychic Talk Radio.
Visit her at:
Belomancy, also bolomancy, is the ancient
art of divination by use of arrows.
Belomancy was anciently practised at least
by Babylonians, Greeks, Arabs and Scythians.
The arrows were typically marked with occult
symbols and had to have feathers for every
method. In one method, different possible
answers to a given question were written and
tied to each arrow. For example, three
arrows would be marked with the phrases,
"God orders it me", "God forbids it me", and
the third would be blank. The arrow that
flew the furthest indicated the answer.
Another method involves the same thing,
but without shooting the arrows. They would
simply be shuffled in the quiver, worn
preferably on the back, and the first arrow
to be drawn indicated the answer. If a blank
arrow was drawn, they would redraw.
This was an ancient practice, and probably
that mentioned in the Book of Ezekiel 21:21,
translated to English in the New American
"For the king of Babylon stands at the
parting of the way, at the head of the two
ways, to use divination; he shakes the
arrows, he consults the household idols,
he looks at the liver."
St. Jerome agrees with this understanding
of the verse, and observes that the practice
was frequent among the Assyrians and
Babylonians. Something like it is also
mentioned in Hosea 4:12, although a staff
or rod is used instead of arrows, which is
rather rhabdomancy than belomancy.
Grotius, as well as Jerome, confounds the
two together, and shows that it prevailed much
among the Magi, Chaldeans, and Scythians,
from which it passed to the Slavonians, and
then to the Germans, whom Tacitus observes
to make use of it.
A lost traveller might also use belomancy to
find his way, by tossing the arrow into the
air, and letting its angle show him the way.
The Book of Mormon describes an oracle
known as the Liahona which consisted of
two spindles in a brass ball. One of the
spindles would point the direction of
travel. Writings would also appear on this
How would you like to easily generate great
titles for your Tarot articles and blog posts?
Starting with a title can be a good way to
jumpstart your creativity when you're
feeling stuck. I found an online title
generator you may find helpful -- or not!
I tried it out using Tarot as a noun (it doesn't
work so well as a verb), and got a very long
list of suggestions. :)
Here are some of my favorites:
Tarot On A Budget: 5 Tips From The Great Depression
Thinking About Tarot? 5 Reasons Why It's Time To Stop!
5 Guilt Free Tarot Tips
5 Tarot Mistakes That Will Cost You $1m Over The Next 10 Years
5 Reasons Abraham Lincoln Would Be Great At Tarot
5 Things You Can Learn From Buddhist Monks About Tarot
5 Things Your Mom Should Have Taught You About Tarot
5 Ways To Create Better Tarot With The Help Of Your Dog
5 Ways Tarot Can Make You Invincible
60 Methods Of Tarot Domination
How To Earn $1,000,000 Using Tarot
If Tarot Is So Bad, Why Don't Statistics Show It?
Shhhh... Listen! Do You Hear The Sound Of Tarot?
What The Pentagon Can Teach You About Tarot
What Zombies Can Teach You About Tarot
Why Tarot Is The Only Skill You Really Need
Albert Einstein On Tarot
Genghis Khan's Guide To Tarot Excellence
Houdini's Guide To Tarot
Joseph's Stalin's Secret Guide To Tarot
Tarot And The Mel Gibson Effect
Sun Tzu's Awesome Tips On Tarot
What The Pope Can Teach You About Tarot
The Mayans' Lost Guide To Tarot
Create A Tarot A High School Bully Would Be Afraid Of
Lies And Damn Lies About Tarot
Slacker's Guide To Tarot
The Mafia Guide To Tarot
5 Things A Child Knows About Tarot That You Don't
What Ancient Greeks Knew About Tarot That You Still Don't
Want A Thriving Business? Avoid Tarot!
Want A Thriving Business? Focus On Tarot!
Don't Just Sit There! Start Getting More Tarot
You Can Have Your Cake And Tarot, Too
Fighting For Tarot: The Samurai Way
The Death Of Tarot And How To Avoid It
How To Start A Business With Only Tarot
(Well, we actually did that one!)
Think you can write an article using one of these
titles? Send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we'll consider publishing it in a future issue
of Tarot Tips!
Tweak Your Biz Title Generator
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