“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
– Juliet (Romeo & Juliet – II, ii, 1-2)
This marks the beginning of my journey through Mary K. Greer’s wonderful book, 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card.
In this step, all we have to do is ‘Name the Card’. You got it! Just shuffle your deck and pull 3 cards, choose one that ‘speaks’ to you the most, and just name that card! And that card shall be the one you use along your journey through the 20 remaining steps.
Easy? Hell No!
I thought it would be. Very eagerly, I began shuffling my deck of cards first thing in the morning, and whenever I pulled 3 cards to choose from, I kept cribbing and whining about them. I just couldn’t seem to ‘connect’ with any of those cards that came up. Which is funny of course, considering I love this deck and can read those very same cards if they appeared within a spread. But when it came down to this seemingly simple exercise, I was all, “no way Josefina!”.
You see, I wanted ‘the perfect’ card to navigate through all 21 Steps with. I wanted a card that was scenic and filled with symbolism so that I could explore it in depth, and perhaps more interesting than pleasing. This ruled out quite a few cards within the Legacy of the Divine Tarot, which on it’s own is an amazing and totally fabulous deck, but there just aren’t as many ‘scenic’ cards! The Aces, The Knights and other courts, and some of the Minors, are rich with symbolism and have images that spring out at you with meaning, but they just so aren’t suitable (at least for me) to go through all 21 Steps successfully (again, my own very subjective perception that was probably altered at the time of doing the exercise).
Finally, after hours (yes hours) of pulling out ‘imperfect’ cards for the exercises, I decided to try a different approach.
I decided to just keep shuffling my deck over and over again and allow the ‘perfect card’ to jump out of the deck in the process.I closed my eyes and said a silent prayer (more like demanding diva rant) to the universe to help me in this crazy venture. I shuffled over, and over, and over, and over… right up till the point my hands were sore. And just as I was one shuffle away from giving up, the following card fell out:-
Yes! This was perfect!
Not only was it ‘scenic’ and ‘rich’, but the card itself is so intriguing. Plus, although this card is similar to those in other decks, it’s still oh so very different. Plus come on, doesn’t it so totally remind you of The Phantom of the Opera?
And hence, now that I’m happy that I found my ‘perfect card’, I shall go ahead and say it’s name!
” The 6 of Swords!”