This weekend, during the Mystical Paranormal Fair, a great question was asked of me... How much of what you do is intellect and how much is intuition? Now THAT is a fantastic question; so fantastic, I just had to BLOG about it.
To begin, I should explain that I think the brain is divided into sections. Each section of the brain is responsible for a function. I believe that intuition and intellect are among these sections. Further, I believe that one is not more powerful than the other. Lastly, I believe we are each born of these AND in equal proportions.
The Tarot is an art of utilizing both intuition and intellect. A major part of reading Tarot is studying the cards and spreads. Because there are 78 cards, each with 3-4 definitions. There is imagery in each of these cards, "Symbols" that lend themselves to further grasp the cards meaning. Add to that, the possible combinations of cards and positions in the spread. And to further complicate the issue, the card may appear upside down... which completely changes how the card should be read. Obviously, the brain must be willing to study this in great detail, retain it, understand it, and be able to clearly express it. Intellect. BOOM.
But as I expressed earlier, intuition is also a major part of reading the Tarot. And to be upfront with you, I have no idea how it works. All I can do is explain what happens to me, I hope that will give you an idea. When I lay out the cards, a HUGE portion of my mind begins checking the library of definitions for each card and position. Within MILLISECONDS... my heart begins to pound and I begin hearing and feeling details. They come as feelings and sometimes... they come as phrases or songs, or even a sound. I believe that the source of these details is my spirit, senses, and my mind's eye. Ironically, I actually do get gut feelings.
What is the source of my intuition? I believe it is the great truth, an unknowable greatness, and a light from all that is.
At the end of the day, reading the Tarot is an intricate dance of intuition and intellect. Neither is more powerful than the other. Where one drops off, the other steps in to assist. If one were stronger than the other, the reading would be off. The client would sense it. For instance, if you relied solely on your intellect the reading would sound like you are reading from the deck's manual of definitions. If you were relying solely on your intuition... that would make you a Psychic and that's a whole different thing. So as you can see, Tarot exists between both intellect AND intuition. They come together and are inseparable, like fish in water. How amazing is that?!