Okay, I have to admit it. Even though I start off with great intentions, after two days I usually forget to draw a daily tarot card. Yet, it is one of the most powerful ways to connect with our inner selves. And connecting with our spirit, soul, inner being, whatever you want to call it, is so important. Aligning our outer, ego-self with our pure essence is how we become whole. So how can drawing a daily tarot card help with that? I’ll explain a little later.
I get many queries on my blog about how to read and interpret the cards, especially in relation to certain questions. People will often draw their daily tarot card with a certain issue in mind and then can’t understand why the card appears to bear no connection with the question. This, I tell them, is the perfect tarot learning experience. It is also the perfect soul learning opportunity.
Here are some thoughts to keep in mind when drawing a daily card.
A Daily Tarot Card is Just That
When you set forth the intention to draw a daily card, you are setting the intention that the card will be just that: a ‘day’ card. A card that reflects the day ahead, or looks back on the day just passed. The energy is quite pure and the intention is clear. When you overlay that with a question, you begin to muddy the waters. Therefore, I suggest you don’t bother with a question at all. Keep it simple.
Should you want to ask a specific question, do it separately from your daily tarot card drawing. It’s a whole other reading. Abandon the thought that it is a ‘daily’ reading.
How To Read a Daily Tarot Card
The rules about reading a daily card are easy to learn: there are no rules. You could:
1. Use the card as a focus for meditation.
2. Interpret the card literally to see if it has a message for you regarding your day.
3. Look up the book (or books) interpretation. See if you can expand on that by adding in your own insights.
4. Examine the symbolism in detail. Learn what it means and how it connects to the main image in the card.
5. Read about numerology and how it works with that tarot card.
6. Find out about the astrological correspondences of the card.
7. Think about the elemental aspect of the card, see how it affects the card’s meaning or how it reflects in you. For instance, I’m an earth kind of person. When I draw a fire card (Wands), I feel as though I am being told to shake myself and get moving.
Connecting the Card To Your Day
Notice how often the card’s message applies to situations through the day – this is a fun way to get to know the card and learn how it applies to modern life. For example, you get the Two of Wands as your early morning draw. As you go through your day, you might find that there is a delay of some kind. That’s the Two of Wands. You might be told that a project you are working on needs tweaking. That’s the Two of Wands. You might be working with one or more colleagues on some kind of plan. That’s the Two of Wands in action.
How about the High Priestess? You notice a woman on the bus or train, sitting quietly. She has a serene expression and appears to be lost in thought. There’s the High Priestess. You hear some gossip at work and decide to ignore it. There’s the High Priestess. Your boss offers you some advice you hadn’t even considered. That’s the High Priestess in action.
Let’s try one more, the Five of Swords. I bet your heart sinks if it appears as your daily tarot card. Your kid brother is playing up at breakfast and does the “Nah, nah, nah” thing that always infuriates you. Five of Swords. Someone steals your parking space right under your nose. Five of Swords. A coworker announces her promotion – the one you were hoping for. Five of Swords.
You see how it works? Try it with your daily tarot card tomorrow. It helps if you make a note of each time you see the energy of the card play out right before your eyes. Later, if you can, write about the experiences in your tarot journal. It will help you to gain much more insight into individual cards, and thus, into your readings.
Connecting the Daily Card to Your Inner Self
Personally, I find the best way to go deep into a card is to journal about it using a stream-of-consciousness writing technique. I like to address the card directly as if having a conversation. If I don’t know where to start, I begin with describing the card. Here’s an example of what I mean:
I draw the Star from the Rider-Waite Tarot.
“You are kneeling on one knee by the side of a stream, or is it a pond? You are naked, focused on what you are doing. You pour water from a vessel into the stream. Your other hand pours water onto the grass beside you. Seven stars hang in the sky and I can see an odd-looking bird flapping its wings in a nearby tree. What are you thinking as you intently and endlessly pour water? You look serene. Not happy or unhappy. Just fine to be where you are doing your thing. I wonder why it looks as if your supporting foot is floating on the water? I can see that you aren’t going to speak to me, so I am going to simply look at you and let my thoughts come and go. Your serenity flows into me. The stars above beam their light energy into me. I feel the love of the universe well up inside me. I feel the harmony in the landscape. I feel the connectedness of all things. I feel my mind expanding beyond its physical limitations. I feel space all around and I am part of it, part of the whole which has no boundaries. I feel limitless.”
Of course, I’ve cleaned up the typos and grammatical errors – don’t do that when writing in this way. Just write, either longhand or type. For me, this kind of writing is a meditation. You may find it more rewarding to sit and gaze at the card and let the thoughts arise and dissipate.
I hope I’ve given you some ideas of how to use your daily tarot card. Of course, I’ve only scratched at the surface; the possibilities are endless. Even as I write this, I’m thinking that the practice of coloring in a daily card might open up a lot of possibilities…
Mary Greer has many ideas on her article, “What Every Newbie Tarot Reader Should Know”
How do you work with your daily tarot card?