The 78 cards of the tarot are accurate metaphors for all human life, from the good to the not so good. You can follow the Fool on his journey through the Major Arcana, where the secrets of life are revealed, layer by layer. Or maybe you need to know why your best friend has stopped speaking to you. It’s all there in the amazing tarot cards.
Keeping a deck of tarot cards to hand is like having your own guidance service right when you need it. We are so used to turning to the Internet for advice, but when the problem is personal, grab those cards and see what message they have for you. Here are some ways to use the wisdom of your tarot cards every day.
Morning Tarot Card
Start the day right by turning a card. There are no good or bad cards – each one contains positive, neutral and negative messages. Look for the one that resonates with you at that moment. At the end of the day, go back and briefly analyze how the energy of the card manifested. Here’s an example.
Ten of Pentacles. This card appearing at the beginning of your day might be telling you to focus on your family’s well-being. Make sure no-one is feeling left out. Ensure each family member has what they need, even if it’s a simple hug. Taking the advice of this card will make you feel good too.
At the end of the evening, journal about your feelings regarding how the card’s message affected your day. Whether it impacted negatively, positively or not at all. Did others benefit by your attention to the Ten of Pentacles?
Let’s try another: Nine of Swords. Not so good, you might think. Did you sleep well last night or did you wake once or twice? Perhaps you should take extra care of yourself today? Cut yourself some slack. If you have an ongoing issue, just let it go for now and see if a solution comes to you out of the blue.
Later you could see how the card reflected what happened in your day. Perhaps someone close confided that they are caught up in some impossible situation and they are worried about it. You remembered the Nine of Swords and explained that sometimes they simply have to change their focus a little. Your comfort and reassurance probably helped them feel better.
Instant Answer Tarot
How about when you need advice right there and then? Your morning tarot card doesn’t seem to fit. Then you turn to your handbag tarot. What’s a handbag tarot? This is a deck that you keep on you at all times. It doesn’t have to be anything special, and it’s better if you keep it unboxed in a side pocket of your bag or wallet. When you need instant advice, reach into your bag, feel around for the cards and pull one up. You don’t even have to remove it from its pocket. Look down and register which card it is. If you give it some thought, it will have a helpful message for you. No-one need know you have a kooky tarot habit!
Of course, these methods assume you have some basic knowledge of each card’s meaning. However, don’t let that put you off. If you have a decently illustrated deck that has images based on daily life, then you can let the images speak to you, without knowing the first thing about their meanings.
Imagine you don’t know the meaning of the Chariot and it is the card that you pull in response to your quandary about making a complaint about a poorly cooked meal or an item of clothing you need to return. You can see from the image that it shows someone taking charge, using strength or persuasion to get the result they need. That charioteer cajoling his horses, or sphinxes, along looks like he’d be good at negotiating any difficulty. That could be a very useful analogy to deal with the problem. It will give you the confidence you need to state your case without getting upset or angry.
How about if the Seven of Wands showed up instead of the Chariot? More or less, the same answer, though you might have to take a stronger stance and state your expectations clearly. After all, your card says you are in the right. Had the Three of Cups appeared, it would advise you to approach the matter in a lighthearted way – smile a lot and be friendly. Every single card will have a slightly different message. You can be sure that it will be just the right one for you.
Tarot Journal Exercise
Imagine a situation or problem that you’d be likely to face in your day-to-day life. Anything; it could even be a real one. Your friend is worried about her job, or you have a coworker with romantic issues. Be clear in your mind what the circumstances are; better still, write it in your journal. Draw a card. Write out what you think/feel it means in connection with the problem. It might be advice, a warning, or just some background information. Then draw another and do the same. Keep doing it until you have drawn five cards and have five different answers. Look at their similarities and also at their differences. Which one do you think fits the best?
Repeating Tarot Cards
Sometimes the same card or combination of cards seem to pop up all the time. They will keep doing so until you assimilate their message. Often you haven’t a clue what it’s all about. Don’t worry about it, just enjoy the process of dawning realization. It will be made clear soon enough. If you are really unsure, just ask the tarot to help you understand by taking out the card in question, shuffling the rest of the deck and drawing a clarification card. You might still not be clear, so put them aside and request in your mind that the answer be shown at the right time.
Tarot Life Lessons
So drawing a daily tarot card can enable you to deal with all kinds of circumstances. You’ll be surprised at how accurate the message is. Additionally, each card has the potential for a small lesson in life. As you get into the habit of consulting your daily card, you will become wiser and more confident. One day you will know by instinct and intuition what the answer is, and then you won’t need your dose of daily tarot.
The cards in this article are from the Universal Waite deck, published by U.S. Games Systems Inc.