It’s easy to get into a bit of a rut, tarot-wise. You’ve learned the basic meanings and impressed your friends with the accuracy of your readings, but now your cards stay wrapped in their silken cloth in a drawer. Perhaps it’s time to get them out and put them to work again?
There are many ways to make good use of your cards. In fact tarot can enhance your life incredibly if you would just remember it in your every day, mundane situations. Your cards won’t mind at all being used this way.
The practicalities of every day tarot
It’s a good idea to set aside a deck for this purpose. Maybe get a second copy of one you love. It is going to get some hard use so be prepared to see it become a little scuffed. This is not a bad thing – a well-loved deck can last a long time and what are a few blemishes between friends?
Put the deck in a secure, but easy to open, plastic case. The original box will simply fall apart if it is opened and closed several times a day. Remove any additional or blank cards. Keep the cards in your purse, backpack, or somewhere that you can get to them easily.
If anyone looks askance at you while you are consulting your deck, just tell them they are ‘inspiration cards’. They will probably be fascinated and want to know all about them.
One-card decision making
Any time you need to make a decision, you can grab your tarot cards, give them a quick shuffle and ask for their help. You might be trying to choose an outfit, or somewhere to go, or just some advice on what to say to someone. It’s surprising how well they will cooperate. Try it.
How often do you reach for your tarot deck when you need some guidance? Not as often as you used to, no doubt. Drawing one or two cards when life seems to become too complicated, too overwhelming and too demanding, can help a lot. They can bring you back down to earth and help you re-establish what is most important.
Journaling about the card and the situation will make things even clearer. You can chat to the card as you write and just see what comes out of it.
Tarot cards are perfect tools for providing a little inspiration. Perhaps your creative well has dried up and you need a boost. Draw a card, asking for an idea. Make sure you sit and give the card some thought. Connect it to the project you are working on and see if it inspires you to action.
Tarot is perfect for writers, artists, designers – anyone who needs to come up with ideas regularly and quickly.
If you’ve had a stressful day and are need of some spirit-soothing, sit somewhere comfortable, choose a card that appeals to you and simply meditate on it. Look at it, feel yourself moving into the card. If there is a character in the illustration, ask them for some calming advice. Soft music and candle-light will enhance your experience. Free guided meditations for the Major
Arcana cards can be found at: guidedtarot.com
Studying tarot in ever deeper detail can be very rewarding. There are so many aspects you can choose to focus on. Here are a few ideas:
• History – The history of tarot is entwined with European history. Many graduates have made tarot the subject of a dissertation.
• Historical personalities – tarot has always attracted some colorful characters, from Papus to Crowley and Waite. Most have written at length upon the cards.
• Art – Creating your own deck, studying tarot artists or becoming a deck collector is a great way to incorporate tarot into an art career.
• Tarot with other systems: astrology, Kabbalah, crystals, herbs, psychology all make for fascinating study when connected to tarot.
• The Fool’s Journey – the unfolding of the Game of Life. All tarot readers should become familiar with it.
Interview a tarot card
This is a fun thing to do. It will enhance your knowledge of a card and add depth to your tarot Journaling. You can conduct the interview verbally or written. I prefer written so that I have a record of what I learned. Writing longhand is preferable because you can allow your mind to drift and the energy of the card will flow through you. When you re-read your writing afterwards, you may be astounded at the insights you gained.
Shuffle your deck and turn a card or simply pick a card you want to know more about. Spend a few minutes contemplating the image, look at every small detail. Then speak a question, or write it down. Then let the card answer.
Examples of the kinds of questions to ask would be:
1. How are you feeling?
2. Have you any information for me?
3. What advice would you give to my friend, Susan?
You might only have to ask one question – sometimes the words come so thick and fast, you will have trouble getting them all down on the page.
Use your tarot to help you visualize your goals, create a wish board, achieve some desired outcome or to create opportunities. As if tarot wasn’t magical enough by itself, you can use the cards in magical rituals.
All you need is a deck of tarot cards, paper and pen, and a small votive or tealight candle. You can design your tarot ritual to be as simple or as complicated as you like.
Sample tarot ritual:
Let’s say you are looking for a new job. Take your deck and go through it, carefully picking out a few cards that represent a new job. How about the Three and Eight of Pentacles or the Ace and Six of Wands? There are others too. Place the cards in front of you and write out a short paragraph or two about the job you want. Be positive and upbeat. Fold the paper once and place it under a plate. Put the candle on the plate and place your chosen cards all around in a circle. When you have done this, close your eyes and say, “My desired job will manifest in the next 30 days. As I will, so must it be.” Light the candle and allow it to burn out safely. Once the candle is out, return the cards to the deck and tear the paper into tiny pieces before throwing it away. What have you got to lose by trying it?
As you can see, there are many good reasons and opportunities to use tarot cards every day. Don’t keep your cards locked in a drawer; bring them out and let them play.
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