Experienced readers often tell new students of tarot to draw a tarot card every day, carry it around and study it. Yet it makes sense for all readers, whatever our level of experience, to give ourselves a daily tarot reading. After all, if we are so keen to explain that tarot is a mirror of life, then we should be using that mirror as often as possible.
Nine Benefits of a Daily Tarot Reading
1. Giving yourself a reading every day, even if it is only one card, keeps your intuition tuned up. Like any other subject, the more you practice the more proficient you become. You’ll learn how the energy of that card reveals itself in the most mundane and practical ways… and also, in the most spiritual.
2. Your tarot card gives your day structure. Say you turn up the Five of Swords. You’ll know ahead of time that this day is going to be a bit of a ‘mare and you’ll plan to treat yourself gently and not be drawn into conflict. At the same time, you will be aware that someone may be trying to assert their will over yours. Forewarned is forearmed. Perhaps you’ll draw the Queen of Cups, reminding you to take on aspects of her personality today – be kind, be a good listener and friend.
3. Peace of mind is another benefit of a daily tarot reading. You’ll be reassured that whatever situation you are facing today will resolve itself. With any luck, your card will give you clues how to make that happen. Strength may make an appearance. It tells you to relax because you have all the strength you will need to deal with any problems. You’ll know that trying to force the issue won’t work.
4. Validation is always useful and your daily tarot card may confirm a hunch. Or it indicates your suspicions are right. When the Empress shows up, she might be confirming your best friend is pregnant. Or the Ten of Swords lets you know your fear that your company is about to close down is based on a real and imminent event.
5. Truth and clarity is helpful to us all, and when motives are hidden from us, we experience doubt and fear. The tarot can cut through all that. When you are feeling confused, your daily tarot reading will give you the truth. Perhaps you are concerned about your boyfriend’s odd absences – the Four of Swords tells you that he is not feeling so good and needs to rest. Or maybe the Eight of Pentacles reminds you he’s focused on his work right now.
6. Knowing about hidden aspects is always useful. There could be issues going on that impact you but you don’t know what they are. It’s also possible that they are nothing to do with you; you cannot change them. So you draw your daily card asking for reassurance. Perhaps the King of Swords appears, telling you that he has everything in hand and you can get on with your day. The Five of Wands could be pointing at a competitor. Perhaps you thought certain people are supportive, whereas they are actually competing against you.
7. Making connections is a useful property of a daily reading. As you get into the habit of paying attention to your daily card, you will begin to see how it connects to your life. You’ll be able to discern whether the card applies to you or to someone else. The Nine of Swords shows up and you know that you aren’t particularly worried about anything, but one of your coworkers is. Her work affects yours, so it is in your best interest to help her as much as possible.
8. Deeper understanding of how the tarot works is a given when practicing daily. While you may know the accepted meanings of each card, only by applying them to real life can you begin to truly understand them. Deeper knowledge means you’ll be a better reader.
9. A few minutes of calm is like a jewel in a hectic day. Whether you draw your card first thing in the morning, at lunch time, or when you relax at night, the chance to stop, breathe and assimilate the energy of your daily card is a major benefit. If you can incorporate a few minutes of meditation, so much the better.
How to do a Daily Tarot Reading
Establish a routine if possible. Determine what time of the day is best for you. You could draw a card in the morning if you have time. Or you could draw in the evening for the next day, or to shed light on the day that’s been. You do need to decide though, otherwise you will be confused and unable to interpret the card in its correct context. You could use your reading to:
*Give you a forecast of the day ahead
*Tell you what you need to know
*Show you how other people are influencing your life.
Again, when you draw the card, have your reasons for doing so uppermost in your mind. Quiet yourself, shut out distractions, if possible. Shuffle and draw your card or cards. Look at the card. Don’t try to interpret it. Allow the energy of the card to speak to you. Visualization helps, so picture the energy as a cloud rising from the card and mingling with your own. Let the thoughts about the card come into your awareness. Pay attention to any weird little random thoughts. Keep your mental image of the card in mind as you go about your day.
If you have a moment, make notes or journal about how the card played out during the day. What insights you gained or whether you were completely flummoxed by it. Sometimes, we can learn more from our confusion than from clarity. It’s just a question of admitting we don’t know. When that happens and you let go of trying to make sense, a lightning bolt of understanding suddenly hits us.
Make your daily tarot reading into your own little ritual, it will become a habit, as routine as brushing your teeth.