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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Daily Card Readings

The Empress ~ Favole Tarot

One of the most intimidating aspects to learning tarot for people who are new to it is the seeming enormity of the task of learning the meanings of 78 cards.

The only real answer is study and practise ~ you're not going to wake up one day and just "know" what each card means, there is no special system that guarantees instant success and mastery of the cards (and who would want a reading from someone who hasn't spent time and care with their cards anyway???) You have to take time to connect with your deck; by which I mean get to know your cards the way you get to know your friends ~ spend good quality time with them.

You will buy a deck because you initially connect to it in some way ~ it embodies a spiritual practice that is important to you, or mythology that you love, or the images capture your heart and imagination. There are so many reasons why a deck calls out to you (and don't think that you are cheating on your deck if you love and/or buy another one ~ each deck just adds to your rich tarot experience) But after the initial connection, you need to spend time with your deck and get to know it. A brilliant way of doing this is the Daily Card.

Queen of Swords ~ Guilded Tarot

I understand that in this day and age, we are all busy people. And spiritual and/or tarot studies are like every other kind of study ~ we have times in our life when we can and do devote a lot of energy into them, and then we have times in our life where we let the study subside a bit and absorb the lessons we have already learnt. We have to do this occasionally ~ you will burn out otherwise and that serves no purpose at all! So yeah, there is a chance that a lot of us can't commit to a daily card, but we should commit to something ~ a weekly card at least ~ to keep ourselves moving forward. Knowledge is like water ~ if it sits still for too long it becomes stagnant and can't be used.

Now on to the Daily Card! Or Weekly Card for some of us. Whatever works for you ~ one of the brilliant things about tarot is that it's lessons are there for you however you take them.

3 of Swords ~ Deviant Moon Tarot

As I've said, it's one of the best ways to get to know a new deck, or even reacquaint yourself with an old favourite. I've read a few authors who all say the same thing ~ the tarot cards are 78 friends you can take anywhere who are always on your side, no matter what they are saying to you. I love that idea.

Take a few minutes in your sacred space in the house, where-ever that may be. Mine is one end of our living room with purple couches, coffee table and Goddess pictures on the walls lol. Relax, and shuffle your cards in whatever way you are comfortable. It may surprise you to know how many different ways there are of shuffling cards; each reader develops there own way of shuffling as part of their tarot ritual.

8 of Swords ~ Guilded Tarot

While you are shuffling, run through in your mind your plans for the day/week ahead, or, if you are doing a daily card at the end of the day, what has happened during the day. Ask: "What do I most need to learn from today/this week?" or "What wisdom would it benefit me to live today/this week?"

Once you have finished shuffling (I don't know how you do it, but I always get this feeling that the cards just don't want to be shuffled anymore ~ does anyone else experience this?) pick a card however you want, be it from the top, bottom or random place in the deck. Flip over the card and do the same thing that you would do in a one card reading (because this is essentially what this is) start by looking at the overall message of the card, then work your way inwards to the characters in the card (people and animals), the environment, any movement or stillness, and pay attention to any messages that come through. The best way to record everything so that you can look back on it is by jotting down a few notes in a tarot journal ~ it really can be fascinating to look back and see what patterns emerge in your life.

8 of Wands ~ Deviant Moon Tarot

Some people I know create affirmations from their daily/weekly card. It's not something I do personally but for those who do, they receive benefit out of doing so. I personally like to let the message sit with me (I reinforce it by journaling it) and love finding the parts of my day or week that resonate with the card I drew. I love it when something happens and you think to yourself "So that's where the 8 of Pentacles comes in!", it's always such a confirmation. Love it love it love it!

The important thing to remember is that the card of the day/week isn't used as a predictive tool. While I know a lot of tarot readers use tarot for purely divination purposes (and if that is their gig that is fine), and embrace the divinational use of tarot myself for certain purposes, the tarot, for me, goes a lot deeper then that. The daily/weekly card should be used to create lessons that will enrichen your life and your knowledge of the card.

Knave of Crosses ~ Favole Tarot

Some questions you may want to think about with your card of the day/week could be:
  • How can I succeed today/this week?
  • Who or what guides me today/this week?
  • What deeper learning would it serve me to be aware of today/this week?
  • What inspires me today/this week?
  •   What will I see differently today/this week? 
Drawing a random card from the tarot gives you a chance to try on a new aspect of yourself, exercise a long forgotten one or try one of the 78 aspects of tarot that you hadn't thought about before. This gives you a chance to explore an aspect of yourself deeper or learn something new about you; no matter how much you think you know about yourself, there is always something new to learn ~ that is what is so rich and fascinating about the human experience.  

The World ~ Mystic Dreamer Tarot

I believe that a daily or weekly card teaches us as much about living with wisdom (something I believe we should all try to aspire to) as it does about the nuances of each card, which always go on to add another layer of meaning in future readings these cards appear in.

Sometimes the meanings/lessons/messages unveil themselves in the most interesting ways ~ this is one of the most fascinating aspects of tarot, which is how dynamic the tarot is, how their meanings evolve with experience. The cards are not static just because they are a printed picture on a page; to me they are living entities with stories to tell and lessons to teach.

 I have illustrated this post with some of the most beautiful cards I could find. One of the most inspiring and amazing things for me is to be surrounded by beautiful tarot images.

Enjoy your daily/weekly cards; may all the wisdom of the Gods and Goddesses be yours to treasure.

The Universe ~ Steele Wizard Tarot

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