A popular practice among students of the Tarot (and yes, this includes professional Tarotists) is pulling a daily card as a contemplative focus for the day ahead. While this is a wonderful practice as well as a great way to get to know the cards, there are some things you might want to consider if you are interested in deepening your practice. After all, you only get as much out of your practice as you are willing to put into it.
Here are five suggestions for deepening your practice:
1. Create sacred space
2. Engage in multi-sensory learning
3. Read the gap
4. Check back in
5. Document your observations
This is not just a way of getting to know your cards. It’s also a technique for psychic development. Stick with it for a few weeks – I guarantee that you will be richly rewarded.
1. Creating sacred space. This first step will boost your daily practice immediately 100%. It signals to the Universe and your spirit guides that you are serious about learning the Tarot. In fact, not doing this is a bit like attending a language course without bringing your pen. You want to allow for divine messages to come through so you need to clear away some of the mundane smog first.
Some simple yet effective ways to do this:
- Smudge the space with white sage if the energy feels dense.
- Light a candle, invoking spiritual guidance and protection while you do so.
- Lift the vibration of the whole room with some frankincense (uplifting and grounding).
- Make sure your energy is grounded. Use the breath to ground and centre.
- Work with crystals that enhance the transmission of spiritual information. Fluorite, lapis lazuli and turquoise are my personal favourites.
- Look at the card and make a mental note of all the visual clues. Note colours and objects as well as patterns of stillness and movement, shadow and light.
- Ask yourself what sounds, scents and music might be connected with this card.
- Get up and move with the card energy. Find a stance or posture that fits the emotion in the card. Is there a dance form or sport that fits? Act it out – not just in your head, that would defeat the point. If you have access to music that fits, put it on and dance the card.
Let’s say your daily focus is ‘How can I cultivate happiness today?’ and you pulled The Hierophant in answer to your question. What you would read is not the traditional card meanings but how the energy behind your question connects with the energy of the card. In this dynamic, the unique meaning and appropriate answer to your question emerge. (More on Reading the Gap HERE)
4. Checking back in. Set aside a bit of time in the evening to check back in with the card. What additional meanings and emotions arose during the day? How much of the full spectrum of meaning for this card did you experience? Has your perception of the card altered since earlier on?
5. Documenting your observations. I recommend keeping 5 separate colour-coded, spiral bound journals so that you can file your observations for easy retrieval. Set aside a couple of pages for each card. Here are the four categories I recommend (but feel free to create your own!):
- Spiritual pathworking
- Dreamwork/shamanic meanings