I have been on a gratitude kick lately, and with good cause, and I have innumerable things to be grateful for in my life. I have kept a gratitude journal, in some form, for a good 20 years. I realize how important gratitude is to appreciating what I have as well as for creating the life I desire. And even so, with all my many gratitude practices, sometimes I get caught in a trap of either repeating the same things over and over again or being unable to think of something to say in my gratitude journal. How can I run out of ideas as there is just so very much out there and in here to be grateful for? This little post is about what I have been doing recently to revitalize my gratitude practice.
I use tarot cards for just about everything. Name it and I have probably asked the question for myself, a friend, or a client. I have done daily cards and weekly cards and monthly spreads and annual spreads. I have used tarot cards in magic spells and I have used them as a focus for meditation. But one of my favorite ways to use tarot cards is in my gratitude practice.
There is no special method to using tarot cards for gratitude but this is what I do. Depending how much time I have to devote to the practice I choose a number of cards. I might choose one if I am in a rush. Maybe I will choose three if I have a little time. Maybe I will choose 7 if I have more time still. Then for each card I try to think of at least three ways in which that card inspires me to feel grateful. You do not have to know the meanings of the cards to use this system. Simply pull a card and decide what what is is that brings you a feeling of gratitude.
I will show a few examples. I drew three cards today to be my inspiration:
6 of Pentacles
First card is the 6 of Pentacles. It shows a seemingly wealthy man giving alms to the presumably poor children while he holds a balancing scale.
I am grateful to have enough to share.
I am grateful to be able to receive help when I need it.
I am grateful to be able to stay in balance.
King of Pentacles
Second card is the King of Pentacles. It shows a bearded king seated in what appears to be a vineyard. He looks warm and friendly and hold a pentacle in one hand and a staff in the other hand. Although he is dressed richly his shoes are quite plain.
I am grateful to be my own boss and run my own business.
I am grateful for wine. (He is in a vineyard surrounded by grapes after all.)
I am grateful to evolve into the best version of myself without forgetting where I come from and what I have walked through in this life.
Page of Pentacles
Third card is the Page of Pentacles. This card shows a young girl standing barefoot in the grass holding a pentacle aloft as she gazes at it with wonder. The pentacle has 8 rays of light emanating from it. We can also see a tree, rolling hills, farm fields, and blue skies in this card.
I am grateful for a sense of wonder about the things we can create with our hands.
I am grateful for fresh green veggies.
I am grateful for nature and for blue skies and temperate weather.
If you wanted to get fancy you could look into the book meanings of these cards (if you don’t already know them) and further expand your gratitude practice based on those meanings, as well. For example the Page of Pentacles often means a new endeavor will be successful. So I could easily say “I am grateful for the success of my new project.”
Do you use tarot cards in this way? How else do you use them? I would love to hear!
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