I talk a lot about reading tarot cards intuitively. I think it’s the best way to go. Yes, tarot cards have book meanings and if you are serious about tarot you will eventually learn those book meaning but I firmly believe that everything you need to know if already within you.
I’m using my daughter as an example today. She is three and she likes to hang out with me in my office, especially in the morning before going to daycare. She was sitting in my office this morning and said: “Mommy, why are those cards out?” My tarot cards were still in a spread from my work the day before and there was no particular reason I had left them out. Then she said: “Let me look at this one” and took the King of Swords. At first she thought it was a girl because he is wearing a tunic that looks kind of like a dress but I showed her his beard and told her it was a boy.
“He can wreck you.” She said this almost instantly.
I was curious so I asked her what else he can do.
“He can stab you.”
This simple exercise is exactly what I am talking about when I discuss reading tarot cards intuitively. Look at the picture and use your imagination.
My daughter did not have a question in mind when looking at this card but let’s pretend she is an adult client and has asked the question: “Is this guy a good guy for me to get involved with?” I get questions like this all the time from clients. Now imagine that intuitive response of “He can wreck you.” Do you think it’s a good idea to get involved with this person? That is how reading tarot cards intuitively works. From the mouths of babes.
What do you see when you look at the King of Swords? Personally I do not think he is all bad but he isn't really the touchy-feely type, either!
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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