It’s been a long while since I did a Tarot Tuesday, so I thought I’d share a little about my daily draw process. As Tarot aficionados know, drawing a card once a day is a great way to learn the cards, connect with a new Tarot deck, or connect with your deepest self. There are a few ways you can go about it:
- Pull a card in the morning and then look to see how it shows up in your life that day.
- Pull a card as advice on how to approach a situation you may have to deal with.
- Pull a card at the end of the day, and see how it fits what happened.
- Ask the Tarot for a daily prediction, try to interpret it, and at the end of the day see if you were right. (Great way to exercise your intuition muscle.)
- Frame a specific question about an area where you need more clarity.
- Ask a general, all-purpose question, such as: What do I most need to know today?
- Ask for spiritual guidance.
I’ve used all of the these methods at one time or another, but lately my process looks like this:
I sit in my usual Tarot reading spot (my bed!) and take a few deep breaths to calm and center myself. It helps to place my hand over my heart for a few minutes, and imagine that I’m riding my breath into the center of my heart. My cards and this process are sacred to me, and it’s important that I approach every reading with respect and reverence. Tarot reading is very much a spiritual practice for me.
As I’m shuffling the cards — I mix them all up in a big pile — I say, “Guides and angels, Divine Beloved, please be with me now and always, but especially now as I seek your highest guidance and wisdom.” Then I take a minute or two, still mixing the cards in a meditative way, to speak out loud my question or concern. If there’s something specific on my mind, I share it with my guides as though they’re old friends in the room with me. I finish by saying, “As always, I only want guidance from those beings concerned with my spiritual evolution, my highest good, and the highest good of all that I touch.” (That means all the people I come in contact with. Weird phrasing, I know, but my guides know what I mean!)
When it feels right, I gather the cards, cut once, and turn over the top card of the bottom pile. That’s been my method for years and it’s what works for me, but any shuffling and cutting process is fine as long as it feel right to you. There is no “right” way.
This month I’m actually getting to know two decks, so I’ve been pulling two daily cards. The first deck is the amazing and very popular Wild Unknown Tarot by Kim Krans, and my brand new oracle deck, the stunning Wisdom of the Oracle by Collette Baron-Reid (Oracle decks are cards which are also used for divination, but do not follow the traditional 78-card Tarot structure. The content and format are limited only by the creator’s imagination.) I’ve been using the oracle draw as a companion to the day’s Tarot card, and reading them together.
Today for my daily draw, I decided to jump in on a February Instagram challenge, #tarotselflove, being hosted by @ethony and @mysticmoons_tarot. Today’s question is “What is my major self-love challenge?”
In answer, I pulled the 6 of Wands from the Wild Unknown, and Higher Power, reversed, from the Wisdom of the Oracle, both shown in the photo above. I immediately thought, of course! The 6 of Wands is a card of victory and success, even public recognition. In this particular deck, it’s about rising above, leaving behind old struggles to soar on new wings. There’s a phoenix-like feel to the card. But when I looked at the image, I was drawn to the tangle of sticks at the bottom. So often, I find myself dwelling on where I’m still stuck, rather than giving myself props for how far I’ve come. And as the reversed Higher Power oracle card shows, when I turn away from my own radiance, when I look back with regret and self-recrimination, I cut myself off from the very Source of my strength, power, and hope. No more looking back. I’m not going that way. Time to soar!