Court Cards Exercise – Whose Shoulder Would You Cry On?

The Court Cards *sigh* They seem to be tricky forΒ  most people to get a handle on. That seemingly universal frustration in mind, I had this idea for an exercise which you can do to get to know the court card personalities a little better.

So here is the exercise in a nutshell…Imagine what you would enjoy doing with each court card or what you would go to each of court card for.

For example…if you needed a shoulder to cry on, who would you go to?

Queen of CupsI would go to the Queen of Cups, she is a nurturing person who understands the complexities of emotion and the value of expressing one’s emotions. She would let me ball my eyes out with no judgement and probably say “there, there” and stroke my hair and make me safe while I’m being vulnerable. If I tried going to the Queen of Wands she would probably tell me to stop blubbering and go do something about what was bothering me…perhaps helpful advice in its own right, but not what I would personally need in that moment. But maybe you would prefer or need some tough love, so you might go to the Queen of Wands or the Queen of Swords instead.

King of SwordsOn the other hand if I was having trouble at school I might go to the King of Swords to get counsel. He is sharp, intellectual and good at explaining things. He would have the skills to break down the intellectual concepts I needed to master and make them easy to understand. He could also help me set up a productive study schedule. If I went to the Knight of Swords instead, he would tell me I didn’t need a study schedule and that I should just wing it. Geez dude, not so helpful.

So bust out the tarot journal and figure out who you would talk to about career concerns? What do you think their advice would be?

Who would you go to if you wanted to foster your creativity? What kind of encouragement do you think they would extend to you?

Which court card would be your best friend and why?

Which court card would you most want to take on a road trip with you? What type of road trip music would they pick?

Who would be your workout partner?

Which court card would you like to be your mentor? What wisdom would they impart to you? Which of their attributes would you like to emulate?

Maybe you could consider which Page you would feel most comfortable with baby-sitting your kids.

Which court cards would form a band? What genre would it be? What would they name their band?

This is just a list of prompts to get you started, so feel free to come up with some of your own ideas. Have fun!

-Cameron

 

Tarot Journaling – Use Your Authentic Voice

tarot journalsHello Beautiful Tarot People,

Tarot journaling is a hot topic right now, which is quite exciting for me since its one of my favorite activities. So I thought I would jump in with a couple of my own thoughts about this very fun and rewarding practice.

One of the hardest and most important things that I learned about journaling is that I needed to find and use my own authentic voice when I wrote about the cards.

For a long time I found myself mimicking what I had read in books and filling journal page after journal page with flat recitation.

The end result was that I wasn’t connecting with the cards much better and I experienced quite a bit of frustration. Worst of all I started to get bored of journaling. Then one day I had an Ace of Swords moment and I realized that I needed to stop writing like I was trying to create an academic text and start writing like I was talking to my best friend, which if you are an introvert like me isn’t far from the truth since your journals can easily become your best friends and closest confidants.

Jounal and The High Priestess Card from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot Deck by Baba Studio

Journaling with the High Priestess from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot

So instead of droning on about “The High Priestess is the guardian of wisdom and the keeper of knowledge.” which is true, but pretty bland, I started writing more casually. I scribbled with more freedom and enthusiasm. I took notes about how cards made me feel. I tossed in expletives and exclamations. I associated cards with my own experiences and contemporary symbols. I gushed about the art, or how excited I was when certain cards showed up in my personal readings. I went on diatribes about how aggravating the court cards were or how exasperating it was that I couldn’t figure out why the Five of Pentacles was stalking me. I stopped being afraid of sounding silly. I stopped censoring myself.

I believe that Journaling needs to be that way to be effective. It should offer you freedom, a place to play with ideas and associations and symbols. It should be a joy to do, a glorious adventure. If its not, try something different. Experiment. You will know when you are doing it “right” because it will flow and feel exciting.

Until next time…tarot and journal on. πŸ™‚

Tarot Card Daily Draws

Greetings Tarot Family,

Daily draws are a great way to become acquainted with a new deck, gain a more intimate understanding of the individual tarot cards and get some daily wisdom.

9 of Cups Rider Waite Tarot

Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot Deck

Almost every tarot book you come across and most tarot teachers that you encounter, will recommend that you use daily draws, especially if you are beginner. I personally didn’t start doing daily draws until a full year into my tarot journey. I have “rebellious tendencies” and can also be a bit lazy at times and the idea of committing to a daily practice, especially when everyone said I “should” do it, made me uncomfortable. I got over my resistance however, and I’m really glad that I did because pulling a card everyday really has deepened and enriched my understanding of the tarot. Its also helped improve my client readings and showed me patterns in my life that stood to be changed.

So now that’s I’ve convinced you that drawing a daily tarot card is the way to go, what should you know about doing it yourself?

To start off I find it best to draw my card in the morning. Its a good way to get yourself centered before heading out into the “real world”. This isn’t the only way to do it though, some folks like to pull a card the night before, as a part of their preparations for going to bed. The advantage of this is that you don’t feel rushed to get to work, or school, or some other obligation that usually occurs most mornings, and also taking time to ground yourself in the evenings can help you get to sleep more quickly. I personally always forget if I try to draw a card at night, but its definitely an option.

To prepare for my daily draw I usually light some Palo Santo or a small stick of incense, take a few deep breaths and try to achieve a lightly meditative state. If I have time I will actually meditate for about 10 minutes before drawing my card, but its not necessary, though I do recommend it.

When I draw my card I try to come up with a meaningful question. Some of my favorite general questions are:

  • “What should I focus on today?”
  • “What advice does the tarot have for me today?”
  • “What should I be aware of today?”
  • “What lesson can I learn today?”
  • “What energy is available to me today?”

or for something more specific:

  • “What can I focus on that will bring me the most joy?”
  • “What can I do today that will bring me closer to my goals?”
  • “How can I focus my energy to better align myself with my higher purpose?”

(These questions aren’t original by any means, I’ve picked them up from various tarot teachers along my journey, though at this point I can’t remember exactly from who.)

Rider Waite Tarot,  Journal & Pen

I highly recommend keeping a tarot journal.

Once I’ve drawn my card for the day I will write it down in my tarot journal along with my interpretation of how it answered my question. This can be in the form of bullet points, key words, short concise sentences or long intricate narratives. I’m always amazed how the format of my tarot journal entries change from day to day. I think it just depends on how I perceive the card’s message, some days its short and concise, some days its more complex. You don’t have to stick to one format or one template for journal entries, just so long as you scrawl some impressions down.

I really do think its important to have a place to document your daily draws. In my experience it helps connect with the message and also it gives me a reference if I want to look back on a certain period in my life and see what was going on. I spent one month where almost every single card I got was Major Arcana and looking back on that now it makes sense, I was experiencing a lot of significant changes and shifts at that time. Once the cards became more regularly minor arcana I knew that things were “settling down.”

Rider Waite 9 of Cups on Altar

Candle, 9 of Cups, Sage & Rose Quartz

If I get stuck at any point and I don’t feel like I understand what the card is trying to tell me or I’m not connecting with it, there are two things that I tend to do. I’ll either spend some time meditating with the card or I’ll leave it out on my altar where I can see it throughout the day and see if something comes to me later. I usually try to meditate with the card whenever this happens, but some days I don’t have time and leaving it out to ponder later is preferable to skipping the draw all together or entirely giving up.

At the end of the day I come back to my journal and write down any additional thoughts I’ve had about the card I drew in the morning. I’ll also try to associate the card with experiences that I had throughout my day. For example if I had drawn the Page of Pentacles and I spent a particularly large amount of time that day doing school work, I could associate the Page of Pentacles with my school activities or with my role as a student. If I drew the Seven of Wands and then at some point in the day I had to tell a friend that I couldn’t hang out because I had already committed to staying home and spending time with myself, I could associate the Seven of Wands with asserting my boundaries.

If you try this out, I would love to hear how it works for you and if you already use daily draws please share how they have made a difference in your tarot practice. Feel free to comment below.

Until next time love and blessings

 

Deck-a-Week Challenge: Week 1 – Morgan-Greer

Blessed Morning Tarot Lovers, MG moon fool 9

I am really excited because I just finished up the first week of my Deck-a-Week Challenge. I want to let you know right away that this is not an original idea. I modeled my challenge after Raecine Ardis Owl Moon’s Monthly Deck Challenge and I want to make sure she gets all the credit for this fabulous exercise.

The essence of the challenge is that you choose one deck that you want to get better acquainted with and use it exclusively for an entire week. For those of us who have an extensive collection of decks or who just bought a new deck, this is a great tool for really connecting with a deck that you want to get to know better.

morgan greer

For my first week of the challenge I used the Morgan-Greer Tarot. I just purchased it and I wanted to connect with it right away. I spent a little time each day looking through the cards, just enjoying the art. I used it every morning for my personal daily draw. I took it with me to use during tarot related outings, like a local tarot meet-up I went to last week. I used it for a couple personal readings during the week and also for doing tarot study exercises. I used Morgan-Greer for all my client readings too, though that certainly isn’t necessary, but I felt drawn to and the deck communicated wonderfully well for those readings. When I wasn’t using the deck I left it out on my altar so it could continue connecting with my energy.

MG Deck and CrystalAfter spending the week with the Morgan-Greer tarot I feel quite attached to it and even though I’m excited to move on to week 2 of the challenge and work with The Legacy of the Divine Tarot, I’m a little sad to be setting Morgan-Greer aside for a bit. We got on so well. πŸ™‚

If you’re trying to get to know a new deck or reconnect with an old one, I would highly recommend that you try this out, even if you just use one deck for one week, I think its a worthwhile practice.

Best Wishes

Single Question Tarot Exercise

As a follow up to the Single Card Tarot Exercise that I posted earlier in the week, I have the Single Question Tarot Exercise for you guys today. I was all about tarot exercises this week. πŸ™‚

universal rider waite deck

So for this exercise we are essentially doing the opposite of what we did for the Single Tarot Card Exercise. Instead of coming up with several different questions and using one card to answer them all, we are going to select one question and use several different cards to answer it. Shall we begin?

Just as a reminder, this is only an exercise, not a reading.

First off decide what question you want to use.Β I used the question “How can I Improve my Relationship?” from the exercise I posted on Thursday. Once you have chosen your question, shuffle your cards. As I was shuffling I stated my intention, that I wanted to receive cards that would give me the best practice possible. Once your cards are shuffled select one. Use that card to answer the question you chose. Challenge yourself to see how many layers of meaning you can get out of that single card. When you are tuned in to your intuition its amazing how much information you can get from just one little tarot card. Next, set your first card aside and select another one. Use that second card to answer the same question. Repeat this process as many times as you like, but don’t rush through it. Take time with each card to see how much depth of meaning you can find.

Here is what the exercise looked like when I did it. I selected five different cards and the first card I received was…

Card #1: The Hanged Man:
My guess is right now you feel stuck, like your hands are tied and no amount of struggling will help. So stop struggling. See what you notice when you hang quietly and observe the situation. The solution will come to you.

Card #2: Four of Swords:
Rest your mind. Take a break from all those thoughts that are telling you that something is wrong. Make some time for yourself, to focus on yourself. You will be amazed how self care and becoming a healthier individual creates an environment where a healthy relationship can grow and become strong.

Card #3: Five of Swords:
Things may be too competitive in your relationship right now. You are putting yourselves in a position where there can only be one winner, which means someone loses and in a partnership if one person loses both people are losing something. I’m guessing there has been a lot of arguments and verbal sparring. Time to set aside the blaming and winner-takes-all attitudes and focus on a course of resolution that isn’t polarizing. Set the egos aside and come together humbly with the intention of finding a real solution which will support both your needs and the needs of you as a cohesive unit.

Card #4: Six of Wands:
I’m getting a sense that one of you has achieved something recently and is currently receiving a lot of accolades and attention because of it. Unfortunately that may leave the other person in the relationship feeling ignored or left out. The best thing to do in this case is t open a dialogue about it, find a way to celebrate this milestone together. Make sure that appreciation for the supporting partner is expressed. Make some time to reconnect.

Card #5: Strength:The time may have come to get to know eachother on a deeper level. Go below the surface. It takes a great deal of courage to let someone else see your shadow and your scars, but the bond will grow stronger and the connection will be deeper if you do.

One thing I noticed with this exercise was that by the third and fourth card the interpretations came very easily, I got tapped into my intuition and was really on a roll. Did any of you experience that? I hope you did, it was very empowering. πŸ™‚

PS~ For a little change of pace next week I’m going to be doing a single card tarot reading every morning (starting with Monday and going through Sunday) and posting it here at The Tarot Parlor. I’m excited. πŸ˜€