Just a few more thoughts on the Card of the Day as a spiritual practice.
As I’ve already said, the morning tarot card is less about guessing what’s going to happen and more about embodying the best wisdom of that card for the day. Drawing a random card from the tarot deck gives us the opportunity to try on one of 78 (or more) aspects of ourselves. It can be reassuring to be who we think we are and it can be refreshing to be invited to try on another piece of self for a day or so. I’ve often been surprised by my card of the day and allowed myself to be stretched beyond who I thought I was going to be.
A recent example happened a few days ago. I thought that I would have a High Priestess sort of day — serene, spiritual, deep, quiet, intuitive — as I had a couple of tarot sessions to offer, then some quiet time set aside. However, the card I pulled in the morning was the Tower — be a catalyst, speak with thunder, get to the point as quick as lightning, shake up the status quo, and the like. My first client wanted to meander off topic and seemed generally foggy. So, remembering to be more Tower-like, I broke in with, “This all feels lost to me. Let’s get razor sharp about why we’re here today. If you could change one thing in your life right now, what would it be? Don’t think, just respond!” S/He did and we had a fabulous consultation. Later on, my quiet time became more vigorous when I realised that my body didn’t want to sit, it wanted to move. So I got out a couple of dumbells and did 15 minutes of exercise. Zap!
The picture on a daily card often pops back into my mind’s eye when I need to remember it. Today’s Ace of Swords with its single blade piercing a laurel-decorated crown came into my inner vision during a conversation when everyone needed be witnessed equally. The mental image reminded me to pierce through anyone’s need to be more victorious than the other. I listened, used language that treated us all as peers, and remained reasonable. Helpful for all concerned.
Our CotD can also teach us more about the tarot’s nuances of meaning. A good practice is to reflect on how the card’s concepts and symbols might have fit into the day that was just lived. Our pre-sleep integrative inquiry can help us to do so. By applying what was really lived over the course of the day to the card we pulled earlier on can help us learn more about the card itself. Personal experience adds flavourful depth to our readings for/with others.
What other thoughts do YOU have about the Card of the Day practice? Please inspire us!