Many of you know that I like to use the tarot as a tool for mapping out strategies to get to my personal goals and business targets. How might you do this simply and efficiently? Here’s an enjoyable and manageable way to use the tarot (or other symbolic insight tool) as a proactive weekly tool for getting closer to your chosen long- or short-term goal.
Once a week, let’s say on Sunday evening, set aside 15 to 20 minutes for yourself. Sit down with your tarot deck, your notebook, and your calendar or electronic reminder device. Spend a minute or so holding your aim in your mind, using as many of your senses as you do so. Pick a card from your pack. Reflect for a moment on the card’s imagery. Jot down seven qualities that you most like or appreciate in the picture. Now write down one doable, concrete action for each quality. This will give you a total of seven actions to take. Plug each one into a day of the coming week. As each day arrives and you look at your calendar or your device beeps to remind you, perform your activity for that day. Repeat this process every week. Your target will become more refined and you will attain it.
Here’s an example. I sat down with the Dark Goddess Tarot by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince and held my goal to fill up the retreat I’ll be offering in May in my mind and senses. The card I drew was the Seven of Water (Maeve). The seven qualities I noticed and appreciated in this card’s image in that moment included welcome, generosity, hospitality, symmetry, simple beauty, gentle intoxication, and quiet celebration. Here’s my list of daily actions for the week:
- Monday. Welcome. Write the letter of welcome that people who sign up for the retreat will receive from me.
- Tuesday. Generosity. Come up with a nice bonus gift for those who are considering participation in the retreat.
- Wednesday. Hospitality. Set a date for an informal afternoon tea at which local people can ask questions about the retreat and get to know me a bit better.
- Thursday. Symmetry. Look in my calendar for the half-way point between now and the first day of the retreat. Jot down what needs to be done on both sides of that date.
- Friday. Simple Beauty. Print a beautiful poster to give to people in person and to post here in town.
- Saturday. Gentle Intoxication (altered state). Put on a drumming CD and use it to do some journeying to ask about what I most need to know or learn about the retreat.
- Sunday. Quiet Celebration. Do a simple ritual of gratitude to celebrate the good that has happened this week around the retreat — light a candle, say “Thank you, Life”, and silently bless all who have signed up thus far.
I hope that you’ll use this Card-of-the-Week mapping process for something in your life. Let me know how it goes for you in the Comments section.