Last week, several people began my Essentials of Tarot Reading course. Here’s a deceptively simple activity that we did on our first call to help people become more familiar with their tarot decks. Here are the steps:
- Turn your tarot pack face up, so you can see the card images.
- As you go through your deck, notice which cards you like, which cards you don’t like, and which cards feel neutral to you, placing each category into its own pile so that you end up with three piles. Don’t overthink this, just notice your gut reaction and place each card in one of the three stacks.
- After you’ve created these three piles, go through them and pay attention to the qualities you notice in each. What seems to be the predominant attribute to your “like” pile? Write it down. What quality do you most notice in your “don’t like” stack? Write it down. When you review your “neutral” pile, what characteristic stands out for you? Write it down.
- Reflect on the qualities you jotted down for each pile. How does each relate to your life right now? What story do they tell you? What in your life do you want to enhance, and what do you want to change? Act accordingly.
- What do the characteristics of your card stacks tell you about the type(s) of tarot deck that most appeals to you and will be most useful to you? Seek it/them out.
I appreciate that such an uncomplicated exercise can offer a tarot practitioner personal insight and clues about the tools that will work best for hir. Please try this activity and let us what emerges for you.