Employing the tarot need not be complicated. Here is a simple way to use the cards in your daily life. You only need to know five things:
- The suit of Coins, Pentacles, or Earth relates to anything physical, tangible, material, or grounded.
- The suit of Swords or Air relates to anything mental, philosophical, communicational, or thought-based.
- The suit of Cups or Water relates to anything emotional, relational, intuitive, or collaborative.
- The suit of Wands or Fire relates to anything spiritual, identity-based, growth-oriented, or self-expressive.
- The Trumps or Major Arcana relate to the universal, all-encompassing, archetypal, or transpersonal.
Either once a day or once a week, mix your tarot deck while holding the intention to know what aspect of life to focus on that day or week. Select one card at random. Notice which of the five parts of the pack its from and its corresponding piece(s) of life. The invitation is to pay closer attention to that piece(s) of life to learn more about yourself and to learn more about existence. The card can also suggest doing something to enliven or feed that part of you.
Here are some ways to use this:
- Simply observe that part of life and do something related to it. If you drew a Swords card, pay attention to your mind, your words, and what you read. A Swords card can also suggest awakening/supporting the mind: read an inspiring text, learn a new word, sign up for a course, remove an unwanted sentence from your vocabulary.
- Notice at what stage/step in the suit the card falls. Is it close to the beginning (Ace, Two…) or near the end (…Queen, King)? In addition to paying attention to that aspect of life, do something that’s as simple or as advanced as the stage/step suggests. For example, the Ace of Pentacles might suggest walking once around the block or checking your bank account. The Queen of Pentacles, being much further along in the suit, can indicate doing something more rigorous for the body or learning a more advanced accounting process.
- Again, you can take note of the stage/step. Let the number or court invite a specific number of actions or components connected with the suit. For example, the 5 of Cups might invite you to spend time with five close friends or relatives. It might also challenge you to come up with five things to do that will nourish you emotionally. The King of Wands, as the 14th card of the suit, might ask you to create 14 avenues of self-expression and spiritual connection.
- What do you do if you pull a Trump/Major? Pay attention to and awaken EVERY aspect of yourself in addition to everything BEYOND yourself. Not only is the suggestion to learn from and energise every part of yourself, you’re being called to contribute to your community, your culture, our world, our cosmos!
There, isn’t that easy? You only need to know those five things then let your powers of observation and imagination do the rest.
So…what’s your card? To what does it call your attention? What will you do to nurture that piece(s) of your life? Please tell us in the Comments…we’re listening to you here.
Images: The four Aces and the World card from the 1JJ Swiss Tarot.