I don’t like to impose specific rituals on my tarot students, preferring that their own ways of entering and exiting an experience with the cards emerge naturally through them. When using the tarot with myself, I’ve recently noticed myself carrying out the following ritual to lead into my Card of the Day (CotD) or a full self-reading:
- I cut the pack into five stacks: body, mind, emotion, spirit, and transpersonal.
- I slowly mix the body stack while reflecting on the physical, tangible, material aspects of my life as they are: health, food, sex, living space, work, money, and so on.
- I slowly mix the mind stack while reflecting on the mental, philosophical, communicational aspects of my life as they are: thoughts, beliefs, conversations, verbiage, etc.
- I slowly mix the emotion stack while reflecting on the emotional, feeling, relational aspects of my life as they are: emotional expression, subtle feelings, intuition, intimate relating, friendships, family, and so forth.
- I slowly mix the spirit stack while reflecting on the spiritual, growth-oriented, identity-rooted aspects of my life as they are: soul, Core Self, self-esteem, my role(s) in the world, my personal energy/ki, and so on.
- I slowly mix the transpersonal stack while reflecting on all that is more than the being I consider myself to be: community, culture, planet, cosmos, the web of life, the greater whole, the Great Mystery, etc.
- I mix the body and spirit stacks together as a reminder to heal our culture’s perceived split between those two things.
- I mix the emotion and mind stacks together as a reminder to heal our culture’s perceived split between them.
- I mix the bodyspirit and emotionmind stacks together as a reminder that I am a whole being, complete in myself.
- I mix the transpersonal and bodyspiritemotionmind stacks together as a reminder that my wholeness includes all that is, that the wholeness of the cosmos includes all parts of me, and that I enter the tarot encounter as a whole person rather than as someone who needs to be “fixed”.
- I choose my card(s) and proceed with my CotD or self-reading.
This ritual is not something I would do with a client due to the time factor, but when I do it for myself I sense my alignment with the Part of Me That Knows Me Best and the session has a fluency to it. Feel free to try this and let me know what you experience. And/Or feel free to share your favourite way(s) of centring yourself in the Comments section.