Tarot is a great tool for self-discovery and transformation. The images on the cards can speak to many situations we face in daily life, providing lessons for us to reflect on. For this reason, tarot cards can become great prompts for writing and journaling about our feelings. They can be used for meditation, focusing on the theme of a card for example and then allowing your meditation to quiet the mind and lead to solutions.
Below are a couple of exercises you can use with the Tarot to help guide your path. Perhaps you need some help overcoming a challenge, or maybe just some motivation in general, in either case these can be very effective and generating creative new ideas.
Tarot for Personal Journals
Present your question or area of concern in your journal. I like to do this in the form of a mind map. Start with your core idea or concern in the center of the page and then as you focus on this, shuffle and draw your card. Place your card near your journal and consider the meanings and symbolism of this particular card. How does it correlate to your present experience? Are there lessons in this card that can help you feel more empowered in the current situation? Consider the card for a few minutes and then let all of your ideas flow in branches out from the center.
Later, after you feel you have expressed everything, go through and then start to organize the thoughts and ideas. What you come up with doing this exercise may surprise you and lead to new solutions you had not considered previously.
Set aside a time where you can spend 10 – 15 minutes of uninterrupted, quiet time. Light a candle and focus on a one word mantra for what you want assistance with. For example, after my son's accident, I was focusing on what I needed to do to be strong for him after he broke his leg and had to have surgery. I was feeling overwhelmed and scattered from the stress and so I chose to focus on “strength”. I shuffled the cards and ironically enough, the strength card was what I drew.
For several minutes sit and quiet the mind and focus on the one word mantra while looking at your chosen card. Let yourself go deeply into the image and use the mantra to help quiet random thoughts. This comes easier over time if you are not used to practicing meditations. You can also do a different card every few minutes while still remaining focused on your mantra.
After your session you may want to grab a journal and jot down the thoughts and feelings that seemed meaningful. Often this act of quieting down deliberately opens us up intuitively to spirit, the “higher self” etc. and things that you had not considered will flow easily to you in those silent moments.
I enjoy both of these practices and have found them to inspire me and give me wisdom in times of need. There are a variety of interesting and meaningful ways to use the Tarot and I hope you will find some that work for you.