One resolution I often make is to get back to a more rigorous ‘daily draw’ routine with my tarot cards.
As in, drawing a card each morning (or evening) and spending a reflective moment with it. If you’ve been following Little Red Tarot for a while or you’ve joined the Alternative Tarot Course, you’ll know that I’m always harping on about the benefits of doing daily cards… as a way of checking in with yourself, as a way of learning more about your cards, as a journalling exercise, a practice in observation, a way of developing an understanding of how tarot cards can mirror our day-to-day lives. It’s a lovely simple tarot practice that anyone can do.
But this isn’t about being dogmatic – sometimes life feels so hectic, our we’re in a particular kind of place emotionality, that clearing even just a few minutes for a daily draw isn’t realistic. (A few months ago in an open thread we discussed ways to make time for tarot when we’re super busy – worth a read if that sounds familiar!) The thing is, sometimes I do daily cards, sometimes I don’t – just like remembering to exercise or calling my mum I slip in and out of these little routines. It depends on where I’m at, but I always feel better when I do.
If you’d like to try out, or get back into, this daily practice in the new year, here are a few ideas to inspire you.
Firstly, actually drawing your card. Everyone has their own way of doing it – mine ranges from a completely slap-dash ‘oh look there are some tarot cards, let’s just pick one’ as I’m heading out the door to a first thing in the morning meditative moment holding and studying my card in silence and solitude. You can make as much or as little of a ritual of this as you like, but know that whatever you do, this is a ritual.
Use a timer. Set a timer for three/five/ten minutes and free-write about your card. Whatever comes out of your pen is fine, don’t overthink it or control it.
Make it routine. Try doing this in the same place at the same time each day. Maybe when you get into your car in the morning. Or while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil for your first cuppa. Maybe when you climb into bed each night, or when you get home from work and have that brief moment of solitude before others arrive. Maybe in a quiet seat on the train, or outside the coffee-shop with your latte.
Meditate with your card. Are you a person who meditates? How about meditating on a central idea or lesson within a tarot card? Other folks take this idea further, ‘entering’ the world of the card and spending time in its world. Here’s some information about ‘entering a tarot card’.
Take a photo of your card and make it your phone background, so you see all day long!
Journal your card. A few prompts to get you started…
- How does this card create a bridge between yesterday and today/today and tomorrow?
- How can I best use the energy of this card in my current situation?
- Who does this card make me think of?
Make it a two-card reading. The two-card cross is a brilliant, quick, versatile spread that’s perfect for a daily draw.
Use an app. Y’know, you don’t even need a deck of cards for this one. Many apps offer a ‘card of the day’ feature which will give you a card and a meaning to ponder. Perfect for commutes, cig breaks, waiting for the bus… Here are a few suggestions!
Look at the sequence. Pull out the cards that come sequentially before and after your card (e.g. if you draw the Nine of Swords, pull out the Eight and the Ten.) Can you see a progression, a story, links between the cards?
Draw your card. As in, sketch it, with a pen and paper. This is a great way to practice looking deeply at a card, and also seeing what symbols jump out at you the strongest.
Make it social. Blog, Tweet, Instagram or Facebook your card with a one-line interpretation (or, like, an essay.) For inspriration, I love Marianne’s daily weather report.
Join social media challenges. Lots of tarot folks run daily tarot games that you can join in with. On Twitter, Theresa Reed posts a card twice a day, inviting your interpretations, using #AMtarot and #PMtarot. Another of my favourites is #TarotToo, where you’re given two cards and asked to interpret them in combination. You’ll find loads of other tarot games and challenges on Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram etc.
Make a chain. Write each card with a brief reflection on a post-it and stick it on your wall. As the days go by, keep adding to your chain. Look for patterns, repetitions, sequences, a story unfolding.
Take a course! The Alternative Tarot Course is an eight-week course (created by yours truly) in developing your own approach to tarot. It’s filled with original, fun and thought-provoking exercises to get you thinking about tarot in your own way and it’s a great way to get your tarot resolutions off to a good start! Daily cards are part of the structure, along with weekly readings, and a menu of topical exercises which you can complete as you work through each chapter.