If you’re learning tarot, chances are you’re doing readings for yourself more often than once a week.
That’s great! And if not, now is the time to start.
This weekly exercise is one specific reading using one specific spread – you’ll find the spread at the end of each chapter. Sometimes it will be related to the theme of the chapter itself, sometimes not.
Create a safe space for your weekly readings.
Make this a special time for you – among the madness of daily life, here is a moment you can claim just for yourself – to focus on you, where you’re at, what’s going on, how you’re feeling, where things are going.
Try to do your weekly reading at the same time each week – Saturday morning, Sunday afternoon, a quiet weeknight, it doesn’t matter – just pick a time when you’re likely to get a bit of time to yourself.
Take as little or as long as you like over this reading.
Do you have a special ritual? A cloth or scarf you lay out first before drawing the cards? Maybe you use a candle, a crystal or some incense?
Think also about how you handle the cards. Do you unwrap them with reverence or say a little word of thanks? If you have a question, do you whisper it to the cards or ask it clearly, head held high?
What about shuffling? Is yours a fancy croupier shuffle or a slow, deliberate mixing of the cards?
Maybe you fling the cards down and read the whole picture. Maybe you lay the cards face down and turn them over one by one, interpreting as you go. Perhaps you draw a map of the cards and link them up with arrows and ideas.
We’ll be exploring many of these themes over the eight chapters of this course. As you progress, don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles!
And, crucially, write up your reading in your journal.
Write about the cards you got, what they say to you individually, in pairs, in sets, all together in the reading.
As with the daily cards, it’s fine to turn to books and the internet for suggestions, but don’t let other people’s ideas govern what you make of the cards. This is your reading and you are interpreting those cards, in your own way, in relation to your own life.