Here are some quick exercises you can easily do everyday to flex your Tarot muscles. Each should take no longer than fifteen minutes <wink>.
End of the Day Card(s)
Instead of pulling a card of the day – at the end of the day, choose the card that you feel best represents your day’s activities, events, and/or energies and write about it in your Tarot Journal. You may find yourself choosing more than one card.
End of Day Review of COTD
If you do draw a ‘Card of the Day’ – at the end of the day, look back and see how that card manifested itself. If you have a journal, record your thoughts.
Poetry Match/Flash Fiction Match
Pick a any poem and choose the card(s) that you believe best represents the theme of the poem or…
Pick a super short story or a flash fiction piece, and choose the card(s) you feel best represent the events unfolding in the story.
Fire and Ice
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
For this poem I would choose the Tower card all the way!
Here are two sites I recommend:
- Great Poetry site: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/
- Flash Fiction: https://flashfictionmagazine.com/
Building a Sentence or Two
Separate the Majors, the Minors, and the Courts. Now pull one card from each group and create a sentence that reflects the meaning of each card.
The Court card will be the character, the Minor card will act as the ‘topic’ or ‘theme’, and the Major card will act as the ‘affect’ or ‘conflict’.
Queen of Cups, Temperance, and Six of Pentacles.
Mary is a compassionate, generous woman and she enjoys doing charity work, but lately she’s been overdoing it. She needs to moderate her time and energy, and focus on herself for a bit.
Spread Position Switcheroo
Pull 2 cards for a spread and perform a reading. The spread positions should represent opposing ideas.
- Opportunity – Challenge
- Internal – External
Then, switch the cards.
How does the position change the interpretation?
Example: 1. Opportunity – 2. Challenge
Ten of Cups & Eight of Pentacles
You’re happily married, you have two children and you just bought a new house. Your family life feels complete and you’re all in a good place. However, the new position you took at your job could take up too much of your time, interfering with your home life and you may need to learn how to balance the two.
Eight of Pentacles & Ten of Cups
You are finally going to get the promotion you’ve been working so hard to get. However, with a the long hours you’re going to need put in, you’re beginning to wonder if you’ll ever settle down and have a family, or are you going to be alone with your career. You may need to reconsider your priorities.
See the difference?
Pull two cards and perform a reading.
Then, replace the second card with a different card.
How does the new card affect the first card’s interpretation and how does it differ from the first reading?
This is a good way to learn Tarot combinations.
Eight of Swords & The Moon
You are feeling trapped and limited by your worries and anxiety.
Eight of Swords & the Three of Swords
You are feeling trapped and limited by the heartbreak your ex caused you.
Pull a card randomly, or pull a card of your choice.
Find the same card in a different deck.
Observe the differences in the cards, such as:
Do you feel any of these differences changes the card meaning? How and why?
Six of Cups – Card 1. Rider-Waite Tarot, Card 2. Druidcraft Tarot
Six of Cups keywords: childhood memories (fond), nostalgia, gifts, generosity, reunion, kindness, innocence, restoring harmony.
Card 1. This card clearly shows an older child giving a younger child a gift. Are they family, maybe siblings or cousins? Or, are they good friends or neighbor? They look like they may be in the town square.
To me, this card depicts gifts, generosity and kindness to our friends, family, and/or community, or a possible reunion.
Card 2. A man, sitting inside his home, is looking through the window watching children as they play outside. Is it a father watching his children? Or, is it an older brother watching his younger siblings? He’s definitely connected to them because he holds the sixth cup but it is different. While they fill their cups with flowers, his cup is filled with nourishment such as water or something more mature like wine.
To me, this card represents creating memories and nostalgia as well as the innocence of children being children, playing without a care in the world.
How do the differences change your interpretation of the Six of Cups?
More to come…This is a growing list.
The Tarot cards used in the Poetry Match and Comparing Decks (card 1)is from the Rider-Waite Tarot used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. U.S. Games Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Rider-Waite is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems.
The Tarot cards used in the Spread Position Switcheroo and Card Combinations are from the Hanson-Roberts Tarot used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. U.S. Games Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Rider-Waite is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems.
The Tarot card 2. used in Comparing Decks is from the Druidcraft Tarot