Let’s get personal.
Did you know that each card in your Tarot deck symbolizes a particular event, person, place or thing in your life?
Here’s a little Tarot trick that will help you remember the meanings of each Tarot card AND connect to your Tarot deck like it was your long lost twin. Major bang for your buck.
Now snuggle up with a hot mug of chai and let me share this trick with you and tell you a story…
First, go through your Tarot cards and pick out the card that seems to be saying “pick meeeeee!”
Or, if your feeling all emo, pick the card you despise the most.
Now ask yourself: what does this card remind me of? What part of my life is it referring to?
What is the feeling evoked by this card? When in your life did you feel that feeling most strongly?
If you feel like writing, you can record your thoughts in your Tarot Journal.
My Horror Story
The card I chose for this exercise was the Three of Swords. Not because I like this card, but because it evokes a very horrific memory for me…
It was 1995. I was at my high school Valentine’s Day dance, trying to work up the nerve to ask my “crush” to dance.
I had been obsessing over this particular boy and his deliciously hairless legs for an eternity (at least 4 weeks) and all I wanted was to press my body up against him for three solid minutes while TLC’s “Red Light Special” warbled in the background. I wasn’t asking for much.
“Do you want to dance?” I asked, very nonchalantly I might add. (I had been mentally rehearsing this moment for weeks!)
And he went “Pfffft”, rolling his eyes and awkwardly looking away. “I promised someone else a dance and now I’m looking for them.”
NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! My life came crashing down around me with the sudden, shocking, piercing realization that this boy with the shiny bowl cut hair did not like me back. HE DID NOT LIKE ME BACK!
I was forever jaded.
And that’s how you do it! Pick a card and then take a trip down memory lane. Now, if your own “memory lane” is pitch dark or bubbling with excrement, just skip straight to step two…
Take things even further by asking: what aspect of my present life does this card symbolize?
Doing this simple task will make your Tarot card(s) relevant to your life NOW.
Personally, the Three of Swords sums up how I feel every time my date movie suggestions get shot down by my partner. Which is pretty much all the time.
Now if you really want to take this Tarot exercise even further, do it for:
- All the cards you can’t stand! (for me this is the Five of Swords and that cold bitch Justice)
- The cards you really love
- The cards that confuse the hell out of you!