June 2018

7 Ways to Spice up Your Tarot Practice!

Like sex, Tarot can get stale and boring. Especially if you’re always doing the same old same old. It’s normal to feel kind of “meh” about doing readings or studying Tarot every now and then. If this is something you’re going through right now, here are some ways to spice things up…

Spice #1: Do It Outside!

Or in a cafe, at the library, in a stairwell or the back of a cab…you get the idea. A change in location helps you see your cards in a whole new way.

Whenever I want to breathe life into my Tarot practice, I pack up my deck and Tarot journal and head to the park or beach. Contemplating the Tarot to the sound of crashing waves and toddlers throwing tantrums really brings the magic!

Being surrounded by something other than my living room (where I usually read Tarot) stimulates my brain in a way that makes it more creative and active, enabling a different experience with the Tarot.

Spice #2: Do Something Different

Are you stuck in a rut? Do you always do the same thing with your Tarot cards?

I used to practice only by giving myself readings and this got old really fast as I quickly ran out of problems and issues to read about. When I discovered Tarot journaling everything changed and it opened up a world of possibility!

So if you normally just do readings with your cards, try journaling about them, meditating with them, sketching them or throwing them up in the air like money and rolling around naked on a bed like your Demi Moore in Indecent Proposal. Remember that scene?

 

Spice #3: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Things get interesting when you do something that scares you. So don’t hesitate to push yourself a little when it comes to your Tarot practice. This is how you’ll get better, after all.

What makes you feel a little uncomfortable? Reading Tarot for a stranger? Or perhaps reading Tarot for yourself without your book of meanings? Or is it focusing on a card you really dislike?

Whatever it is, DO IT! And then feel the thrills roll in.

 

Spice #4: Find a Tarot Buddy or Tarot Group

Tarot is well suited to being a solo practice which is probably why hardcore introverts and those who despise fraternizing are drawn to it.

BUT….

You can have soooo much fun when you share your passion for Tarot with a like minded friend or group. When I was first learning Tarot I was lucky enough to have a friend who was also just getting into it and we’d practice giving awkward readings to each other. It was great.

Heart & Hands Tarot

I’ve never been in a Tarot group before, although I did come dangerously close one time.

I did something totally out of character one day and joined a meetup group – our first Tarot potluck meetup was cancelled but I didn’t get the memo so I showed up at someone’s house, tabbouleh salad in hand. This lady peeked out through a crack in her door and said “it’s cancelled” and that was that.

 

Spice #5: Get a New Tarot Deck or Book

Ahhh, the old standby. Buying more stuff!

Sometimes this is just the thing you need – a new deck to put some pizzazz in your readings or a new book to give you some fresh ideas and perspectives. But sometimes this just results in more unread books on your shelf and more Tarot decks collecting dust. So proceed with caution.

What I love about getting a new deck is seeing the cards through a different lens. This always expands my understanding of the Tarot and like an alcoholic pretending to be a wine connoisseur I get to appreciate the art of Tarot while feeding my addiction. It’s a win-win!
If you’re not sure what decks to get, here are some of my faves.

 

Spice #6: Start a Tarot Scrapbook

This is a cool idea that I had that I will probably never actually do but I think you totally should!

A Tarot scrapbook is like a Tarot journal, but with more images and bits of stuff glued on. Get a big scrapbook and dedicate a page for each card and in addition to writing the card’s meaning, you could include things like ticket stubs, dried flowers and leaves, doodles, etc that capture the essence of the card.

For example, The Knight of Wands page could have ticket stubs to an action movie and travel postcards, while the High Priestess page might feature an incense stick and shiny silver star stickers.

This seems like a time consuming project, so I’m out. But I think it would be a fun alternative to a Tarot Journal, especially if your craftsy.

 

Spice #7: Take a Break!

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. If you’re spending too much time with your Tarot cards it can become like a dysfunctional relationship where you both get sick of each other!

When I first got into Tarot I was doing multiple readings on myself every day. It got too much. My readings began to feel confusing and pointless. I started resenting my Tarot deck and feeling mildly irritated every time I picked it up.

If you’re feeling blah about Tarot, take a week or even a month away from your cards. When you come back to them your interest and enthusiasm will be renewed and invigorated!

 

 

 

 

Bonus: Spice #8

Explore my website! I’ve designed my site with one goal in mind – to help you spice up your relationship with Tarot.

From lists of thrilling questions to ask your Tarot deck, to fun Tarot quizzes, Tarot Challenges and Tarot spreads, there’s a little something for everyone. Enjoy your Tarot journey!

 

How do YOU like to mix up your Tarot practice?

Do you have some of your own tips and tricks for boosting your enthusiasm and excitement for Tarot? Share them in the comment section below!

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Understanding Court Cards (by focusing on the negative!)

There’s one thing I really excel at – negative thinking! Focusing on what ISN’T working, dwelling on what’s WRONG and what needs FIXING comes as natural to me as Facebook stalking and screaming at my husband.

And I’m guessing you’re the same (with the negative thinking).

It’s because our brains are built to be Negative Nellies, not Positive Pollyannas. If you ignored all the bad stuff and just stared at the sun smiling, you wouldn’t notice that nefarious crocodile coming to eat you and you’d burn out your retinas.

This also explains why there’s scores of books on positive thinking, but none of negative thinking. This shit doesn’t come naturally to us and we need to read lots of books on how to do it and force ourselves into it.

Now, if you’re like everyone else you don’t just LOVE negative thinking, you also DESPISE court cards!

This is because court cards are so. fucking. hard. to. learn!

But are they hard to learn when we put a negative, catty, gossipy spin on them? I think not!

So instead of trying to memorize a bunch of boring-as-fuck (BAF) keywords for each court card, let’s just focus on the negative aspects of these cards…

 

Rider Waite Tarot, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

King of Cups – This guy is like an addict who just got out of rehab and wants to tell you every little detail of his “story” and his road to recovery. Great! Better pour yourself a strong one and sit back. He finds himself endlessly fascinating and assumes everyone else does too!

Negative traits: Narcissism, talks too much, is “touchy feely” in an annoying way, drinks way too much (or talks about how he’s quit drinking), thinks he understands exactly how you feel (he doesn’t!)

 

 

 

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hanson-roberts tarot
Hanson-Roberts Tarot

Queen of Swords - This chick is waaaay too uptight and judgy and takes everything sooooo seriously. She's constantly finding jokes "offensive" and "problematic" and it's hard to have a casual conversation with her without it becoming a game of PC intellectual twister.

Negative traits: Uptight, serious, humorless, judgemental, kind of a bitch. She uses her superior intellect to make you wrong and herself right.

 

 

 

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Crystal Visions Tarot

Knight of Pentacles - This guy's a real stick in the mud who says NO! to everything new, fun and exciting. He's incapable of creating change in his life but hides behind the flimsy facade of being sensible and thinking things through. Um yeah, it shouldn't take you 12 years to write a resume, dude!

Negative traits: Simply cannot move forward in life, avoids risk taking at all cost, takes an eternity to make a decision and is so set in his ways you'd think he was 96 years old.

 

 

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Hanson-Roberts Tarot
Hanson-Roberts Tarot

Page of Wands - This little bastard is annoyingly enthusiastic about almost everything. It's fucking exhausting. He's like the New Guy at work whose spirit has yet to be crushed, resulting in an upbeat and gung-ho attitude that is totally uncalled for.

Negative traits: Way too jazzed up about life, is a real go-getter whose willing and able to learn and work hard. Yuck!

 

 

 

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So now that I've done shitting all over the court cards, I want to add this.....ideally you want to have a grasp of BOTH the negative and positive traits of each court card. But the negative traits are easier to remember so you can use them as a trigger to help you remember the good stuff.

Try this!

Fan out all your court cards. Think of them as people with both good and bad sides (but because you're a jerk like me, just focus on the bad stuff). What terrible personality flaws does the Queen of Cups possess? What irritating habits does the Page of Pentacles flaunt? Which King do you want to tell to STFU already?!

Have fun and if you feel like sharing...tell me which court card is The Worst and why? in the comments below.

Want more? Check out my e-course Learn the Tarot Court Cards for more juicy-fun tarot lessons and exercises!

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