Tarot games

7 Tarot Writing Prompts for Creative Souls

I get asked this all the time: what is the best way to learn the Tarot cards?

Here’s my answer – stop trying to read the cards! Instead, do non-reading activities with them.

You can journal with your Tarot cards, write about them, meditate on the Major Arcana, sketch your favourite Tarot card or simply spend time gazing at each card in your deck and getting a feel for them.

This allows you to engage with the cards in a low pressure way. When we’re using our Tarot cards for doing readings, there’s a certain amount of expectation, anticipation and pressure, as well as a concern with interpreting the card correctly, which doesn’t always help us connect with the cards.

One of my favourite ways to play with the cards is to use them as prompts and inspiration for creative writing. This is such a fun way to interact with the cards in a relaxed, low pressure way!

So fire up your laptop, make yourself a cup of coffee, grab your Tarot deck and let’s dive into it!…

7 fun, creative writing prompts using Tarot cards:

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Prompt #1 – The Love Triangle: randomly choose 3 cards. Each card is a person/character in a love triangle. Who is sleeping with who? How do they interact? What kind of drama ensues?

Prompt #2 – The High Priestess Walks into a Bar… The Fool, Knight of Wands and the Five of Cups are all sitting at the bar….how would each of these characters describe her entrance?

Prompt #3 – Create a Character: flesh out a character for your story by choosing one main card to represent this person, then draw 3 – 5 additional cards to represent various character traits.

Prompt #4 – The Hot Date: The Knight of Swords is on a hot date with The Star – how does it go? What do they talk about? How does it end?

Prompt #5 – Write as Someone Else: randomly draw a card and pretend you ARE that card and describe the room you’re in from their perspective. (For example, the Queen of Swords might be a bit critical of things and notice all the details, whereas the 3 of Cups would have a jovial attitude and might crack a lot of jokes).

Prompt #6 – The Dinner Party: The Emperor is having dinner with the Queen of Cups, The Tower and the 4 of Swords – what kind of conversation ensues? Write a script!

Prompt #7 – The Interview: The Queen of Swords (a high powered business lady) is interviewing the Page of Cups for a job as her personal assistant. What kinds of questions does she ask him? What are his responses? Write a dialogue!

*TIP: Have fun with these prompts and don’t worry about producing “good” writing – just get the ideas down and keep writing. You can always go back over it later and edit things. The first draft should be delicious-fun!


Want more?

Come join me this Saturday (Nov 18th) @ 10am PST / 1pm EST for a fun and engaging live workshop on Tarot for Creative Writing!

In this 2 – 2.5 hr workshop, I’ll show you how to use your Tarot cards create and develop characters, themes, stories and plot lines. Learn how to get unstuck, fire up your imagination and play with your cards like never before!!!

SIGN UP here ♥

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7 Tarot Activities to do on a Rainy (or Quarantined) Day!

Quarantined? Practising “social distancing”? Already watched all the crap on Netflix? Don’t worry! I’ve got your back.

The bright side of a mini apocalypse is having more time to devote to your Tarot studies. So don’t stress! Instead, bust out your Tarot deck and let’s get to it…

I’ve rounded up my 7 favorite Tarot exercises that will help you pass the time AND transform you into a better Tarot reader!

7 Tarot Tips for Learning Tarot Card Meanings

This one is good for Tarot beginners but more experienced Tarot readers will find some helpful tidbits, too.

Here I share my favorite techniques for learning the Tarot card meanings – techniques that will help you engage with the cards and stop relying on Tarot books or boring memorization!

Read the full article HERE or watch the video below…


20 Questions to Ask Your Tarot Cards Tonight!

Dame Darcy Mermaid Tarot

If you’re tired of asking your Tarot cards the same old tired questions, here’s a list of some fresh stuff to ask.

There’s also some good info on what to do when you get a “good” Tarot card in a “negative” card position or vice versa.

Read the full article HERE

8 Questions Your Tarot Cards Have for YOU!

A mediocre Tarot reader asks her deck questions. A sensational Tarot reader lets her deck ask her the questions! Confused yet? Then read the full article and/or watch this video…


Understanding Court Cards (by focusing on the negative)

hanson-roberts tarot
Hanson-Roberts Tarot


We all know the Court Cards can be a challenge. They’re kind of boring, nothings happening in them and they all look the same. But I discovered a funny way to get to know them (and remember them!) and I think you might just like it…

Read the full post HERE




Tarot Exercise: Sister Cards!

Have you ever noticed that some cards in the Tarot are kind of similar? Like the Two of Cups and The Lovers? Or The Emperor and the King of Swords?

I call these similar cards sister cards and in this post I tell you what it means when a pair like this shows up in your reading and how studying the “sister cards” can help you deepen your understanding of Tarot.

Read the full post HERE and/or watch the video below…


The Daily Tarot Girl’s Essential Tarot Spread Collection

I’m so excited to share my special, handcrafted collection of Tarot spreads!

This Tarot spread collection has spreads for special occasions like birthdays, Christmas and Valentines and weird stuff like a special spread for cat lovers. Plus, there’s even Tarot spreads that you will actually want to try, trust me 😉

View and download my Essential Tarot Spread Collection right HERE.


3 Ways to do a Reading Without Tarot Cards

No Tarot deck? No problem! Just because you don’t have your cards on you, doesn’t mean you can’t do a reading.

In this post, I show you how to use your environment, nearby books and your own drawings/doodles as tools for self discovery.

So grab a notebook and a pen and let’s get crackin’!

Read this post HERE.



Thanks for reading!

From my heart to yours, I wish you calmness and good health during this unsettled time.


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Tarot craft: Make Your Own Tarot Jar!

This afternoon as I was reading Andy Matzner’s The Tarot Activity Book, I was inspired to try one of his Tarot projects: creating my very own Tarot display jar!

I’m going to give you a run-down on how it went…but first I want to tell you about Andy’s book.

The Tarot Activity Book is just that – a whole book full of Tarot crafts, journalling exercises and fun activities, none of which involve reading the cards – which is refreshing.

Tarot’s usefulness extends far beyond the realm of readings and this book helps you use Tarot in ways you’ve never imagined.

One of the activities in his book is to make a Tarot mason jar. Mason jars have become trendy ever since hipsters started drinking green juice out of them with straws. A cafe in my neighborhood started using them as lightbulbs and the place became an instant hipster haven. Hordes of plaid, beards and tuques suddenly began beating their door down! It was wild!

Step 1: fill mason jar with salt or sand

You only need about 1″ of salt or sand. You could use soil if you’re really earthy, or that pink Himalayan sea salt if you like pretty shit.

This is to provide a base to put stuff in later.


Step 2: decorate the jar

I skipped this step because I’m lazy and also because I just knew it would end up looking like crap.

Andy suggests using acrylic paint to pretty up the inside or outside of the jar or even gluing bits of fabric or papers on it. Someone good at crafts would do a good job of this – me? Not so much. I know my limits.

Step 3: choose a Tarot card to go in the jar!

The Star from Dame Darcy’s Mermaid Tarot

This is the best part. I chose The Star because it helps me remember to relax and let go and stop trying to control everything and everyone.

If you’re trying to manifest something, you could choose a Tarot card that represents what you want to bring into your life.

Or, if you want to channel a particular card’s energy, like the Queen of Wands or The Empress, you could choose that for the jar.

OR… if your a fan of doing daily one card draws, you could put your daily draw card in your jar and change it up each day.


Step 4: Put nice objects in the jar

Choose some objects that relate to your chosen Tarot card or that are special to you and place them in the bottom of the jar, around the card.

I chose some pretty colored crystals, but you could use jewelry, sea shells, flowers, and other trinkets.

My cat decided to help me with this step by knocking all my crystals off the table, one at a time…


Step 5: Illuminate! (optional)

Put a battery operated candle or string of lights in your Tarot jar to create a magical glow!

I first used a string of fairy lights for my Tarot jar but I didn’t love how they seemed to obstruct my view of the Tarot card. A smaller string would have been ideal.

I then tried using a real tealight and this was a terrifying disaster! I almost burnt my Tarot card and the flame was so bright it also seemed to obstruct the card.

I think the best option is one of those fake plastic tealights that use a battery. It will create a soft glow without turning your jar into a Tarot inferno!

Unfortunately I didn’t have any battery powered tealights on hand, so I’m just making due with the show-stealing string lights until I find some.

Step 6: Display your Tarot jar!

Proudly display your Tarot jar somewhere you’ll see it, like your desk, bookshelf or bedside table.

Whenever I look at my Tarot jar, I’m reminded that there is order in the chaos and that everything is working out the way it needs to. It’s okay for me to let go and trust…

Check out The Tarot Activity Book!

If you liked this crafty Tarot exercise and find yourself thirsting for more, Andy Matzner’s book has lots to offer. With almost 100 Tarot activities and exercises, this book helps you go beyond readings to develop a whole new dimension to your Tarot journey.

Check it out on Amazon


Show & Tell…

My challenge to you is this:

  1. Decide what card you want to feature in your own Tarot jar and tell me in the comments below…
  2. Create your own Tarot jar and then hop on over to my Facebook page and send me a pic! I can’t wait to see what you create!!!

Good luck and have fun 🙂

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Best of 2015: My top 10 Tarot Blog Posts!

As 2015 comes to a close, I’ve been reflecting on everything that sucked about this past year (I can’t help it! I just do stuff like that!). But you know what didn’t suck in 2015? The 10 Tarot blog posts below…..

I’ve sifted through all my Tarot blog posts over the past year to find the ones I think you’ll enjoy the most, because even if you’ve been reading my Tarot blog religiously, I know you probably missed a couple!

Quiz: How Psychic Are You?

Take my saucy quiz and find out just how psychic you really are!

Warning: this is a fun one and will make you realize how much you miss those Seventeen magazine quizzes!

Read it here

Quiz: How Psychic Are You?


My Top 10 Tarot Decks

It was hard to come up with this list, believe me! Leaving some decks off this list made me feel like I was abandoning my less loved children...an unsettling sensation, indeed. Beware! This list may induce an Amazon deck ordering frenzy...

See my list

My Top 10 Tarot Decks


How to Read the Same Tarot Card in Different Decks

If you've ever wondered if the meanings of the Tarot cards change depending on what kind of Tarot deck you're using, here is your answer!

tarot video

How to Read the Same Tarot Card in Different Decks



20 Questions to Ask Your Tarot Cards Tonight!

Well, the title says it all so I won't natter on about it, but this was one of my absolute faves! Bust out your Tarot journal before doing this one, 'cause you're gonna need it!

20 Questions to Ask Your Tarot Cards Tonight



The Most Rebellious Way to Read Tarot....EVER!

Since you're an "outside the box" kind of person, why would you read Tarot any differently? Here's a Tarot exercise that will appeal to the rebel in you....

Read it!

The Most Rebellious Way to Read Tarot….EVER!



Tarot Game!

Looking for a way to rope your friends and family into a card game? Here it is! Put your Tarot cards to good use in this fun, fresh Tarot game that EVERYONE can play...

Tarot Game!



The Tarot Court Cards in Bed

Here's a fun little series that managed to offend a handful of readers. Will it offend you? There's only one way to find out.....read it!
I promise you'll never look at Court Cards the same way again.

Druidcraft Tarot

The Tarot Court Cards….In Bed! Part 4: The Kings


Why the Court Cards are so Darn Hard to Read

Here's another post about those pesky Court Cards....but this one isn't quite as dirty as the one above (at least I don't think it is). There's even a free worksheet that you can print out and go to town on!

Why the Court Cards are so darn hard to read (and what you can do about it)



Tarot Card Combinations Exercise!

Here's a fun one to try with your Tarot cards. Please ignore my reference to my Tarot book being out in June - I lied. I'm still writing that sucker!

Tarot Card Combinations Exercise!



How to Connect with Your Tarot Deck...Part 2

If you got a new Tarot (or Oracle) deck for Christmas, you absolutely MUST try this exercise with it! It will totally change the way you relate to your cards...in a really, really good way.

How to Connect with Your Tarot Deck….Part 2


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Tarot Game!

When David, Ronda and I were recording our last episode of the Menage A Tarot podcast, we were discussing other fun uses of Tarot cards, besides Tarot card reading. The subject of Tarot Games came up and an idea just popped into my head. So here it is!

This Tarot game can be played with two or more players. It doesn’t matter if the players have prior knowledge about Tarot or not – anyone can play this game, as long as there’s a willingness to be creative and open minded!

The Rules

1) Each person chooses 7 cards from the deck (without looking at them!) If you are playing this with more than four players, you may want to choose only five. Don’t let other players see your cards!

2) The first person chooses someone at the table to “read”. This is done by picking one of their cards (which are laying facedown on the table in front of them). In two sentences or less, say something about them that they can confirm with a “yes” or a “no”. For example, if you draw The Hermit for your friend you might say “lately you’ve been craving time alone” and your friend can either say “no, not true” or “yes!”

3) If they say “yes” to your statement, then you get to keep that card – you will want to put it in a separate pile from your original 7 cards. This is your “treasure pile” and these cards won’t get circulated back into the game.

If they say “no”, then they keep that card. Your turn is up and now it’s the next person’s turn. The next person might choose to read for that same person or a different person. Just be sure that when it’s your turn to read that you don’t just keep reading the same person over and over again (unless there’s only two of you!).

4) Once all your cards are gone you may choose another 7 from the deck. All players will have two groups of cards – a stack of the cards they take from other players when they read them correctly (Treasure Pile) and their own cards that they should have fanned out in front of them for other players to choose.

5) The object of this game is to end up with the most cards in your Treasure Pile. You may play this game until all the cards are gone from the deck, or you may set a time limit of an hour or two and whoever has the most cards at the end wins.

osho zen tarot
Osho Zen Tarot

Playing with non-Tarot readers

If you are playing with people who know nothing at all about Tarot, all the more fun! All they have to do is look at a card and pretend to read it for that person. You’d be surprised at how well this can work!

It’s sometimes helpful to try to just interpret the card literally. For example, look at The Fool – what is happening? A guy is about to step off a cliff. So you could say “you are about to jump off a cliff – metaphorically. Are you thinking of taking a risk right now?”

Or, in the case of Temperance, you might say “you have one foot into something and one foot out”

Alternatively, you may keep a Tarot card meanings book on hand and refer to it throughout the game if you need to. This isn’t cheating and it’s totally allowed in this game!


Some things to keep in mind

Alcoholic beverages and rowdiness are completely acceptable! Unlike when you do a regular Tarot reading, you don’t need to remain sober and mature for this one. Of course, this is entirely dependent on your preferences and the people you are playing with.

The point of this game is to have fun with the cards and play at guessing the meanings of the cards (if you are new to Tarot) and practice your reading skills if you are more experienced.

Should you use the same Tarot deck you use for readings?
If you have more than one deck, use a deck that you don’t usually read with. If you do use your one and only beloved Tarot deck, just make sure to energetically cleanse your deck before using it again for readings.

*Full Disclosure: I have yet to actually test out this Tarot game, mainly because I can’t find anyone whose interested in playing it! I know, I know, my friends are boring. So I may post some updates to this post once I do try it out.

Thoughts? Comments?

Did you try this game? How did it go? What do you think about using Tarot cards for games? Is it sacrilege or good clean fun? Tell me in the comments below – I’d love to hear from you!

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