One of the common techniques for learning the tarot is the daily draw. The most common version is that the tarot reader draws a card each morning and then journals about the card’s possible meaning or perhaps just reads up on it. In this form, the practice is a learning tool.
Some readers continue to do it as a part of their personal practice. Until earlier last year, I have confession to make: I never did this type of draw. But when I started this blog, I started to do this as I saw this as fairly common on twitter. I enjoyed the practice, but I enjoyed it less as a spiritual practice and more as a personal challenge. How do I distill the meaning of a card into the (then) 140 character limit of Twitter? Then I found #amtarot and #pmtarot as well as #tarottoo, which are ways of participating with readers all around the globe by sharing your take on the same card. I really enjoyed it and enjoyed readings how others view the same card.
During this practice I tried a couple of ways of staying engaged with the practice. I started a tag of my own, called #badtarot in which I used the daily draw as a way of giving a bad (in a funny way) reading. Truthfully, I learned a lot about the cards this way as it let me open up my brainstorming and find meaning in the cards I hadn’t seen before. I also added a set of meanings about hipster tarot readers (e.g. I read with a really obscure deck, you’ve probably never heard of it), which was a lot of fun and way to poke fun at myself as much as anything.
While I do a lot of straight forward predictive readings, I have really been feeling called to explore the power of tarot as a contemplative or mindfulness tool. I would like to restart the process, but one of the things that I’ve been working a lot with in my personal tarot practice are using the cards to find thing to bring to my consciouss awareness. For example, instead of drawing the Lovers and making a prediction about my day, to use it to ask a question. How is my relationship to my partner? How have I been expressing love or affection in my life?
Here are a few more examples:
5 of Wands: Who do I express frustration or anger in my life? Am I do it assertively? Aggressively? Or am I numbing?
8 of Pentacles: What is my relationship to my job or other tasks? Do I resist what is before me or embrace it?
Justice: How do maintain my boundaries? Do I hold people accountable in a fair way? Do I under- or overreact when people say or do hurtful things?
While one can generate and then journal these kinds of questions, just holding that question in mind during the day and just observing how these kinds of things occur in one’s daily life can be enough. An alternative way to this kind of practice is generating an intention or affirmation for the day.
5 of Wands: I will handle conflict with grace and calm today.
8 of Pentacles: I will embrace my work with vigor and excitment today.
Justice: I will treat others fairly and evenly.
As a third way of working with a daily card draw is act on the information in way that supports the life you that want to live.
5 of Wands: I will take a step to resolve the conflict I have with Jane Doe today.
8 of Pentacles: I will work deadly on my goal of getting the basement cleared out.
Justice: I will talked to my husband about the balance of housework today.
So these are some ideas to invigorate your daily draw practice and to bring it to a mindful place. Enjoy!