What Do I Ask My Deck Now?

I still ask my deck daily, "What do I need to know about today?" And that's great -- it gives me a focus for the day, time to reflect, time to prepare my energy for what I might face in the hours ahead.

But, when it comes to filling up those journal pages, I often draw a blank and find myself asking, "OK, what now?"

Here's a list I put together of some other spreads and card-draw ideas to fill our journals:

  1. Don't forget that pages 6-7 of your journal have lists of ideas for other 3- and 4-card readings, like: "Choice 1, Choice 2, Outcome" and "Hopes, Fears, Who Can Help, Advice."
  2. You can always ask your deck, "Tell me more," about a card or scenario in your journal, and draw additional cards.
  3. Don't be afraid to fill a Daily/Weekly page in one sitting if you're in the mood to spend some time with your cards.
  4. Ask some random, even silly questions to build a relationship with your deck, like: "What will my friend wear tomorrow," "What will the weather be like," or "Where did my dog hide my other sneaker?"
  5. Try a spirit guide reading to find out which spirit friend on the other side is with you this week -- ask what they look like, what they're helping you with, how you can connect with them.
  6. If you plan to go to a public place, ask which type of person you might see or meet there -- see if you run into someone who fits your reading.
  7. Do a Past, Present, Future reading for yourself. Set your intention for the length of time (day, week, month, etc.). Now look at the cards again, but imagine this reading is for someone you know. Think about how you would read the cards differently with your friend's energy in mind?
  8. Doing a reading for a pet. Many of my friends have pets who have been adopted, so we've done readings to tell a story about their lives before adoption. Some friends know bits and pieces of their pets' history, so we were able to make a few validations.
  9. Use Tarot to plan an outing or weekend. Ask, "Which types of activities will help me feel rejuvenated or worry-free?"
  10. Ask your deck about Project Planning: "What should I focus on in the next week, 3 weeks, month, etc.?"
  11. Ask your deck to help you create a fictional story, or practice reading for a celebrity.

Sample Reading, Project Planning

Today, I asked my deck: When continuing to build my Tarot business, what should I focus on, in the 1) next week, 2) next 3 weeks, and 3) next month?

Linestrider Tarot Deck

Linestrider Tarot Deck

I struggled at first to find the meanings here, but I eventually concluded that, in short:

  1. 5 of Pentacles meant that, in the next week, I should try to overcome feelings of adversity, to focus on spirituality, and to help make the site intuitive in its navigation.
  2. The Devil meant that, in the next 3 weeks, I should try to break free of my feelings of being tied down, that I should put myself out there more and work more in my local community to make connections and network.
  3. The Moon meant that I needed to focus on my own intuitive journey long-term, that I had to take care of myself. The Moon has other meanings to me, like cycles and balance and leading a spiritual life as well.

Sample Reading, Brangelina

I had to try a celebrity reading this week! Of course, the first scenario that popped into my mind was Brad and Angelina's divorce. This one might actually break the Internet, guys! I asked my deck 3 questions: first, tell me an overall story in the cards that describes the scenario, and have the cards represent: 1) who triggered the divorce, 2) if Brad has a new love interest, and 3) if Brad and Jen will get back together (I think this is a big "no," but let's see what the cards say!)

Linestrider Tarot Deck

Linestrider Tarot Deck

  1. Strength - Angie triggered the divorce, which we do know. I feel she's being strong about underlying problems that haven't been made public yet and may never be. She's also being graceful and mature about this transition and trying to put her family first.
  2. 5 of Wands - This tells me that there is a LOT of competition. I wouldn't outright say that he's slept with other women, but I think he flirts and is in communication with a lot of other women. His focus doesn't seem to be on Angie.
  3. 8 of Wands - I feel like this is a "no," though I suppose you could read this as him returning to her for a short period of time, a one night stand maybe? But most likely, he's going to run in the other direction and start a new life for himself.
  4. Overall story: Angie is remaining strong in the face of competition and media involvement. She wants the divorce to happen quickly, to set up visitation for the kids, and to move on with her life.

To Think About:

When trying the exercises above, how did you look at cards differently in other scenarios? For example, The 5 of Pentacles to me can indicate a challenging scenario. But when it comes up in regard to asking about the weather or what my friend is wearing, it could mean escaping a rainstorm or that my friend has ragged clothes on (think ripped jeans) or a hooded sweatshirt.