A Day With My Cards, 5 Ways to Use Your Cards Daily
A common question from students learning Tarot or Oracle reading is, "How do you use the cards every day?" So, I wanted to share with you how I use my cards daily!
Whether it's a Tarot app or a quick draw from my tiny oracle deck, I try to draw 1-2 cards each day to get a sense of what my focus should be for the day. For example, today I drew a Faith card from my Willows East Key Card deck and The Empress from the Linestrider Tarot deck.
It's a bit of a long story why these 2 cards mean so much to me, but I'll try to sum it up here: I've been struggling with depression lately, and I have not been the best mom/housewife. I've been doing a lot of soul searching and praying (and medication helps! ha!), and I finally realized that I need to do more morning work. My depression and exhaustion sets in at about 3pm, just when I'm finishing up work. So, I've been taking an early "lunch" break at 9am and working my butt off -- prepping meals, picking up, and spending time with my daughter. The Faith and Empress card really sums up this energy of striving to be THE Empress of my house and having Faith that I can keep going. I don't need perfection -- I mean, hell, this woman's boob is hanging out. Haha! I just need a little more normalcy and work/home balance in my life.
I like to plan my big projects with Tarot. I have a separate planner that I use only for Tarot. It's a little more creative and fun than my regular planner. I write big events in there and the energy around them, and I do a lot of exploring about projects. I've been asking the cards what I should do with my life in general, and the answers are all 50/50 or super vague. Ugh. In revisiting my Life Purpose post, I'm reminded to just do what I love, wait for signs and opportunities, and focus on projects first.
I ask my cards, "What's the energy of this deck I'm creating?" or "What's the energy around the new book I'm planning?" This week, I even asked what the theme of my book should be and got Page of Pentacles, Queen of Wands, and Two of Wands, which to me seemed like a journey from basic, materialistic thinking, to a wiser, more creative, and intuitive way of thinking. Then, the 2 of Wands, seeing the world for the first time through this new lens. What an interesting transformation to take a reader through! I jotted it down in my planner.
If I have big events coming up -- Mother's Day dinner, a get-together with friends, a school picnic, a wedding, etc., I like to put them in my Tarot planner and ask the cards what the energy of the event will be. It's great practice with the cards, because generally you already have a sense of what the energy will be, and there aren't too many surprises.
I rarely change plans due to a Tarot reading, but occasionally the reading will reinforce my worries about a situation or remind me that I'm just not in the right frame of mind for an outing, and I'm able to make a change that's more in line with what I need.
Getting to the Heart of a Matter
Do you ever find yourself in a situation with someone where you just can't figure out their motives? And asking them doesn't seem to work either? Ha! This happens mostly with my 5-year-old, but sometimes my husband too. I'll sometimes pull 2-3 cards to check in about a relationship. Mostly, it gives me time to stop and think about how I'm interacting with this person and how our relationship can be healthier.
But other times, it's not a person at all -- sometimes I'm just having a hard time letting go of something or staying positive in a tough situation. I can ask my cards how I can move forward, how I can let go, and how I can be the best me in the face of a difficult transition.
Mindfulness and/or Meditation
All of the topics above involve mindfulness -- taking just a few minutes to stop and think, to assess. You can also focus on the energy of your Daily Draw throughout the day. Some people like to keep their card visible throughout the day as a reminder of what they're striving for. I usually take a picture of my card draw and keep it handy throughout the day.
I like to meditate with my daily card draw in mind -- sometimes I do this sitting quietly for a few minutes, or while on a walk.
How About You?
How do you use your cards each day?