Despite having 365 activities this book is not necessarily meant to be used every single day of the year, nor does it need to be done in the order listed in the book. I recommend reading the book, perhaps making a little notation next to activities, prompts, or readings that sound appealing or interesting, and when it is finished cover to cover go back and do the ones you want.
Not all of the prompts are sequential in that they are not organized as far as “you must learn or do this before moving onto this.” I wrote this book simply because there have been times in my life I have wanted to do something-anything-with my Tarot cards but not necessarily a reading.
When I was first studying Tarot I learned early on that taking one card and studying it per day is not the most productive way to learn so I started writing down different ideas for how I was going to learn the Tarot, such as “choose a card at random and write down my interpretation.”
Eventually, I compiled all of those ideas for this title.
So why 365 and not a different number? When I was in college I was taking courses in child care and for one of our assignments we were given a blank yearly calendar. We had to come up with 365 activities, one for each day of the year, and none of them could repeat.
The idea was to stretch our imagination and creativity. Try it sometime, come up with 365 of your favorite songs, movies you have seen, plants or animal names, or even cooking recipes. This book will try to encompass all types of Tarot decks, or cartomancy, so that anyone can use the activities regardless of what type of deck they own.
However, anytime there is a description of a Tarot card it will be based on a Rider-Waite deck and that deck is in the forefront of my mind as I write this book because it is the most common and one many Tarot readers are familiar with. Many other decks that classify them as Tarot are based on the Rider-Waite system as well.
I have also included entries, prompts and activities for Oracle decks (also known as medicine, angel, and power cards) as these tend to not have suits, a Major or a Minor Arcana. The entries in this book are meant to be used as by: groups, individuals, for classroom instructions, to promote discussions or lessons on message boards, for the beginners, and for the experienced. The entries can be used in a variety of ways as well: for journal or group discussion prompts, to promote discussions on message boards, for class or group assignments, group activities. It also provides practice with the cards and increases one’s confidence in reading them or using their intuition.
Initially, the greater purpose of this book is to build that confidence so Readers can interpret the cards without reading information straight out of a book. I personally feel that while it is okay to check in a book or personal journal for help in reading a card, I think the greatest shame a Tarot Reader can do is to never feel the confidence in reading cards without reading straight from a book.
In the back of this book you will also find a glossary of terms, and appendixes for universal correspondences to the elements, numbers, colors, and symbols. I have not included interpretations, key words, or key phrases for the cards themselves as everyone using this book might be working with different decks or Oracle cards and the card meaning’s will vary from deck to deck.
Excerpt from “365 Tarot Activities” released independently by the author of this article in 2014 and available at all online venues.