There is a common misconception that it is not advisable to use Tarot everyday or even to use it on a frequent or systematic basis. But those who have been reading and practicing Tarot for years know that this is just not true…to a certain extent.
Reading for yourself and reading often can have some mishaps, but there are hundreds of readers who pull a card or two each day as guidance and advice. So, first we’ll discuss a few pitfalls and how to avoid them and then discover how to use Tarot cards in your daily life.
Pitfalls to Avoid
- 1) Repeatedly asking the same question; this just muddles the senses and confuses the mind. Think of it like sampling every flavor in an ice cream shop or smelling every candle in the store. Eventually everything blends and muddles together and the nose or taste buds will not notice the differences. Tarot is the same way. If you really feel you didn’t get a clear reading with a question then wait a few days and ask it again but rephrase the question slightly.
- 2) Never replace the advice of a Tarot cards over good old fashioned Common Sense. If you instincts tell you it’s wrong, then don’t do it because you think Tarot interpreted it that way. For example, if you idiotically ask “should I do drugs” and pull the Sun card-which usually depicts everything will end up on a positive note-you know that’s wrong. If it goes against your moral code, instincts, or common sense don’t do it because of the cards. Sometimes we have “off” days and misinterpret or sometimes it’s just the way the ‘cookie crumbles,’ or ‘cards shuffle’ in this case.
- 3) Another thing to avoid is ‘self-fulfilling prophecies.’ This is when we make a day bad because we expect the worst to happen because the cards had a negative connotation. If you think you will not be able to avoid this one then try the method of pulling a card at the end of the day to see what lesson was or should have been learned from the day rather than pick one in the morning.
- 4) Never use Tarot to decide your every action. By this I mean, don’t ask Tarot “should I go to work today or not” and so on. You have free will and can make your own choices. Tarot is more about helping you decide which path to take, possible outcomes, future endeavors, alternatives, advice, and not about telling you when to go to work or what to wear.
If you can avoid these pitfalls you can use Tarot Daily and benefit from what it teaches.
Daily Draw Morning
Every morning before setting about the daily routine shuffle the cards and cut the deck. Read just one card to give you an idea of what tools, knowledge, or advice you may need throughout the day. In a journal write down the name of the card, the deck used, the date, and your first impressions or interpretations of the card. Then, when you get home write what happened during the day or what feelings or thoughts you had. Then look at the card you drew and its interpretation and see if the two match-up or make sense.
Daily Draw Evening
Instead of drawing a card in the morning, perform it night. This is good to try if you are worried about the card setting you in the wrong frame of mind or mood for the day, or if you forget to draw one in the morning. Think about the day you had, especially if there was something particularly troubling, and shuffle the cards in your preferred method, cut the deck, and draw a card. Look at the card and based on first impressions or interpretations what lesson does it say you should have gained from the day?
In the morning before you start the daily routines, shuffle the cards in your preferred method, cut the deck, and then lay out three cards. This is similar to a Past-Present-Future spread but the cards will be read (from left to right) as Morning-Noon-Night and will give an indication of what is to come during each of the time periods (if you work 2nd or 3rd shifts then adjust times accordingly). Or, this can be done in other segments such as Work-School-Home if you do multiple tasks throughout the day such as going to work, then heading off to evening classes, then sitting at home later on with the family.
One of my favorite methods of drawing the cards is to simply fan them all out (like see on a poker table), asking a question, and then pulling a card from the spread. This gives more of a psychic intuition to the draw as you are choosing a card essentially from all seventy-eight cards rather than letting the shuffle and the cutting of the deck choose for you. Several related question can be asked in a succession but I wouldn’t go over three to five as it can still get muddled. For example, you might ask “how will the interview for the promotion go today?” and then you might ask “what tools or knowledge do I need to bring to the interview?” and finally “what will the outcome of the interview be?” This spread is especially good when there is something major happening today that you are nervous about.
Mysterious Daily Draw
This is more of an exercise in psychic intuition and something to do just for fun, although it can be beneficial as well. Just like the morning daily draw shuffle the cards, cut the deck, but don’t flip over the chosen card instead keeping it face down. Lay your hand on the card, close your eyes, and try to feel the imagery of it and what message it is giving you. Write down what card you sense it is and the message or interpretation (or just key words or a key phrase) and then set the card aside so you can return to it later in the day. Once the day is done and you are settling in for the night return to the card. Flip it over and compare it to your earlier notes and which card you thought it was. Were you correct? If not, then which message was more accurate for what happened during the day? The blind message you got earlier that morning, or the message of what the card actually is?
A lot of people want to know if they can use Tarot to answer binary questions. In my opinion it isn’t very good for this because it is based on symbolism and pictorial hints, clues, and messages whereas binary (Yes or No) is very rudimentary and not left up to any interpretation. However, you can have fun with this and it is a good exercise for getting familiar with the cards. One method I had learned about was to ask a question while shuffling the deck and then just flip through each card. If you came across the Sun first the answer is a yes and the Moon would be a no. Try this with questions you already know the answer too just to see if it accurate. You can also do this by simply cutting the deck after a shuffle and looking at the number of the card. Odd is yes and an even number is no. However, another method which aids you in interpreting the cards and is good practice in interpretation is to simply ask a question that you will soon get an answer too, shuffle, cut the deck and interpret the answer as a yes or no based on the card. Write this down somewhere and then wait to see if the event does or doesn’t happen and see if your interpretation (or psychic intuition) was correct.
As another fun exercise and practice at interpreting the cards shuffle the deck, cut, and choose one card everyday and use it to make a sentence or a paragraph in a story. It doesn’t have to make sense and is just a lesson in interpreting the cards and a way to connect with Tarot. Do this for a month, or try it every day for a year. For example, I might pull the Fool and start off with: “One day a young man packed all his belongings in a small pack and set off to join the circus.” Then I draw the Two of Pentacles and the next sentence is “he immediately was given a job as a Circus Clown and was taught how to juggle.” And so on.
365 Tarot Activities
Finally, to ‘toot my own horn’ as the saying goes, my book “365 Tarot Activities” which was released January 2014 has, well, 365 activities and prompts for learning and connecting with Tarot. There are even some bonus ones I added in at the end. The book is not mean to be used in order but you can skip around and pick and choose the activities you want and sometimes one entry can be broken down into several activities. For example, in the chapter on the Major Arcana I include an entry about writing key words for the cards…well, there are 22 Major Arcana Cards so right away that is 22 days worth of activities if you want to do it that. Some of the activities in there are just ideas to connect with Tarot, some are ways to have fun, some are methods for learning, and others are readings for the benefit of knowledge or advice so there is enough variety to keep things interesting and yet not necessarily do a reading every single day.
This article was written in part to promote the book “365 Tarot Activities” by Deanna Anderson and while some of the information in this article is revised versions of what can be found in the full-length book, the exact format of this article and wording of it has not been previously published and is not found in the book as it is seen here.