For the past five years or so, I’ve been experimenting with what you might think of as a slow-burn approach to tarot— drawing a card and living with it for a period of time.
This practice began as a way to get to know a particular deck (the Dark Goddess Tarot by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince; a gem, imho). At the new moon I would ask for a card to get to know better, and then revisit it once or twice before the lunation was complete. This was a great way to experience different cards, but eventually this practice developed into something a bit deeper.
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The shift was subtle, or at least it seemed so at the time. Instead of asking to learn about a card, I started asking for a card to learn from. And the funny thing was, when I started asking for the best guide to accompany me, I began receiving them. As I noticed their presence— their archetypal energy, if you will— I realized that I was encountering a force far beyond my rational comprehension.
This practice is still evolving Recently, I’ve been asking for a companion for entire seasons, and I’ve come to see my year cards as the wise and reliable guides I need most for that particular trip around the sun as well.
This contemplative approach has been incredibly transformational for me, in part because it’s simple and easy to return to. I ask for a card, I reflect, I set it on my altar and I let that be enough.
And it always is enough. Why? Because the magic isn’t in the moment that I receive my guide— it’s in paying attention to what happens in my life once it’s arrived.
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Happy astrological new year and (almost) new moon, friends.
Until next time,