divination (noun) \ˌdi-və-ˈnā-shən\
1 : the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of supernatural powers
2 : unusual insight : intuitive perception
It’s no secret I’m very much into divination, specifically tarot. This year I challenged myself to do daily tarot readings for myself as a way to work on getting to know my new tarot deck and cultivate my intuition. So far I feel I’m doing quite well. My goal is to be able to (confidently!) read for others (for fun!) by the end of the year.
My beautiful tarot cards are wrapped in vintage lace fabric. I was initially on the hunt for the perfect tarot bag or pouch, but in the end, this simple piece of fabric came to me by way of a creative friend. My cards are housed inside a small wooden box which rests on my altar. Inside you’ll find a small bottle of perfumed anointing oil, and a quartz crystal also given to me by the same friend.
Every morning (or evening), I take my cards out of the box, carefully unwrap the soft lace and begin to shuffle. I shuffle as many times as I need in order to clear my mind and focus on the cards. Sometimes I’ll shuffle the cards more than 10 times if I’m stressed or distracted. I usually do a reading for the day’s energy but if I have a specific question, I formulate the exact wording as I’m shuffling. I only stop shuffling when I feel it’s right. Then I ask my question, sometimes out loud, often times in my head, and draw a card. I will usually examine the card(s), look at the artwork and ask myself what feeling and/or messages it is trying to convey. Once I have a general sense of what the message is, I consult the guidebook to see if I’m on the right track or if I’ve missed something. Often times what I gather intuitively matches up with the card’s meaning. If not, I make a note of it for next time.
When there are jumpers, or cards that fall face up out of the deck while shuffling, I set them aside until I’ve intentionally drawn a card. I find the jumpers often back up whatever card I pull for the reading. Then I write down (or type up) the reading for that day and take photos with my phone.
As you can see, I don’t have any special way I do readings. What I described above is what feels right to me. It is what works and the results have always been very accurate or appropriate. I don’t practice tarot divination to predict the future, I use to gain a better understanding of a situation and/or look for messages I may not always see right away.