Woot guys! I’m back.
I tend to find that I get into these moods, where I tend to not want to do something, even though I have to. Its like a game that I play with myself, seeing how long I can procrastinate. Unfortunately, when that happens, I tend to do other things. I was not procrastinating my return to blogging, but I was doing it with some other things – my gecko is sick, I thought he was going to die…I sort of avoided that side of the house as much as possible. I started my job, I’ve been trying it seems, as hard as possible, to do everything *but* work.
You get the point. ANYway, let’s get to the point of this post, shall we? Everyone knows there’s such a novelty in tarot cards – and for witches, there is a certain divinatory appeal that goes beyond, “I can see your future husband. He’s blonde. And not an alcoholic.”
But, when you get a new deck, how do you even begin to attune yourself to the different energies? Or, what if its your first? My high priest would most likely shoot me if I ever browsed through the booklet that comes along with a deck to get an idea about what each card meant. There are three exercises – all based around the same principle – that I used to get familiar with my current deck, and still use to get back into the swing of things. It’s also a good alternative meditation and divination exercise, and it doesn’t take a hell of a lot of discipline or superpsychicmagical powers. Just determination.
The basic principle is this: shuffle the deck, then, one card at a time, look at the card, and make up a story. This exercise can take the form of:
Haiku – Draw one card per line, or one card per haiku. As you’ll remember, haiku is three lines, where syllables is the most important – the first line needs 5 syllables, the second, 7, and the third, 5 once more.
Poem – You can really do it for any type of poetry. Just make the rules before you start it – one card per stanza, or one per couplet, or one per line. Keep in mind that there are a LOT of cards in a tarot deck. You’ll be at it a while if you write an entire poem per card, and its best to do this in one sitting.
Story – This was the original idea given to me by my high priest. Draw a card, and make a story. Draw the next card, and expand on the story.
I usually write in super script or as a note on the side of where I’m doing the exercise, which card was drawn. That way, if I want to look back later, I can. I usually do this simple abbreviation:
- Kn/R – Knight of Rods.
- IV – The Major Arcana, fourth card.
- A/C – Ace of Cups
See you guys tomorrow with another post!