My philosophy is simple when it comes to divination … Divine Daily.
Using tarot, oracle, Goddess, and animal totem cards on a daily basis is a wonderful way to begin your day with a sacred connection. Invite a message from your Guides and Guardians. Listen to the whispers from Goddess and deity. The Universe is speaking to us all the time and using divination is one of the ways that we can tune in.
The cards are also powerful tools that enhance our intuition and tapping the sacred wisdom within. Use them as a tool for creative inspiration, confirming your “gut” instincts, or inviting new ideas or processes.
And cards are not just for readings! There are some really creative ways to use tarot and oracles for expanding your intuition and awareness.
Some of my favorites …
ONE. Choose a Tarot Card for 2019 – Ready to figure out your Tarot card for 2019? Add up the month and day of your birth and then add 2019. Here is mine: 9+2+7+2+0+1+9= 30 which is a 3 and corresponds to the Empress. The Major Arcana goes from 0 – 21 (22 total) so some of you may have two cards – like an 11 is 11 and a 2! Share your card? How does it fit with your intentions for 2019?
My card this year is the Empress (3) and I am delighted – think creativity, abundance, renewal, feminine power, and it connects beautifully to my Goddess for 2019 who is Sheela na gig!
TWO. Determine Your Birth Tarot Card – Use the same process as above, but instead of using 2019, use your birth year. As an example, mine is: 9+2+7+1+9+6+9=45 which is a 9 and corresponds to the Hermit Card. Keywords for The Hermit are wisdom, solitude, ancient knowledge, initiation, experience, and spiritual paths. How does your birth card resonate for your life and experiences?
THREE. Art Journal prompts – pick a card and use it for your art journal practices! If you have a deck that you love, use the cards themselves as the centerpiece for your art journal page and surround it with corresponding images that embodies the energy of that card for you.
FOUR. Pinterest Boards – once I knew the Empress was my card for 2019, I created a Pinterest board to help me organize my thoughts and get inspiration. Make a board for your card of the year, your birth card, or even as an online art journaling exercise. See my Empress Pinterest Board
FIVE. Writing Prompts – Pick one Tarot card to define your week personally and professionally – or one for each. Look at everything through that lens. You can also use the cards for daily journaling prompts. How does it feel?
SIX. Eat with the Tarot – Theresa Reed, the Tarot Lady, did this absolutely spectacular food and tarot series: Tarot by the Mouthful
- My Solar Plexus Chakra Smoothie works for the tarot card The Sun
- Use the Heart Chakra Smoothie Bowl for the tarot card The Lovers
SEVEN. Create a music playlist that corresponds to the Tarot. What are your best songs?
- Maybe Karma by Lady for the Justice Card?
- Born to Die by Lana Del Rey for the Death card?
- Center of the Wheel by Marya Stark for the Wheel of Fortune?
EIGHT. Design your own TAROT or ORACLE system! The tarot has 78 cards so that might seem like a huge project, but designing your own oracle system can be much more simple. For my Mermaid Magick class (available as self study), we created an Ocean Oracle (see above) made up of special shells and other items from the sea. I used sea glass, hag stones, a favorite Goddess bead. There are no rules – choose items that are personal symbols and have potent meaning for you.
NINE. Enhance and explore elemental practices using the minor arcana. What ceremony would you create for Air, Earth, Fire, Water?
TEN. Make an altar for one tarot card or a series. Choose your altar items in accordance to the card. Work with traditional correspondences as well as your own intuitive correspondences. What resonates for each card for you personally and your spiritual path?
ELEVEN. Decorate with Tarot Cards – Seriously. I mean. This image from Pinterest had me stuttering a bit AND completely inspired. I am thinking about a whole wall of divination in my new house. This could extend to botanical oracle decks, shamanic decks, truly, anything that makes you happy!
TWELVE. Combine your cards. I use Goddess Cards frequently for readings and I wanted to use ALL of my Goddess cards. I chose a box, anointed and charged box, loaded it with crystals, and then added all of my Goddess cards, combining all the decks I had. To date, the Goddess Box has over 500 Goddesses and is still growing! You could do this with Tarot or Oracle cards as well. I do reserve specific Tarot decks just for readings, but I love merging the Goddesses and I am working on an Oracle box now.
THIRTEEN. Give Readings! Of course, the most obvious way to creatively use Tarot and Oracle cards is to give readings. Offer readings to friends, family, anyone who will sit long enough for you to read them. Practice and working often with your cards creates a powerful connection and really gives you the opportunity to dive deep into how your deck works. Pay attention to patterns and the way certain card combinations will appear that is unique to your deck and reading style. I made the video below for my Divination Magick class on How to Set Up for a Reading …
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LIST OF MAJOR ARCANA TAROT CARDS WITH NUMBERS – while most decks will follow a similar line with the Major Arcana, some may have different names. As an example, in the Thoth Tarot deck, 11 is called Lust and 20 is Aeon. Check the guide for your deck and follow accordingly.
0 Fool – 0
1 Magician – I
2 High Priestess – II
3 Empress – III
4 Emperor – IV
5 Hierophant – V
6 Lovers – VI
7 Chariot – VII
8 Strength – VIII
9 Hermit – IX
10 Wheel of Fortune – X
11 Justice – XI
12 The Hanged Man – XII
13 Death – XIII
14 Temperance – XIV
15 Devil – XV
16 The Tower – XVI
17 The Star – XVII
18 The Moon – XVIII
19 The Sun – XIX
20 Judgement – XX
21 The World – XXI
The Way of Tarot: The Spiritual Teacher in the Cards by Alejandro Jodowroski & Marianne Costa
Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack
Tarot Wisdom: Spiritual Teachings and Deeper Meanings by Rachel Pollack
The Illustrated Guide to Tarot by Naomi Ozaniec
Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen
21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card by Mary Greer
The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals by Mary Greer (if you choose to read reversed or just for balance, this is a great resource)
The Tarot Coloring Book by Theresa Reed
High Priestess Tarot Posts on MotherHouse by Kathryn Ravenwood
Some Tarot Decks I Love
Mythical Goddess Tarot by Katherine Skaggs
Lumina Tarot by Inner Hue
Fountain Tarot by Jonathan Saiz
Goddess Decks I Love
Goddess Oracle Deck by Amy Sophia Marashinsky
Goddesses Knowledge Cards by Susan Seddon Boulet
Gods and Goddesses Card Deck: Mantras, Blessings, and Meditations (Mandala Wisdom Decks) by Mandala Publishing
Oracle Decks I Love
Alchemist’s Oracle by Inner Hue
Kuan Yin Oracle Set by Alana Fairchild
Isis Oracle Set by Alana Fairchild