Learn how every card has a unique connection to you, with psychic medium Lillyanne
The first time I laid eyes on a tarot deck, I was moved and captivated all at once by the richness of the imagery and illustrations. Each card told its own story and gave its own glimpse into the Universe. The first time I performed a simple three-card reading, I could see a bigger picture taking shape before my eyes…
Know your deck
Since then, I’ve accumulated a range of different tarot and oracle decks that I turn to for different purposes and guidance in different moments. Each deck is distinctly unique; not just for how the cards look, but also for their energies – which I think of as every deck having its own personality.
Just like people, therefore, it’s worth getting to know your decks and loving them for all their little idiosyncrasies. Everything that makes them different from all the other decks out there, and learning what your deck has to share with you that makes it unique.
Read the story
If you’re in the habit of turning over a daily card for yourself, take a couple of moments to really study the card and look at all the different elements that make up the illustration. The ‘original’ Rider-Waite-Smith deck was designed elegantly so that no space goes to waste, and every element has meaning. For example, the Eight of Pentacles that I drew this morning is well known to represent industry and hard work – being willing to put in the hard yards to achieve your goals. But there’s also a little town in the background, meaning I’m also being asked to detach from distractions that keep me from having that focus. If reversed, the town would show that I might be letting my work overwhelm other aspects of my life.
Tell their tale
I’d like to share with you a little exercise which is perfect if you’ve recently bought a new deck, or you’re thinking about doing so. It is also ideal to help you stay familiar with decks you already have, and can draw your eye to details you might not have noticed before.
Find a time when you won’t be disturbed and you can take time to yourself in a quiet, comfortable space. Allow yourself to get into a contemplative, meditative state, then turn over your cards one by one. After each card, give yourself at least thirty seconds to really examine the card, so that you’re reading it like you would the page of a book.
If this is a deck you’re familiar with, only proceed to the next card once you’ve made one observation with each card you hadn’t noticed before. If it’s a new deck, note one detail that isn’t on corresponding cards in any of your other decks, and consider what that might mean. If it’s your first deck – congratulations! Keep at it. It may be helpful to record these thoughts in your spiritual journal, so that you can refer back to them later.
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