Tarot Exercises & Games (December 2009)

Tarot Meditation

The tarot is an extremely useful and effective aid to meditation. You might even say that the tarot and meditation go hand in hand, since tarot imagery is rooted in a symbolic system that automatically resonates with the subconscious mind. If you are just learning the tarot, meditation is an excellent method for discovering the deeper meaning of the cards. However, you don't need to know the history or conventional meanings of tarot in order to use it effectively in your meditation exercises. All you need to do is look at the images, then make them the focal point of your meditations.

One of the best ways to understand a tarot card is through meditation. In this trance-like state, you can get “inside” any card and explore its true meaning. Meditating on the cards is also a great way to broaden your understanding of the workings of the tarot archetypes and their relevance to your own life. There are many ways to combine the tarot with meditation. You may choose a card randomly, or you can select a specific card on which to meditate. You can also choose cards which represent specific issues that you wish to contemplate. In addition to providing focus, using the cards in your meditations will enable you to learn a great deal more about the cards themselves.

To begin any tarot meditation, find a quiet place, where you will not be disturbed. Examine the card you’ve chosen. Study it carefully, committing the details to memory. Hold the image of the card your mind. When you are able to picture the scene on the card with your eyes closed, sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Tell yourself that you will remember everything you see or hear during the meditation. Concentrate on your breathing, imagine a soft light gently enveloping your body, and let go of all your tensions.

Allow yourself to tune into the energy of your chosen card. When you feel ready, visualize yourself entering into the scene pictured on the card. Impressions will begin to come into your mind. Trust the process and don’t try to force anything. Just allow the images to flow without resistance, and absorb all the details. After awhile you will realize that the time has come for you to leave. When you feel the meditation ending, take a few deep breaths and open your eyes. Remember to record everything you saw and heard while in the meditative state in your tarot journal.

Changing Your Future Reality

What the forecaster comes up with when he studies the patterns of the weather, stocks or fashion are possibilities or probabilities. When a psychic or reader tunes into the tarot cards she also sees the future in terms of probabilities. Because of where you are in your life at the time of the reading some probabilities are stronger than others. However, the one that ultimately manifests in your life depends on you. If you don’t like a reading you can take positive steps to change the outcome. There are a number of ways to do this.

Daily Card: Instead of drawing a card for the day, choose one. Pick the card that comes closest to the energy that you hope to manifest. Put the card where you can see it, on your desk, next to your computer, on the refrigerator. Look at it often and imagine that the positive energy of the card is becoming part of your life.

Changing Any Spread: Suppose you ask a question, and you don’t like the answer. Instead of assuming that you’re somehow stuck with a future that you don’t want, think about the answer that you would have preferred. Then pick and choose the cards that will give you the answer you were seeking. Spread them out and study them. Leave the layout where you can see it. Refer to it often. Tell yourself that this is the future that you are creating.

Changing Limiting Beliefs about Relationships with Tarot

At first glance the following statements may seem like facts. However, if you think about it for a moment you’ll realize that they are actually beliefs:

“I’ll never find the right person for me.”

“The good ones are all taken.”

“Marriage is too difficult.”

“I’m too old for love.”

“All relationships start out great, but end badly.”

“Women are gold-diggers.”

“Men only want one thing.”

“Women are fickle.”

“Men are cheats.”

“Some guys have all the luck.”

Many of the beliefs upon which we build our lives are readily apparent to us. But in certain areas, we may hold deep-seated core beliefs that sabotage our best efforts to improve our circumstances. These core beliefs often exist in areas of relationships, money, work, health, sex, and romance, and tend to show up in repetitive patterns. If your love life keeps turning sour, perhaps you’re projecting energies that attract negative situations. Maybe you’re holding onto a belief that you don’t deserve to be happy in a relationship, or that you aren’t worthy of another person’s love.

In this exercise you will use tarot images to help identify and change your limiting beliefs about relationships.

1) Study the following list of sample negative/positive pairs of belief statements. Choose one set that contains a negative belief currently affecting your life, or make up one of your own:

* Nobody loves me/everybody loves me

* I don’t deserve to be loved/I do deserve to be loved

* I am too old for love/I will never be too old for love

* I am afraid to love and be loved/I am not afraid to love and be loved

* I am at the mercy of circumstances/I am not at the mercy of circumstances

* I’m not attractive to the opposite sex/I am attractive to the opposite sex

* I have no right to happiness/I have every right to happiness

* I am unlucky in love/I am lucky in love

* I never get anything I want/I always get everything I want

2) Pick out a card from your tarot deck as representative of your thoughts, feelings, and opinions with regard to the negative side of your chosen belief statement. Then pick out another card as representative of your thoughts, feelings, and opinions with regard to the positive side of that belief statement. For example, if the negative belief statement is, “I am too old for love,” you might select The Hermit. If the positive belief statement is, “I will never be too old for love,” you might select the page of cups.

3) Study the card you have chosen to represent the negative belief statement. Think about how it makes you feel. Why do you think you chose this card? How do you usually react when you get this card when reading for yourself? If this card came up in a reading for someone else, how would you interpret it? Return this card to the deck.

4) Study the card that you have chosen to represent the positive belief statement. Think about how it makes you feel. How do you usually react when you get this card when reading for yourself? If this card came up in a reading for someone else, how would you interpret it? Place this card in a prominent place, where you can see it often. Each time you look at the card remind yourself of the positive belief statement that it represents.

What’s Behind the Door? – Remote Viewing Tarot Game

Any number of people can play this remote viewing tarot game. One person is designated as the “Sender” the rest of the group act as “Viewers”. The usual time for the game to last is one week. On the first day the sender chooses a tarot card and hangs it up behind a door in his or her home. The Sender then writes the name of the chosen card on a piece of paper and places the paper in a sealed envelope. At designated times during the week the Sender concentrates on “sending” the card to the Viewers who have entered a meditative state and are attempting to receive the images that the sender is projecting. At the end of the appointed period each viewer writes down the impressions he or she received on a piece of paper and puts the paper in a sealed envelop. When the group gets together at the end of the period they open all the envelopes and the number of hits and misses is tallied.  

Who Am I? Who Are You?

This game combines elements of Charades and Role Playing. It has been designed to help you learn more about the way you view yourself and your partner. It will also help you develop a more intimate relationship with the tarot’s complex archetypal court figures. Begin by removing all the cards from the deck except the court cards.

Who Am I? Pick a court card to represent yourself. Do not reveal the name of the chosen card. Remove it from the pack, and place it face down on the table. Take a moment to imagine yourself as the selected card. Using words, gestures, and props, act out the role as dramatically as you can. The other player tries to guess which card you’ve chosen to represent yourself.

Who Are You? Pick a court card to represent your partner. Do not reveal the name of the chosen card. Remove it from the pack, and place it face down on the table. Take a moment to imagine your partner as the selected card. Using, words, gestures, and props, act out the role as dramatically as you can. The other player tries to guess which card you’ve chosen to represent him or her.