I just listened to the Biddy Tarot Podcast with special guest Lisa Freinkel discusses how to mindfully approach tarot.
Wow, so many ideas are racing around in my head after listening to this.
I’ve been wanting to become more mindful in my life. I have my little timeouts that I try to go to when life is too hot of a mess. They help, when I remember to even try them. I have them, but they are a little dusty. So, it seems that this strategy isn’t working for me. If I were observing someone else, I would suggest that they try something different because whatever is trying to happen isn’t happening and probably won’t happen at this moment. And that’s okay.
But I’m observing myself, and so kind words like that are never an option. Nope, I am a failure, I suck, I should just give up and accept that I will never be X or Y or even Z. The typical self-defeating talk.
Not today. Nope.
Today, I learned that mindfulness can be done right with my tarot cards. Now, how about that?
Lisa Freinkel explained that instead of arriving at the deck with a question, lay the cards and let the questions, reactions, ideas arise from there. Don’t have expectations, just look at the cards to find resonance with your life. Also, take breaths and reconnect with yourself, don’t rush the process. And if you are being fair and honest with yourself, the meaning/questions will surface. She also mentioned to free write with the card/cards in mind and allow the pen to take you places, but always make sure to breathe.
It’s almost like approaching the session backwards. You see the answers and then need to glean the question.
Why I like this. I usually do my tarot alone my bed, which is usually one of the few places I can hide from the kids of J. So I am usually always in a place where reflection could naturally occur if I took the time. I’ve just never thought about that before.
My bedroom has a lot of room for breath. A lot of room for quietness. A lot of room for stillness. Something that usually isn’t found in the rest of our house, bless those kiddos. 😉 So starting in a mindful setting, it is only a natural leap to try a mindful tarot reading.
Pull a card or two and just feel them out. I always try to journal about my readings, note any questions, spread designs (if they are significant), any patterns (like this morning, I drew the nine of wands and the nine of swords but both were reversed. I also drew the hermit. That’s a lot of nines), any cards that I’ve never pulled before in this spread or for this type of question or in a long long time.
Freinkel teaches journaling along with mindful tarot, delving into the moment of the cards and, as Bridget always says, NEVER TOUCHING THE BOOK. 😉
I try really hard to never touch the book, unless its a new deck and they have different images or names for cards. And even then, I usually research the symbolism or names online.
I can’t wait to try this. So glad I brought my headphones with me to school, this was a fascinating listen during my breaks.
The podcast is on the Biddy Tarot website – episode 85
And Lisa Freinkel has a Youtube channel called “Mindful Tarot”. (I haven’t had a chance to check this out yet, but I will be investigating soon)
Any tarot tips to share? Any one try this before? Where do you like to do your tarot readings for yourself?