As good for us as it is, meditation is one of those things that can be really hard to sink your teeth into. Anyone who has tried to meditate on their first try knows that, even though sitting still, silent, and without thinking sounds like it should be a piece of cake, it can really be anything but that. Like any other hobby, skill, or talent, meditation takes practice, dedication, and a lot of effort in order to see progress being made. This is why meditating at least once per day is helpful — you’re allowing the progress to build up over time in a natural way without forcing everything at once.
Such is why Tarot and meditation go together so well! Tarot, too, takes a lot of time, practice, and dedication to get the skill of reading cards down. But when coupling the two worlds, you’re really also tackling two birds with one stone, and potentially making for a magical (and excellent learning) experience.
There are two primary, easy-breezy ways that you can bring Tarot into your daily meditation, either to enhance your meditation session, get some clarity on a Tarot card, or strengthen your knowledge and depth of understanding of Tarot. Read on to learn about them!
1. Use Tarot to set the intention for your meditation session.
Consider this method like a guided meditation — except no one is actually guiding you except the Tarot cards! Before meditating, initiate a Tarot reading just like you usually would, and try this simple three-card spread:
- Card 1. What is an energy, attitude, or feeling that I need to release before meditating?
- Card 2. What is an energy, attitude, or feeling I need to come into before meditating?
- Card 3. What should be my intention for this meditation session?
Below is an example of how one might use and interpret this spread!
Card 1: 4 of Swords
As a card on rest, healing, rejuvenation, and strong intuition in of itself, perhaps this would indicate the need to let go of preconceived notions of what meditation is. Sometimes it’s not as simple as laying down and receiving all the healing, answers, and strength you need! This card in this position is a reminder that it would be time to release any ideas about dramatic and magical meditation practices, and let the feel of the practice come to you naturally.
Card 2: 8 of Pentacles
This card represents hard work, determination, and a lot of focus. It recognizes that there is a journey to successful outcomes, and nothing can blossom overnight. When it comes to an attitude that you need to adopt in meditation, this may be indicating that you have to be able to see meditation as a long path, not just a destination. This is a practice you will have to work on continuously!
Card 3: The Sun
The Sun is a Tarot card of immense joy, often reminiscent of childhood innocence, fun, and excitement! This could mean that for this meditation session, maintaining an attitude of simple, fun, and breezy should be adopted. It doesn’t have to always be an intense introspective healing session!
2. Use meditation to unlock your understanding of a Tarot card.
Conversely, meditation can be a benefit for your Tarot card reading skills! A common mistake many make when reading Tarot cards is re-drawing cards when a Tarot card doesn’t make sense to them in a Tarot spread. If something doesn’t make sense, or you simply really want to make sure you’re letting a card meaning sink in, meditating can do the trick.
This is because sometimes we don’t necessarily need more thoughts, answers, or insight, but need to clear our minds and trust that the answer already exists within us — because it probably already does! Consider undertaking a 10-15 minute meditation session, and setting the intention of clearing your mind, while only letting in genuine intuitive thoughts.
Leave a journal out so that you can pick it up easily once the meditation session is over, and quickly write down any notes that came to you during the session, or after it ended!d breezy should be adopted. It doesn’t have to always be an intense introspective healing session!
A Final Reminder
How you learn and understand meditation and Tarot is up to you, but it can certainly help to learn both practices day by day, and in moderation. Like a vitamin, meditation can do a lot of good if it is taken everyday, and allowed the time to develop healthily in your system as it needs to.
Ultimately though, whether you use any of the above methods, try out some entirely different meditation methods, or scrap the practice entirely and come back to it later, the journey to successful and beneficial meditative practices is uniquely yours.
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