A TAROT A DAY
by Chelsea Broughton
What’s In The (Tarot) Cards For 2019?
Let’s get (meta)physical! You may have seen people use tarot cards, whether it was a spiritual guru on Insta, or a psychic doing readings at an event or maybe even a family member who fancies themselves an amateur reader. In the past year, we’ve noticed more of our friends “pulling a card” daily to help guide them through their day. We were intrigued but the idea of learning to read our own cards was intimidating. Turns out, it isn’t as scary as you’d think! You just think pulling a Tarot card is some “woo woo BS” that doesn’t actually work…. Fair enough, but you don’t have to believe in magic (although life is better when you do, our opinion, of course) to benefit from these 78 special little cards. Let’s take a deep dive into your new spiritual practice for 2019.
New Year, New Daily Practices
Do tarot cards predict the future? Not necessarily. Tarot cards can be used as a tool to guide and organize your thoughts. That’s why we pull our cards first thing in the morning. We have a sacred little corner set up for this (it’s the same one we use when we meditate and moon journal). Before we start, we light a candle, sit, and center ourselves by quieting our mind and focusing our thoughts. Once ready, shuffle your tarot cards (we like the beautiful Luminous Spirit Deck) while also channeling some thoughts. For a daily reading, we like to think about where to focus our energy that day but you can think about anything. If you have a specific question, such as, “What is holding me back?” or, “Is this relationship working?” go ahead and ask. Pull out one card, study it (most decks come with a manual explaining the meaning of each card) and interpret the card in a way that makes sense with your life. If you keep a journal, it’s good to quickly jot down the card and your thoughts.
The Tarot Demystified
There are 78 cards in the average tarot deck, consisting of the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana.
The Major Arcana has 22 cards, which are the cards you will most likely recognize, such as The Moon, The Lovers, Death, etc. Traditionally, the Major Arcana cards depict scenes or people and are meant to add symbolic elements to a reading. For instance, if you’re contemplating work relationships and pull The Lovers card, do not panic! The Lovers card can represent many things from temptation to innocence lost to the making of irreversible choices. It is up to the reader to then think about their question and the meaning of the card and determine how this may guide the day.
The Minor Arcana has 56 cards, which is split into four suits of 14 cards each: Pentacles, Swords, Wands, Cups. In general, the Minor Arcana is intended to represent the everyday happenings of life with the Court Cards (Knight, Queen, King, etc) representing the people you encounter in life. The four suits of the Minor Arcana symbolize four important mental placed: Clubs is one’s creativity and will, Pentacles is the material body or possessions, Cups are our emotions and love, and Swords is our reason or rational mind.
To learn more about each card; their meaning, symbolism and interpretation, there are some amazing online resources (Labyrinthos and Trusted Tarot are great sites and WTF Is Tarot? By Bakara Wintner is our favorite if you’re more of a physical book person).
Once you have your Tarot Cards and understand the basics, it’s time to think about your spread. A spread is how the cards are physically laid out in specific positions and what the placement represents in a reading. There are many tarot spreads and you can even create your own.
There are two we like for the daily tarot read. The first is very simple: pull one card a day and interpret it to help frame the question you asked or thought you had while shuffling the deck. The second is a three card spread. After shuffling, lay three cards out in a row: the first card represents the past, the second card represents the present, and the third card represents the future.
If you’re the type of person who enjoys seeing the big picture, a weekly tarot reading on a Sunday is a great way to prepare for the week ahead. Pull seven cards and lay out in a row. The first card on the left represents tomorrow and so on. In some weekly spreads, there is an eighth card pulled to represent the week overall.
Just have fun with it! Think of tarot as your new hobby that can guide and transform the way you approach each day. Once you start, you’ll wonder how you made it this far without it. Here’s to trying new things in 2019!
Chelsea is a writer and social media strategist for lifestyle, beauty and fashion brands. A born and raised New Yorker, Chelsea's passions include perfecting her Instagram aesthetic, guessing other people's zodiac signs and color coding her day planner. Follow her story @vibechelseakyle