Tarot... It's very possibly the original divination or oracle deck. (I hear "oracle." Interesting.) Variations of these decks are traceable to as far back as the 1300s, which I have to admit is pretty impressive.
I had no idea they had such a lengthy history.
For a long time, they've presented a big turn-off to me in terms of using them for myself, never mind using them for client readings.
And then, something happened....
Last week, there was some sort of shift in my Tarot perception. It seemed as though all my spirit team had joined forces to put Tarot front and center in my vision....
After multiple instances of this, I finally caved and purchased the Universal Waite Tarot Deck. It arrived on March 19 - the Spring Equinox; a day ripe with new beginnings - which was fully three days earlier than the shipping order indicated.
Talk about an obvious sign. It was almost laughable.
I had about a millisecond to wonder what the heck I'd be doing with the deck when I was guided to grab a journal. In my journal stash, I found one that I'd covered with a miniature deck of Rider-Waite Tarot cards.
I'd completely forgotten about it until that moment, and was reminded that I'd wondered why - in heaven's name, why - I would ever want a journal covered with Tarot cards.
And I'd completely forgotten, until that moment, that I'd been guided to purchase that miniature deck last summer, even though I had no desire or guidance to actually make use of it.
Now I know.
I'm guided - pushed - (provoked?) to study this Tarot deck, one card at a time, and record my studies in the journal.
And I'm guided to share those studies in part because it will keep me accountable and in part because it may help others with their own Tarot studies....
We'll start (at the very beginning) on March 25: Good Friday. It seems oddly appropriate, given the nature of the day; a day of surrender and of gratitude and of enlightenment.
Actually, it seems ideally appropriate, given all that.
If you'd like to join me on the journey in an intentional way, I invite you to designate a journal specifically for that purpose, choose a deck that speaks to your aesthetics and your sensibilities, and get ready to learn Tarot in a very personal way.