Welcome back to the third week of Unwritten’s Tarot Bitch series! If you haven’t read the previous weeks, you can always check back here.
The best part of tarot is asking the right questions. If you can learn the right way to ask your questions, you can find out all the information you’d ever want to know! While they can be used to hash out your biggest existential crisis questions, you can get insight to some of your most basic questions. The biggest question I hear from new readers would simply be how to get everyday answers out of the cards. For example, “What should I get for dinner today?” or “What should I wear out tonight?”
Tarot as a Decision Maker
Let’s start with an easy question. Say you shuffle the cards while asking what you should get for dinner and pull the Devil card. Now, when we look at the Devil card, we should we thinking obsession. How can we shake off the things that we’ve been tying ourselves down to? Think back to the question and now we can conclude, you should probably not go to the restaurant you always go to when you can’t decide. We’ve all been there. For me, there was this tiny sushi place downtown that I always went to just so I didn’t have to think of anywhere else to go. It can be as easy as interpreting the cards a different way.
Alternatively, say you ask the cards what you should wear to the costume-only Halloween party and you pull the Hermit card. Looking into the meaning of the card might not shout out ideas: time alone, contemplation, solitude. To me, this screams out Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow or Charlize Theron’s Lorraine Broughton from Atomic Blonde. Both of these ladies have learned how to operate along and are better off for it. Again, you can take a very simple question and get some great ideas from it.
Tarot as a Creative Influence
I’ve also mentioned previously that tarot can help you write a novel. I’m certainly not the only one who has made that suggestion – and if you’re serious about it, you should always check out The Creative Tarot: The Modern Guide to an Inspired Life by Jessica Crispin. This book will teach you how to use the cards for inspiration to finish that painting, write that poem, really unleash your creative side. And the tarot almost feels designed for this – namely because the Fool’s Journey is eerily familiar to the Hero’s Journey that we learned in school.
What you’ll want to do is shuffle the cards until it feels just right and then lay out the cards in as specific of a spread as you need. Maybe you do a three card spread for beginning, middle, and end. I’ve seen writers do Celtic cross spreads for each of their characters just to fully understand them as beings. I’ve seen painters meditate on a major arcana card (the Devil, the Hermit, the Lovers, etc.) to utilize the colors and symbols of that card in their own pieces. This is why the right question is truly so important. You can get all of this information out of the same 78-card deck all because you know how to ask for what you want.
Things You Should Probably Leave Out
I always insist that you never read about health, death, or pregnancy. Like, ever. And this is for many reasons, but mainly because you’re not a doctor. I’ve seen people beg to readers to tell them when they’ll die and it breaks my heart every time.
So I’m going to through in this disclaimer. The Tarot gives you examples of what things could look like. I like to call them my little movie trailers, especially when a client wants to know a few different scenarios. I personally do not think you should leave questions of utmost importance, of your health, to a deck of cardstock. Sure, I’ve heard of people get some very spot on health answers from a psychic – but this is the exception, not the rule. This is just my two cents, but it is something that I’ve always felt very strongly about.
Naturally, these are just a few ways of millions that you could use the cards to guide you to success. We will be back again next week with more fun and inspiring ways to help you connect with your inner Goddess. Enjoy!