Tarot for Focus and Clarity

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tarot for focusHave you ever questioned your path? Wondered if you had hidden talents or perhaps some underlying block to achieving your goals? Have you ever needed to look at yourself a bit more objectively, free from the voice of the inner critic or random, distracting thoughts?

Fortunately, Tarot is a great tool for mental focus and clarity. When I do exercises like this with the Tarot I put them in my journal. For example, if I am hitting obstacles and not understanding why or seeing the full reason behind it; I will focus my intention and ask the Universe to give me guidance regarding the obstacles on my path and what I can do to overcome them. I would then select two cards, one representing external influences and obstacles and one representing those within myself.

Place the cards side by side and then use your journal. At the top of the page write down the issue you are seeking clarity on. Beneath it, list the two cards side by side and underneath each card list the lessons that card is presenting you.

For example, let’s say you drew a Wheel of Fortune reversed for your personal challenge card, you may want to consider that you are resisting change or that you don’t trust where you feel you are being led. A reversed wheel in regards to personal challenge tends to indicate resistance and trust issues. The same card in the external challenges position may be telling you the time isn’t right just now to proceed, or perhaps you need more information or preparations before moving forward. Each card will vary depending on if its focus is external or internal.

This can also be a very useful practice for the pros and cons of a choice. We all have those times in life when we face difficult decisions. It can be hard to attain clarity without taking time to sort out our thoughts and feelings. Pull two cards for each choice, one representing the pros and the other cons. Write the results and your thoughts in your journal. Reflecting on these can lend great insight and help you feel more at peace with your decision.

When you are feeling a bit lost on your path, or wanting to do something and are unsure of what to pursue, the Tarot is a great way to seek out “hidden talents” and new ideas. This requires a very open mind and heart because it often leads to surprise answers.

When you face situations like this ask the universe for help in discovering new creative avenues to direct your energy. Pull a card and focus on the positive qualities in that card. What talents and strengths does this card represent? How can you begin to implement those in your daily life? Perhaps you’ll be led to a new hobby or class. You may find it even inspires you to a whole new career path, especially if you have been working in a field at odds with your soul purpose.

Tarot is also useful for looking a bit deeper into your soul purpose. Every person is here to grow and learn through experience. Sometimes in life when we aren’t living up to our fullest potential or having all the experiences our soul longs for, a feeling of “something missing” begins to manifest. When this happens, allow the universe to guide you through Tarot imagery. Use your journal and draw a card that represents what is missing, then record what that card is saying to you.

Sometimes the answers seem to appear like magic, other times it may take some hours or even days of personal reflection to make sense of the messages you have received. For this reason, a journal is a great way to revisit and further contemplate the message.

Simple Exercises for Learning Tarot

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What follows are some simple exercises for learning Tarot in an intuitive, personal and meaningful way.

What works and what doesn’t?

Tarot is not about memorizing a bunch of other people’s definitions. If you approach learning Tarot in this manner you will end up frustrated and will probably give up altogether. There are many books by many authors with many interpretations, but rather than memorizing their interpretations what you want to do is learn from them while at the same time developing your own tarot language. Each of us will connect with the cards a little differently. Although there is some “universal’ symbolism to each card, the deeper meanings and subtleties are very individual.

In order to be an effective reader, you have to connect with your cards. You need to know what they say to you, how they make you feel, how they tie into one another from your frame of reference. The best way to do this is through a Tarot journal.

Tarot Journal

I suggest using a 3 ring binder for this so you can add, subtract, move around etc as needed. Choose the deck you want to learn with. For beginners, I recommend a Waite deck or one based on that since they have the most learning material available.

You will need a place to do your journaling that is very quiet so that you can concentrate, undisturbed for at least fifteen minutes or so.

Work on one or two cards per day until you complete the entire deck. You don’t want to do more than that because you don’t want the exercises to blend into each other or to try to do too much at once. Doing no more than a couple per day allows time for the information to ‘sink in” and for your meanings to develop.

The idea is to take your card of the day and place it in front of you. Look at it for 30 seconds and record in your journal your first reactions to the card. Answer the following questions.

  • What is the first thing you noticed?
  • How does the card make you feel initially?
  • What is the mood of the character(s) depicted in the card?
  • What is happening?
  • What is going on in the background?

After this initial observation, spend several solid moments looking into your card. Noticed different shapes, symbols, and colors; make note of what they are and what you think of when you see them. This doesn’t have to be perfect this is just the observation phase and notes help you make more careful/detailed observations.

The last step is to write a story about the card. What is going on, who are the character(s), where are they, what are they feeling etc. What lessons does this story teach?

This helps to personalize the card for you. As you learn to read the cards you will see how the stories begin to blend into each other, and how these card stories coincide with real life events in a querrent’s life.

Start at the beginning of your deck with the Major Arcana. Do the above exercises for at least fifteen minutes per card. Once you have worked through the entire deck start back at the beginning by re-reviewing the cards. Add any extra insights or notes you want to your journal entry for that card.

After you have done the Tarot journal you should find that spreads and readings begin to come naturally.