If you've been feeling out of balance lately, meditation is one of the easiest ways to figure out what's wrong and how you can fix it. Even if all is going smoothly in your life, everyone could use a little energy boost sometimes.
Tarot cards, which are already a wonderful way of getting in touch with whatever higher power or divine presence you believe in, can serve equally well to help you get in touch with yourself. One Tarot card can provide hours of meditation practice, and if you have a pack of them, you could spend a lifetime working on self-improvement through Tarot.
Tarot meditation is the ideal combination of calm mindfulness and inspiration! This type of meditation is also an easy meditation technique, as it helps keep stray thoughts away so your subconscious is free to help you out in whatever way is necessary.
At first, you will use only the Major Arcana in your meditation. Unless you're an expert at both meditation and Tarot and are willing to draw multiple cards and reflect upon these combinations, the other cards are generally less dramatic and may not inspire you as much as the Major Arcana will.
If you have more than one deck of Tarot cards, it's usually best to choose the one you've worked with most extensively. The cards' energy will be more familiar to you, and you will run less risk of being distracted by the card design, for instance. Simple designs are usually good, but if you have elaborate decks and are confident this won't distract you from the purpose of your meditation, feel free to use them. The idea is to be as comfortable and familiar with your Tarot card of choice as possible.
Depending on whether or not you have meditated before, you might prefer a specific meditation position or ritual. For instance, some people only enjoy meditation in traditional lotus positions, while others are fine in a comfortable chair with their palms on their thighs. If you're an absolute beginner to meditation, think about a place to sit that is comfortable but not so cozy that you're likely to fall asleep. It should allow you to keep your posture relatively straight, as your breathing and energy will close off if your body hunches forward.
Sit straight, but not uncomfortably so – stay relaxed. Make sure you're not hungry or thirsty, and drink some extra water just to be on the safe side. You can sit on a blanket, the floor, a chair, or anywhere else you have chosen, and you may wish to designate your current place as sacred space if it isn't already.
Follow any religious or spiritual practices that feel right to you in the moment. Some ideas: consider burning a candle (carefully, with a fireproof plate underneath), lighting incense, playing quiet, soothing music in the background, or doing breathing exercises beforehand.
Starting the Meditation
Once you are ready to meditate, choose a Major Arcana card. You can pick a specific card that feels relevant to your life right now based on its meanings and connotations, randomly choose one from the deck, or work your way through the entire Arcana. It's up to you!
After choosing the card, you can set it down against something to prop it up, lay it flat on the floor, or hold it briefly. Look carefully at the card and everything you may not have seen before: the borders, colors, symbols, any figures depicted, facial expressions, backgrounds, and so on. Let yourself notice new things you may never have seen before, however long you have been working with Tarot.
When you are fully aware of the card, think about how you perceive the card. Do you have any immediate reactions to these details you have noticed? Do you have a gut feeling about the card? Does it feel like it is relevant to you right now? What lessons can you draw from it?
Try to focus your gaze a few inches or even feet beyond the card, so the card is blurry in your gaze. This should not strain your eyes! Imagine entering the scene depicted in the card, and feel the awareness of your surroundings. The more you have already studied the card, the easier this may feel for you. If you feel like you are controlling this meditation, slow down and allow your mind to come up with scenes or lessons on its own. Try to stay open and receptive to the lessons you receive, rather than forcing it.
After you feel ready to finish your meditation, take a deep breath and imagine yourself back in your own body, or close your eyes, then open them and observe your own surroundings to ground yourself again. You can perform any religious or spiritual rituals you may wish to ground and center your energy again, and thank the Tarot for the insight provided.
As soon as possible, record your meditation experience in a diary or journal. This record will allow you to track the lessons you have learned and stay open to receiving more strange experiences in your everyday life that seem to correspond to what you have learned. Write this down, too. You will probably notice a shift in perception with each meditation you perform.
If you work your way through the Arcana, don't feel like you have to meditate upon every card, or that you have to do it in order without going back to a card. Trust your instincts and your subconscious to let you know which Tarot cards you should meditate upon and when.
Meditating on Tarot cards can be one of the most rewarding ways to use a Tarot deck that you already have. You can glean very useful information from these experiences if you allow yourself to be open minded and curious about what the Tarot and your own mind can offer!