Consulting an oracle of geomancy or any divinatory practice is a worthwhile meditation technique deserving of serious study and respect. While absent of magickal powers and abilities, a reader of tarot may seek to organize their own thoughts and premonitions, as well as the attitudes and subconscious minds of others. Expecting a deck of cards to provide the user with vivid details of future events leads to disappointment but allowing images and keywords associated with cards to stitch together already present ideas leads to interesting contextual perspective.
As with any meditation tool, a deck of tarot cards requires as much input on the part of the querent at it can provide back so as to be following Newton’s third law. Part of what must be offered is spiritual and mental openness, an open mind, but much of what is needed is time. Practicing hands on with an easy spread and a yoga mat will provide true experience but committing to study, in depth, the diverse interpretations of the tarot will lead to a healthy, developed, state of being due to a deeper connection between one’s self and the varied card meanings.
Supplementing a meditation routine with the use of a tarot deck can add complexity and depth to the entire process by introducing new concepts, alternatives, and approaches to issues already being explored. To begin the journey, it is crucial to familiarize yourself with the basic card meanings but keep a reference tome handy and experiment with basic spreads. Leaving the cards in a visible location while meditating will allow for them to subtly influence the direction of your thoughts and feed food for thought to the creative center of the brain. Furthermore, using larger, more intricate, spreads can pave an imaginary path for your mind to follow as it simultaneously ponders the issue at hand.
Meditating with the help of a tarot deck is very similar to simply reading tarot cards but is a much more extensive exercise. Delving into the mysterious and applicable information available requires often consulting numerous reference guides to get a rounded opinion of the subject at hand as well as focusing intently on each of the potential possibilities within each spread. A trend amongst tarot readers is to accept the first interpretation that floats to the top of the mind as accurate while a seeker of meditational truths accepts multiple meanings without contradiction.
An effectively affective spread capable of being used in conjunction with meditation is the traditional Celtic Cross. Utilizing ten cards from a tarot deck, chosen at random, it is excellent for framing an issue’s causes and effects as well as showing many surrounding circumstances. After shuffling the deck, place it face down in your work area and draw the top card. This card is your signifier and should be placed in the center of the spread but just to the left. Spend some time considering how this card aptly represents the very heart of the issue. It may be you, a relevant person, or another noun altogether but it is vital to the situation.
The second card should be placed horizontally across the first, representing the most important and influential factors involved. This card is very important and helps focus the rest of the spread. The third card belongs immediately above the first two, crowning the spread with extreme potentials. Hinting at a best or worst case scenario, whatever is shown here indicates a direction things may go but is often exaggerated. The fourth card belongs immediately below the first three, demonstrating the foundation of the situation. While not always the root of the problem or the cause of an event, this card usually points out attitudes and habits that create the root cause.
The next two cards can be played together or in any order but belong to the sides of the rest of the spread, surrounding the first two, and represent what is happening before and after the situation at hand. They may signify events, general demeanors, or milestones, and help, however arbitrarily, to create a mild timeline. The seventh card should go in the bottom right corner of the entire spread and shows the attitude of the querent or meditator. If not the obvious, apparent, attitude, it is the secretive, just-above-the-subconscious, attitude that humans pretend not to heed while following closely.
The eighth card goes just above the seventh and notes the environment of the situation or querent. It can represent people involved, places where time is spent, or locations critical to the situation, and describes their effect. The ninth card is placed just above the eighth, representing hopes and fears. While intangible, this card may indicate a crippling fear or pipe dream that make reality more difficult. Finally, the tenth card goes in the top right corner of the spread, containing a loose outcome. This card should be associated with the way things are currently going without change but is never set in stone. If you believe it’s a good sign, rely on your confidence but if you believe it to be a harbinger, realize what it is you truly fear.
A rookie mistake is to take each interpretation at face value while meditating. Giving the cards time to sit, let your mind drift upon them as well as between them, forming bonds, connections, spider webs. It can be difficult to grasp the plurality involved but a card may represent multiple things at once that have little impact on each other. For instance, a card in the environment position may be interpreted one way, positively, in regards to a co-worker while a different, negative, way in regards to buying a home. Viable meditation requires sometimes following wild geese to avoid a habit of ignoring the golden one.