I felt The Sun

I have done this action many times. Every morning. Let me know if this seems familiar to you. 

I get up, follow my morning routine which includes, among other things, a daily Tarot card draw. 

This past Sunday morning, almost immediately after getting out of bed, I was drawn outside. Maybe it was because the sun was shining and visible for the first time in weeks. Despite the cold, I wanted to feel it. So out I went.

And… I felt the sun. On my face, my head (my hat came off pretty quickly), and my hands. 

But, I also felt The Sun. The 19th card of the Major Arcana. The jubilation. The joy. The awe. The alive-ness.  I immediately saw in myself the child riding horseback on the Rider-Waite-Smith version of this card. I smiled. I laughed out loud. 

And then I thought about my daily Tarot practice. What if, instead of drawing a card and looking for iterations of it throughout my day, I instead looked for elements of the Tarot in my everyday life and then selected the card that might best represent what I saw, felt or experienced. After all, the Tarot represents all aspects of our life: big picture, small picture, long term, and everyday elements. 

This is how it could work. Let’s say I see two people walking together. I note their circumstances. Are they engaged in a deep conversation? A warm embrace? Strolling hand in hand? Do they suggest The Lovers, the Two of Cups, the Two of Wands or a pair of court cards?

I really do like my daily card draw. I find it helps ground me in the energy of the day. It gives the Tarot an honoured space as the day begins.  But I might also give this a try and hope it will help me notice the Tarot in my life and the lives that unfold all around me. 

Are there places and spaces where you see the Tarot?

Continuous Learning

 I’m comfortable with my knowledge base in the tarot. It’s deep. It’s varied. It’s long-studied and long-lived. But it is not, nor will it ever be, infinite. I want to spend time among those who know so much more than me. After all, as the expression goes, if you’re the smartest person in the room, seek another room. For that reason, I am always looking to deepen my knowledge when it comes to the Tarot. Despite having spent almost 40 years(!) exploring the cards, there is always much more to learn. Therefore, finding myself with significantly more time on my hands, I enrolled in a course.

Continue reading → Continuous Learning

Baring Your ‘Tarot’ Self

A few days ago, Liz Worth posted about some modern classic Tarot books from her personal library. It got me thinking… we must all have collections of Tarot paraphernalia. Some large; some small. Some new and some collected over decades. Regardless, I believe what we choose to add to our Tarot space must say something about us as Tarotists.

Are we just learning? Are we looking for a deeper understanding? Do we lean towards a particular type of deck or system? Do we have favourite authors or creators? Do we blend our Tarot work with other types of divination? Is our work spiritual or practical?

I took a Sunday morning and laid out my current card and book collection. And I posted on both my Instagram story and feed. And then reflected a little more.

Based on my current collection, I know I am a Rachel Pollack fan (since I also lent out 2 others), but also appreciate Janet Boyer and Corrine Kenner. I have a more blended collection between Thoth-based and RWS-based decks than I thought. I have added a few French books and deck since my arrival in Belgium just over a year ago. And the visual appeal of the deck is important to me.

So what’s missing? What’s next?

There are a few limited, modern decks I am hoping to add. I am dreaming of a quick drive to the Belgian Tarot Museum once restrictions lift. This is a must-do before heading back to Canada! I am also looking for a couple of ‘deep dives’ into the complexity of Tarot but have not yet found a fit that I am prepared to commit to yet. I’m open to suggestions!

What about you? If you laid out your collection, what would it reveal? Please share in the comments or post on Instagram and tag me at @peterwhitetarot. Or share on Twitter at PeterWhiteTarot I would love to learn a little more about you and your tarot journey!

The Hanged Man and The Empress

This year’s Tarot card calculation offers a bit of a twist.

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It is common to identify The Hanged Man (card XII of the Major Arcana) as the year card for 2019.  The numerological process for determining this is simple: add the digits 2 + 0 + 1 + 9 together and get 12. I’ve seen it highlighted on my social media feeds, on email newsletters I receive and on blog posts. (Biddy Tarot’s post is a great example.) Continue reading → The Hanged Man and The Empress

Playing with a (New) Full Deck

A few weeks ago, after a lot of handling, a little humming and hawing, I purchased my first new Tarot deck in YEARS!  The beneficiary of my decision (other than our local Orangeville shop ‘Healing Moon’)?  The Wildwood Tarot.

It is this earth-based, wheel-of-the-year focused deck that eventually pushed me and my bank card to the point of no return. Since then, I’ve set aside time almost every day to go through the cards one at a time. I’ve grouped them by minors, majors and courts.  I’ve laid the deck out in ‘wheel’ fashion, (as suggested by ‘The Little White Book’ that accompanies this deck and pictured below) with the help of Merlin, our cat! 🙂

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The art in the Wild Wood Tarot deck pictured above was created and copyrighted by http://www.willworthingtonart.co.uk – Merlin and the rug? Not so much.

I look to experience learning a new deck in different ways: visually, physically, intellectually and emotionally.  I shuffle the cards, ask a question, see what comes up. Sometimes, I go to the book, see what it says.  Other times, I want to connect them to previous knowledge of the other decks I use. I want to compare and contrast meanings and images. I want to feel the cards and look at them. I want to connect the deck’s  energy to my own. I want to ‘hear’ the cards as they speak to me.  By the end of the process, I want to know my deck. And I want to like it.

Eventually, I’ll do all of my ‘pagan-y’ deck prep. For me, that means I’ll cleanse the deck with a smudge. I’ll put it outside under a full moon.

But before I do any of that, I’ll play. A lot.

Which leads me to this question… How do you connect with a new deck?