A New Project: A Tarot a Day

I am a fan of tarot. On the off chance that you are unfamiliar with tarot, it is a deck of cards used for telling the future. There are four suits just like in a regular playing card deck, ace through king, with the addition of a page card, making each royal family four cards. These suits collectively are called the Minor Arcana. In tarot, these suits are often labeled wands, pentacles, cups, and swords, though the suit names can vary depending upon the individual deck. Each deck also has an elemental attribute to it. Wands are fire, pentacles are earth, cups are water, and swords are air. In addition to the four suits, tarot has what is called the Major Arcana: twenty-two cards representative of major archetypal life forces, such as death, destruction, love, strength, and spiritualism.

My fascination with tarot began, strangely, with Star Wars. In my younger days I was a hardcore fan. In Star Wars, there is a gambling card game called sabacc. According to myth, Han won the Millennium Falcon from Lando in a game of sabacc, and the game has been featured in many of the Star Wars books. For interested fans, there are rules available for playing sabacc, which can be found online. Because sabacc doesn’t use a traditional deck, there are also rules for creating a sabaac deck – which use two tarot decks to make.

You see where this is going, right?

Sadly, I never got to make my sabacc deck, but the interest in tarot remained. In college I was gifted a tarot deck, and I tried reading my fortune. It took me a few attempts, but finally I got down the rhythm of reading the cards. I was surprised about how accurate the reading were, both for myself and for others. Whether its godly providence, subconscious communication, or energetic manipulation that makes tarot work, I haven’t had an inaccurate reading since the first three.

However, I’ve never been able to fully memorize the meanings of the cards. One way to train yourself as suggested by the Tarot Workbook, written by Emily Peach, is to flip a single card each day, read the meaning, and then write down that night how accurate your reading was and the ways you saw that card reflected in your day. I’ve decided that now’s the time to try that exercise. So, starting November 1st, I’ll flip a card each day for a year and write down what I think the reading is during the morning and what how it does or doesn’t correlate to my day by evening. I think it will be an interesting experiment, and I hope that journaling about it online will pressure me to keep up with the updates.

See you Monday for the first reading.

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