Meditating with Tarot

Tarot cards can be great object for meditation. We’ve previously touched on meditating with Tarot in this blog post; Swapping the elements in your card readings. If you are familiar with meditating generally, this will be an easy element to add into your practice, and there are a number of ways to go about it. If you aren’t an experienced mediator, then that’s fine too, you’ll still be able to take something away from this. Using Tarot cards as a visualisation tool will help you better understand your deck, and the meanings of the cards.

Before you start, you should always set aside some time where you won’t be disturbed. Put your phone on silent and try to block out exterior noise. If you live with others, request that they don’t bother you while you’re meditating. You should try to be as comfortable as possible. Sit on a cushion on the floor, or on a comfy chair. You’ll need to be still for a while, so choose whatever is best for you. Some choose the lotus position, but you don’t need to.

Once you’re comfortable, you are ready to begin meditating.

One way to learn given meanings of the cards, as well as understand what they mean to you, is to meditate on single card. You can look up the meanings beforehand if you wish to get an overview. When you’re ready, choose a card to begin.

The Meditation Process

  • Place the card in front of you and gaze at it for a while.
  • Take in as much detail as you can
  • Close your eyes
  • Picture the card in front of you in your room, and slowly make the room disappear
  • Grow the card in your mind until it is larger than you
  • Picture the scene in the illustration as if it were a real life scene and step into it.
  • Take a moment to visualise the details of the card. You can open your eyes briefly to remember  any details you might have missed.
  • When you’re ready, in your minds eye, ‘step’ into the card, and take in the sights and sounds of the illustration.
  • Be a part of it for as long as you want. The scenario doesn’t have to be static, move it along. What happens next?

There are a lot of things to explore here. You can remain in this imaginary card world for as long as you wish. You can also combine cards. Much like meditating on one card, using two cards follows a similar procedure. Place the two cards together and imagine they are one. What is happening? How do the meanings combine and affect each other? This may seem simple, but when you’ve got cards that can have opposite meanings, it can lead to interesting and unexpected results.

When you’re ready, you should reverse the process. Step out of the card, make it smaller again. Visualise your room to ground yourself back to reality.


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