Most tarot readers and tarot students go through periods of stagnation now and again. You know the cards, you know how to read spreads and it’s all going well, but somehow the magic has vanished. From being something you love, tarot reading has suddenly become a little bit….boring?
Don’t worry – it comes to us all at times. Fortunately, there are many easy ways to get out of the tarot doldrums and to renew and refresh your enthusiasm for this wonderful tool. Here are a few to try.
1. Use a New Deck
No matter how many or how few tarot decks you own, over-familiarity with the cards can be a real problem and will stop you seeing fresh messages for each person. If you can, buy or borrow a completely new deck, preferably something which is not your normal style, and commit to working with it for a couple of weeks.
If you don’t “like” the artwork or the style on a conscious level, that might be so much the better – by using this deck you will be forcing your subconscious and your higher self to bring you insight which you won’t get from simply looking at the pretty pictures. Working with a brand new and challenging deck is never easy – but here, that’s the precise point, so don’t give up!
2. Do Something Different With Your Cards
Instead of just using the tarot cards to read spreads, do something unrelated to divination. Choose one card a day and use it in a meditation, or try to see through the eyes of the person in the card, or put yourself in the picture and look around you. What you see or experience in meditation may bring you new enthusiasm and insights you’ve previously missed.
Try story telling with the cards. Just pull three at random and link them into an actual short story you create. Or pick a court card and use this as your character, then choose a minor card and use it as your plot, and then pick a major card and use that as the conclusion to your story. Set your imagination free.
If you’ve never learned it before, examine the famous Fool’s Journey, and see how you can apply that to your own life.
3. Change the Numbers
Abandon your favorite spreads, and go for something totally different. If you normally read with quite a few cards, spend a week doing only in-depth single card readings. If you normally restrict yourself to a few cards, find the biggest spread you can and learn to use it properly, creating insightful linkages across 15 or 20 cards.
4. Design a New Tarot Spread
Designing your own tarot spread isn’t difficult, once you give yourself permission to do so. Think of a question you would like to have answered, and then split that into five or six sub questions in a logical order. Then pull a card for each question, and bingo, you have a new spread. Once you get the tarot spread designing bug, this is an excellent way to get yourself out of the tarot doldrums.
5. Give Back
Do you normally read for just friends and family? Or do you normally read for paying clients? Either way, a terrific way to get out of a tarot rut is to give something back to the community. Volunteer to read for free at a charity event or community event. If your experience of reading for others is limited, this is always a relatively fear-free way of branching out into reading for the public. If you’re used to reading for paying clients, reading for free is a humbling experience, and again this could be the jolt you need to re-affirm your connection with your cards.