Meditation offers a way to go even deeper into the meaning and symbolism of each Tarot card as it allows us to bypass the conscious mind and dive into the subconscious mind and connect with your intuition. By relaxing our mind and letting go of our constant thought processes, we open up the pathway to our subconscious mind and begin to tap into a higher level of knowledge and insight. We allow our intuition to guide us and in doing so, we build a much deeper understanding of the meaning of the Tarot cards.
A Tarot meditation typically begins with a general relaxation of the body and the mind, before going deeper into the image of the selected Tarot card and exploring the messages of the imagery.
Tarot Card Meditation in 7 Steps
Step 1: Select a Tarot Card
If you are using the Tarot card meditation to simply learn the Tarot card meanings in more detail, then randomly select a Tarot card or select a card you want to connect more deeply with.
You can also select a Tarot card based on a particular topic that is top of mind. For example, if you are single and want to bring love into your life, you may select the Two of Cups or the Lovers. Or, if you were on a path of spiritual development, you may select the Hermit.
Step 2: Set up the Environment
Choose a time and a place where you will not be disturbed for at least 20 minutes. Make sure you’re comfortable, the phone is off the hook, and all other distractions are out of the room.
You might like to play a meditation CD or simply have silence. You could burn some essential oils and dim the lights.
Sit in an upright position. (Lying down will most likely just put you to sleep!) And have your Tarot card in front of you.
Step 3: Focus on the Breath
Once you are comfortable, bring your attention to your breath.
Breathe in through your nose and as you do so, notice the sensation of your breath on your nostrils. Take a deep breath in, and then breathe out, through your nose, again focusing on the sensation in your nostrils.
Continue breathing and focusing your attention on the sensation of the breath.
At this stage, if you notice any random thoughts coming into your mind, just observe them and then imagine them floating away like clouds. Bring your attention back to your breath.
Step 4: Relax
Now, shift your attention to your body. As you breathe in, feel the oxygen entering your body and filling you with pure energy. And as you breathe out, imagine relaxation simply flowing through your body.
Scan your head, neck, shoulders, arms, torso, hips, legs and feet, and feel the relaxation flowing through all the way down to your toes.
Now, you are relaxed and at peace.
Step 5: Focus on your Tarot Card
Bring your attention to the Tarot card in front of you. Gaze softly at the Tarot card and take in five deep breaths. Again, if you notice any thoughts coming into your mind, just observe them and then imagine them floating away like clouds. Bring your attention back to your breath and the Tarot card in front of you.
Imagine the card growing larger and larger until the figures and the imagery are almost life-size. See yourself stepping into the card. Look around you. What do you see? Who is in the card with you? What objects are present? What colours stand out to you?
Take a moment to touch an object in the card and feel its texture. What do you hear? Take a deep breath in and smell the air. Is there something edible in the card? Taste it.
Now, imagine yourself as one of the figures in the card. Become that person or that archetype. What does it feel like, being this person? What does this character think and feel? How do they move and behave? What is their attitude towards the present circumstances?
Begin to speak as if you are that character. What do you have to say? What is your message? What advice do you have to offer?
Take another look around you. What makes you feel good? What gives you energy?
What, if anything, makes you feel anxious, concerned or upset? Notice any sensations in your body at this point and release any tension that may have formed.
Look for the different objects and symbols in the card now. How can they be used? What are they here for? What is their symbolic meaning?
Look around you one last time. What do you see now that you didn’t see before?
Your work, now, is almost complete. Step out of the figure and then step out of the Tarot card. Watch as the card becomes smaller and smaller, returning to its normal size.
Step 6: Awaken
Acknowledge the work that you have done, and know that you can return to this place of peace and insight at any time.
Begin to bring your attention back into the room, taking in two deep breaths and feeling the energy returning to your feet, your hands and your body.
Open your eyes (if they were closed), feeling refreshed and energised.
Step 7: Take Note of Your Insights
Immediately after your Tarot card meditation, take note of what you saw, heard, thought or felt during the meditation. Enter this directly into your Tarot Workbook or notebook.
Additional Ways to Meditate with Your Tarot Cards
If you are working with a Major Arcana card, you might like to use a more structured meditation based on the card you are studying. Here are two good online resources that you can draw from for your guided Tarot card meditation:
Mantras are also an effective way to create a focus point and to concentrate your insights. Select one keyword for the card you are studying and repeat it over and over in your meditation. For example, the keyword for the Fool may be “Beginnings”. Repeat “beginnings, beginnings, beginnings” to deepen your insight into what this means for you and for the card.
What experience have you had with Tarot meditation? What works best for you? Please share your comments and insights below.