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Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 15 Sep 2003, and now archived in the Forum Library.

vinit  15 Sep 2003 
Dear friends,

Hello to all friends & a whole-hearted welcome to all new members.After a long time I have come back as I was very busy in work.As soon as I finished my work,the first thing I did was to see lots of forum discussions and topics. Here I came across a topic on Meditation on Tarot cards. I would like to know more elaborately on meditation. Please guide me if you know how to meditate on tarot cards and how is it useful?

Waiting to hear from you soon.



Diana  15 Sep 2003 
Hello Vinit!

You're asked a very interesting question. I know a lot of people meditate on Tarot cards and I'm sure you'll get some great replies.

Please note that a moderator will be moving your thread soon to the Using Tarot Cards forum. This section is for technical questions concerning the usage of the Aeclectic Tarot forums.

But don't worry about posting in the wrong sections - sometimes it's not evident to know where to post, and the moderators will move your thread if it's more suitable in another forum.

It's nice to see you've come back to us! :) 

Frater Neshama  15 Sep 2003 
Hey vinit,

I find meditating on Tarot cards to be one of the best things I do for myself all day. Meditation is always good for you; and I meditate 2 or 3 times a day. At least one of those meditation periods, I will take a Tarot deck that I've chosen for meditation, I will draw the next card (after shuffling of course) and then I will begin meditating on the card.

I have chosen the Templar deck to be my meditation deck, for now, but when I finish that one, I am going to work with Barbara Walker's Tarot (I haven't done that one in years).

Of course I use my cards for divination; and I feel that meditating on them just increases my abilities in that area. I feel I know that card as a friend, and when it speaks to me in a divination, I understand it better than if I had been using a deck I've never worked with before.

If you don't know how, here's a brief description. Draw your card out of a shuffled deck; sit in a comfortable area, chair, couch, whatever, and just look at the card. Don't allow any presonception spoil your impressions. Look at ever angle and behind the focus charaters, etc. Find out as much as you can bout this card. Should take you about 10-15 minutes. Then close your eyes. Let the images come alive. Just as if you were watching an old cartoon where the images from a book come alive, that is what I want you to feel with these cards. Do this for about 10-15 minutes. And that's it. You'll be amazed at how well your readings with that deck improve. Not only does it aquaint you with the cards more fully, but it gives your un/sub conscious mind a chance to better process it as well. It is a very good practice.

L.V.X. !!


jmd  16 Sep 2003 
To enter the cards...

a few discussions related to the meditative act include, amongst others, the following four threads:An example of some of this is also in the card I produced for the first Aeclectic project - though the artistic merit leaves much room for improvement ;) 

Kiama  16 Sep 2003 
Frater Neshema gave some excellent advice there, and I'll just add a little bit about how I meditate on Tarot cards.

I believe Mary Greer developed this technique, though I can't remember if that's corrrect or what book it was in. Mostly I got th etechnique from discussion on these Tarot forums.

This technique is called 'Entering' a Tarot card, and basically you sit in a comfortable position, with the card in front of you. Look at the card so that the image of it is fixed in your mind, and when it is, go into that card in your head, 'enter' it as thought it were a door... When you are 'inside' the card in youe imagination, you walk around the scenery, interacting with the characters and scenery to find out more about the card. You coudl talk to the characters to find out what they say, ask them questions, etc. I often find it ueful to record this and what I find out about the card from this practice in my Tarot journal.



HudsonGray  16 Sep 2003 
I think it was Mary Greer, I've tried that too after reading about it.

Be prepared for some VERY strange stuff to happen occasionally. Talk to the animals as well as the people. Walk back to see where the Fool came from, not just check where he's going. Once you're inside the card you can turn & look around 360 degrees, take advantage of it. 

Major Tom  17 Sep 2003 
The first time I encounted this exercise it was in Tarot: A New Handbook for the Apprentice by Eileen Connolly originally published in 1979. She called it "Entering the Major Arcana". 

The Meditation on Tarot cards. thread was originally posted on 15 Sep 2003 in the Using Tarot Cards board, and is now archived in the Forum Library. Read the threads in Using Tarot Cards, or read more archived threads.

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