Create a More Meaningful and Spiritual Life through the Cards
Make tarot the centerpiece of your spirituality with this brilliant guide to incorporating the cards into your daily life. Tarot Inspired Life is the perfect workbook to help deepen your tarot practice, enhance your creativity, and find greater purpose each day.
This book encourages you to befriend your deck, personalize your spreads, and create a tarot journal. It's not just filled with keywords, descriptions, or correspondences. Discover how to use the cards for creative writing, meditation, and connecting to spirit guides. Learn how your deck can be an agent of change through invocations and seasonal rituals. Jaymi Elford's guidance inspires you to think outside the norm, follow your own path, and honor your unique interpretations of tarot.
|Publisher:||Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Jaymi Elford is a writer, tarot coach, firespinner, and the creator of the Triple Goddess Tarot. She reads for Portlandia Fortune Tellers in Portland, Oregon, and has taught tarot classes at the Bay Area Tarot Symposium (BATS), Northwest Tarot Symposium (NWTS), PantheaCon, and at Readers Studio in New York. Jaymi currently hosts the Tarot Visions podcast and is a frequent guest on other popular tarot podcasts. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Table of Contents
Exercise List xv
Author's Note xix
Part 1: What Tarot Is 5 Chapter 1: History and Structure 7 Selected Moments from Tarot History 10 A Brief Guide to Tarot Structure 12 Parts of a Tarot Deck 13 Major Arcana 13 Archetypes 14 Introduction to the Fool's Journey 20 Minor Arcana 25 Court Cards 30 Introduction to the Grand Matrix 33
Chapter 2: Card and Spread Interpretation 390 Understanding Tarot Language 40 Color 41 Number 44 Symbol 47 Keywords 50 Quotes 53 Four Ways to Read a Card 54 Symbolic Readings 54 Experience Readings 55 Storytelling Readings 56 Psychic Readings 56
Chapter 3: Wide World of Spreads 61 Tarot Spreads 61 Types of Spreads 63 Shuffling Cards 64 Casting the Spread 65 Reading Cards in a Spread 66 Creating Tarot Spreads 67 Identify the Purpose 68 Get Specific 69 Pick the Right Number of Cards 71 Card Pattern Science 72 Experimenting Phase 75 Practice, Practice, Practice 77
Part 2: What You Can Do with Tarot 81 Chapter 4: Daily Writing Practices 83 Intro to Journaling 83 Journaling Ground Rules 84 The Importance of Recording Knowledge 86 Journaling with Tarot 87 Advanced Techniques 92 Your Tarot PDA 97
Chapter 5: Inspiring the Muse 101 Benefits of Creativity and Tarot 102 Getting Artsy 103 Personalizing a Tarot Deck 103 Wooden Stands 106 Crafting Pocket Shrines 107 Researching and Gathering Materials for Your Shrine 108 Making Your First Shrine 110 Crafting the Insides 112 Making Fabric Tarot Cases 115 Sewing a Case 115 Crochet Case 117 Writing with Tarot 119 Creating Plot with Tarot 119 Plot Generator Templates 120 One-Card Quick Story Idea 120 Beginning, Middle, End Spread 121 Short Story Spread 121 The Infinite Story Creation Generator 122 Creating Characters with Tarot 124 Character Creation Templates 124 One-Card Trait Spread 125 Simple Four-Card Character Spread 125 Creating Settings with Tarot 127 Setting Creation Templates 127 One-Card Location Creator 127 Four-Card Location Creation Spread 128 Your Tarot Coach 129 One-Card Questions 130 Creative Advice Spread 130 Your Own Personal Cheerleader 131 Revision and Editing Advice 132 Submissions and Approaches to Getting the Work Published 133
Chapter 6: Getting Spiritual 137 Basic Meditation Techniques 138 Tips and Tricks 142 Meditating with Tarot 144 Sample Session 146 Sample Session 148 A Sample Guided Meditation Script 151 Embodying the Archetypes 153 Calculate Soul and Life Path Cards 154 Research Phase 157 Meditation Phase 158 Embodying the Cards Guided Meditation Script 158 Journaling Phase 161 Talking to Spiritual Entities 162 Using Pendulums 165
Chapter 7: Invocations for Transformation 175 Introduction to Tarot Invocations 177 Sample Tarot Invocations 180 Four Steps to a Successful Invocation 185 Visualize the Outcome 186 Crafting Your Statement of Intent 188 Selecting Components to Aid Your Petition 190 Releasing the Intent and Energy into the World 192 Post-Invocation Care 194 Dressing Up Your Invocations 195 Create a Mojo Bag 195 Design a Mandala 196 Place Invocations in an Envelope 196 Was the Tarot Invocation Successful? 196
Chapter 8: Rituals for Transformation 199 Setting the Stage for Ritual 201 Setting Space 202 Your Tarot Altar 204 Tarot Throughout the Year 208 Daily Spreads 209 Daily Forecast Spread 209 Spreads to Honor the Lunar Cycle 211 New Moon Phase 211 Waxing Moon Phase 212 Full Moon Phase 213 Waning Moon Phase 215 Rituals for Each Season 216 Spring Ritual 218 Summer Ritual 220 Autumn Ritual 221 Winter Ritual 223 The Year-Long Elemental Working 226 Preparation 227 Dedication Ritual 233 Monthly Check-in Ritual 239 The Closing Ritual 241
Part 3: Putting It All Together 247 Chapter 9: Taking Tarot to the Next Level 249 Reading for Others 250 Reading Formats 251 Introduction Phase 252 Reading Phase 254 Wrap-Up Phase 257 A Sample Reading 258 Connecting to the Global Tarot Tribe 263 Types of Tribes 264 Learning the Group Dynamic 266 Connecting with Others at Conferences 269 Building Your Own Community 272 Crafting a Vision Statement 273 Creating a Structure 276 Setting the Stage for Success 277