other ways to use a tarot deck

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Beyond the traditional tarot reading, there are many other ways to use tarot:

  • You can use the cards as part of a personal ritual — for example, you could pull one card (from the Major Arcana, or maybe from the suit you feel you need guidance in) to get direction for your day.

  • You can pull a card as a journal prompt

  • You can place a pulled card on your altar as a reminder throughout the day

  • You can use a card as a focus for a meditation

  • You can identify a card (or cards) as symbols for the year you want to have, or a project you want to complete, or the way you want to feel 

  • Or you can develop your own method!

And if you want to try a group activity, you can play a card game with a tarot deck! Mary K Greer describes a game called “Tarot Rummy” for 3-6 people; it’s a “psychological” game, and you don’t need to know anything about tarot. Here’s how to play: 

  • Cards are dealt one at a time to all players until each person has as many cards as there are players in the game. 

  • Each player chooses the card in their hand that best fits or represents themself, and holds onto this card. 

  • Play starts with the player to the left of the dealer giving one of their cards away to any other player; they must explain why they are giving this card to this person.

  • The receiver tells what they like about receiving this card; then they give one of their cards to another player, explaining why as above.

  • Play continues until there are no more cards left except the cards reserved by each player in the beginning of the game.

  • Starting with the dealer, players then go around and explain why they reserved the card they did; other players may add their insights.