A Guided Meditation into the Tarot
~taken from Llewellyn's Tarot Calendar for the year 2000~
guided meditation can help you discover new depth and meaning in a tarot
card as well as help you connect to the archetypes and the energy of the
tarot. The process is simple: Either have a friend slowly read the
following meditation aloud or tape-record it for yourself.
First, sit comfortably in a
chair, with both feet firmly on the floor and your knees at the level of
Choose any card you have
strong feelings about – whether you like or dislike it – or choose a card
you’d like to understand better.
Breathe deeply, three times.
Examine your card carefully for 60 seconds, Notice every detail: Start with
the name and number of the card. Then look at the sky in the card, and let
your gaze travel down to the landscape below. Notice the
position of the card, and then shift your attention to the
foreground. Pay attention to every detail. What colors are most
prominent? What symbols and props do you see? Who is in the card? How are
they standing or sitting? How are they dressed? What are they holding?
What expression is on their face?
Close your eyes. See the
card in your mind’s eye. Reconstruct it, remembering every detail.
Open your eyes. Was there
anything you missed? For 30 seconds, study the card once mote.
eyes again, and settle back comfortably into your chair. Breathe deeply
three times. Relax your arms and hands. Relax your legs and feet. Relax
your stomach and relax your jaw.
See the card
again in your mind’s eye. This time, see it as large as like, filling the
landscape in front of you. Let the borders of the card become a doorway
into the card.
a golden pathway that leads from your feet through that doorway, into the
card. Follow that path and walk slowly and comfortably through the doorway
and into the card.
Notice the view in front of you, as well as to the right and to the left.
You’ll be able to see a panoramic landscape – all that was not visible from
outside the card.
breathing deeply, and become aware of your surroundings.
What do you
see? Hear? Smell? What do you feel with your sense of touch?
What is the
weather like? What time of day is it?
character in the card. Notice what that person is wearing. Notice the body
language, and notice the expression.
character is expecting you, and that character has something to say to you.
Ask what it is, and listen carefully to the answer. If you need to ask a
follow-up question, you may.
That character also has a gift for you. What is it?
thanks and say a formal goodbye.
Turn around. See the doorway that you used to enter the
card, the doorway back to your everyday life.
Walk towards the door, back into your life, knowing that you
can bring back the sensations and awareness of this card, and that you can
return to the card at any time.
the doorway, and close the door.
Come back to
your seat and open your eyes,
following questions and record the answers in your tarot journal:
Of all the
sensations you experienced, which was the strongest?
What was the message
What was the gift
How do the message
and gift relate to your life?