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 The Language of Tarot
Being in the Present With a Daily Tarot Card

by Bonnie Moss(c) 2011- 02

Leo Buscaglia tells us that ``Life is a great and wondrous mystery, and the only thing we know that we have for sure is what is right here right now. Don't miss it." In a way, not living fully in the present is allowing ourselves to be robbed of that gift of time called NOW.

There is something about sitting in front of a roaring fire, watching the flames dance and sway to and fro. It is easy to be mesmerized and just be in the moment. If you've ever sat around a campfire, did that not make the evening air magical?

There is a lot written about being in the here and now, about living in the present moment. But you can argue there is so much on your mind, your plate is full and there are not enough hours in the day. Does this not set you up for stress and anxiety? Focusing on a problem magnifies the problem. Have you found the answer you are looking for by worrying? Everyone has felt fear, anger, betrayal, insecurity and the pain of failure. The future drives you to strive, to work harder and yes, gets you worried. The economy is not as stable as it was, this means thoughts of job security or lack of it. There is political turmoil all over, crime and violence are on the rise. Natural calamities seem to occur all over the world.

But, should these issues define your life? Surely, there must be a way. You set goals and believe that you have the necessary commitment to realize these. Yes, you do, for a while. Then slowly the old way creeps up, priorities are set aside. So much for goal setting.

There are ways to live each day with more meaning and leave you more at peace first with yourself, then the world around you. Information is at your fingertips, with the click of a mouse, you can get pointers on living in the moment. You can learn the techniques of mindfulness. There are many ways to meditate. All these lead to the road of inner peace and harmony.

The tarot can be helpful in setting your pace for the day. Let it help you find a way to be present in the moment. This does not require any psychic abilities. It starts with choosing a deck that you feel you can connect with. If you are not familiar with the variety of tarot decks , ask a friend, or check it out on-line. The artwork varies as well. However, you can always get another deck as you get more confident and familiar with what tarot is all about.

Tarot card for the day

There is no lack of psychic readers on the internet including tarot. This is good, but take it a step beyond. If you do not own a tarot deck., consider owning one. Tarot cards provide insight and energy to a situation. In regular tarot readings, there are cards that turn up with the message that the wisdom / or energy is best applied in the present.

Choosing a tarot card daily can help you to focus on issues for that day. There is no right way or wrong way to read a tarot card. Look at the card with no judgment, no anxiety , no anticipation or fear. No matter how tough things are, do not greet the morning with doom and gloom.

Have faith, this is easier said than done, but remember, there is nothing to fear but fear itself. Tarot cards cover all possibilities in life- joy, love, success ,strength and the opposites as well, pain, sorrow, struggles, failure, betrayal or defeat. How does this help? Being in the present moment calms down the spirit. Being calm lets the spirit offer a brighter outlook or perspective if the day seem to start off dreary.

A glance at the suits: Minor Arcana: The suits have different designations as there are different tarot decks. I use the Rider-Waite deck.

Sword- this suit is of the element Air. It encourages you to use your mental acuity. Focus on the image, be in the present. Fear and anxiety compounds worry. These feelings , these thoughts do not solve a problem and cloud your judgment. Take a few deep breathes, have faith and ask your spirit, angel, God or whatever deity you believe in for guidance. As you go through your day, focus on what you have to do- at that moment. The rest of the day will take care of itself.

Wands- this suit is of the element Fire. I call this suit as calling up on the fire of the spirit.It shows strength, passion and courage , asks for focus on what is right. At times, we tend to focus on the negative and breathe life to it. This is self-sabotage. Instead, be in the present moment and feel the strength of your spirit that will guide you against all odds. Feel the energy around you in the present moment.

Pentacles this suit speaks to you of Earth, the physical, material aspect of life, its challenges and its rewards. Again, the spirit inspires you to be centered and grounded. Clutter in the mind will take you nowhere. You get edgy and disoriented. Take a moment to feel grounded, your feet solid on the ground and enjoy being in your center at the moment.

Cups this suit speaks of emotions, of love or hate. It is the Water element. Water flows, so should Life. Water turns solid as ice, so do emotions- it can turn frigid. Learn to allow life to flow, each moment to unfold, this is the mystery of Life. Immerse in the moment and feel the peace flowing through your being.

Major Arcana

This suit highlights more powerful energies, carry with it higher vibrations with deeper spiritual messages. Take a closer look and let the card speak to you.

If a daily card is not in your schedule, you can pick a card , focus on it for a few days or make it a card for the week. This practice of a daily card deepens intuitive abilities. It helps you to pay more attention to that inner voice which we all have and is waiting to be heard. It guides you to a healthier lifestyle, be more mindful of your health, your activities and your priorities. It enhances relationships.

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