The holiday season is upon us, filled with sensuous memories from the past that sustain us, and loving memories in the making. It is a rich storyboard, with each individual story waiting to be written. The Tarot is a wonderful tool that allows us to write our personal story in our own fashion. Arm yourself with your favorite beverage (coffee – full strength, please for me!), and gather near you the decks that excite you, the ones that want to go with you on this journey of telling your own story. Take your time – this is meant to be a fun journey!
The first thing that you want to think about is
- Who is the central character in your story – is it you, or is it someone else in your life?
- What is important to that character at this time of the year?
- How does this person feel about the holidays? Are they happy, eager to celebrate? Are they anxious, or depressed? Are they overwhelmed by obligations from work, friends and family?
- What messages are coming to you this particular season? Are they personal? Are they connected with others? Are they family oriented?
- What is your focus at this time?
From there, we want to move on to the character/characters featured in the story. This is your story, so you will fit in there somewhere. You may choose to write your story using only yourself as a character – this is your story, after all! Or, you may wish to add some minor characters, reflecting what is going on in your life.
Now we want to look at the setting. This is a short story, a small part of your life that is centered around the holidays. The setting does not have to remain in one place, but it should reflect what is in your life. Where the story is centered is where the main setting will be. Is it in your home? In a family member’s home? In a friend’s home? Does your work setting figure in at all? Will you be shopping in this story? Will you be traveling? Allow all of your five senses to figure in here, to paint a broad picture of the environment around you.
Take a deep breath – we are about to begin! Choose a deck to work with – one that excites you, one that wants to talk, one that you want to work with. Shuffle the deck thoroughly, holding this question in your mind: “What is the theme of this holiday season for me?” Draw one card. This is your theme.
Start shuffling your deck again, with this question in mind: “What best represents me this holiday season?” Draw one card. This card represents you.
Start shuffling your deck again, with this question in mind: “Who are the secondary/peripheral characters in my story this holiday season?” Draw one card to represent each character. If you are the only character in your story, then please skip this step.
Start shuffling your deck again, with this question in mind: “What is the setting for my story?” Draw one card – this represents the setting for your story.
Start shuffling your deck again, with this question in mind: “What is my focus this holiday season?” Draw one card – this represents your focus this holiday season.
To recap, you have now drawn cards for the following:
- Secondary Characters
Lay the cards out in a straight line:
1 2 3 4 5
I drew the following cards from the Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative deck:
- Theme – Four of Wands
- You – The Devil
- No Secondary Characters
- Setting – Three of Cups
- Focus – The Fool
The theme for this story home and family. It is all about celebration, maintaining a sense of optimism, and being thankful.
The main character is someone who tends to see things by how they appear on the surface. They are very concerned with the material world, and are functioning through a lens of ignorance, tied to issues from the past – tie that they themselves placed there.
The setting is one of celebration. Everyone around the main character is into the season – the decorating, the parties, the gift giving. They appreciate everything around them – the food, the music, the overall feeling of acceptance and love for mankind.
The focus for the main character is on accessing their inner child. On opening their mind, and opening their heart, to the nature of the season … to a spiritual rebirth. The story for this person is all about opening themselves up to the season, about being open to any and all experiences, about letting go of fear and living life to the fullest.
This is one story that the Tarot has to tell. It holds an infinite number of stories. What does your story look like? You can go deeper into the shadows of your story by doing a comparative reading. Using another deck, one that perhaps you really do not like, or cannot connect to, and draw the same cards. Place them under the cards from the original deck. What new messages are coming to you? What issues are becoming clearer?
This is your story – write freely, write with love and acceptance of yourself. Thank your deck(s) when you are done – they have taken you on an inner journey, and gifted you with incomparable wisdom!
Wishing you all a joyous holiday season!
Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck © 2009 U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
Blog © December 2010 Bonnie Cehovet