Recently, I gave a tarot deck [Sun and Moon Tarot, by Vanessa Decort] to my 7 year old granddaughter. She was so very excited, my heart filled with joy immediately. I watched her open up the deck and begin placing the cards out all over the bedspread. She devoured the images by telling mini-stories of each one. I didn’t record or make note of these stories, though now wish I had. It was just so fascinating to see that she saw life in them.
One particular I do remember is the Queen of Wands. For this one she said something like “she is so powerful and is going to hit the cat.” I was a bit shocked. As a tarot reader for over 25 years, I always consider the feline as a familiar to the queen. The animal is not displaying aggression, of course. It will be interesting to see what my granddaughter says the next time the card comes into view. (by the way, my darling is a great lover of animals from cats and dogs to dolphins and whales).
Here’s a game to play with any deck of tarot cards:
Object: To tell stories based on what you see in the card in order to learn intuitive reading.Set up:
1.Shuffle a full deck and divide randomly into the number of piles that matches number of players.
2.Each player takes a pile and then flips the cards until a human figure is seen. Then stop flipping.3.Each of the cards selected should be placed so all players can view them.4.Set the rest of the deck aside.Play:1.One player points at a card and asks to any one other player “What are they thinking?”2.The responder takes time to examine the imagery, focusing on the inner thoughts of the human figure in the card. That player then begins the story – long or short.3.The player that told the first story then points at another card and asks a new player “What are they thinking?”4.Play continues until all cards have been explored.
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