Close Tarot Encounters – A Bird at a Time

“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.’” Bird by Bird Anne Lamont

The Fool sets out on yet another journey, an archeological dig of sorts. Its a mission to experience a close encounter with each of the cards

The internet is literally awash with ideas about how to enhance one’s Tarot Reading Skills. The thing is that there are 78 cards in a deck and some schools of thought promote the idea of memorizing the meanings.

I do not subscribe to this idea. I have only been actively working with cards for a few years. I came to Tarot through my work as a specialist teacher of writing and it has taken time to become really familiar with just what these boxes of imagery have to offer.

Close Tarot Encounters is an activity based, semi autobiographical project, built on the idea of responding, in a variety of ways, one card at a time, to each of the 78 Tarot Cards that make up a deck. It offers a variety of ways to get close up and personal with each card, experiment and have conversations with cards, play, exercise intuitive muscles and become really familiar with each of the 78 Cards.

One of my favourite ways of getting to know each Tarot card is to Pathwork. These videos by Astral Lady Tarot, Jack Chanek and Simon from Hermits Cave, provide some fabulous advice about how to approach this kind of work.

Close Encounters with Tarot – A Rambling Archetypal Journey