At some point the „one card a day” routine got a bit dull for me, since I didn’t really like journalling. On the other hand I decided that practising by reading for other people would be unethical and stressful; firstly, because they would be getting a sub-par service and secondly, because I would be struggling to „perform”. I started thinking about joining or founding a Tarot study group. No matter what subject is being studied, group exercises motivate me to keep showing up to the meetings and keep practising at home.
Unfortunately all the group Tarot exercises I could find online were simply single-person exercises done in a group setting – „a card a day”, „let’s give our interpretations of card X” or „Let’s swap readings”. Most of the time people didn’t even comment on their respective entries. That’s not very motivating, since I could just as well post the card meanings on a blog to get the same effect.
I then spent some time thinking about what (online) group exercises might actually engage me, and this is what I came up with (note that everyone is assumed to have and use their own deck, and that these decks might be different). Some of the exercises were adapted from „Tarot Tips” by Ruth Ann Amberstone and Wald Amberstone and „Tarot Outside the Box” by Valerie Sims.
Card to meaning, meaning to card
- Alice draws a card and interprets it. She sends the meaning to the next person (Becky).
- Becky searches her deck for a card that matches the meaning she received. She sends the card’s suit and number to the next person (Carol).
- Carol searches her deck for a card of the same suit and number. She interprets it and sends the meaning to the next person.
Different questions, same draw
- Alice comes up with a (fictional) question and draws three cards. She sends the question, the card suits and numbers to the next person (Becky).
- Becky draws three indicated cards from her deck and interprets them as an answer to the question she received. She comes up with a new question. She sends the new question, as well as the card suits and numbers she received, to the next person (Carol).
Invented answer vs answer by cards
- Alice comes up with a (fictional) question and sends it to the next person (Becky).
- Becky searches her deck for a card that seems to be a fitting answer to the question. Then she draws a (random) card and compares the two answers. Finally, she comes up with a new question and sends it to the next person (Carol)
- Alice selects a fictional or historical character and comes up with a question that this person could have. She sends this information to the next person (Becky).
- Becky selects a card spread (a short one would be best) and sends this along with the question to the next person (Carol).
- Carol answers Alice’s question by using her deck with the spread selected by Becky. Then she selects a fictional or historical character, comes up with „their” question and sends it to the next person.
- Alice comes up with a fictional question. She then draws a card. She sends the question, as well as the suit and number of the card, to the next person (Becky).
- Becky searches her deck for the card indicated by Alice. She selects a person depicted on this card and tries to imagine how this person would behave in the situation described by Alice. Then she draws a new card. She sends Alice’s question and her own (Becky’s) card suit and number to the next person.
Making it hard for the reader!
- Alice comes up with a question and searches her deck for a card that she thinks would make a hard/stupid answer to that question. She sends both the question and the card suit/number to the next person (Becky).
- Becky searches her deck for Alice’s card and interprets it as an answer to the question. She selects another hard/stupid answer card and sends the question and her card suit/number to the next person.