#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Tarot Cards

I am fasincated by Tarot cards.
Now, some of you may feel inclined to pray for my immortal soul, believing, as you might, that I am in league with the dark side. If so, have at it, with my blessing. This country girl will take all the prayers she can get! When it comes to Old Scratch, I figure we have all the devil we need with the collective unconscious, and the evil in this world results from our own individual and group choices, but for now, that’s all I’m going to say on the subject.
I see the Tarot as a valuable insight tool, rather than an oracle. It is also excellent for plotting novels and getting a bead on what really makes a character tick. In fact, I’m planning to use it as I frame the first Mojo (romantic suspense/contemporary), but it has other very interesting uses.
For a further explanation, see Mark McElroy’s excellent book, “What’s in the Cards for You?”, which is a practical, no-nonsense guide to using the Tarot to brainstorm stories, solve business problems, and generally become more aware of your own interior workings. Every day, you do a new exercise to familiarize yourself with the cards. I’m up to Day 8, and I can tell you, it’s a fascinating thing! In fact, I’ve taken to copying the pertinent cards and collaging them into my morning pages notebook. (You ARE writing 3 pages in a notebook every day, aren’t you???) I use my Xyron machine, the collage artist’s friend, available at any good craft and hobby store. I also use the Rider-Waite “giant” deck (it’s just age), accompanied by the Tarot Affirmations deck, which provides affirmations and deeper understanding. For added insight, I read about each card in “The Everything Tarot Book”. One important caveat: don’t allow others to handle these cards. They are merely outpicturings of your own unconscious mind, but obviously, you don’t want to muddy the psychological waters with somebody else’s issues.
We’re not talking about finding out if so and so will fall in love with you, here, or if you’re a cinch for that promotion. What the cards will tell you, if you’re receptive, and not hidebound by superstition and fear, is what YOU need to do, within your own sphere of influence, which is yourself and not much else, to get on track.
Goals are reached, not by the waving of a wand, but by growing into the kind of person who can achieve them.
Make it a good day. BE a good day, for someone else. Practice kindness.
May you be richly blessed.
May I be richly blessed.
May all sentient creatures be richly blessed.

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