Day 17: Affirm your Sanctions 
Day 19: Commune with Nature 

Day 18: Cultivate a Relationship with the Divine 

Day 18 

Cultivate a Relationship with the Divine 

Pause 

breathe in for a count of... 

hold for a count of ... 

breathe out for a count of ... 

hold for a count of... 

One of the most supportive tools for me in creating a more intimate connection with Source has been Tarot. There are many divination tools to choose from such as oracle cards, runes, crystals, or beads. It is not the actual token that holds the power, it is the act of opening myself up to a broader way of thinking that gives me deeper access to my intuition. When I trust myself more, I feel I make better decisions, and that leads me to expanded Joy. 

In 2010, on my 40th birthday, my sister took me to Newport, RI for the weekend to celebrate. We were walking down Thames Street looking for a place to eat when I saw a tarot reader sign in a window. I mentioned how I always wanted to experience a Tarot reading and my sister encouraged us to have one done. The Tarot reading for me was astonishingly accurate and even years later manifestations were happening that the reader had foretold. The moment I got home from our trip I bought my own Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck. Immediately, I began studying Tarot and reading daily for myself. As I grew more confident, I started reading for friends and family. I do not consider myself a psychic. I have an intimate relationship with my Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck, and I have always been very artistic and empathetic. When sharing a Tarot reading, I offer clarity; I reflect a person’s own vibration back to them. 

Once I became more familiar with my cards, I tried reading different spreads, but it just did not feel comfortable for me. I made up my own spread that I have been using ever since. I always ensure my cards are face up, I do not read reverse cards. After grounding myself in my Sacred Space through breathing and incense, I shuffle my deck, then I choose one card from the top of the deck, one from the bottom, and one in the middle. I write down my interpretation after each card. I find the cards consistently play off one another. 

In the beginning, I was very intimidated by my cards, especially ones that looked scary to me like the 10 of Swords which has a figure on the ground being impaled by 10 Swords. A few years into my Tarot journey I was going through a dark season and decided to pull out any cards that scared me. I was using Tarot as a tool for guidance and I did not want to be triggered into feeling like I was choosing bad cards. Vetting my cards was extremely helpful. A few months later I added the scary cards back in and I began the process of challenging myself to interpret each card in a positive way. Eventually I arrived at a place where every card I pull offers me hopeful guidance. I now see the Ten of Swords as a polite way of saying: You are stuck in your pattern of thought; let it go and move on, a new cycle is about to begin! 

My Tarot deck is displayed in a decorative box encompassed by tiny treasures from my children, gemstones, and a wedding picture of my paternal grandparents. Journaling my intentions will often reveal a question or hope I have for the day. I hold in my heart a combination of desires depending upon the season: my children taking a test, my husband traveling, or due to my anxiety, I often ask for extra support from Tarot if I must interact with people in an unusual way. 

In October 2014 a long-time blogging friend, who lives across the country from me, commented on Facebook that she needed clarity about a situation in her life. I messaged her and asked if I could do a tarot card reading for her. I told her I would write my guidance in a letter and mail it to her. That whole day, until I had time alone to do her reading, I thought about ways to make the reading extra special. I decided I would make her an intuitive art card much like the ones I had been making for myself during the Lunar Phases for the past fifteen years. When I sat to do her reading, I experienced a shift inside of me. I felt like I was doing something I had been called to do. After picking three cards for her, the writing came effortlessly; I could hear and feel from Tarot what my friend needed. I wrote down my thoughts in a journal, transcribed them into a letter, sorted through my collage supplies I had accumulated, and let Tarot guide me to choosing images to convey the message my friend most needed. I put her letter into a little trunk I had created on the backside of the recycled 5 x 7 postcard I had used to make the collage which included a mini photocopy of the three Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot cards I had chosen for her. 

Interpreting Tarot through collage resonates with me more than reading to someone face to face. As an empath, there have been times I have felt too intense of an emotion coming from my querent. I love transforming scraps of paper and ephemeral from my life into intuitive art cards. Soon after that reading for my friend, I created a website and began making personal Trunk and Tarot collages that I have mailed to people all over the world. 

When I moved to Minnesota in 2016, I began attending a women’s circle that eventually led me to creating Trunk and Tarot Gatherings. Trunk and Tarot Gatherings are a whimsical, fresh way to connect and circle together, while receiving clarity and insights through collage. Facilitating my own gatherings has truly been a magical experience for me. You can find out more at trunkandtarot.com 

When I first bought my Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck in 2010, I would choose a card a day, look it up on the internet, and write down my findings. After a few years, I created a tool for myself that I give out at my Trunk and Tarot Gatherings. My interpretations are based on my own experience with my Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck and research I have done on numerology. I have also added reading playing cards to my Tarot tool and include playing cards in my Trunk and Tarot gatherings. I keep a copy of my Tarot tool inside my journal and use it every morning.  

Today I drew the Queen of Wands. If you look on the Tarot tool you will see the words associated with Queen are nurturing, intuition, and inner strength. The words associated with Wands are fire, red, south, passion, magic, summer, and days. My starting point is to write all those words in my journal and then based on what type of guidance I am requesting from Tarot; I feel Tarot will answer me. Today I asked for clarity while writing this book. I was beyond excited to have the Queen of Wands show up. What an amazing sign from the Universe!  

 

Trunk and Tarot Tool 

Suit 

Pentacles 

Cups 

Swords 

Wands 

Element 

earth 

Water 

Air 

Fire 

symbol 

diamonds 

hearts 

clubs 

spades 

Color 

green 

blue 

yellow 

red 

Direction 

north 

west 

east 

south 

Essence 

actions 

manifestations 

intuitions 

emotions 

communication 

thoughts 

passion 

magic 

Season 

winter 

autumn 

spring 

summer 

Duration 

years 

months 

weeks 

days 

 

for cards above 9: reduce each number down to a single digit 

example:  The Sun XIX = 19 = 1 +9 = 10 = 1 + 0 = 1 

Ace/1 

2/II 

3/III 

4/IV 

5/V 

an invitation 

to be open 

a portal 

balance 

crossroads 

flexibility 

collaboration 

contemplation 

bonding 

stability 

stay the course 

satisfaction 

help is on the way 

investigate 

transformation 

6/VI 

7/VII 

8/VIII 

9/IX 

10/X 

sympathy 

hope 

self-compassion 

reflect 

trust yourself 

be bold 

movement 

diligence 

potential 

to be held in high esteem 

resiliency 

closure 

culmination 

success 

redundancy 

0 

Page 

Knight 

Queen 

King 

innocence 

free spirit 

ready to be ready 

new 

a beginning 

childlike enthusiasm 

swift results 

take-action 

messenger 

nurturing 

intuition 

inner strength 

dominance 

control 

provider 

 

Other interesting tools that you can research and maybe use to connect with the Divine are: 

  1. Crystals, Crystal Ball 
  2. Astrology, Numerology 
  3. Hanging Pendulum or Pendulum board, Dowsing Rod 
  4. Scrying bowl, scrying glass 
  5. Spirit boards or Ouija boards 
  6. Tarot, Oracle, Angel Cards 
  7. Runes set, Polyhedral dice, I-Ching Coins 
  8. Reading Palms or Tea leaves or Auras 

How do you connect with your divinity? 

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