Lunchtime Tarot Exercise for 11/13/09

Debbie at Lunchtime Tarot

Debbie at Lunchtime Tarot

Lunchtime Tarot is a come-when-you-can group that meets each Friday at my office in San Mateo, CA. I post the exercises here each week for those who are unable to slip away to join us.

This week’s session was devoted to birth card(s). To learn a simple way to determine your birth card, click here. The Tarot School also has a birth card calculator.

Birth Card Reflection

  1. Explore the imagery of the card. What detail stands out when you first look at the card? What is happening in the card? Is there a story there? Consider what might have happened five minutes earlier and what might happen five minutes later. What is the mood of the card? Consider the setting, the weather, and the expression on the faces of the figure(s) in the card.
  2. When I look at this card I feel…
  3. These words and phrases come to mind when I look at this card:
  4. This card reminds me of this significant childhood experience:
  5. This card reminds me of this significant experience from my adolescence:
  6. This card reminds me of this significant experience in recent years:
  7. This card reminds me of this person who has shaped my life:
  8. This card challenges me to…
  9. This card represents my potential to…
  10. This card warns me against…
  11. I hate this birth card because…
  12. I love this birth card because…
  13. I wish was my birth card instead of this one because…
  14. Choose another card in the deck (perhaps your year card) to interview your birth card about what it sees as your strengths and weaknesses. Write a dialogue between them.
  15. Imagine that you are teaching a class on something that you enjoy doing and that your birth card is your student. Write the scene that unfolds.
  16. Imagine that your birth card is willing to barter the secret to its virtue for the secret to one of your own. Write the dialogue between you.
  17. Do a three card reading for your birth card.
  18. Calculate the birth card for a significant person in your life. Imagine each of your birth cards in conversation about the two of you. If you have the same birth card, you might use cards from different decks. Write a dialogue between them.
  19. Find your birth card in several different decks. Which do you like best? Which do you like least?


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5 Responses to “Lunchtime Tarot Exercise for 11/13/09”

  1. submerina Says:

    Now THIS is an exercise I could seriously benefit from doing. My birth card is the Heirophant and it, well, pisses me off royally! I know that there is a lot revealed purely in my reaction to the card and most of that is a reaction to how the card is usually depicted. I save any Hierophants I come across that don’t seem so much “of the System”, but are more Hermit-like in their attitude. Yes, I am absolutely going to do this exercise! Possibly with 3 or so cards, to examine what it is that provokes different levels of reaction in me. Thank you!

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  3. Debbie Says:

    I really enjoyed this experience and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get in touch with the essence of their archetype cards. Boy was this fun, Susan!

  4. Anastasia Haysler Says:

    Susan – A terrific exercise! I chose #14 – the dialogue between my Birth Card (numeric: Hermit, astrological: Star) and my Year Card (Priestess). The discussion was quite lively! I was working with Alexandra Genetti’s Wheel of Change deck, and the Star card is a female figure dancing, wearing the Milky Way as sort of a tutu. She actually got the other two to get up and dance! Thank you for this!


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