One of the most powerful way to benefit from the tarot is to incorporate the symbols and meanings of the cards into your daily life. What better way to do this than by using tarot imagery to decorate your home? You can easily make a few simple design changes that will allow you to surround yourself with the wisdom of the tarot and also add a touch of whimsy to your home decor.
First, find a tarot deck that resonates with you, and then decide which cards you want to work with, either by choosing them yourself or letting chance decide for you.
Think of the areas of your life you’d like to cultivate such as love, work, family, adventure, etc. Then, pick just one or two of these areas to start with and go through a tarot deck, picking the cards that seem to go with that area of your life. For example, if you’re interested in bringing more romance into your life, you might pick the Ace of Cups and the Lovers card. If you’re looking for adventure, the Fool and the Wheel of Fortune may be the cards for you.
Or, if you prefer to let chance decide, separate the Major Arcana cards (those marked with Roman numerals) from the rest of the deck and turn them face down. Pick two or three cards from this pile. These will be the cards you will work with.
Then, decide on your budget and the scope of your redecorating. Do you want to re-paint all your rooms and buy all new furniture, or are you just interested in making a few surface changes in order to perk your house up with the magic of the tarot?
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For simpler projects, you can use accessories to copy the imagery on the cards. For example, to bring the Lover’s card themes into your home, purchase artwork and prints that have images of couples holding hands. You can buy a new duvet cover that matches the colors of the card and throw pillows with accent colors that mimic the accent colors in the imagery.
For more intense redecorating, use the color themes of the cards to guide your paint and color choices. For example, you may want to paint your bedroom a pale lavender with a creamy white trim, just like the colors in the Ace of Cups card, in order to bring the energy of love and receptivity into your bedroom.
Once you’ve got the basics in place, you can add ongoing finishing touches, like displaying flowers in the house similar to the ones in the cards. You may want to host more social gatherings if you’ve picked cards that feature groups of people, or spend more time alone if you’ve chosen solitary cards.
Whatever cards you work with, it won’t be long before you see the results of your creativity alive in your life!
Cathy Pagano, M.A. began working with her dreams as a teenager, which led her to train at the C. G. Jung-Institute, Zurich in the late '70s. While there, Carl Jung's daughter advised her to study astrology and since then, she has used astrology in... read more