Confession: I am a Men in Black fan. I love both of the movies and would be hard-pressed to say which I like better. The second one does hold a special place in my heart though, as it has given me a practice that affects my life in a fairly significant way.
In the movie, Agent J, anticipating the erasing of memory and the eventually needing of that memory afterwards, very cleverly left â€śnotes to himself in the future.â€ť For some reason, that phrase stuck in my headâ€¦since 2002. Until last year, it was just there, in my head, a cute idea. Then, last year, I realized that there were things I would want to remember in the future. I realized that I have a calendar on my email program that includes both a â€śnotesâ€ť section and a â€śtask listâ€ť section. With the task list feature, I can type in a title for the item as well as a longer description. I can set the â€śreminderâ€ť pop up feature to alert me whenever I want, even months or years in advance.
I have been using this feature for years to organize my work. It is so freeing to make a note, set a timer, and be able to forget about it. But last year I started doing something different. I started using it for more creative, spiritual, or life-enhancing items. Last summer, I made little encouraging notes to my self in the future. It was always made a cold, grey January day a little brighter to get a note Iâ€™d written to myself in July.
Does this relate to tarot? Not much. But a note to myself in the future recently made me so happy, that I thought â€śI want to share this idea.â€ť And this is the venue where I have, I think, the most exposure.
But to tie it to tarotâ€¦use your cards to compose messages for yourself. On a perfect summer day, ask the cards what would you most need to hear on, say,January 18. Pull three cards. Write up a little message and set it up to pop up on your computer on that very day. If you pull a card a day, put your journal entries (or part of them) in notes and have them pop up six months from when you write them.
Okay. Thatâ€™s all. Next weâ€™ll be back to our regularly scheduled All Tarot All the Time programming!
[The cards pictured here are the Ace of Pentacles and the Judgement cards from one of my favorite decks, The Fey Tarot.]