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 ānotes to himself in the future.ā For some reason, that phrase stuck in my headā¦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 ānotesā section and a ātask listā 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 āreminderā 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 Iād 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 āI want to share this idea.ā And this is the venue where I have, I think, the most exposure.
But to tie it to tarotā¦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. Thatās all. Next weāll 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.]