Keeping with my recent theme of getting to know the cards more intimately and personally, I thought Iâ€™d share one of my personal favorites.
Whenever a card is bothering meâ€¦stalking me or otherwise annoying me, I write it a letter. In that letter, I pour out all my confusion or frustrationâ€¦or even anger if applicable (I should show you a letter I wrote to the lady in the 9 of Pentacles about 12 years ago! It was a doozey.). I ask all kinds of questions.
Writing what are called â€śunsent lettersâ€ť is a therapeutic activity, meant to help get something off your chest. It helps you release and move on. Letters to tarot cards can be that. But Iâ€™ve found something that works even better for meâ€¦.
After I write my letter, I take the card I wrote to and stare at it until I have it memorized. Then I take a few minutes to meditate on the image and ask that the spirit of the card respond to me, through me. Taking up pen and paper, I write an answer to my letter as if I were the card. Iâ€™ll usually use a different kind of paper and pen, to differentiate between myself and the card. Or, if I am writing straight into my journal, Iâ€™ll at least use a different pen and either turn my journal sideways or upside down or write on a different pageâ€¦anything to set the response off from the original letter.
This practice always leads to interesting insights about me and about the card. Not only is it an excellent solitary activity, it can be adapted to a group. Have a main scribe who leads the group in crafting a letter to a card. Then have everyone respond individually as the card. Compare answers. Discuss. Be amazed.
I like to use more detailed decks for this exercise, like The Fairy Tale Tarot, The Wizards Tarot, and Shadowscapes Tarot. Try a deck with which are less familiar and I bet you get really fascinating results!