This is a good technique if you are reading for yourself or for someone who is willing to be interactive with you and the cards.
I've been working with the idea of adding signposts to my readings in various ways. I call them signposts because they mark something specific that you are looking for in a reading.
Here's one way I use signposts. If a client wants to know if something is going to happen, I have them go through the deck and select a card that represents their goal. They put the card back in the deck and we shuffle. Then I flip through the cards one by one until we find that card. I place the three cards that came before it on the table in a line. Then I place the signpost
Here is a round up of useful tarot techniques that I've written about in the past. I've been writing for a long time and was surprised by some of the entries I'd written but forgotten about:
Using the Aces
Tarot Journals (part 2, but with a link to part 1)
Tarot Face to Face (available HERE) is a clever book about using the cards in everyday life. This accomplishes two things: deepens your understanding of the cards and deepens your connection with life. Many of the techniques focus on how to use the cards to help others engage life. Some are for self-reflection. Others are for engaging with the outside world.
Chapter 6, about engaging with the outside world, includes techniques inspired by shamanistic practices, a particular interest of mine lately. The Tarot Week exercise is an example of one of the shorter ones. Others are longer, more in depth, as one would imagine for shamanic work. But let me share a bit of the Tarot Week with
Last weekend I was at the Detroit Area Tarot Intensive, where I presented along with Dan Pelletier, co-owner of the Tarot Garden and knower-of-many-fascinating-things.
When attending conferences, one expects to learn a lot during the actual classes or workshops. But sometimes things are learned at other times, like while sharing a meal.
Dan taught us a nifty little technique over dinner one evening. He didn't have a name for it; he just did it. Here's how it played:
Dan asked someone to ask a question, then pick a card from the deck he had fanned out. The card was left face down.
Dan then answered the question without looking at the card.
Then he had the person flip the card