Thursday, December 13, 2012

21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card - Step 17 - Embodiment

21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card
Mary K. Greer
In step seventeen of our journey, we explore the tarot through our bodies.

This step explores what your body knows--its inner wisdom--of which you may not be consciously aware.

The starting point is to assume the exact pose of a tarot figure: copying the gesture, posture, and muscle tension, and then extending this into motion.

Activity 17:1 - Greer walks us through the process using the four of pentacles. In short, you are to assume the pose of the figure, feel the pentacles you hold in place, and slowly absorb each pentacle. (Greer goes into much more detail in the book.) This process is a meditation on the card and figure.

Activity 17:2 - Using your chosen card, assume position of the main figure. Move into suggested motions, ending with a release and return. Write about your experience.

Artwork © Jennifer Galasso, 2011
In the case of the two of swords, you would stand with your arms crossed at the wrists and your hands gripped as if holding the sword handles. The woman's stance isn't visible, but I suspect one foot is slightly in front of the other.

Feel the weight of the two swords. Imagine the wings attached to your back. Listen for the birds and their song. Blinded by the feather, feel the urge to see. Your feet want to move forward.

Take that first step. Allow your wings to extend. Lower your swords, and open your eyes.

Take a deep breath, count to five, and relax.


Mary K. Greer goes into further details in The Way of the Adept section.


If you haven’t already, grab a copy of the book for a deeper understanding of 21 Ways to Read the Tarot. Available in Print and Kindle.

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