Friday, 26 August 2011

believing in movies

You know the drill. You haven't done any Tarot work for ages. You're totally uninspired to find new ways of relating to and reading those tired old cards. Yes, the combinations are endless and Tarot does illustrate the entire realm of human experience, but once you're at an intermediate to advanced level, you can find yourself feeling stagnant and as though there's nothing left to learn.

Well, my new Tarot workbook arrived this morning and I am in love. Tarot 101 by Kim Huggens is an in depth study for intermediate students and it's packed full of practical techniques and new ways of approaching the art of doing a reading. Flicking through I noticed a piece of advice so sage and tantalising that I might have to work it into my day later on. Huggens suggests using films to consider card meanings. Have you ever settled down to watch a movie and felt guilty that your passions are being abandoned in your free time while you engage in something passive like a film fest? Tarot and lazy movie nights can come together perfectly using Huggens interesting technique of scouring a movie's characters and situations for similarities to figures in the cards. Specifically, she suggests looking for the archetypal male figures and then pairing them with the best Tarot card to illustrate their position in the story. I think the best way to do this would be to keep a notebook on you whilst watching the film and jot down simple notes about defining character traits or any cards that come to mind. You can also branch out and select cards to represent the film's plot or the meaning of the story overall. Passions need to be reignited sometimes. Making Tarot fun is part of the process of becoming a better reader and I think I forget that. Why so serious?

Note: This exercise might work better with 'The English Patient' than with 'Dude, Where's My Car?'