This is a sort of repost, but I felt it got abit lost in the main tarot thread, and its here for others to add their own methods and ways of letting the cards blend in with their hearts and minds...
So just how do you do that? I hear you cry!
Well obviously putting that card on your altar space is a good idea, having it there to focus on. Maybe for the first day or two of that week just pick it up and look at it. Scan the card starting from the top left, across to the right, working in rows so you take in every bit of that card. Also it helps if you want to think on it at another time that day - can't always carry the picture close to hand but you can quickly see it in your minds eye as you ponder.
So when you have that picture clear in your mind, you might want to look over that image just before bed. Often through this your dreams can provide some form of insight on the card. Sometimes its just a feeling you have in that dream, sometimes a powerful experience or even a dreamtime journey. These experiences may alter slightly from the book and thats perfectly fine. You are letting your intuition and the deck unite!
Perhaps you might like to do a proper meditation. There are many ways to do this, but my favourite way is this...
See yourself walking down the steps of a spiral staircase (I like to imagine the staircase of a castle!). Touch the walls, see the lighting and the shadows as your heels slap against the stone steps, down 1, 2, 3, down a few more, 4, 5 6, glimpsing the room ahead, 7, 8, 9, and 10 you are in a hallway.
Walk down that hallway till you come across a thick wall hanging, a huge medieval tapestry of that tarot card, bigger than life size almost. The edge of the picture a foot or so from the ground. Step closer and closer to see, seeing the card clearly, the edge of the card as the edge of the wall hanging. When you feel ready, step over that edge and step into that card! Emerse yourself in that landscape.
Sometimes the card my be static - letting you poke and prod at the tree, the water, take up the pose of the character and feel yourself being at one with that moment and all the feelings that conveys.
Sometimes you will walk into a busy scene! The Character may talk to you first, or you may have to talk to him/her first. Engage in conversation at what they are doing, and why they are doing it. Sometimes talking to them can be a very healing as well as informative process. And feel you need to visit them once or twice that week, or keep an on going relationship with that character!
When you have had your fill, step out of the tapestry and feel that stone floor of the castle against your feet, perhaps compare it to the (often!) grassy grounds of the cards. Slowly step back seeing that card become the massive wall hanging again - just a picture once more.
Walk back through the hallway and slowly walk up those 10 steps again, up and up and up and on the top step slowly open your eyes and scribble madly about your experiences!
And another recent addition I have had is whilst drumming, looking at the card on my altar. Sometimes I drum a rhythm just is what I feel is of that card, and sometimes I drum and I am carried on a journey into that card, into that story and 'degree of ancient wisdom' it reflects. So you drummers, get out your skins and beat away!!!
Those are they ways I use to work with tarot in this sort of way. Anyone else have any other ideas?
Feel free to pick and chose. Sometimes a ponder or two is enough, sometimes you might want to research more about the plant life or animal lore that is in that card to help you learn more about the feel of it. Sometimes we need to go back to that character time and time again! Not only are we learning the deck, but our lifes will reflect these cards very intimately.
But I definately recommend a week for a card, to let it flow and unite with you. Let it work in the background, give time for the synchronicites!
And happy plodding!