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The Star:  Card of the Day 4-25-16
In our last post we talked about creating our own tarot workbook.  This post is about the process of working with that book - or workbooking :)

There are a lot of different ways to approach the tarot workbook.  

As in tarot (or oracle card) journaling we can work intuitively and should, in my opinion, begin by writing on the card or cards we've drawn in an intuitive way.  

But we can supplement these interpretations, as well, by looking up key cards in a reference book and writing a bit about what that reference says.

This is where working with that old standard the Rider Waite Smith (RWS) can come in handy.  But you can also choose to use the companion book that came with your non-RWS deck.  Many such as the DruidCraft and Mystic Fairie companion books are very good.

The most important thing of course it to record the reading.  

Because we are using the tarot as a source of inspiration and guidance our readings provide valuable information we want to integrate into our lives - both spiritually and materially - and being able to look over them again is crucial to this process.  Because of this I'm finding that the worksheet approach which is very visual works quite well.

My own method of working with the cards is always evolving.  As recently as the beginning of this series, I explored each card in my regular tarot journal in a focused long-hand stream of consciousness way.  Now, since I've made the workbook, I like to do my workbook first, recording the readings and the short form message of the cards.  When I want to explore the reading further in terms of how it affects me and my life (which is often) I write about it in my journal - focusing on individual cards or the reading as a whole as I feel called to do.

To me this is not double work because some readings have soo much to say to me that I couldn't possibly fit it in to the worksheets in my binder.  

Tarot Altar Corner - My Workbook Lives Underneath!
On the other hand, using the workbook / worksheet method makes it possible for me to record my reading when time is short and then go back to it later. The best of both worlds!

I suggest doing some sort of tarot (or oracle card) reading - even just a "card of the day" - each and every morning and keeping a record of all cards drawn.  

In addition, I usually do a longer Celtic Cross reading once or twice a week.  I like to leave the Celtic Cross reading on my reading table for a while if I can.  

The "Card of the Day," which often ends up being three cards of the day or more :), stays on my little tarot altar (right) until I draw again on the following day.

I am very careful  with all this reading to never ask the same question twice.  Doing this not only muddies the waters, in my opinion, but can suggest to our avatars and guides that we are not really interested in their guidance but only want the answers we want to hear!

Asking for clarification or focusing on other aspects of situation or question, however, is absolutely fine!

I also wanted to take a moment to share another very nice workbook resource available on tarot author Benebell Wen's site.  This resource goes along with Benebell's wonderful book Holistic Tarot which I've been working with for a few weeks now andh absolutely love! 

Check out the book and if you like it visit Benebell's site for worksheets plus the complete beginner AND advanced study guides to the book - all of which have found their way into my tarot workbook of course! 
Latest Flea Market Find (plus Bella).  It's my idea to put this over the tarot altar for the card of the day!

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