HOW TO PLANT A TAROT GARDEN
Today is March 20th, 2015, Ostara, the Spring Equinox. Here in Western Mass, its currently 33 degrees and snowing. As a gardener, I’m growing restless. So I have put together an exercise that combines my love of gardening with my love of the tarot, and I would like to offer it to you as my Ostara, gift & blessing.
Choose Your Crops: Step one, in creating a tarot garden is to choose your crops. The “crops” are the areas of your life in which you would like to see growth, improvement or change. If you are unsure of what areas to choose, a good starting place is the astrological houses. You can use as many or as few houses as you like. You can also add any areas you feel are not represented by the houses. These areas or houses are your crops.
Prepare Your Soil: The “soil” of your garden is the past & present. Choose one card to represent the current state or past experience of each area or crop. This should be a deliberate choice, not a random pull. For example, if your crop is the 7th house or relationships, choose a card that best represents how your relationship feels right now, or a card that seems to represent what has brought it to its current state.
Plant the Seeds of Change: For each of your crops, choose a card to represent the ideal situation or goal you wish to manifest. This should be a deliberate choice as well. This card is the “seed” that you are planting in your garden. The seed is your intention.
Cultivate Your Garden: Shuffle your remaining cards and pull a random card for each crop. This represents the process you will use to cultivate your garden, or reach your goal. (You may want to use a different deck for this pull, in order to utilize the full range of the tarot, since you already have quite a few cards removed.)
Maintenance: Journal your spread or take a photograph of it so that you can monitor your progress as time goes on. Sometimes your garden will get besieged with pests or plagues. These are the snags that could potentially prevent you from reaching your goal, if not quickly addressed. When you find your process has been impeded, pull a random card of advice. This card is your remedy to the pest or plague.
Organic vs. Inorganic Cultivation Practices: (I know, I know, I’m getting carried away here.) Organic cards are upright cards. Inorganic cards are reversed. While I am normally an advocate for using reversals, in this exercise you should consider that a reversed card, when pulled as your cultivation practice or advice to repair a pest or plague to your garden, may fix the problem, but could potentially create other problems in the future; much like inorganic gardening practices such as chemical pesticides and fungicides. I advise that you consider turning your card upright to its “organic” position. This may not work as quickly and it may not even be as efficient, but it is the safest alternative for all involved.
Harvest: When you notice that your crop has produced the results you were hoping for, take some time to note what worked well, and what did not. All gardens, and all lives are sustained experiments, and we get better at producing the desired results as we practice and experience each adjustment.