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Create Your Own Tarot Visualization Script

August 21, 2019

The following is an expanded version of an article that I wrote for Oracle 20/20 magazine over a decade ago.
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It is often said that the hardest person to do a Tarot reading for is yourself. This is because your ego, having a vested interest in such a reading, tends to shout down the soft voice of your intuition with its hopes and fears. Luckily, there are ways of using Tarot cards that can trick your ego into silence and allow your intuitive wisdom to shine through.

A common method is to do a guided visualization using a Tarot card’s image along with a predetermined script. But what should that script be? There are examples of such scripts in the existing Tarot literature, but one that you create for yourself is usually better suited to your particular needs. How, then, do you go about writing your own script?

The first step is to decide what you want to accomplish. Is there an issue or problem that you want help with, or are you just seeking general insight into what is going on in your life? It helps to begin by writing a statement of intent—perhaps a short paragraph—describing the purpose of your visualization and what you hope to accomplish with it.

RWS 2.0 LoversOnce you have a clear idea of what you want, the next step is to choose a card that addresses your needs, and there are several ways to make such a selection. You may use a logical process whereby you rationally decide what card would work best for your purposes. For example, if you want to solve a problem that lies in the realm of romance, you might choose the Lovers card. If you want to choose a card intuitively instead, look quickly through your deck, cards face up, until you see one that resonates with your thoughts or feelings about your situation. This may be a card that attracts you, disturbs you, or mystifies you. Alternatively, you may use the divinatory method of dealing yourself a card at random, trusting the Universe to give you the card you need.

Next, examine your chosen card and consider what significance its visual elements have to your state of affairs. Is there an object or a symbol that bears special meaning to you? Does a figure in it remind you of someone in your life, or symbolize the type of person you would like to be? With such considerations and observations in mind, you can begin writing your visualization script.

RWS 2.0 High PriestessYou might want to incorporate into your script an object in the card that catches your eye. If so, decide what it means to you and then integrate that meaning into your visualization. For instance, if there is a castle in the card, your script might have you enter it in order to investigate its various rooms. In that case, you may consider those rooms to represent various aspects of your life, your mind, or your aspirations. Or if, for example, you want to create a visualization script for the High Priestess card, your script might call for her to read to you from her book of mystical wisdom. In any case, any object you choose to incorporate in your script can help your unconscious mind communicate with you by allowing it to speak using images and symbols, its native language.

Also, you can create a script by considering how you might resolve a problematic aspect of the card you have chosen. For example, if you are using the Eight of Swords, you could RWS 2.0 Eight of Swordswrite a script in which you visualize yourself as the person in bondage, and then see yourself wriggle free of your bonds and escape from the entrapping swords. In that case, after your visualization is complete, you might compare how it felt to be bound and blindfolded with how it then felt to be free of those bonds. Also, you might consider the symbolic meaning of whatever you saw once you removed your blindfold.

You may write a script in which a figure in your card takes you on a journey of discovery. For example, if you are working with the Lovers card, the angel on it might take you into a singles bar to show you the kind of person with whom you could have a positive and supportive relationship. A similar idea is to envision yourself asking a person in the card how you might handle a problem you are trying to solve in order to see how she or he might deal with it using the power symbolized by the card. For example, it could be illuminating to RWS 2.0 Strengthsee how the woman in the Strength card might suggest you cope with the antagonism of a difficult co-worker.

One caution about writing a guided visualization is that it may be tempting to provide too much detail and structure in your script, so be careful not to overwrite it. Leave a great deal of room for your unconscious mind to express itself. For example, a script for the High Priestess may include something like this:
“The Priestess then picks up her book and reads to you from it. Feel free to ask her to explain anything you do not understand about what she tells you.”
This leaves your unconscious mind free to speak to you through the vehicle of the High Priestess’s book.

Once you have written your script, you may memorize its basic steps before you use it, or you can record it and then play that recording during the process. Then when you are ready to journey into the card, begin by relaxing using whatever technique works best for you. Form a clear mental image of the card, then close your eyes and see yourself stepping into it as you begin your imaginary trip using your script. Be aware, however, that sometimes your unconscious mind can take you on unforeseen tangents. When this happens, it is wise not to resist. See where the process leads you, for your unconscious mind is a potent spiritual guide.

Finally, when you have completed your guided visualization, see yourself stepping out of the card and returning to your own body. Then write down what happened in order to solidify the experience in your consciousness, and try to explore the meaning of the experience. In fact, you may want to keep a Visualization Journal, for collectively these journeys can map the hidden terrain of your soul.

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Here are some resources to help you with this technique:

A brief introduction to doing a visualization using a Tarot card

A sample visualization script for the High Priestess

A sample visualization script for the Fool card

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2 Comments
  1. Thanks, James! This is an excellent tool for using and understanding Tarot.

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