On Sunday evening, when I thought about writing down some Tarot resolutions, the task seemed pretty simple. “I’ll just jot those down tomorrow,” said the often too-breezy voice in my head.
So now it’s the day after tomorrow, and I’m still thinking. In the process, I’ve created an extended commentary on resolutions, which I decided to put in a separate story: Resolution Remix (with a Tarot spin . . . ). Take a look if you have time—it provides some interesting background, and a very preliminary theory.
But in today’s newsletter, I just wanted to offer a few simple statements that might actually be relevant to EP readers.
The first two were easy:
First resolution: Never promise an EP post until it’s already written. (I’m going to work hard on this one.)
Second resolution: Resume posting Tarot notes on Twitter theme days—Caturday, Fairy Tale Tuesday, Faustian Friday, so on. (I loved doing this, and think it’s a nice way to create interest in Tarot—but I fell out of the habit.)
Third resolution: Give more thought/effort to . . . .
At this point, a surge of ideas tripped the circuit-breaker in my brain—so I thought of using a Tarot structure to sort them out. Obviously, I’d better not have twenty-two trump-inspired resolutions. But a total of four, based on suits/elements, seemed just about right.
Here’s what I came up with.
Wands/Fire: I’ve often thought of designing my own Tarot deck—and 2022 would be the right year to do it. I think I’d better not resolve to complete it, but I can resolve to make a start and see what happens. At the very least, I would expand my relationship with Tarot, and learn something new about my own creative process.
Swords/Air: This one I can see clearly. In fact I’ve been thinking about it for a while. I resolve to make a reasonably thorough exploration of parapsychology and “psychic” experience, including connections with Tarot. This seems like an important effort on several different levels, which I’ll try to outline soon.
Pentacles/Earth: In this category, I’ve resolved to be more grounded in my approach to the EP newsletter, the new course, and the other Tarot projects I’m committing to for this year. That’s a bit vague, but two specific aspirations stand out: (1) be a prompt, effortful correspondent, and (2) be a realistic planner.
Cups/Water: This was the hardest one for me. In fact I wrote a half-dozen versions, revolving around the words “empathy” and “flow.” Finally, though, I had a very clear thought: Experiment with using Tarot in ways that aren’t naturally comfortable for me, in order to better understand the experience of people whose practice is different from mine. I’m thinking first of meditation and esoteric study.
I’ll say a little more about my resolutions, and share some progress notes as we go along. In fact—I’ll resolve to provide a thorough update on the Lunar New Year.
Meanwhile, thanks so much for reading. And if you are making Tarot resolutions, consider sharing them in a comment!
Warmest regards, Cynthia