I wanted to share with you what I like to call an ‘icebreaker’ game that I use in my professional tarot parties and as a card pairing exercise to get back to basics! It really helps to lighten the mood, and cast a positive light on the tarot experience, especially when you are reading at an event where it seems the majority of guests have negative preconceptions of Tarot.
I want to emphasise that this is intended as a game. It is designed specifically to bring an air of fun to your tarot gatherings and therefore you do not need to go in depth with your interpretations. It works best when keeping it simple, and is especially effective when combined with a fun deck such as The Housewives’ Tarot, for instance (there are some really fun cards in this deck). It is also more effective when used in a group where the guests are familiar with each other as friends or coworkers for instance, but you can always change it up to allow guests to recognise themselves in the cards!
Start by shuffling your chosen deck. Explain to the guests that you are about to draw two cards, and that those two cards will describe a person in the room ( you might also like to make it clear that this is intended as light hearted fun to get the ball rolling). It is everyone else’s job to recognise who these cards are describing and ‘tag’ them as such. The tagged guest then holds onto the two cards. You can then describe how to make these two aspects work in their favour, or what they can do to improve by either taking another card from the deck, or turning the whole deck over and using the base card for this purpose.
You could take a photo of each person with their cards as a souvenir from the night – something they can look back on and remember what a positive experience they had through Tarot!
Let’s end with an example! (Name changed for confidentiality reasons)
I’m at a party consisting of female co-workers – they’re all having fun and sipping white wine. I explain the rules of the game to them as outlined above and then I start by pulling The Lovers & the Queen of Pentacles. There are many ways I could interpret these two cards, but in the spirit of fun, I opt for declaring that “this is someone who LOVES their work! Point out the workaholic!” As you can see I have stayed away from delving deeper into the traditional meanings of the cards, opting instead to read them ‘literally’ in the order they appeared (almost straying into Lenormand type translation). In response to this I get a lot of giggles and the ‘guilty’ party is immediately identified by her co-workers as Laura. She also recognises herself in the cards, and is happy to admit to this. After discussing the two cards briefly, I discover through my interpretations that Laura takes good care of herself/her home and is a self-confessed ‘fitness freak’. She is highly organised and capable of making decisions and taking responsibility for them – she is actually a supervisor in her department at work. I then turn over the deck in my hands to reveal the Base card on the bottom, which in this case is The Fool! I describe that by adding a touch of spontaneity in her life, she can bring in a lot of opportunities that she might not have considered before.
We take a photograph of her holding the cards to commemorate the event – she strikes a funny pose which captures the fun of the moment. She is surprised that two little cards could describe her so succinctly and it results in her engaging more fully in her eventual private reading.
The key in this method is in the delivery. You can usually gauge how well this type of game will be received in the first few minutes of introducing yourself to the party. It’s probably going to be more appropriate to use it in a fun social gathering than a serious spiritual meeting – however, that’s not to say you can’t give it a go! If you think you can pull it off in that type of arena – go for it!
Thanks for reading! I hope you’ll give this a go the next time you host a tarot party and find the fun factor for yourself!
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