#tarotthursdaythree for 04/20/2017

Another installment of #tarotthursdaythree is upon us and this week's question set is all about dreams and their involvement in our tarot practices. Personally, my dream life has always been very immersive and vivid, so any chance to discuss this aspect of my spirituality is totally welcome.

1. Do you/have you ever used tarot for dream interpretation and if so, do you have a go-to spread?

Yes! I like to keep my dream readings simple and to the point, so I generally follow the "What, Why, How" formula. What is the dream about? Why am I receiving this message now? How can I apply this message practically? In November, Nisha and myself hosted a dreams & tarot challenge on social media, and if you want to learn more about techniques to recall your dreams and apply tarot in other ways, you can download our dreams & tarot guidebook available in the freebies section.

2. Have you ever had a strange dream about the cards? Share your wildest/weirdest one!

I don't know that I've had a strange dream, per say. I dream about the cards quite a bit, but it's usually fairly mundane and involves me reading or getting messages from the cards for myself. My most interesting experience was when I was really focusing on my tarot learning, and there was this period of about a week where all I remember was dreaming about the cards. But, it was as if I was learning via sleep because the dreams were just like, beings showing me the cards flash-card style. And I would wake up just so full of insight and information. It was a really weird time, but I credit it to finally clicking with all 78 cards in a really meaningful way.

3. Do you keep cards or other tools close to your bed? If so, do you believe they have any impact to your sleep experience?

My night stand consists of a couple tarot books, decks in the drawers and crystals - selenite and amethyst. I was playing with "sleeping with crystals" for awhile, but the only one that I experimented with that yielded any seeming results was amethyst. If I sleep with it under my pillow, I'm usually in for some really vivid and revealing dreams. I'm not sure if my nightstand does much for my dreaming though. It seems only effective if the stone is very very close to me. I've also always had really weird sleep experiences so it's also hard to know what effects that, since it seems to just happen on its own. I experience hypnagogia a lot, especially auditory hallucinations. So basically, I hear voices when I'm falling asleep. They say really boring things most of the time, but once it told me I would die and I've never fucking forgot that one. I was 19 at the time. Okay, I'm getting way off base...

I don't feel like wrapping this up all nice and neat so see ya'll next week!

-Julia