|TAROT CARDS WITH OUR CHILDREN
Most of us on the Pagan way honor and use Tarot cards; they are the keys that unlock our inner wisdom. Rather than giving our power over to some outer expert that has all the answers, we run our questions and issues through the filter of our own deep seeing with the cards as our allies. What better gift can we give our children than a way into that deep seeing from an early age? I am always impressed by how quickly children get into the cards and how inherently fascinating they find them. I realized while watching my own son that children respond to the cards in age-appropriate ways throughout their early years. Keeping in mind that the age divisions here are meant to be flexible every child is so gloriously unique these rough guidelines may be helpful in facilitating your childs experiences with the Tarot.
VERY YOUNG (AGES 0-4)
This age group simply likes the pretty pictures. If you have a spare deck particularly a large, oversized one place a few cards around your childs room. The images become little guardians helping your child to feel protected and safe. Toward the latter part of this age period children may want to help you do a reading for yourself by pointing out the next card you should take (and theyre usually right on the mark). Encourage little ones to show you the cards they like best; these will often give valuable information. If you dont mind sacrificing your extra deck, you could allow your child to pick out all their favorite cards and keep them in a special box of their own.
EARLY CHILDHOOD (AGES 4-7)
Kids this age may be ready to play some simple games with the cards, with your participation and guidance. Heres a new game to try. Fairy Message You and your child mix the cards, face-down, on the floor in a big, messy pile. Explain that the two of you are going to make fairies together out of the cards, and that the fairies will bring special picture-messages for you. When youre ready, each of you chooses a card at random to be the fairy. Then pick two more cards at random to be the fairys wings. Turn the cards right-side-up and look carefully at the pictures together. Ask your child what they think the fairy wants to tell them. What do you get from the cards? by Cait Johnson (Notice the suits: did you get Fire, Earth, Water, or Air fairies?) Encourage your child to make up a story about their fairy. Older children may choose four wing cards.
SCHOOLAGE CHILDREN (AGES 7 AND UP)
This age group is often ready, with your guidance, to consult the cards on personal matters. A personal deck makes a great birthday or special holiday gift, find out which deck appeals most to your child. You can teach the most effective way to ask the cards for information and explain that the pictures will help your child to understand things better. Encourage your child to take time with the cards regularly, simply looking at them and telling you what they see. One or three card spreads are probably best for the youngest ones in this group. Or you could institute a Tarot Time at the end of the weekend, for instance to pull a few cards for guidance in the coming week. Make it special, light a candle, burn your childs favorite incense this often becomes the very best kind of quality time! 12 AND UP This is the age when even non-Pagan teens develop an interest in Tarot; your own offspring will be wonderful teachers and guides for their pals. Good books on Tarot make thoughtful gifts for this age group. Vicki Nobles Motherpeace, for instance or my own Tarot for Every Day or anything by Mary Greer will offer insight and guidance. Tarot blessings to you all!
Article originally from The Blessed Bee