What card do you pull the most often? Why do you think that is the case?
Hmmm. Have to think about that one. Actually, had to go look at my Tarot draws and journals. Decided to do a real logical analysis (probably means that intuitive sense of drawing the Queen of Swords too often is actually the correct choice—but I haven’t recorded all my daily draws over the past year).
I gathered up the card names for the draws I’ve posted here in this blog, plus my interviews with my decks as I’ve gotten them, and my new year spreads. An interesting, fairly well-balanced pattern emerges when you put 83 card instances in a list. Never more than three of the same card, as it turns out, and mostly singles and pairs of the same card.
I got five cards that came up three times each, but no groups of more than three. So, I’ll go with the stats and set those five cards as my frequent “visitors”. They were:
- Two of Cups
- Four of Swords
- Four of Pentacles
- Nine of Wands
- Knight of Cups
Patterns emerge (using RWS-style meanings here). Two 4s and two Cups. I get this sense of being…still. The only sense of movement is in relationships (Kn of Cups/2 of Cups), where someone is approaching, an encounter is happening, but not real fast. The middle three are about standing, sitting, or lying still, and are all challenging in some way (resting between battles, holding on tight to security, standing in defense against the next challenger). And no Major Arcana cards came up frequently enough to be part of the list, which, from a purely randomized point of view, figures.
As an array of single cards, they say a lot about my particular life challenges and resources.
My resources seem to be in relationship. The Knight brings me an offering of love, and then, perhaps he dismounts and pours another cup, and we drink together (2Cups), in partnership and love. Love is my sustenance, new and vibrant, resting in a younger man (my hubby is a year younger than me, and we keep forgetting how long we’ve been married—10 years—because it always seems new). 🙂
My challenges seem to be spread among the other three suits: let’s call them mental, material, and work. Knowing my own life situation, I’d say the cards are telling me I worry too much about money stuff (4Pentacles), worry too much about how work is going and where it’s going (9Wands), such that I really need a rest from all this responsibility for holding everything together (responsibility that I take on without any help from anyone else) (4Swords).
That’s the way it is with draws for self: kind of self-fulfilling prophecies since the cards are responding to my energies, and I know my “stuff” pretty well. Although in a given reading, I can also often find underlying things that I wasn’t conscious of. So, my frequent Tarot card visitors (more than one) provide a good encapsulation of me and my inner world as well as a little about my environment.
You can try this little “game” with your cards, also. You’ll need to have access to your Tarot journals or a decent number of draws you’ve done for yourself over a period of time. And it would likely be less tedious if the data is in computer documents rather than handwritten. But if you like this idea, develop a list of cards (one name per line for each instance that a card was drawn) using a consistent labeling system (“9 of Wands” and not “9 of Wands” and “Nine of Wands”). Then use Microsoft Word’s Sort feature (under the Table menu) to put the list in order and have all the instances of the same card be listed under each other. Then you can see the multiples and decide which are your frequent visitors.
Let me know, if you are so inclined, what you find out.