Can you really use Tarot on a time limit?

For a long time, I thought I had to set aside some time to be spiritual. So I’d tidy my space, Sage the house, lay out the crystals and light a candle as though nothing would work if I didn’t follow this system.

Now, there’s a place for rituals, and I personally do still do this at times of stress or before a client’s reading it’s part of my prep. But what happens when life happens?

Most of us are squeezing in essential tasks, and even though I do consider daily Tarot as essential in my world, it’s the sort of thing that can get pushed aside like any other self-care habit.

I noticed one time, a few years ago, that life had got busy busy I was working long hours and among other things I loved, I had stopped making time to read Tarot on a regular basis and not just for me, for others too. In part that was due to me believing I had to go through the whole ‘Zen’ steps before I could do my thing!

I had a choice. Drop something I loved and benefited from or find another way. Now I didn’t have much hope it would work. After all, you may already know how I like to give real time to a reading. I still do for my professional readings. What about your own tarot readings though? Those little rituals are pretty compelling (part of the reason they do work).

Can you really use Tarot effectively when you are crazy busy or with chaos all around?

Here’s what I found:

Like anything it’s a mindset. Change your mind set to achieve your goal. Here are my top 6 tips for Tarot on a time limit:

  1. Know where to find your deck. Obvious, but whether you have one pack of Tarot or Oracle cards or (ahem) more than you are comfortable talking about. Organise them with your other Tarot tools. This can be as simple as drawer, shelf or as creative as an elaborately decorated box that you’ve decorated yourself. I’m not good at organisation but my cards do have a home on a dresser on our kitchen. I also use little drawstring backs to decant decks that have no decent packaging. They sit next to my crystals, wands and stones. This means they are readily available in the most used room in the house. Exactly when I need them!

    2) Reduce ritual. As I said, ritual had its place and there’s a time for a drawn out cleansing process. I have a short protection prayer that I say while I’m shuffling and I do this 3 times. This satisfies my Tarot OCD. It’s quick and effective. You have to shuffle anyway so say your prayers or affirmation while doing that.

3) Use a quick spread. Yeah, yeah I know I don’t like them but they have their place and Tarot on a Time limit is one of those occasions. 1, 2 or 3 card spreads are the best for these. I have some examples in one of my forthcoming posts.

4) Be clear. In general you should always have a question in mind when you consult Tarot or Oracle. Knowing what you want to (er) know will ensure you get a clearer answer…. UNLESS…..

5) Divination. You want to use divination for a quick message to ponder or meditate on throughout the day (more on this in another post). To use divination grab your trusty deck of cards (some people use standard playing cards) shuffle asking what you need to know. draw out intuitively or pick one that ‘pops’…. There’s your answer.

6) Keep a mini deck with you. In your car. Handbag. Office. Ideal for taking a tea break and they don’t take up any room.

So there you have it. Not inventing the Wheel of Fortune, just making sure you know being busy shouldn’t stop you connecting with your Tarot deck. What are your favourite ways to make time?


Rachelle Harris-Milham is a Mother, Grandma, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Niece and Cousin she is an artist and writer that loves to read Tarot @t4tarot

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I am a Mother, Grandma, Daughter, Sister, Niece and cousin. I'm an Artist and Tarot reader that writes about Tarot and Oracle. The art and photography featured is usually a creation of mine.

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