As an adult that has never outgrown coloring, I was thrilled when the adult coloring craze first took the nation by storm. I loved to color as a kid and I love it even more as a grown woman. It was hard, though, for many years to find anything other than My Little Pony or Barbie Princesses coloring books until it became a popular pastime for grown-ups a couple of years back. Now you can find a wide variety of coloring books, calendars, and canvases to color and I couldn’t be happier about it. In addition to my addiction to coloring, I love tarot and oracle cards of any kind. So just imagine my excitement when I first discovered a deck of tarot cards to color myself!
A deck of 78 cards in need of some color may sound like a daunting task to some, but to me this challenge brings with it something more than some quiet time with my colored pencils. It gives me the opportunity to learn more about the tarot itself, an intense study of the symbolism and meaning behind the cards because I’m forced to spend time with each and every one as I color it.
I have been studying tarot for more than 20 years, but there is still much for me to learn about this mysterious form of divination. Coloring the cards has helped me to better connect with them, and it has also made it easier to understand and remember the significance of the pictures, symbols, and numbers on each card. There’s a lot to remember when it comes to tarot. When you spend time with the cards in this manner, it’s easier to familiarize yourself with them. You remember because you looked at the same image for a long time, in a meditation of sorts, and it imprints itself in your memory.
It’s also fun to choose the colors for your cards. When I select a card to work on, I like to look at that same card in several different decks to see what colors others have used. Is there significance behind the colors of the cards? Perhaps. But when you color your own cards, you can change that if you’d like. You can spice up a card by using fiery colors like red, orange, and yellow. If you want to invoke more peace or serenity in a particular card, you can do so by adding some calming colors like light blue or purple. It’s really all up to you, and that’s what’s so cool about it.
So if you’re up for a challenge, I highly recommend coloring your own tarot. It’s a relaxing way to learn more about the cards…and when you’re done you’ll have your own beautiful deck to work with!