by Skye MacLachlan ~

This is a fun tarot exercise that offers guidance about the energy you need more of in your life (good medicine) and what you need less of (bad medicine). As you do this exercise, you will quite naturally come into alignment with your soul path and purpose.

You’ll need a tarot deck for this exercise. Take the minor cards from the deck and place them in a separate pile. These will be the cards that are numbered Ace through 10 in each of the four tarot suits: pentacles, swords, cups and wands. Set aside the major arcana cards (numbered 0-21) and the court cards (page, knight, queen and king); you won’t be using these cards for this exercise.

You should now have a pile of 40 minor arcana cards. The minor arcana represent our day to day activities. These are the energies that we have the greatest power to influence through our choices, the people we surround ourselves with and the attitude we bring to life circumstances.

Take time to look through the 40 minor arcana cards and set aside the cards that you’re very attracted to in one pile. In another pile place the cards that you don’t like. A third pile will collect the cards that you feel neutral towards. Trust your first impressions, try not to think too deeply about why you like or dislike each card. And definitely don’t look up the meaning of the cards to guide your choices. Stay confident that you know what you like and don’t like.

Now take the pile of cards you’re attracted to and lay them out so you see the images. Glance over the cards and pick your top three, the ones you love the most. Do the same with the cards you don’t like; choose the three you dislike most.

The three cards you like the best are indicators of what you are longing for, the good medicine that will bring you into balance with your soul’s purpose. Write down what attracts you about each of these cards. You might like to meditate with each card separately and receive even deeper awareness. Notice if these cards remind you of something in your own life. If possible, leave these three cards (or copies of them) out where you can see them throughout your day.

As you receive greater insights about your attraction to these cards, you’ll quite naturally begin to integrate more of this “good medicine” energy into your life.

Now look at the three cards that you dislike. Make notes about what you see in the cards that feels unattractive to you. Be as honest as possible and don’t try to sweeten your language. Ask yourself if these cards mirror anything in your own life that feels burdensome to you. Honor that these cards represent energies or areas of life that are toxic to you at this time, areas that you don’t need to focus on (the “bad medicine” that you want to avoid). Give yourself permission to say “no” to these energies.

This is a powerful exercise that should be repeated every few months at most. It’s especially potent to do on your birthday, at the turning of the year, during times of great change or when you feel stuck and stagnant.

Remember that for this exercise there are no good or bad cards. Trust that your inner awareness knows what attracts and repels you. What you like and dislike reflects the needs of your spirit and offers powerful guidance about the direction you need to move towards, the decisions that honor who you truly are and what brings you into alignment with your soul purpose.

Skye has specialized in Feng Shui (for the home and business) and Tarot for over 30 years. She teaches Feng Shui, Tarot, Crystalline Gemstone Therapy and Dreamwork at the Northern Star College of Mystical Studies in Edmonton, AB., 780-447-3667 or email her at

ART: The Rainbow Fan, © Lisa Chaters

NOTE: This article was first published in Autumn 2006 in © Mosaic Mind, Body and Spirit Magazine. This information is for educational purposes only and is intended to supplement your current health program, not to replace the care of a licensed medical doctor.