Tarot Top 5: Tarot for Down Days

Decks used: Connected and Free Alchemist's Oracle (Inner Hue, Lauren Aletta), Sakki-Sakki Tarot (Monicka Clio Sakki), The Moon Deck (Aarona Lea Pichinson, Andrea Keh, Ashley Bruni), Food Fortunes (Josh Lafayette, Chronicle Books), Fountain Tarot (Jason Gruhl, Jonathan Saiz, Andi Today)

Decks used: Connected and Free Alchemist's Oracle (Inner Hue, Lauren Aletta), Sakki-Sakki Tarot (Monicka Clio Sakki), The Moon Deck (Aarona Lea Pichinson, Andrea Keh, Ashley Bruni), Food Fortunes (Josh Lafayette, Chronicle Books), Fountain Tarot (Jason Gruhl, Jonathan Saiz, Andi Today)

Songwriters come up with their hits when they're at their lows, we pull out our journals when we've got a bunch of complaining to do or anger to be released, and oftentimes, we turn to the cards when we need some cheering up. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who's shuffled the cards as an alternative to: a. calling up a friend and talking about the same problem for the 100000th time, b. going out for a few drinks (I don't drink, so therein lies the problem…), or c. Netflix as a way of forgetting.

When sad cards pop up, we get a healthy dose of validation. And when the "good" ones show up in our readings, we're reminded that there are silver linings and that moving on is, at the very least, a possibility.

Here are some deck recommendations for when the doldrums are beginning to weigh heavily on you:

  • Connected and Free Alchemist's Oracle. With an equal amount of light and shadow cards, this deck keeps it real without being patronizing or on the opposite end, being too harsh. Its chakra cards representing each of our seven energy centers are particularly useful because they can help us zone in on one aspect of our lives at a time, encouraging us to move towards balance. Equal parts real and dreamy, this deck is like a trustworthy older sister you can talk to when you're going through the mean reds. (Read my review of this deck here).
  • Sakki-Sakki Tarot. Bright, cheerful and colorful, even the "sad" cards from this tarot deck have a happy quality to them. When you're feeling down, sometimes all you need is healthy dose of sunshine to bring your vitality back. This deck's wonderful pops of color have the ability to scare dark clouds away, even momentarily. (Check out the Sakki-Sakki and other whimsical wonders here).
  • The Moon Deck. Mantras are a powerful meditative tool because they give our monkey mind something definite and fixed to focus on. The Moon Deck's beautifully illustrated cards offer a glimpse into yoga asana as well—if you're a practitioner, your draw for the day may inspire you to roll out your yoga mat and encourage energetic movement through physical activity. Its mantras are inspiring and soothing, like a hot cup of tea when your soul needs some encouraging. (More on the Moon Deck and how it can be paired with moon rituals over here).
  • The Fountain Tarot. Contemplation is one way of dealing with melancholy and sadness, and I find that the cool tones of the Fountain Tarot offer a serene and nurturing voice for dark times. This modern take on the RWS offers soft and subtle imagery to help you tap into your subconscious. If you need some quiet time to tune into your emotions, this is a great deck to work with—its hushed palette, soft-edged lines and faint illustrations remind you to take your time in coming to terms with whatever you're going through.
  • Food Fortunes. It's all too easy to reach for a chocolate bar when things aren't going your way—I like to keep the cravings at bay by turning to this fun deck instead. While not technically a tarot deck, you'll be surprised at how this off the cuff oracle can still delivery pure insight to anyone with a question. A good one if you're also in need of a laugh, Food Fortunes reminds you that there's no need to take yourself too seriously.

While we all wish everyday could be a walk in the park, there's no denying that we're going to have our share of bad days every now and then. It helps to know that apart from asking for help, giving yourself some couch time, or digging through some Ben & Jerry's, you can also turn to the tarot for support.