Illustrated card decks are used by many people as a way of getting feedback from their inner world. These systems are also great ways to exercise the imagination. The 22 cards in the Major Arcana of the Tarot, for example, tell the story of the soul's journey to wholeness. To use cards to practice imagination, lay out all the cards in order and try telling the story they depict in your own words. Or choose just a few cards and allow their symbols to speak to you. After working with the images yourself, you may want to refer to books, usually packaged with the cards, that give their traditional meanings. Especially recommended card systems are The Shining Woman Tarot by Rachel Pollack, The Haindl Tarot by Hermann Haindl, Motherpeace Round Tarot by Karen Vogel, The Celtic Book of the Dead by Caitlin Matthews, and Soul Cards by Deborah Koff-Chapin.

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