Mobile Outdoor Reading Equipment
I really enjoy reading Tarot outdoors, however, this does have some challenges. Mostly having to do with wind. I’ve had cards fly off the top of my deck, and over the roof, and/or just taking off over the balcony, landing on gravel roads or in bushes. Not only is it annoying to have to run after your cards in the middle of a read, but it would suck to have the cards either get damaged or worse; lost!
So, here’s my tips, tricks and hacks:
Stones, crystals rocks, dice and coins…
I don’t know about you, but I always carry at least one small bag of gemstones with me, and not only do these look super cool and witchy, they are great for putting on top of the cards you’ve pulled so they stay in one place.
Also, it’s not uncommon for me to have a handful of dice with me, or at least somewhere nearby. These are fine substitutes for cute little card weights. Also you could devise a way for incorporating die divination alongside your standard Tarot reads (maybe I’ll get into how to do this in another post down the line). Also, dice bags are great alternatives to tarot bags, and every comic book shop tends to have them (at least here in Norway).
If you’re a witch on a budget, then just use some rocks. They’re free, and everywhere! Coins will also do in a pinch, and even bottle caps (I find these lying around on the ground all the time).
Laundry Witches are known to use cloth pins, and the office or student kind might have some paper clips handy. Just look around, I’m sure you can find something useful. Card holders, sticks, tea candles? Matchboxes or lighters? Whatever you’ve got in your bag or pocket.
Just don’t forget to put something on top of your deck as well, and not just the cards you’ve pulled!
Serving/breakfast/lap tray, a lid or a lunch box…
Get a serving tray, or something similar, with high sides. For some reason, during my tests, this worked much better than a deep wooden box. This right here really is the best solution I’ve found for reading outside. It’s just the perfect size for small to medium layouts.
The budget option is finding some kind of lid, from a shoe box or anything you’ve got lying around. If you’re just doing a one or two card spread, even a lunch box would work, as well as doubling as a stealthy container for your deck, if you are traveling undercover or you’re are not out of the broom closet yet.
So go, step out the door, and read MORE!
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