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Brainstorming Christmas Gifts with Tarot Cards

Present 200A few years ago, I did a radio show where I performed live readings for callers. They weren’t asking me about their love lives or job or family. No, this was a Black Friday show where I was reading….Christmas gift ideas.

Yep, you read right. Tarot can be used for anything. It’s especially good for brainstorming, I’ve found.

Stumped on what to get that hard-to-buy-for friend, teacher, minister, nephew, sister, brother-in-law, aunt or babysitter? Here’s some ideas using the first 22 cards of the Tarot, the Major Arcana (Note: you can choose gifts according to the keywords I've provided or that you've come to associate with each card--but you can also select presents quite literally, taking a cue from the actual imagery or title):

The FoolSomething that inspires play, silliness, laughter, fun, risk or childlikeness. Wacky Packages; Awkward Family Photos; F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers by Richard Benson; Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF by April Winchell; Sir John Hargrave's Mischief Maker's Manual; Jester Hat (with bells!); Disney Trivia from the Vault by Dave Smith; Think Naked: Childlike Brilliance in the Rough Adult Word by Marco Marsan; America's Top Roller Coasters and Amusement Parks by Pete Trabucco; Poster Art of the Disney Parks by Daniel Handke; Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean (DVD set); Eggcentric Fool Mousepad

The MagicianSomething that requires invention, promotes ideation, reflects technological wizardry, instills "magic", involves communication, relates to advertising or uses satire. Walt Disney Imagineering by The Imagineers; Criss Angel MindFreak Platinum Magic KitMad Men (Seasons 1-4);  Harry Potter Box Set; Fantasia and Fantasia 2000; Totally MAD: 60 Years of Humor, Satire, Stupidiy and Stupidity; Wired magazine; Popular Science magazine; Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality by Scott Belsky; The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry; Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon; Ignore Everbody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod; Creative Thinkering: Putting Your Imagination to Work by Michael Michalko

The High PriestessSomething involving hidden wisdom, secret societies, conspiracy theories, the occult, mysterious women or the Divine Feminine. The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image by Leonard Shlain; When God Was a Woman by Merlin Stone; The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall; Madame Blavatsky: The Mother of Modern Spirituality by Gary Lachman; The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown; Conspiracies and Secret Societies by Brad and Sherry Steiger; Sophia: The Feminine Face of God by Karen Speerstra; Seeing in the Dark: Myths and Stories to Reclaim the Buried, Knowing Woman by Clarissa Pinkola Estes; Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler

The EmpressSomething that nurtures life, fosters creativity, relates to homesteading, promotes natural healing or celebrates motherhood. Gourmet Herb Seed Kit. Deluxe Art Set. Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood by Karen Maezen Miller. Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occassional Moments of Grace by Ayelet Waldman. Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son by Anne Lamott. Beginnings by Anne Geddes; Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills by Abigail R. Gehring; Backyard Homsteading by David Toht; Mother Nature Mug

The Emperor Something related to leadership, organization, boundaries, assertiveness, the military, war, business or fatherhood. The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau; Rework by Jason Friend and David Heinemeier Hansson; The Right-Brain Business Plan by Jennifer Lee; Organize Now! by Jennifer Ford Berry; Boundaries: Where I End and You Begin by Anne Katherine; The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner; Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father and Son by Michael Chabon; Fight Club (movie)

The HierophantSomething connected to traditions, formal learning, teaching, religion and the Divine Masculine. Coexist Bumper Sticker; Because I Said So!: The Truths Behind the Myths, Tales and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids by Ken Jennings; God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism by Jonathan Kirsch; A History of God by Karen Armstrong; I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had by Tony Danza; Wisdom of the Ages by Wayne Dyer

Presents 300The LoversSomething related to commitment, love, romance and marriage. The Fountain (movie); Lovers in Art by Bettina Schumann; And the Rest is History: The Famous (and Infamous) First Meetings of the World's Most Passionate Couples by Marlene Wagman-Geller; Chicken Soup for the Soul: Married Life!; Committed: A Love Story by Elizabeth Gilbert; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (movie); Couples' Black and Silver Heart Pendant; Spiral Chimes with Heart Crystals; Cozy Cups Mousepad; The Essential Rumi; The Song of Songs: The World's First Great Love Poem by Ariel Bloch

The ChariotSomething related to speed, transportation or vehicles. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig; I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford by Richard Snow; Cars (the movie); Ben-Hur (movie); Extreme Trains (Season One); Gearation Refrigerator Magnets; Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom by Sue Macy; History's Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths and Rumors Revealed by Matt Stone and Preston Lerner; Snowland Express Train Mug

StrengthSomething related to courage, strength, endurance or grace under pressure. V is for Vulnerable: Life Outside the Comfort Zone by Seth Godin; Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brene Brown; Courage: Overcoming Fear and Igniting Self- Confidence by Debbie Ford; 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston; Grace Under Pressure by Rush; Finesse Mousepad;  Don't Bite the Hook: Finding Freedom from Anger, Resentment and Other Destructive Emotions by Pema Chodron; Courage Doesn't Always Roar by Mary Anne Radmacher; Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges by Steven M. Southwick and Dennis S. Charney

The HermitSomething connected to solitude, contemplation, pampering, silence, meditation, cloister life, withdrawal and individualism. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain; Hermit MugLED Lantern; Starbucks Coffee and Tazo Tea CollectionHermit Mousepad; The Cookbook: Shower Gel/Bubble Bath/Shampoo from Philosophy (Old Fashioned Egg Nog, Peppermint Bark, Cinnamon Buns and Hot Buttered Rum); Christmas Morning by Philosophy; Starbucks Home and Away Coffee Set; The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris; Tales of a Magic Monastery by Theopane the Monk; Sound of Music (movie); The Path of Centering Prayer by David Frenette

Wheel of FortuneSomething connected to chance, gambling, luck, chaos, repeating patterns or randomness. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb; Owning Mahowny starring Philip Seymour Hoffman; Luck by Ed Smith; Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb; Snowland Carousel Mug; 21 (movie); Rounders (movie); Ocean's Trilogy (movie); Pi (movie); The Fractal Geometry of Nature by Benoit B. Mandelbrot; Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension (documentary)

Justice Something related to the legal system, crime, law or anarchy. Lord of the Flies by William Golding; Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? by Michael J. Sandel; Actual Innocence: When Justice Goes Wrong and How to Make It Right by Barry Scheck; Peter Neufeld and Jimy Dwyer; O.J. is Innocent and I Can Prove It by William C. Dear; Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky; Beyond Cold Blood: The KBI from Ma Barker to BTK by Larry Welch; In Cold Blood by Truman Capote; Erin Brockovich (movie); Conviction (movie); Doubt (movie)

The Hanged ManSomething related to being suspended, halted, "up in the air", or the "hanged" gods. Shaun White (Amazing Athletes) by Matt Doeden; Jesus for the Rest of Us by John Selby; The Prose Edda: North Mythology by Snorri Sturluson; Judas and Jesus: Two Faces of a Single Revelation by Jean-Yves Leloup; Waiting by Marya Hornbacher; Cliff Jumper Art Print; Adrenaline Rush (documentary); Steep (documentary)

DeathSomething connected to passing, transformation and transition. On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler; Phoenix Rising Figurine; The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka; On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross; Death (Deluxe Edition) by Neil Gaiman; Mortality by Christopher Hitchens; The Life Cycles of Butterflies by Judy Burris and Wayne Richards

TemperanceSomething connected to experimentation, alchemy, the "Middle Way" or drinking. Shot Glass Roulette Drinking Game; Cocktail Shaker and Bar Tool Set; Prohibition by Ken Burns (Documentary); The Professional Bartender's Handbook by Valeria Mellema; Real Alchemy: A Primer of Practical Alchemy by Robert Allen Bartlett; Beyond the Self: Teachings on the Middle Way by Thich Nhat Hanh; The Middle Way: Faith Grounded in Reason by The Dalia Lama

The DevilSomething related to addictions, co-dependence, manipulation, bondage, debauchery, sexual freedom, horned beasts, hell, "evil" or wildness. Horns by Joe Hill; 50 Shades Trilogy by E.L. James; Emotional Blackmail: When the People in Your Life Use Fear, Obligation and Guilt to Manipulate You by Susan Forward; Hellboy (movie); Dante's Inferno by Marcus Sanders, Doug Harvey and Sandow Birk (illustrator); Requiem for a Dream (movie); Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia; Vamps & Tramps: New Essays by Camille Paglia; Horns of Power: Manifestations fo the Horned God by Sorita d'Este

The TowerSomething related to explosions, calamity, towers, apocalyptic themes or dealing with chaotic situations. Towering Inferno (movie); 9/11 Documentary (movie); Independence Day (movie); War of the Worlds (movie); Tower: An Epic History of the Tower of London by Nigel Jones; The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart; SEAL Survivor Guide: A Navy SEAL's Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster by Cade Courtley

Presents 3The Star Something related to the Age of Aquarius, astronomy, astrology or UFOs. Universe: The Definitive Visual GuideAncient Aliens (Season One, Season Two, Season Three and Season Four); The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide by Douglas Adams; The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need by Joanna Martine Woolfolk; Astrology for Yourself by Douglas Bloch and Demetra George; Refractor Telescope;UFOS: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record by Leslie Kean 

The MoonSomething involving dreams, intuition, fears, mermaids, maritime, seafood, deep waters or illusion. Donnie Darko (movie); The Moon by Seymour Simon; Iceberg Under a Full Moon poster; The Secret History of Mermaids and Creatures of the Deep by Ari Berk; Mermaids: The Myths, Legends and Lore by Skye Alexander; Fish & Shellfish: The Cook's Indispensable Companion by James Peterson; Finding Nemo (movie); Lady in the Water (movie); The Dream Book: Symbols for Self Understanding by Betty Bethards; The Deep: Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss by Claire Nouvian; IMAX Deep Sea (movie)

The SunSomething connected to hot climates, summer, fame and reaching towards excellence. Baltic Amber Sun PendantThe Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? by Seth Godin; Sun Lamp; Sunflower Hand-Painted ClockThe Sun by Seymour Simon; The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway; Solar by Ian McEwan; Sun Wall Art; Sunflowers Canvas Art Print by Claude Monet

JudgementSomething related to past lives, karma, the afterlife or discovering your life purpose. Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential by Caroline Myss; The Language of Archeypes: Discover the Forces that Shape Your Destiny by Caroline Myss; Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives by Dr. Michael Newton; Desinty of Souls: New Case Studies of Life Between Lives by Dr. Michael Newton; Your Soul's Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born by Robert Schwartz; It's Your Karma Past Life Reincarnation Oracle Card Deck by Kathy Dannel Vitcak; Snow Angel Calling Mug; What Dreams May Come (DVD); The Five People You Meet in Heaven (DVD)

The WorldSomething involving global awareness or world events. Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks by Ken Jennings. Antique wooden mini-globes. Subscription to National Geographic magazine. Oxford's Atlas of the World. Subscription to National Geographic for Kids; Subscription to Smithsonian magazine; Antique Weather Watch Globe; The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2013; The CIA World Factbook 2013; TIME for Kids Almanac 2012; Earth by Seymour Simon

What about you, readers? What gift ideas come to mind for each of the 22 Major Arcana cards?

-- Janet


Elle Carter Neal

What a great idea! I'm going to use this for the birthdays coming up next. Thanks :-)


Janet Boyer

You're most welcome, Elle! Glad you like the idea. :o) Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to post!

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