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A simple-yet-profound tarot exercise is to ask this question and pull one card.

Who am I right now?

As an example, here is the card I received in answer to that question today.

Today, I am the Eight of Cups reversed.

That isn't the most romantic or encouraging card. If you do this exercise every day, some days you'll be the Star, other days you'll be the Devil, and sometimes you get a mundane card such as I drew today.

The trick is, no matter what card you pull, to take the time to deeply interpret it. For me today, the Eight of Cups reversed shows my determination to do the work I need to do, personally, professionally, and creatively, even when I feel like walking away from my tasks. Today, this card tells me I am tenacious. I am dedicated. I will not be distracted by emotions or desires.

Truthfully, this card makes a lot of sense. What I want to do right now is take a nap. What I need to do is catch up on a lot of paperwork. Here we see just how valuable this exercise is, and how much the Universe conspires with tarot on our behalf. I asked simply who I am today, but the Universe's view of me reminds me to be my best self, my non-self-indulgent-self, my non-napping self.

The value of that is far-reaching. By encouraging me to see myself as tenacious, I am encouraged to accomplish my goals. That will give me a sense of accomplishment and personal pride and satisfaction. That's a heck of a reward to reap from a single tarot card, isn't it? Grab your cards and give this exercise a try. Who are you today?