I actually got brave enough to go back to studying the cards today. I'd been avoiding it, worried about the connection, mostly, but also worried about doing it in a new room.
The new room was, to say the least, difficult. It's colder than I'd like, even with the fire going, and not having a desk upon which to write and draw is a pain. I didn't like leaning down to the coffee table because it meant putting my notebook on my velvet spread cloth and chancing crushing it. Holding the notebook in my lap while I tried to hold the other book open didn't work too well either, though. I'll have to see if I can get used to it.
On the much brighter side, I still have a DEFINITE connection to the cards. I got a very clear feeling from them that it was good and right that I start working with them again, and interpreting the card (the Five of Cups) came fairly easily. Also, seeing examples in my own life and in the lives of those close to me seemed easier than it was when I last tried. That could all be a connection to this particular card, but I don't think so.
I'm actually wondering if the long break didn't do good. Now that I've gotten over my worries, I feel a renewed sense of desire to study the cards. It's certainly something to consider if I ever feel stuck or mired down in that study.