A deck of Tarot cards is basically a set of symbols that portray the incredible variety of human experience.
When you have a Tarot reading the cards you “randomly” choose from the spread actually provide a mirror of your psyche in the context of these universal experiences. So in the right hands the Tarot can provide insights into your current situation that are uncannily accurate.
The Tarot can reveal, for example, the thought patterns that may be holding you back from a fulfilling relationship, career or social life. It can also reveal your strengths, where your current support lies and what kind of personal growth you currently need.
For this reason the focus of Tarot reading today is moving away from fortune telling as more and more people realise its value as a therapeutic tool.
In the past the Tarot was thought to reveal a fate set in stone, but this is far from the case. The cards in a particular “spread” simply reflect the energies a person is attracting due to their current thought and behaviour patterns. So the real job of the Tarot is to show when and how these patterns need to be changed - thereby improving your ability to create the outcomes you truly desire.
You can make the most of the Tarot’s wisdom by asking questions such as “What type of changes to I need to make in order to achieve my career goals?” or “What can I do to improve my relationship?” A general question such as “What do I need to understand about my current situation?” is also very helpful.
The Tarot even illuminates parts of ourselves that need to be let loose so we can experience greater fulfilment. For example let’s say the delightful card named The Fool appears in a reading. The card pictures a carefree young man who looks as though he is about to step off the edge of a cliff. In spite of its somewhat mocking title, this is actually an inspiring card that signals the need to step into the unknown and take some risks in the great adventure of life.
The Fool appears at a time when you need to develop the courage to explore life’s potentials more fully. It makes you aware that self-limiting thoughts have been holding you back, and reminds you to develop faith in your inner resources… like the trusting, life-affirming figure of The Fool.
There’ll be more on the Tarot in my next blog. I hope you’ll join me!