Learn how to use tarot cards to access your true self and become your own life coach.
Most people have heard about tarot cards, even if they are not entirely sure what they are about. Some people may see them as something mystical and maybe scary - with images of a mystic in a darkened room predicting your future which is written in stone. Some may be more familiar, having had a tarot card reading and experienced at least one reader's way of interpreting the cards.
But did you know that you can use the tarot cards to empower yourself? To change the direction of your life, give you insight and strength? Even if you know nothing at all about tarot reading?
Let me introduce you to the idea of connecting with the cards in order to better understand yourself and make the changes you desire. A kind of life coaching that you can do all by yourself!
You may want to start with The Major Arcana which consists of 22 cards and is described as "The Fool's Journey". Each card represents an archetype and different stage and approach to life, starting with the Fool.
What is an archetype? There are many definitions to be found so I'll just give you my understanding and interpretation which is they are patterns of thought, and ways of being from which we understand and relate to the world. For example: the hero, the wise old man. Archetypes in the tarot deck depict types of personality or character and behaviour and symbolically represent stages of our life and ways of being.
By reflecting on the tarot cards you can discover what aspects of yourself you may be privileging and under-privileging, what's there and what's missing and how you can work with that to improve your life.
So let's put this into action and draw a card from the Major Arcana: The Empress
It's important to stress that you don't need to know anything about tarot at all in order to be able to do this. What you do need is to be able to relax and allow yourself to focus on the card and just note what you see and what you feel and any associations that come up. It's best done in a quiet spot where you won't be disturbed.
So what do you see on this picture? The most obvious figure is the golden haired woman sitting on a throne, with a crown on her head. Notice what clothing she is wearing: what colours are in it, what shapes, what does the material feel like - is it tight or loose and flowing? Notice the colours on the whole card - which colours stand out for you? Is your attention drawn to one in particular? What do you feel when you look at this colour? Notice the sky in the background - it's yellow. Then the trees, the flowing river, the corn and the heart-shaped stone by her feet. Allow yourself to see where your attention goes and what comes up for you as you look at each part of the card. What feelings does this card invoke in you? What kind of person do you think the Empress is? What qualities does she possess? Is her life easy or difficult?
When I look at this card I feel a sense of warmth and peace as well as of gentle strength. The Empress doesn't feel to be struggling or straining, she appears very calm and centred. There is a feeling of richness and abundance and fertility in the card as though everything is blossoming and flowering and flowing easily. So I ask myself how I relate to the Empress, do I identify with her, do I feel envy or frustration or resentment that I'm not like her? Am I in touch with this side of myself and my ability to manifest into my life all that I need? How can I be more like the Empress in my life?
Hopefully this gives you an idea about how to connect with the cards. Using tarot cards is all about getting in touch with your inner guidance system and allowing it to give you greater understanding of yourself and lead you to changes you need to make to take you where you need to go in order to have the best life possible.