Are you struggling to find answers to the questions you've got going around in your mind? Perhaps you have several different paths ahead of you but you're unsure which to take? Is there a particular relationship you're having problems with but are unclear on why that is? Tarot can give you the key to unlock the answers that you already have and know inside yourself. Just like person centred counselling, the focus is on you and the facilitation of discovering those answers for yourself.
You already have the answers within yourself
In person centred therapy, it is unlikely that a therapist will give a client direct advice. The reason for this, is that a central tenet of this kind of talking therapy is that the client is the expert on themselves and therefore knows themselves better than any other person (therapist included) ever could. As a result, the focus in on empowering the client to develop the answers for themselves. Of course a trained therapist/counsellor is educated and skilled in managing this facilitation through carefully considered interventions and in managing the disclosure of sensitive information but we can take the same principles and apply them to Tarot so we can use it to understand ourselves better and more deeply on our own*.
The Spectrum of Possibilities
We might think we know ourselves well but much of the time, we don't have access to things that affect and influence us. For example, as we're growing up we adopt values and beliefs from others that we then internalise as our own but we don't always realise it - these values/beliefs are called introjects and you can read more about them HERE. We also might think we know what we're feeling but often our feelings are hidden from our conscious minds because we try and protect ourselves through defense mechanisms like denial (more on that HERE).
Thing is, all that stuff is in there somewhere. This is where Tarot comes in very helpful as it offers a mirror into ourselves in which we might notice new (or at least previously unknown) things in the reflection. It offers us a different perspective, a new way of looking at things and other possibilities for what's going on that consciously, we're not aware of. As Arthur Rosengarten says (and titled his book), Tarot offers a 'Spectrum of Possibilities'.
Instead of having a therapist reflecting your thoughts and feelings back to you, you have the Tarot cards but it's up to you to decipher what they're reflecting back. And in order to figure this out, you've just got to read the cards!
How to find YOUR answers
Finding the answers you're looking for begins with reading your Tarot cards. But let me tell you now, that Tarot cards aren't telling you anything - it's all you! The cards are just reflecting back what you already know but maybe aren't quite aware of yet. So, how do you actually read the cards so you can find the answers....
1. How does this card make you FEEL?
What is your immediate response to this card?
Where else in life are you feeling or have felt these emotions?
2. What stands out to you and what does it mean to you?
What symbols, colours, imagery etc stands out to you immediately?
What do they mean to YOU? For example, to some people a black cat represents good luck but to others, it represents bad luck. What does the card mean to YOU?
3. How does this relate to you?
Thinking about your feelings and what stands out, can you relate this to a personal experience? Perhaps it's something from the past or something you're currently experiencing? How does it relate to the QUESTION that you've asked?
And that, is your answer (or card reading in other terms).
Honestly, these are the most important steps (in my opinion) when it comes to reading the cards and if you can just practise this then you will become more able to easily find your inner answers with them. Although this is all you really need to keep in mind, you can begin to develop a deeper and more PERSONAL relationship with your cards that should build your confidence more quickly. This involves looking at each step in much detail and in a way that's much more personal to YOU. To help you with this, I've created a FREE resource that will help you gain clarity through the cards, without any of the usual confusion.
FREE 'Read Tarot with Confidence Cheat Sheet & Workbook'
That's all for now! Speak soon,
*Tarot should never be used as a substitute for the support of a qualified mental health professional. It is a personal development/self-help tool that can support us in bringing awareness or offering a different perspective but should not be used as an alternative to professional support. If you are struggling with your mental health, please seek a local professional service or find your local crisis helpline HERE