Today Brigit of Biddy Tarot is visiting! What a wonderful, and insightful treat. Brigit is the author of, Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence and an extraordinary teacher. I hope you enjoy her contribution :-)
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words, “Tarot Card Reader”? Crystal balls? Gypsies? Psychic powers? Crushed velvet? 1800 numbers? All of the above?
Sure, that all exists, but it doesn’t have to be this way.
Many ‘normal’ people are using the Tarot cards on an everyday basis for self-development and personal insight. Crystal balls and crushed velvet don’t even come into the equation.
You want to know why you’re feeling ‘lost’? Why your relationship isn’t working like you want it to? How you can improve your work situation? How you can be the person you really want to be? All of these types of questions are perfect for the Tarot.
The Tarot has this innate power to be whatever you want it to be. In fact, Tarot can be used as a tool for:
- Spiritual guidance
- Understanding the present
- Learning more about yourself
- Exploring mythology and symbolism
- Personal growth and development
- Solving problems or dilemmas
- Earning an income as a professional
- Making important decisions
- Validating a gut feeling
- Daily or weekly guidance
- Self-examination and psychoanalysis
- Meditation and introspection
- Developing your psychic abilities or intuition
- Creative thinking
Using the Tarot for Self-Development and Personal Insight
One of the most powerful uses of the Tarot is for self-development and personal insight. This can be on a very deep level, such as using just the Major Arcana cards in a Tarot reading to understand your current life lessons and your inner purpose and meaning. Or it may be on a more day-to-day level as you figure out the solution to a current dilemma or problem.
To use the Tarot cards for personal insight, try some (or all) of these activities:
Draw a Card a Day
Draw one card at the start of the day asking, “What do I need to know about today?” Think about what this card is telling you – what events or situations to expect, what you can learn during the day, what you need to watch out for, where your best opportunities lie, etc. At the end of the day, reflect on how this card related to your actual experience and take note of what you have learned. Over time, you will form an even stronger personal connection with your cards and you will find that your cards offer you profound insight, even on a day-to-day basis.
Get to Know Yourself with the Major Arcana
If you’re feeling ‘lost’ or directionless, then exploring the Major Arcana in relation to yourself can be a very helpful way to rediscover your direction. Use the “Get to Know Yourself with the Major Arcana” questionnaire to ask yourself some of the more deeper questions about your life path. Or, work with each Major Arcana card, tapping into the life lessons that each has to share.
Use Simple One Card Readings
If you’re facing a dilemma or you need insight into a personal situation, use a simple one card reading to provide insight. First, clearly frame your question. Ask, “What do I need to know about….?” or “Where do my best options lie?” or “What do I need to take into account when making this decision?” Then, draw one card, and one card only. Go deep into that card by exploring the symbolism, elemental and numerological associations, and your intuitive feelings. Resist the temptation to draw ‘clarifier’ cards which often only serve to complicate the reading. And resist the urge to keep asking the same question in the hope of finding the answer you want. The key is to stay focused on the one question and the one card.
Meditate with the Tarot Cards
This final activity is incredibly powerful and will help you to build a very strong and personal connection with the cards. By relaxing your mind and taking yourself ‘into’ the card, you tap into your subconscious mind and explore the Universal energies associated with that card on a very deep level. Read more about how to meditate with the Tarot cards on my blog.
So, forget about the crystal ball, my friends! You don’t need it. Instead, draw on the Tarot cards to help you on an everyday basis to develop your personal insight and guide you on your path.
Learn More About Brigit
Brigit is a professional Tarot reader, mentor, blogger and self-published author. She is the owner of the popular website http://www.biddytarot.com which features Tarot card meanings, tutorial posts and Tarot guides to help you learn to read Tarot. She has fifteen years’ experience reading the Tarot cards for thousands of clients worldwide and is passionate about delivering insight through Tarot.