Forget the Crystal Ball! How Tarot Can Deepen Your Personal Insight

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
  • Empowerment
  • 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 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.

Nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award

What a sweet little treat to be nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. I feel so blessed to know that people resonate with my writing and are willing to join my gypsy journey. Thank you for the nomination Summer Goddess, I appreciate your support and enthusiasm.

Here are the rules:

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.


Thank you again, Summer Goddess!

Here are my 15 blogs that I recommend and nominate:



Sparrow Tarot

Twelve of Hearts 

The Go Between

Prince Le Normand

Magic Mentha

Under the Cowrie Moon

Photon Stimulus 

The Four Queens

Bohemian Valhalla 

I’m Burning With Love 


Tarot In a Teacup


Here are 7 things about me:

1. I only wear boots. I wear them all Summer long (if I don’t have boots on it’s a special occasion).

2. I write songs and play the piano with my rudimentary skills, but it’s my little treat to myself!

3. I am in LOVE with Stevie Nicks. I think she is the greatest writer of all times.

4. I am a Fashion Design student.

5. I’ve been reading Tarot since I was about 6 years old.

6. I have a black cat named Ali, and a black cat spirit guide named Spooky.

7. I put a scarf on anything I can…. It adds a touch of color and gypsy to any room ;-)

I hope you enjoy this! And congratulations :-)

Understanding Intuition: Insight Twelve

You will question your intuition. You will worry that it’s all in your head, that you’re imagining things. Stay focused, keep your breathing steady, and always remain objective. Your intuition and your imagination are sister experiences. They work hand in hand to bring you insights. Just because something is imaginative, doesn’t mean that it isn’t real. Imagination is symbolic language put into motion. Look at your impressions objectively. Read between the lines… that’s where wisdom lives.

©Shaheen Miro 2013 

Understanding Intuition: Insight Eleven

Using an oracle, or divinatory system is a fantastic way to tap into your intuition. Oracles give you shorthand for communicating with the Universe, it’s a built in language that you can study and learn. Divinatory tools have their faults, but they are a great jumping off point for you novice intuitiors. Find a divinatory system that feels right to you, but don’t get too caught up in the system because the most powerful messages usually happen “away from the table”!

Winner of the Better Gnomes and Cauldrons Contest

Shaheen'sTatteredNomadOracleCoverpaperThank you everyone who participated in the contest for a deck of Shaheen’s Tattered Nomad Oracle! It was wonderful connecting with so many people, hearing your stories and sharing this special piece of art. I hope everyone enjoys learning about Lenormand, and the deck… and I hope you are able to get your very own deck!

The winner of the contest is Chase Miller! I hope he enjoys his deck :-)

If you are interested in purchasing a deck you can email me at shaheen @

Many blessings,


Oracle Deck Review: The Collective Tarot

I am in love with the sensational piece of eye-candy that is, The Collective Tarot! A collaborative effort to create a fully illustrated Tarot deck brought together 5 artists that gave us their spin on what Tarot is, and more importantly what it isn’t!

This deck is a punk rock, hyperactive, rebellious, kick in the ass tool of self-reflection and divination. There is nothing Patriarchal about this deck. There is no hint of traditional. It is an eclectic collection of enlightening, disturbing and comical characters. 

There is something sort of New York grunge and sugar coated LA sun in this deck. It kind of illuminates from the inside out, casting little shadow figures that dance and sing all across your mind. With this deck you will be inspired and bewildered. It’s a full-blown experience contained within 78 movable pages.

Talk about a massive deck! These cards are a lot to handle in more ways than one. I have big hands, and I struggle with holding onto them. But don’t get me wrong… the size is all a part of the experience! These cards have to be big because the illustrations on them are too bold to experience any other way. You lay them out, and you get sucked in!

IMG_2850The card stock is average, it feels a little thin compared to the size, but it doesn’t seem to be a problem. The print quality is very nice and professional, and gives the images a very smooth appearance. The art itself is an eclectic mix, which you would expect coming from a group of artist. You feel as though you are flipping through different sketchbooks all thrown together!

Here you will find artwork that is modern and innovate, but at times it’s a touch cartoonish… I read that they tried to pull in a comic book aesthetic… some cards are better than others. And as always… I could have done without the borders… the artwork is too good for them!

IMG_2848The suites have been renamed Keys (Wands), Bones (Pentacles), Feathers (Swords) and Bottles (Cups). The renaming is very successful here; they captured the energy and essences of the suits in a way that I have never seen before. These cards burst with meaning, yet they leave room for things to sizzle.

I am especially fond of the court card structure. Instead of a Page we have the Seeker. Instead of the Knight we have the Apprentice. Instead of the Queen we have the Artist. And, instead of a King we have the Mentor. These names shed light on the court cards meanings and I think many people will find it much more user friendly than the traditional system.

IMG_2856There are a lot of new and tantalizing ideas happening in this deck. It takes a left turn from traditional things we see in Tarot… and you, as the reader will benefit from it! Oh… don’t worry there is an amazing 272 page book that comes with the deck. So if your questioning being able to read with it, you should have no trouble. The book is my favorite part!

I bought the deck when The Collective Tarot kickstarter campaign launched to help them raise funds for a 3rd printing! You can get your very own copy by visiting their blog. I promise this is worth the cash!


© Shaheen Miro 2013

Tarot Foundations: Part 1-Getting Started

Hopefully you’ve had a chance to read the introduction to the Tarot Foundations journey! Get ready because there’s a lot of learning and fun in store.

The first chapter of Tarot Foundations is filled with practical information that offers a solid foundation for any beginning student. I think it’s important for anyone new to Tarot to begin with a positive and structured start because it is easy to get lost in the sea of information!

Brigit takes a refreshing pragmatic approach to Tarot that I admire.  She begins with helpful suggestions of places to purchase your deck, books to buy, decks that are good for beginners, as well as advice on cleansing and caring for your deck. She also spends time talking about what the Tarot is, how it works, and why we use it.

The 78 Tarot cards represent life lessons and practical advice that can be applied to our lives. The cards are like symbolic keys that serve to open up the psyche to new ideas, concepts and spiritual possibilities…Tarot readings use these 78 cards to form an understanding of the present energies that will in turn influence the client’s future. 

-Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence by Brigit Esselmont 

I found that each chapter is filled with sections that offer information and activities per day(s). Many questions were posed and followed with clear answers. I was prompted by the sections and activities to share some of my own thoughts:

Brigit asked, “What is your personal Tarot philosophy?”

The core of my Tarot philosophy springs from the personal truth that Tarot cards act as windows affording us peeps into different realms. The cards are nothing more than piece of cardstock with images on them, the magic lives inside of the person using them. The images layout as a story, which creates a catalyst that activates our innate intuitive abilities.

Once you invite the Tarot into your life you will never stop learning because as you grow, the cards grow. There will always be a sense of wonder and mystery within the cards. They exude an aura of awe and power because they are reflecting your own divinity. If you befriend them they will help you to develop a language with the Universe, giving you the ability to string together symbols.

Selecting a Tarot Deck:

Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence, does an excellent job of helping you select the perfect deck. You will find resources and suggestions, as well as sound advice on what to pick. My personal view on picking a deck follows closely with that presented in the book.

Pick a deck that speaks to you, pick a deck that gives you lots of visual cues, and pick a deck that is practical enough for you to learn (leave the esoteric decks for later on when you have a foundation).

Personal Cleansing Rituals:

My mother taught me to cleanse my deck by simply putting the cards back in order. Place the cards into numeric order by beginning with the Major Arcana, and moving to the Minor Arcana. This clears the deck giving it fresh energy.

I also knock on my decks before each reading. When you knock on a deck it clears the lingering energies left behind from previous readings or handlers. It’s a simple and fast way to cleanse the deck when doing a lot of readings.

My favorite method, which should be down periodically, is to do a cleansing ritual. I put the cards in numeric order. Then pass the deck through sage smoke to lift out any stagnant energy. I finish by visualizing the deck filled with beautiful white light from the Universe. You can say a prayer as well!

Favorite Books On Tarot:

As mentioned by Brigit, The book, Seventy-Eight Degree’s of Wisdom is a Tarot classic and a must have for anyone who seriously wants to learn the cards. However, I would not suggest this as a beginner’s book. I think you should have a good, basic understanding of the cards before moving on to such a heavy piece of work.

I have found, Tarot for a New Generation to be an extremely helpful book for Tarot beginners. The author has laid out detailed meanings of each card ranging from the general to meanings based on the type of question. Don’t shy away because its for the “New” generation, this book has information for everyone!

Many good Tarot decks have accompanying books that offer interesting information about the each card’s meaning and illustration. I find that reading a description of a cards illustration offers tons of insight, so whenever a book offers a description I am sure to read and take notes.

Please share your own tips, suggestions or questions about Tarot. Participate in this Tarot learning journey. Remember, if you participate with a valid comment offering your point of view or asking a question that pertains to the post, you will be entered to win a free copy of Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence!


© Shaheen Miro 2013

Tarot Foundations: A Personal Tarot Learning Journey

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Brigit’s 3rd e-book on Tarot!

In October I participated as a guest-blogger on the highly successful, and informative blog, Biddy Tarot. Brigit Esselmont, the creator of Biddy Tarot has shared so many wonderful bits of insight and information regarding learning Tarot, as well as creating an online space for readers to connect with clients and colleagues! Now her book, Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence, presents another in-depth resource for Tarot learning enthusiast.

Written in easy and direct language, and filled with a wealth of information for the beginning and seasoned reader, Tarot Foundations is a must have book! And you read it correctly… you can learn Tarot in 31 days!  No matter how difficult you may believe it is to learn Tarot, this book will help!

I…believe that anyone can read the Tarot. You don’t have to be ‘fifth generation psychic’ or see auras around people. You can be ‘just anyone’ so long as you are open to connecting with your intuition and the energy around you. In my opinion, Tarot can be learned. It doesn’t have to be a ‘gift’.

-Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence by Brigit Esselmont 

Join me as I embark on an exciting Tarot learning journey! I will be posting my experiences with different exercises and activities presented in Tarot Foundations! I urge you to participate in the learning experience by leaving comments chronicling your own Tarot learning experiences… sharing questions, tips and ideas about different subjects being presented.

Those of you who participate will be entered in a drawing to win a free copy of the e-book, Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence by Brigit Esselmont! Don’t miss out!!

The idea is simple. Over the next 31 days, you will learn the basics of how to read the Tarot cards. By the end of this program, you’ll not only have knowledge of how the Tarot cards work, but you’ll also have the tools and techniques that will help you to put that knowledge into practice.

-Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence by Brigit Esselmont

Here is the calendar you will follow in, Tarot Foundations! Lots of exciting stuff to learn, easily laid out for you.

Here is the calendar you will follow in, Tarot Foundations! Lots of exciting stuff to learn, easily laid out for you.

Brigit | Professional Tarot Reader, Author and Coach.

Visit, Biddy Tarot for more info.

© Shaheen Miro 2013

Shaheen’s Tattered Nomad Oracle Information

I have created a page dedicated to Shaheen’s Tattered Nomad OracleThere you can learn more about the deck. Feel free to visit, ask questions, and make comments!