Healing with Tarot

Reading tarot can bring wisdom and enlightenment, and the cards are often a guiding light for us, showing us the way out of dark places, out of the muck and confusion we sometimes find ourselves caught in. If you find yourself there, it can be helpful to take a moment to just breathe and sit in stillness, coming back to yourself, back to your own awareness and acknowledging whatever thoughts come to you.

Whatever you are thinking about is an indicator of your vibrational standpoint, and becoming aware of this is helpful in showing you what you need to clear, what energies you are still holding onto, and any limiting beliefs you may have running in your subconscious or in the background that you weren’t consciously aware of.

Breathe through whatever comes up and release it simply by holding the intention of releasing it. Then replace it with the thoughts, beliefs, or energies you want to have instead, such as joy, peace, health, wisdom, alignment, clarity, or prosperity–or all of the above. Even simply thinking those words over and over will bring their energies into your vibrational field.

According to Abraham-Hicks, it takes 17 seconds to get the momentum going and for law of attraction to pick up on something. Simply sitting with thoughts of peace, joy, and abundance for as little as 17 seconds can start making a difference in your energy, thoughts, and emotions. It also shifts your vibrational standpoint, which is key considering that you attract whatever you are feeling, whatever is in your vibration.

When we do this important inner work, tarot can be a helpful tool in showing us how we have shifted our vibration through the cards that come up. These can show us what we are attracting and what is coming next based on the current state of things.

Spiritual teacher Cristina Aroche teaches that healing is a lifelong journey, that we are always healing. Like peeling the layers of an onion, we heal on deeper and deeper levels. As you go through this process, it is important to be patient with yourself, to love yourself, and let yourself feel through everything so you can let it go for good, keeping, of course what supports you and releasing what no longer serves.

Why We Read Tarot

It could be said that there are as many reasons for working with tarot as there are people who work with it. Spanning everything from sheer curiousity to problem resolution to deeper insight on present circumstances, tarot is versatile enough to provide wisdom and clarity on the full range of human experience. Because we are spiritual beings in physical bodies, we are by nature seekers of knowledge, so it is natural that we use this divinatory tool to look beyond our realm of understanding.

Like many who read tarot, my first experience with the cards was as a teen. My best friend and I discovered a Rider-Waite deck in a shop and it felt so magical, so mystical and exciting, to work with the cards. Even then, I felt their power. I watched as everything divined in that first reading my friend gave me unfolded in my life over the next several months, confirming for me that there was something, some unseen force, that the cards allow us to tap into.

These days, I know we shape our own realities, and the things a tarot reading may predict is subject to change, based on our actions, choices, decisions, and beliefs. With that first reading, I believed that everything the cards predicted was fated, and of course, my reality then matched up to my beliefs about the situation and outcome.

Tarot is a useful tool that shows us possible outcomes based on current circumstances. It shows us the way things would turn out if they continue along on their current path. And the beauty of it is that we can ask anything. If we are shown an outcome that is not to our liking, we can ask how to achieve X instead of Y. And, of course, we can tune into our own internal guidance system for assistance, whatever the situation.

Tuning into Tarot


Tuning into the messages the cards have for us is a lot like tuning into our internal guidance system. With practice, you develop a certain level of trust for the messages you are receiving. Over time, you learn to intuit the wisdom particular cards have to impart, sifting through the possible messages and interpretations and meanings each card holds with greater ease and clarity, gleaning the particular wisdom it holds for you, on this day, in this specific moment.

Over time, it becomes easier to pull those amorphous filaments from the air, the often-fleeting images, ideas, memories, snippets of conversation, long-ago lines now remembered, and to understand what wisdom they hold, what teachings they may impart.

Quieting the mind helps with this, as it mutes and dims the stream of mental chatter, the endless anxieties and to-do lists, bringing to the fore what really matters–the voice within, the nudge of guidance that brings wisdom. This is one reason so many of us begin the day with a moment of silence, whether that is sitting in meditation or enjoying a few quiet moments sipping from a warm mug as the morning sun makes its debut along the horizon.

It is in the quiet moments that the bright tone that sings so clear and true rings out its resonance across the whole of the day ahead.


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