Using Tarot to Deepen Your Spiritual Connection

A Jane Austen Tarot Deck
Image by Victoria Constantino

Tarot is a wonderful tool for understanding ourselves and the world in which we live, work, and play. We can use it for guidance on any conceivable subject. While I am a firm believer that it should be approached with trust and respect, we can use it to consult on anything that genuinely matters to us and for more general guidance in a given situation. It can help us to navigate with confidence and from a place of understanding the energies that are to come in the days and weeks ahead. In this way, it helps us to better prepare for what is on its way and to make any necessary adjustments.

Now more than ever, we have time to sit with our thoughts, to examine our lives, and consider where making changes would benefit us. Many of us have the opportunity to connect with ourselves and with our spirituality on deeper levels than perhaps ever before. There are many ways to strengthen our spiritual connection, including systems, beliefs, and practices that we may find beneficial to varying degrees. Meditation and yoga can help us practice mindfulness, center our thoughts and being-ness, and open to receive messages, guidance, and wisdom from the divine.

The beauty of using tarot to deepen that connection is that we can ask a question and receive an immediate answer, albeit one we may need to sit with for a while to fully comprehend. Tarot is a medium through which we can tap into understanding and wisdom that is only as limited as our capacity for interpretation. Best of all, when we approach the cards with reverence, trust, and from a centered state in which we intend to receive guidance that is for our highest good or to receive messages from the divine, our guides, or allies, we can connect with energies linked to source and draw from the well of infinite intelligence.

There are so many questions we can ask, depending on our needs and situation, that can help us strengthen our connection to source, our allies, the higher self, and to our own spirituality and intuition. Some of those might be, What guidance is available to me? How can I deepen my connection to source/my allies/my higher self/my intuition? How can I strengthen my trust? Tarot’s strength is in its versatility, which allows it to speak to us on many levels throughout our lives. Because it is based on archetypes that speak to the whole of human experience, it is a guiding light we can turn to anytime we need it.

Sympathetic Magic and Tarot

Pagan Otherworlds Tarot by Uusi
Image by Victoria Constantino

Sympathetic magic is based on the law of attraction, whose tenet is simple: like attracts like. This can serve our manifestations and sacred practice through the simple use of representational instruments, such as coins for prosperity and pomegranates for fertility, to name a few examples. The idea is that objects with energies related to what you are seeking to manifest help draw more of the same; placing these items in a sacred space or throughout your home (especially in the related feng shui guas) is common practice. Tarot cards are wonderfully various in their pictorial representations of many fundamental facets of life, such as happiness, abundance, family, strength, and so on, which makes them ideal for use in sympathetic magic.

As many of you know, I do a daily card draw through my social media accounts for the collective. Often, this is a single card, but sometimes the universe delivers more. Today’s card turned out to be the Nine of Cups, a card often associated with windfalls, inheritances, and lucky winnings. Being that it is in the suit of Cups, it is also linked to the emotional realm. And because nines are associated with completion, this card carries an aspect of emotional fulfillment, happiness, harmony, and generosity. The image of the wealthy tavern keeper is often associated with this card, especially in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. In the deck I use primarily for readings, the Pagan Otherworlds tarot by Uusi, the Nine of Cups features a frog sitting on a riverbank. Frogs can symbolize a leap into something new, as well as abundance, fertility, purification, rebirth, and renewal.

If I drew this card and wanted to set up a ritual or spell around it based on sympathetic magic, I might begin by placing it in an area of significance or sacred space, along with objects associated with what I am looking to draw in. I could light a candle to meditate on my intention and goals, visualizing the outcome I want to manifest in as much detail as possible. When visualizing, if you find yourself getting hung up on details, it’s best to keep it general and focus on the feeling of what you’re after, i.e., the feeling of abundance, fulfillment, happiness, and so on.

Sympathetic magic can be as simple or complex as you like; you can set up a single card or include numerous objects, herbs, crystals, and whatever else you like. As always, you should trust your instincts. It’s nice to have the energetic support of corresponding objects, but ultimately, all you really need is intention. The most important energetic component of all is always going to be what is in your vibration, as that is the ultimate determination of what you attract to you.

Choosing a Tarot Deck

The Supra Oracle and the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot by Uusi
Image by Victoria Constantino

When being drawn to a certain deck, one has to wonder: do you choose the deck or does it choose you? With the many and varied types and styles of tarot and oracle decks available, there is something to suit every taste. Often, it’s the artwork that captivates us, or the theme (cats, anyone?). Some oracle decks have pithy interpretations printed on the cards, like “It’s your lucky day.” Intrigued by mystique? No pre-loaded interpretation necessary; decks featuring artwork-only leave the deciphering to the reader and may reward a greater depth and variety of interpretive nuance.

If you’re undecided and searching, it can be useful to first get clear on what you want to use the deck for. Are you going to use it for general, everyday readings, doing readings for others, for meditation or journaling? Different decks tend to support different purposes. You may not want to use the same deck you use for your own readings to give readings to others (it’s an energy thing). You might also have one that you use for visualization purposes and to support your manifestations that you employ solely for that purpose.

Sometimes, when we’re tuned into our internal guidance, we may be steered toward one deck or another, and on occasion, we don’t quite know why—it’s not always a deck we would normally choose. In my experience though, it’s always a good idea to trust your intuition. There may be a message or some wisdom in it for you that turns out to be invaluable or leads you on a path of self-discovery.

Other times, it’s love at first sight. You know that deck, it’s the one… You’ve never seen anything so gorgeous in your life. You have to have it. My advice? If you like it, get it.

Ultimately, it’s really a personal decision. If you get a deck and after using it for a while, decide it doesn’t resonate with you anymore, you can always exchange with someone who has a deck you like that they’re willing to part with.

Divine Timing

Divine timing is a commonly used term that can mean different things depending on where you are on your journey. Abraham-Hicks teaches that when you ask, it is given. To a large extent, when something comes to you depends on you and your degree of allowing it to come into being. Are you blocking it with resistant thoughts, actions, or beliefs? If so, then you are holding it at bay.

It takes the nonphysical very little time, according to our linear understanding of time, to assemble all of the cooperative components for the things we want. Sometimes, manifestations come about as the result of a progression of events, and we are meant to enjoy the unfolding and witness it in appreciation for all its magnificence, for the extraordinary way in which is it is assembled, revealed, and delivered to us.

When we are in alignment, we are in a place of receptivity that allows guided action to come to us. These actions can be seemingly inconsequential, but can lead to a truly uncanny unfolding of events. Something as simple as calling a friend can generate powerful momentum that ultimately has us standing in the middle of a manifestation.

We are divine beings, and divine timing is often about how much we are letting in. Because we are co-creators of our reality, we are also working in concert with other divine, nonphysical beings who, from where they stand, have a bird’s-eye view and can see the bigger picture that is hidden from our limited perspective. This is why so much of our experience is about trusting—remaining steady in the knowing that things are working out for us to our greatest and highest good. If we stay strong in that belief, because we create our own realities, then it will be so.

Sometimes, we have to do inner work like healing and clearing old energies and beliefs and replacing them with energies and thought patterns that bring us into a place of allowing and receptivity, so that we are a vibrational match for what we want to bring into our lives. In this case, divine timing becomes about our readiness to receive.

It could be that we need to be in the right place at the right time to propel events into being. It can be about meeting a certain person or making a certain contact or any number and combination of events and components that will lead us to the place we want to be, and to the things and situations we want to manifest. When we are in that place of readiness, we allow the guidance to come through and receive it, sometimes as thoughts and ideas, and other times as suggestions, ideas, or opportunities from outside sources.

This is where trust becomes really important. Trusting that inner knowing, that little voice of guidance that comes through to gently suggest action steps, can be so powerful. Try following through and see what comes about. Keeping a journal of these events and the guided action that led to them can be a powerful tool for reflection later on. As you read through the unfolding of events, you may notice patterns and details that help strengthen your belief as well as your understanding of the way the divine works, both with us and through us.

The Wisdom of Tarot

Not surprisingly, The World card comes in for the collective today, coinciding with this weekend’s new moon. New moons are a time of seeding intentions, a time that supports the writing out—and speaking aloud—of the things we wish to breathe into being. This card aligns with the new moon energy perfectly. It tells of promising new beginnings and a new cycle coming into existence. This is a time in which we are powerfully supported by these universal energies—in which success, accolades, honors, and achievements can all be ours.

So often, the cards we receive align in this way, so perfectly with the supporting energies, whether those energies are universal or personal. This tells us something. Tarot holds a particular wisdom. It reveals the unseen, the energies and hidden dynamics that are working on our behalf behind the scenes, and the groundwork that is being laid for us. It holds up a mirror to show us where we can improve and where we are headed, given the current circumstances.

Looked at another way, everything is attraction. We live in an attraction universe. The tenet of the Law of Attraction, a sibling to the Law of Gravity, is simply this: that which is like unto itself is drawn. The cards we attract show us where we are, reflect our current vibration, revealing to us what we are attracting into our lives.

That is, perhaps, tarot’s highest purpose. This form of divination is a mirror reflecting back to us our own state of being. The beauty of knowing where we currently stand is that we can shift our vibration, our focus, at any time. We can always redirect, reroute, and change course. We can always change our minds. We are never locked into any specific endeavor.

Life is a palette of contrasts, a magnificent artist’s toolkit with seemingly infinite variety. We get to sift through all the materials at our disposal and determine what it is we want to create, where we are headed next, what we are reaching for as we grow, change, and evolve.

It is an infinite dance we are participating in, one of continual seeking and finding, desiring and receiving, as we climb the ladder of our own growth and evolution. And we can thank the tarot for being a guiding light along the way.

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

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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.

Hello!

Welcome to my corner of the internet. I am the author of a book on tarot, forthcoming from Llewellyn Worldwide. Here, I will be posting updates on the publication of my book and all things tarot. Thank you for visiting me here, and I hope you will take a moment to follow my blog and to follow me on Facebook and Instagram @victoria.constantino.author. Blessings to you all, and namaste!