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.

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.