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5 Insightful Ways To Use Tarot For Self-Development

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There is so much more to Tarot than just simple fortune-telling, and if you are looking for an empowering companion on your life journey, then choose the Tarot for self-development, healing and personal growth.

Here are five ways you can use the Tarot to increase awareness, perception, knowledge and understanding – qualities and skills you need to make the most of all aspects of life:

1. Setting Goals and turning them into Reality

Many people float through life without any clear direction where they want to be. And if they do know where they want to be, they often don’t have a clear plan about how to get there.

This powerful monthly manifestation spread can help you focus on turning your dreams into reality:

monthly manifestation tarot2. Increase Confidence and Self-Esteem

The first step you need to take to raise your confidence and self-esteem is getting to know yourself better and start believing in yourself.

Many people are doubtful and insecure about their talents and abilities, their worth in terms of personality and looks.

Chances are high that you are much better and stronger than you think. Learn more about your strengths and weaknesses by checking out your personality and persona cards.

You can also use tarot spreads to explore and give your confidence a boost, such as this one:

developing confidence tarot spread
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3. Problem-Solving

Virtually every day we ask ourselves how to resolve specific problems, so why not ask the Tarot for some guidance:

  • How to resolve a conflict in a relationship or at work?
  • How to overcome an obstacle?
  • Why can I not reach my goal and what can I do about it?
  • What can I do to bring new love into my life?

Here’s a spread to unblock yourself:

get unstuck tarot spread4. Healing from Heartache

“Breaking up is never easy, I know, but I have to go. Knowing me, knowing you it’s the best I can do.”  – Abba

Recovering from a breakup isn’t easy, and nobody will blame you for temporarily self-medicating with bottles of wine and tubs of ice-cream.

But there are also healthier and more therapeutic options. Combine Tarot with journaling to make sense of the whole thing, so you can get closure and move on with your life.

There are so many spreads about overcoming heartache. You may be asking yourself if he’s coming back or will you ever find new love again, but the following spread looks at what will grow from your loss:

regeneration tarot spreadOther questions you can ask:

  • What can I do today that makes me feel better?
  • What can I do today that will help me heal?
  • What will make me happy today?
  • What can I do today that will help me let go and start afresh?

5. Explore your Options

We have to make decisions every day, most of which are made quickly and without fuss, others are major choices that need a little bit of thought and consideration before you decide what to do.

Questions you might be asking yourself are:

  • Which job / career will offer me better prospects?
  • Is s/he the right one? My soul mate?
  • Shall I go ahead with the business launch or should I delay as not everything is in place yet?
  • Shall I spend my savings on the holiday or the training course? I have to make a choice as I can’t afford both.

Again, there are numerous spreads and explorations that can help you make decisions and work out what is best for you. Here are two of them:

seven of cups tarot spread



temperance tarot spreadAs you can see, you can have oodles of fun with the Tarot and start sorting out your pressing life issues along the way.

If you want to learn more about how to use the Tarot for self-development, then please check out my Discovery Tarot Course.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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Discover Your Tarot Love Match

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The Tarot Love Match Reading is a fun and insightful way of exploring the dynamics of your relationship (or a potential relationship you are thinking of pursuing).

As the twelve zodiac signs are assigned to twelve cards in the Major Arcana, you can pick the two cards that relate to you and your (potential) partner and explore your compatibility.

Here are the Tarot cards with their associated zodiac signs and elemental attribution:

Aries (Fire) – Emperor
Taurus (Earth) – Hierophant
Gemini (Air) – Lovers
Cancer (Water) – Chariot
Leo (Fire) – Strength
Virgo (Earth) – Hermit
Libra (Air) – Justice
Scorpio (Water) – Death
Sagittarius (Fire) – Temperance
Capricorn (Earth) – Devil
Aquarius (Air) – Star
Pisces (Water) – Moon

Before you start interpreting the cards, note the ruling element of each zodiac as the combination of the elements offer you a first impression of the potential harmony of your relationship:

Friendly: Fire/Air, Earth/Water
Neutral: Fire/Earth, Water/Air
Unfriendly: Fire/Water, Earth/Air

We also tend to have more in common with other signs in our own element group, e.g. Earth/Earth, which would also be a friendly combination.

Please note that if the zodiac card combination of your current relationship is an “unfriendly” one, don’t worry!

The Tarot Love Match Reading gives you an insight into how your personalities may interact, and there will always be individual exceptions, which can be explored further by taking into account a full birth chart and associated Tarot cards.

People who are already attracted and connected to each other may well have other planets in compatible signs.

On the other hand, an “unfriendly” match could indicate challenges arising in your relationship, which could result in having to put a lot of effort into making it work long-term.

But being aware of this possibility empowers you to being more mindful about your relationship and explore it on a deeper level.



Examples:

1. Taurus – Cancer

hierophant chariotFriendly earth/water combination.

The Hierophant likes structure, routine and tradition; he is patient, practical and faithful.

The Chariot is dedicated, protective and emotionally resilient; both enjoy comfort, security, and even accumulating material possessions.

Together they have the potential for lasting love and to build wealth and success in a long-term relationship.

2. Leo – Virgo

strength hermitNeutral fire/earth combination.

Strength loves being the centre of attention and perseveres with the object of its desire; passionate, energetic, enthusiastic and optimistic.

In contrast, the Hermit is down-to-earth, introvert and modest. Whereas Strength enjoys Hermit’s need to please in a relationship, Hermit’s critical nature can be a turn-off.

Likewise, Hermit may be amused by theatrical Strength but put off by Strength’s lack of empathy.

Both need to be more tolerant of each others quirks to make this relationship work.

3. Libra – Capricorn

justice devil

Unfriendly air/earth combination.

Justice likes an ordered and serene environment; diplomatic, attentive listener, striving for balance in a relationship.

The Devil is ambitious, hard working and loves to be in control; he is often serious and reserved.

Justice can be irritated by the Devil’s tendency to be overpowering and ruthless at times, and overall there doesn’t seem to be a strong mutual attraction.

This relationship could well be a non-starter, or it may need a lot of hard work on both sides in order to succeed.

Tip:

When you look at the card pairs above, take a look at the position of the figures in the images and how they relate to each other.

What does their body language tell you about the dynamics of their relationship? Now move the cards in each pair around, e.g. from Strength/Hermit to Hermit/Strength; what further insight do you gain from this swap?

If you enjoy this exercise, you can go deeper by adding the matching court cards, which have also been attributed to the zodiac signs:

Aries – Queen of Wands
Taurus – King of Pentacles
Gemini – Knight of Swords
Cancer – Queen of Cups
Leo – King of Wands
Virgo – Knight of Pentacles
Libra – Queen of Swords
Scorpio – King of Cups
Sagittarius – Knight of Wands
Capricorn – Queen of Pentacles
Aquarius – King of Swords
Pisces – Knight of Cups

So, using the examples above, we would be looking at the following card combinations:

1. Hierophant/King of Pentacles – Chariot/Queen of Cups
2. Strength/King of Wands – Hermit/Knight of Pentacles
3. Justice/Queen of Swords – Devil/Queen of Pentacles

What additional information do the court cards offer?

I hope you enjoy doing the tarot love match reading for yourself or even for your friends.

If you love journaling, you can also find this article in my Cosmic Faery’s Journal workbook together with a funky journaling sheet.

And if you want to learn more about how to apply astrology in your tarot readings, please check out my Starlight Tarot Astrology course.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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Creative Tarot Journaling Made Easy

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Creative tarot journaling isn’t as hard as you think, and creating visual art journal pages to explore your life and personal growth is one of the most therapeutic activities you can immerse yourself in.

But where do you start, if a blank white page is putting you off?

My latest creative tarot journaling ebook Cosmic Journaling Through The Year contains a variety of colourful journaling templates (and much more!) that can help boost your imagination and creativity.

One of the journaling templates is Circles, and in this post you can see one of my completed versions of this page.

Once you have printed the template from the ebook, choose a topic or prompt for your journal entry. Here are some ideas:



  • I am grateful for…
  • What makes me happy…
  • Setting boundaries
  • Self-care habits I need to practice (looking after myself…)
  • Imagine…
  • Adventures
  • New beginnings…
  • I love this…
  • Making Magick happen…
  • My Doodle Universe
  • Embracing Change
  • etc.

For my circle page I have chosen Raise Your Vibration:

cosmic journaling prompt

Once you have chosen your prompt, let your intuition guide you. Draw a few tarot or oracle cards for inspiration.

It’s perfectly okay to write down keywords on your page, and you don’t need to complete it in one sitting.

Work on it over a few days or even weeks, when you can take some time out to unwind and reflect with your journaling.

Treat yourself to stepping through a mysterious and magickal doorway.

Add colour and variety with coloured glitter, felt tip, ball point pens and pencils.

creative tarot journaling pens

Collage with cut-outs from magazines and stickers.

Doodle. You can also try bullet journal stencils.

After a couple of weeks, here is the result:

cosmic journaling - completed circles journal page
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So, why don’t you give creative journaling a try? Make a start with my introductory ebook full of templates and ideas.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

Tarot Journey: Return To The Light

the sun, cosmic faery tarot, tarot journeyAfter a dark and gloomy January here in the UK, February has finally arrived.

I can sense a sudden exhilarating shift in my mood as if a button has been pressed in my brain.

The days are getting longer, the snowdrops are blooming, the crocuses are on their way, I’m looking out for buds on shrubs and trees…. on our tarot journey, it’s the return from darkness into the light. Yay!

The return to the light is symbolised by the Sun in the Major Arcana. Before we embrace this positive energy of joy and enlightenment, we can put closure on the darkness with this little spread:

from darkness to light tarot spreadNow that we have put the darkness to rest (at least for a while), we can focus on the lighter side of life – creation, success, clarity, simple abundance, vitality.

In the tarot, when the Fool reaches the Sun, he has reached his goal. He is exactly where he wants to be.

In the RWS deck, his achievement is symbolised by the red feather on his head on both cards and the sun in the sky, which has turned from white (beginning) to golden (completion):

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In the Cosmic Faery Tarot, I have illustrated the Fool’s milestone as a seedling growing into a beautiful sunflower:

cosmic faery tarot fool and sunWorking with the Sun, ask the following questions:

  • What has come to fruition?
  • What commitments have I made?
  • What do I now understand?
  • What can I celebrate today?
  • What is making me happy right now?

The Sun is very much about living in the moment, the here and now. Just for a change, there is no need to make plans or think about the future. What is most important is to savour the present and just be.

The Sun’s energy is linked to various cards in the tarot, most notably the Ten of Swords (Sun in Gemini), which depicts quite profoundly the emergence from darkness into the light.

If you are curious about your own tarot journey and want to learn more, check out my courses and ebooks, grab my freebies, or just hang out with me in the Cosmic Spirit Wellness community.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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The Raw and Scary Meaning of Death in the Tarot

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It’s Scorpio season, a time of letting go, endings and transformation.

Scorpio is linked to Death in the Tarot, so it’s the perfect time to talk about the raw and scary aspects of this card nobody wants to raise when it pops up in a reading.

There is no beating around the bush: Death isn’t the happiest card in the Tarot.

It ain’t pretty (unless you are a tree in autumn shedding your leaves), it ain’t fun.

Even the cheerful motto Out with the old, in with the new often covers up melancholy moments of letting something go that holds bittersweet memories.

Scorpio’s sting hurts, even if it’s just a tiny bit.

And while Death may well symbolise the transformation of the caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly, for us humans the process is more complex, at best uncomfortable and at worst very painful and crushing.

There is no point in denying the true meaning of Death, which in essence is about irreversible endings. It’s the finality of Death that can be so painful and hard to accept.

There is no point in denying the ugly side of Death, full stop. Popular tarot blogs and new age happy clappers want to make us believe that Death is a wonderful thing.

That it’s about fabulous change and new beginnings, which sounds great but somehow sanitises its actual meaning. It’s time to acknowledge this card for what it really stands for:

An ending you – or your client – don’t want and didn’t ask for. And yes, it can sometimes even mean physical death. It was my father’s year card in his final year of life.

That doesn’t mean you should tell your client that they or one of their loved ones is about to die. No.

Instead, when this card comes up in a reading, ask yourself (or your client) what this card means to you (them) at this moment in time.

Death is a taboo subject in our society and is often brushed under the carpet. Anything to do with it including fear of death, grieving, and preparing for it when seriously ill.

Because we are living longer, we tend to take the time we have for granted. Death in a reading can remind us that we don’t have all the time in the world.



Death reminds us not to delay turning our dreams into reality, because one day it will be too late.

Death in a reading can act as a reminder of our mortality. Together with Justice, it may be a good idea to make a will and get your affairs in order (including life insurance) to prepare for the inevitable.

To many, this sounds macabre, but what you would really be doing is taking care of your loved ones in case something happens to you.

It can suggest any of the five stages of grieving – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance – you or your client may be experiencing. It is time to tackle those emotions.

Death says: “What are you wasting your time on? Life is too short.”

Death is a process, and sometimes we don’t realise we’ve been through it until we look back and realise that the last couple of years or so have been tough and transformed us into the person we are today.

And we are still alive – that’s the good news! Let’s make the most of it.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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Tarot Shadow Work: Descend into the Underworld

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With Halloween and winter fast approaching, it’s a good time to light some candles, burn some incense, play some atmospheric music and work with the shadow cards of the Major Arcana for some serious self-exploration:

The Hanged Man, Death, The Devil, The Tower and The Moon.

The late Hajo Banzhaf (Tarot and the Journey of the Hero) assigned these cards to the Arc of the Night of the Major Arcana, the descend into the underworld, which starts with the Hanged Man and ends with the Moon.

These are not the most welcome cards when they appear in readings, but when we face them and examine our dark side (including those past experiences we’d rather forget), they can help us turn our darkness into light.

The best way to do that is through self-enquiry. Here are some questions you can ask yourself for each card:

The Hanged Man – What do I keep avoiding? Where am I stuck in my life? In what situations did/do I find it hard making decisions? What sacrifices have I made in order to make progress? What do I refuse to give up?

Death – Endings in my life that were painful. Changes that were unsettling. New beginnings that resulted from these endings/changes. What do I need to let go of now (habits, things, people…)? How can I transform anguish, loss and grief into a new sense of purpose and understanding? What transformations have I experienced in my life?

Tarot spread: 1. Me now / 2. Me a year ago – What has changed?

The Devil – What is controlling me / what am I controlling? Where do I feel trapped? How can I break free? Where am I complacent? Where am I wasting too much energy that isn’t worth it? What am I obsessed about? Where have I been despondent? A taboo in my life / family / society.



The Tower – What am I angry about? When was the last time I showed my anger? What incident or situation shook my world? How have I recovered? When did I feel that my life was falling apart, and how have I rebuilt it? What has gone out of control? What have I destroyed on purpose in order to start again differently?

The Moon – When did my imagination last run wild? What are my fears / insecurities and doubts? What am I confused about? A nightmare I can remember I once had. My lunar fantasies: visions and illusions (pull a card for each). What is obscured and needs to be revealed? Where and how am I deceiving myself?

Make this Halloween a date with your shadow and descend into the underworld with these cards. Enjoy!

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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Going Pro: 3 Mistakes to Avoid as a Tarot Reader

mistakes to avoid as a tarot readerWhen you start out and progress on your journey as a professional Tarot reader, you most likely look for advice and inspiration from your peers, usually found on their websites and in online networking groups.

Although it is helpful and enjoyable to engage with your fellow readers, I have noticed over the years that there tends to be a herd mentality, which can have the unfortunate effect of self-brainwashing.

I do understand that when you start as a professional, you are looking for all the help you can find to get yourself established, but at one point it is important to find your own way and think your own thoughts.

From that herd mentality and the resulting self-brainwashing, try to avoid the following three mistakes:

1. Being judgemental and presumptuous

Many tarot readers claim they are non-judgemental and objective, but are they really?

When readers announce in their blog posts that they refuse to read on repeat questions, or they “have to” rephrase some of their clients’ questions, then in fact this sounds pretty much judgemental. They seem to judge their clients’ situation based on these issues.

And when you read about their reasons why, then it seems that most of them are based on assumptions and speculations, such as the client obviously hasn’t moved on, or why are they asking me such a self-restrictive fortune-telling question? I can teach them how to do better...

When one tarot reader complained about clients requesting several readings from various readers about the same issue, it sounded like that client almost committed a criminal offence.

Of course the reader refused to do the reading, and I will probably get shot by the tarot ethics police when I admit that I have no problem submitting my reading when asked and getting paid for it, too.

Why? I hear you ask. Well, because every client has the right to spend their money on what they want. They can invest it in a huge DVD collection, or they can ask several readers for advice on how to handle and deal with a situation.

Everyone is entitled to second opinions, which doesn’t necessarily mean that they feed a habit or live in denial. And being in denial is nothing to feel ashamed or bad about. Denial is often part of the grieving process.

If I hadn’t asked another doctor for a second opinion many years ago, I would have been dead today.

When you need help resolving an issue, you may ask several people for their advice. In the end, you evaluate and make up your own mind. What’s wrong with that?

Not every client in this position is a tarot junkie.

The antidote to being judgmental and presumptuous is unconditional open-mindedness and acknowledgement that anything is possible. Avoid generalisation. Treat each client as an individual with their own unique issues.

2. Being a copy cat

When you are in awe of fellow tarot readers’ fabulous websites and blogs, it can be tempting to emulate them and inadvertently ending up being a bit of a clone.

How many unboxing videos are there on YouTube now? Who has time to watch them all? Are you sure you want to spend / waste time adding to that pile?

How many thousands of websites are out there offering tarot readings? How is yours standing out to get noticed? It doesn’t help to copy another website’s colour scheme or stock photos.

It’s even worse copying their products or services, such as courses and ebooks.

Last year I noticed that a big name in the tarot business had copied the concept of my Tarot Moon Journal, which I first published in 2012. My creation was given a different title and a once-over in corporate colours, but I know mine is the original and best, like all original ideas usually are.

The antidote to being a copy cat is to find your own style, your true and authentic voice and create unique offerings with your personal touch.

3. Following the Tarot herd

  • you don’t need to have a huge tarot deck collection
  • you don’t need to join the latest social media platform, because other tarot readers do (what on earth is Periscope?)
  • you don’t need to condemn a fellow tarot reader solely based on accusations from another tarot reader. Tarot readers can be highly strung at times. Best to avoid this kind of drama – and judgement! Be fair and kind rather than part of a tarot mob.
  • only because one reader claims that they don’t read reversals doesn’t mean you shouldn’t either. Whatever works best for you really counts.
  • contrary to popular opinion, you can still use Tarot for fortune-telling, if that’s what you want to do
  • you don’t need to be constantly on social media. Switch off to think for yourself and generate your best ideas
  • you don’t need tarot certification
  • you don’t need to bombard the world with masses of tarot deck reviews, complicated spreads and tarotscopes. Instead, why not create a Best of… list linking to your favourites you found on other people’s blogs? Better than rehashing what is already out there (watch this space for my list coming soon :))
  • you don’t need to call yourself a healer only because it seems like the new buzz job title for tarot readers
  • not all third party readings are equal. Some of them are okay to do, others are not. Avoid putting them all into one bucket. Consider each one carefully and see how far you want to go with it.

The antidote to following the tarot herd is critical thinking, discernment and realising that less is more. Take a step back, observe and evaluate without worrying about your peers’ acceptance or rejection. It’s the age-old dilemma of fitting in versus standing out.

Deep down you are wise, clever and intelligent enough to avoid these three mistakes as a Tarot reader once you put your mind to it.

Yes, I have made some of the mistakes listed here, learned my lessons and began to focus on my own imagination, new interests and experiences outside the tarot world that have inspired me to create the crazy cosmic enlightening stuff on offer here on my website.

What about you?

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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