I have recently started pulling a card for the week ahead again, which is a great way to practice mindfulness and focus on any issues that I may encounter.
Last Sunday I drew The Star, a positive card, and yet I had some very upsetting news this week.
When this happens, it’s easy to wonder why such a card comes up, when reality turns out to be the opposite.
If this has happened to you and left you feeling confused and thinking that the Tarot doesn’t work after all, then take another look and bear in mind the following:
1. Cards may not exactly tell you what is going to happen, but they may well advise you how to deal with the situation.
In this case, after hearing about my friend’s daughter being diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma, The Star is a gentle reminder to have hope and stay optimistic despite the odds.
I am hoping for a miracle, and perhaps The Star is an early indication that this will happen.
Sometimes cards make sense much later.
2. A card that doesn’t seem to make sense can also ask you to look at a situation from a different perspective.
For example, you draw The Sun for the week ahead, but during that week you lose your job.
Surely you should have drawn the Tower or any such negative card to prepare you for what’s coming, but no.
Instead, The Sun may want to tell you that what’s happened may well be a blessing in disguise. It may also suggest that you should take time out and enjoy life despite what’s happened, and now isn’t a good time to feel sorry for yourself.
3. The Tarot (or any Oracle deck) wants to make you think and go deeper.
Forget about drawing the obvious cards and getting clear answers. If it was that easy, there wouldn’t be any personal development and growth.
On reflection during and after the week has passed, you can reassess how to apply the positive aspects of the card to what has happened. You can also explore, what the card is asking you to avoid or improve.
Draw a card for the next week and see how your story continues. After a while, you may notice a pattern, repeating messages or even things falling into place.
And to do this effectively it’s so important to record your readings, so you can look back and learn to read the hidden messages of the cards.
Enjoy your weekly draws!
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