At one point in our lives, we will all encounter a major crisis point – bereavement, divorce, relationship breakdown, unemployment, ill health, financial hardship, mental breakdown…
When you experience a significant Tower moment, the initial shock and feeling of numbness usually develops into a variety of painful emotions, from anger to depression.
What will keep you going is your focus on moving towards acceptance of the situation to allow for subsequent recovery and healing.
Each person deals with pitfalls and setbacks in their own way and in their own time.
While some people quickly get back on their feet, others take much longer to come to terms with their situation.
The Tarot is an excellent tool to help you on your way to recovery and renewal. A simple healing spread used regularly can help you improve the way you feel and transform your life over time.
Turning a crisis into a transformational journey is an 8-card spread that can assist you on your way towards healing.
You can use as little or as many cards as you like.
Choose from the following prompts, which are most relevant to you, or use all of them as a powerful healing meditation:
1. Where I am on my healing journey at this moment in time
2. A strength of mine that will help me today
3. A weakness I need to overcome
4. What is blocking me
5. What I need from others to help me heal (you don’t need to do this on your own)
6. What I can do today that would make me feel better
7. Spiritual Lesson
As you can see, there are eight positional meanings for this spread. Eight is the number of regeneration and rebirth.
The Star, numbered 17 (1 + 7 = 8), usually depicts an eight-pointed central star.
You can lay out the cards in a star-shaped arrangement to help you manifest the healing and transformational powers of the Star and this spread.
Numerically, the Star is linked to Strength, numbered 8 in Rider Waite Smith based tarot decks.
In addition to this healing meditation, you could also explore, how the energies of Strength can benefit you on your healing journey.
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:
2. 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 the Magick Monday Confidence:
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?
Unblock yourself with the Get Unstuck Spread:
4. 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 exploring what will grow from your loss can help you shift your focus to new opportunities:
Other 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.
As 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.
After 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:
Now 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):
In the Cosmic Faery Tarot, I have illustrated the Fool’s milestone as a seedling growing into a beautiful sunflower:
Working 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.
Asking a question will help you focus and make your daily draw a little more specific. Even better when you ask a different question every day.
For this purpose, I have compiled a list of questions you can ask at random:
What do I need to do differently today?
What do I need to embrace?
What do I need to avoid?
How can I invite positive change into my life?
What will be my strength today?
How can I tackle a challenge today?
What new opportunity do I need to look out for?
How can I be more positive today?
What new potential will be emerging?
How can I nurture new growth?
What do I need to let go of that prevents new growth / opportunities?
What can I be grateful for today?
How can I nurture myself?
How can I help others?
What can I let go of without losing anything?
How can I simplify my life today?
How can I increase abundance in my life?
What can I do to have a good day today?
What lesson will I learn?
What is happening in my life that I am not aware of?
What step can I take today to reach my goal?
How can I raise my confidence / self-esteem today?
Over time, you can add more questions to this list to expand your self-exploration.
And here is a cool way to choose a random question to answer each day:
Make your own question cards!
Use old greeting cards you received (e.g. Birthday, Christmas, etc.) and cut them into mini size cards (mine on the image above are approx. 45 x 75 mm). Write a question on the back of each card.
Mix the cards and lay them face down. Pick a card and hey presto, you’ve got your question for the day.
As I mentioned before, you can extend your card set when you think of new questions you would like to add.
Take a look at what I have created:
Random questions are a great way to add variety and depth to your daily tarot card draws, and hopefully you are inspired to create your own set of questions cards ?
For more journaling ideas, please check my freebies page, where you can also join my mailing list for updates and more free resources.
And if you want to save yourself some time, you can download my ebook Cosmic Journaling Through The Year, which includes printable cards with above questions (and some new ones), healing cards and much more…
When cards don’t make sense in a reading, it’s easy to wonder why they pop 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, don’t be disheartened but bear in mind the following:
1. Cards may not exactly tell you what is going to happen, but they may advise you how to deal with the situation.
In this case, after hearing about my friend’s daughter being diagnosed with late stage cancer, 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.
(Update 2018: after a year of torturous medical treatment she has miraculously recovered and is doing very well today).
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 was perhaps 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.
The Tarot often reveals what is hidden rather than what you already know.
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 in a journal, so you can look back and learn to read the hidden messages of the cards.
Nothing is as difficult and frustrating as trying to memorise Tarot card meanings from a book.
Since 2006, Tarot students from all over the world have worked with me to discover a better – easier – method to connect with the cards.
If you are just starting to learn the Tarot or find it hard to remember card meanings, here are my tried and tested powerful ways to connect with the Tarot without ever having to look at a book again:
1. Choose a Tarot deck that speaks to you
The best beginner’s Tarot deck is one, where all cards are fully illustrated, each image tells you a story and you find the artwork appealing.
The most famous and popular Tarot deck of all, the Rider Waite Smith (RWS), is one I do recommend, but you may prefer the Sharman-Caselli deck, which has been specifically designed with the Tarot novice in mind.
On the image here on the right you can see both decks together with the Crystal Tarot, on which the Minor Arcana cards are illustrated with just the symbol of the suits.
Which images do you find easier to connect with? And what different stories do they tell?
2. Describe the images
Yes, this requires you to actually LOOK at the image carefully and explore the scene. Give me your first impression: is it positive, neutral or negative?
Then tell me why. What do you see? What is happening?
Go into more detail. Are there any people in the card? What are they doing? How do they look?
Notice their body language. What is the landscape like? Can you see buildings, plants, animals?
Some cards are easier to read than others. Don’t be disheartened, if you draw a blank with some of them. You will learn to read them in time. Build your confidence by focusing on the easy cards first.
3. Be the person in the card
This is a fun yet insightful way to connect with the cards. Imitate the posture of the person in a card.
Stand with open arms just like the Fool, sit like the High Priestess, kneel like the woman in the Star image – will you take it as far as being naked? 🙂
You can personify the Hanged Man by doing a headstand, perhaps against a tree, or if that is too strenuous for you, lie down and lean your legs upright against a wall or a tree.
Replicate as much of the image as you can.
For example, stand by a field and look at the crops just like in the Seven of Pentacles. What goes through your mind? Harvest? Hard work? Reaping rewards? Sowing new seeds and a new cycle?
How do these postures make you feel?
Close your eyes and imagine the landscape of the card surrounding you. How does it affect your mood, dreams, ideas or imagination?
4. Connect each card with your own life experiences
The archetypal images of the Tarot live in all of us. For example, we have all been a Fool more than once in our lives, but that doesn’t necessarily mean in a bad way 🙂
The Fool suggests amongst other things new beginnings. This is how some of my students associate the Fool with events in their lives:
“My first day at school. I can remember being so excited.”
“When I went backpacking to South America. I was naive when I started but so much wiser when I came back.”
“My first marriage. We were too young.”
“Starting my business. I didn’t have a clue, just jumped in, and it was quite a learning curve. But I loved it.”
All these statements are short, but they tell you so much more.
By linking the cards to your life, you will find it much easier to remember their meanings, because you connect them to feelings, lessons and advice you have experienced.
5. Start A Journal
When you start exploring your Tarot deck, make notes of your observations and new discoveries about the cards. Writing things down helps your memory, too.
Be a Fool today and start your Tarot Journal by downloading my Tarot freebies.
You can add your own pages as you continue to work with the cards, and over time you will create a unique Tarot reference book full of your personal wisdom and inspiration.
By signing up to my mailing list, you will also receive more freebies in the future and learn about exciting new journalling products available soon!
6. Play with the cards every day
Even if it’s only for five or ten minutes, spending time with your cards every day will help you learn the cards more quickly.
Pull a card on an evening and make a note of it. How does it reflect the events of the day you’ve had? Or what message does it offer you for the following day?
Even if you cannot think of anything, at least you are looking at the card, begin to memorise its image and associate it with its name. Soon you can picture the images in your head without having to look at them, e.g. you will know by heart what the Six of Wands looks like.
7. Card meanings can be found in the Name
The names of the Major Arcana images all trigger some associations you have stored in your head. Quite often, Tarot novices are not aware of them. They see the name written on the card but don’t take it further.
One of my students couldn’t make sense of the Hermit. So I asked: “What is a Hermit? What does a Hermit do?”
Her answer: “It’s someone, who lives on his own. Far away from civilisation.”
We have then talked about the archetypal Hermit personality, and how it fits into our modern lives and in readings.
So, what does an Emperor do? Well, I suppose he rules and makes decisions. And what does Justice mean? It makes me think about the law, and how we associate it with objectivity, truth and fairness.
As you can see, the names of the cards already tell you a lot about their meanings, so they are worthwhile exploring further.
Find your own favourite inspirational quotes for each card and record them in your journal. I started doing that a few years ago, and in the process began creating my Tarot of Quotes.
Last but not least, if you still feel stuck connecting with the cards, consider booking a brainstorming session with me via Skype. It’s great to talk, and you will already notice the benefits after just one call.
Now that the Tarot Moon Journal 2015 is available to download, I would like to share with you, how you can add text to it without the need to print it out.
Many people aren’t aware that it is very easy to add notes, text and even images to PDF documents.
1. Adobe Reader
Download this free software on your computer, or download the app on your tablet (available on Windows, iPad and Android)
When you open the Reader, look out for the ‘add text’ feature, which is an icon of a pen and paper.
You can add text where ever you like on the document, and you can even choose font, colour and size of your writing.
There is also an option to add a note, which opens up a box and is ideal for adding more text than fits in the space provided in the ebook. Look out for the speech bubble icon.
2. iPad Apps
NotePlus is a niftly app for the iPad. You can import your PDF document into NotePlus and add texts, images and notes as you please. With this app you can also add your own handwriting – great, isn’t it?