Many of us are attracted to the mystique surrounding these fascinating cards. Maybe you have been drawn to “have a Tarot reading”. Maybe you were gifted a Tarot deck. Maybe you found yourself buying your very own cards.
What is it that makes this ancient oracle so intriguing?
One reason is that Tarot has been around for centuries; anything of that age and still popular is intriguing. Its origin is generally disputed however current historical understanding shows it originated in Italy in the early 15th century, nearly 600 years ago.
Wanting deeper insight into our life journey and day to day world is, in itself, an ancient quest. Tarot can assist us in this quest by allowing us to access our Higher Self’s guidance, the best guidance there is. It is the Higher Self, the wisest most spiritual part of us that chooses the cards. This is why they are so accurate, for our Higher Self has access to the answers to all we could ever wish to ask about ourselves.
The Tarot is rich with images, symbols and colours. This is the language of our right brain; the creative and intuitive side of ourselves. The tarot is one way we can awaken our right brain to gain access to our inner knowing.
With respect for the energy of the Tarot you may gain some very powerful insights and guidance.
Too often we lay some cards for our particular situation, glossing over the deeper meanings and missing the actual energy of the cards. Insights and guidance are lost as we rush a reading for quick answers. We then dismiss those cards and continue churning problems over with our mind causing even more confusion and worry.
So, how do we deepen our relationship to Tarot?
Doing this will bring even more clarity as you “express”.
Experiencing the Tarot in this way will bring you deeper insights. Respect the time you have dedicated and let the language of archetypes and symbols speak to you.
Making the Most of a Professional Reading
If you are genuinely interested in understanding more about this rich tool for self discovery consider a tarot course. This is a sure way of getting to know your cards more intimately and how to read them in your own way. Maybe you even take it to a professional level yourself when you feel ready!
Whether you use your own deck or visit a good reader respect the energy of these special cards and you will gain insights into your world, helping you to gain clarity about anything at all.
Dawn Grace Kelly is a Spiritual Teacher, Group Facilitator, Healer, Past Life Regressionist and Tarot Consultant from Australia now based in Nelson.
As a past life regressionist it’s becoming apparent to me how grand the scale is of wasting time and energy by not listening to our inner knowing.
I am seeing people who incarnate over and over and over doing the very same life theme because they are not listening to the inner voice that would take them on a path of healing and growth.
What a lot of energy it takes to reincarnate over six lifetimes to learn that speaking your truth will not harm you anymore; it will in fact free you!
It makes sense that if you were hung in a past life for expressing your truth you would be cautious this time around. (That behaviour is most often unconscious of course)
Yet after many experiences of knowing that that will not happen to you now isn’t it time to be brave and let go of that fear that stops you fulfilling your life purpose?
We have a plan when we incarnate, we know what it is we are needing to work on, what lessons we are attempting to accomplish. We also have talents and strengths to express that will support ourselves, our families, communities and the planet.
When we are in alignment with our inner knowing we become connected to our passions and our truth.
So what stops us from doing this? I see three reasons -
What’s the conditioning all about? This is beliefs we have taken on board at some point in the past. Inner tapes we operate from today.
Maybe we were told we have to achieve to be noticed, to be worthy. This stops us from being here and now, it keeps us constantly focussed on the future. When we are not here and now we cannot be in touch with our heart or our body. The heart and the body both have a voice that wants to be heard. Voices that are important.
The bodies voice gets loud – pain. ‘Please hear me, I need you to notice me, there is something wrong, we need to talk!’
Yet what do we do? Take pain relief and keep on going.
The heart too waits to be heard. What is it that the heart needs to say. “Be with me, I can show you how to be happy!”
The conditioning can come in many packages. ‘Don’t open your heart to truly love because you will end up in pain.’ This may have come about by watching your parents divorce or watching a loved one die in this life or another.
The fear of the unknown is such a common issue. We get scared when we don’t know what will happen. Maybe your inner guidance is saying “Leave this marriage” or “Quit that career and start studying”.
When we are fearful of the painful feelings and uncertainty about our financial future we usually prefer to stay safe, to leave things as they are which brings certainty – even the uncomfortable certainty seems better than the unknown.
So how do we work with this fear? Trust is the answer, Big Trust. Faith in a Divine Plan. Working your intellectual understanding of a loving universal force that will support you. Putting this into practise. Diving in to honour your inner knowing.
After a few successes you will see you actually can trust, and then you will KNOW trust.
An inability to stay present is also part of our conditioning and is connected to fear as well.
If we were to be here and now that may challenge our belief of “I am nothing if I am not doing” or “being creative isn’t beneficial, it's time wasting”.
Sometimes when we are present we notice big uncomfortable feelings. We are scared to feel these as they can seem like they may overwhelm us and we may never recover. Our habit is to be with the thoughts, the worry, go shopping, watch TV, hop on Facebook or eat more. You know how addictions work, they take us away from the pain that we are unwilling to hear and feel.
A place of being present is what is required to listen to our inner knowing. Yet it is not a familiar place to be.
We seem to like to give our power away to others to tell us what we need to do. We do this with friends, family, professionals like doctors and counsellors, “psychics” and healers of all kinds. Surely these wise people know what we must do. They are wise, I am not is what I hear. True wise people will assist you to hear your inner knowing.
You are the only one that knows your life path - your plan and what you need to do.
Your inner knowing is loud when you slow down and be present to hear it.
We don’t need an angel to appear in the room telling us advice. Our gut feelings, our hunches, our intuitions and inner knowings are right there when we stop thinking so much and slow down to hear, feel and just know what is right.
No more need to –
Its time to be authentic and honour yourself fully!