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5 ways the Tarot helps to increase intuition and spiritual connection

A sneak peek of one of my 108 illustrations for 108 Days of Sacred Intention

A sneak peek of one of my 108 illustrations for 108 Days of Sacred Intention

Tarot is a tool for soul searchers and seekers.

On the surface? It’s about shuffling the deck, picking cards, and giving you an interpretation of the card.

But really? It’s about shifting your perspective, giving you the motivation and steps you need to move forward (or to sit tight and wait for a better opportunity). 

It's about connecting to your intuition, feeling out the energy of a situation, and seeing the big picture.

It's about daily practice, diving deep into symbolism, and learning.

When I first started to play with the Tarot (through the generosity of my two best friends, who bought their first deck together (they're sisters) about 2 years before I  bought mine), I would pore over the little white booklet that came with the cards.  I would study the intricacies and symbols within each card with great detail.  And when I would use the cards to give a reading, I  noticed that the cards held so much more than an aspect of play...

When I finally purchased own first deck in 2006, a beautiful relationship formed between me and my deck.  I quickly saw how my intuition sky-rocketed and how I was feeling exponentially more spiritually connected through my practice.  
 


Tarot isn't just a deck of cards...it's a tool for those who want to find a deeper connection with their spirituality and intuition.

1.  Tarot encourages the start of a daily spiritual practice.

If you want to learn the Tarot, a little discipline is required.  You need dedicate time to spend with the cards, dive into their symbolism, and come up with your own personal interpretation.  With a total of 78 cards, that sets you up for at least a few months of daily practice.  When we do something daily in this way, we create a habit.  To set aside time for working with the Tarot gives you a daily dose of spiritual and intuitive connection...and makes you more likely to utilize that time for Tarot readings, journaling, and meditation in the future.

2.  Tarot prompts us to use our intuition.
One of the first things that absolutely astonished me when I first started to read Tarot for others was how it felt like "something" was taking over me...I would talk quickly, make connections I didn't see before, and say things about the cards that I didn't know I knew...this would happen every time I gave a reading to my friends, and they noticed and commented on it too.  I didn't know what was going on then...but now I see very clearly that what was happening was not "something" - it was my intuition speaking.  By laying out the cards and giving readings for myself and others, I was giving my intuition permission to speak.  The more I practiced, the more clearly I heard my intuition, and the more it had to say.  In this way, I was able to form a deep bond with my intuition that I treasure every day.  

3.  The Tarot shows us powerful and spiritual archetypes to embody.
I remember clearly the first time I saw The Magician card in my first deck, The Herbal Tarot.  I loved every aspect of his symbolism - the positioning of his arms and hands, the infinity sign over his head, and how he worked with the four suits of Tarot.  What fascinated me was that he would come up again and again in one card readings that I would do for myself every day, or fall out of the deck while I was shuffling...so I knew I had to study this card in more detail...and in doing so, I realized the parts of me that are akin to the Magician...and saw the aspects of myself that I could slowly shift towards embodying the Magician as well.  I have had similar experiences with other cards in the Major and Minor Arcana, such as the Daughter of Swords, the High Priestess, or The Hermit.  

4.  The Tarot is conducive to beginning a meditation practice.
One of my favorite things to do with the Tarot is to bring my deck to my altar, shuffle the cards, and allow card to come forth.  I then use that card to help guide my meditation practice.  I might visualize myself as the character of the card and explore his or her qualities within myself, or I might contemplate the energy and meaning of the card and how it applies to my life.  Through meditation, I am able to find the still and quiet space within myself where my true wisdom speaks.  

5.  The Tarot helps me in my practice as a healer {and designer, too!}
The Tarot is a tool that I use often in my work with others.  As someone who works with Reiki in an intuitive way, I am often prompted to use Tarot in my practice to help others on an energetic level.  This expands the container of the healing work that I do, and allows me to expand the container for healing to take place.  I also use Tarot in my intuitive design business for spirited entrepreneurs.  The Tarot allows me to see my design projects from a different perspective, and offers up suggestions for symbols and colors - it enhances the project, every single time!  In this way, I'm able to utilize the Tarot and connect with my spirituality in the intuitive work that I do on a daily basis.

Want to learn how to read the Tarot on your own?  Check out The Tarot Within, an 8-week (but self-paced) course that teaches you to connect with the Tarot on an intuitive level.



 

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