At one point I told Pepi about my lack of knowledge on Tarot cards. I think I even mentioned to her, that I find them slightly scary and don’t have a clue how or even why I would use them. Which is why it was so nice of her to write a post on this subject + change my mind about it. Now I’m curious! Pepi is an indie author and writes about & teaches Tarot, Petit Lenormand and other oracles.
Sometimes I get stuck, feeling down, and not knowing why or how to solve the situation. Just thinking about it isn’t enough to find “why” this happens, but I found a way to discover hidden aspects of my personality and life.
A tool for self-discovery, meditation and spiritual growth
Most people think that Tarot Cards or Oracle Cards are just used as fortune-telling tools. However, one of the greatest uses of these cards is self-discovery, meditation, and spiritual growth. Some people do think that these cards are scary, and somewhat obscure, but that is only due to the artwork of traditional decks.
One of the Tarot Decks I recommend is the DruidCraft Tarot (the set with the book). Cards are big, and drawings are both sexy and intimate. As the artwork is sweet and compelling, is easy to interpret, specially if you have no idea about it. Drawings are key here, to be able to discover what’s up. And, “bad cards” aren’t scary at all. This Deck mixes Tarot with the Druid faith, which helps a lot when discovering hidden aspects of oneself.
Let the artwork guide you
For example, when you pull out one of the scariest cards in the Deck, Death, you can be mislead by the card’s name: Death (Spooky?? Nah!) You can interpret it as “being without energy”, or “needing a rest”, or “needing to leave something old to make room for the new”, or “initiation”, “transformation” or even “desire and passion”. If you have no idea about the Tarot, but you use this deck, you’ll find the artwork very helpful: an old lady carrying a skull (too tired today?), she’s wearing a scythe (time to harvest results?), there’s a cauldron in front of her (too much work to do?), and some stuff, like pots, behind her (needing to get rid of things from the past that aren’t useful.) Tiny, tiny into the landscape we can take a look into Stonehenge (might be a good idea to plan a retreat?) If the card appears upside down, it could talk about “stagnation”, “pessimism”, or even “depression” (the woman in the card, cannot harvest the fields, cannot work, cannot do anything!)
An alternative for Tarot
If you’re not so eager to take the Tarot, and prefer something sweeter, you can use the Lenormand, a European Oracle of 36 cards. You could use an Alice in Wonderland Vintage Petit Lenormand (I know, it’s my deck, but it’s useful for meditation because of the artwork, and because it’s not scary at all). The meanings of the cards aren’t that deep as Tarot, which can be helpful for a beginner. It’s a practical and direct oracle.
For example, if we pull out the Tree card, it might be telling us that we need to keep an eye on “health”, since this card talks about health. Healthy food, more exercise, etc. In the artwork we can see some Cards of the Queen of Hearts painting white roses in red! This could also be telling you “not to be too stressed”, or “obsessed”, or “please rest and stop working, you could be doing the wrong thing!”
The key is to use your intuition
Whichever deck you might find more suitable for you to use, the technique is simple: use your intuition to guide you to find out why you’re not feeling well. Mix the deck, pull out a card, and observe it calmly during 2 or 3 minutes. Which is the first idea that comes into your mind looking at the artwork? (If you are lost, you can always take a look to the book of explanations, however, do believe your intuition, or at least, make a mix of both).
My advice for you is not to choose a deck with an artwork you don’t like. Try to find a sweet one, one that tunes with you, and you’ll be able to target your stucknesses in no time.
Thanks for sharing your wisdom Pepi!
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