The Tarot can be a fantastic way to develop your intuition or give you the confidence to trust your intuition.
Ideally, you want to get to a place where your intuition automatically kicks in whenever you need it and you do not have to think about it. You just know that something is right or wrong and you trust it completely.
Tarot can also help you safely explore potential options before you commit yourself to making a decision and can give you guidance in any area of your life.
The Power of Pictures
Your mind think in pictures and the Tarot consists of 78 colour images and symbols, many of which are very ancient, which makes it one of the most powerful ways of connecting directly with your subconscious mind.
Pictures are the oldest form of teaching and learning, as they tell stories and tap straight into the right side of your brain, which is all about creativity, imagination, inspiration, ideas and insights.
The more you can trigger the can trigger the right hand side of your brain, the more you can tap into your intuition or gut feeling.
The pictures, colours and symbols speak directly to your subconscious mind to give you the answers that are right for you. This is why different people can look at the same cards and give a different interpretation because the cards speak to everyone individually.
It is like any muscle. The more you use it, the more it will work for you and the more it will be there for you when you need it.
Your intuition or gut feeling is there to help us all of the time. Sometimes you have so much chatter going on in your head and so many feelings in your body that you cannot hear or feel or see your quiet, all knowing truth.
The Tarot is one of the quickest ways to develop your Intuition or gut feeling and have it on tap 24/7 for whenever you need to make an important decision.
Relaxation and Breathing
Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed and sit comfortably.
Take a few deep breaths. Breathe out any tension form your day. Breathe in confidence and peace.
A useful breathing exercise is to breathe in to a count of 7, hold the breath for 7, and then slowly release to a count of 7 and then hold for 7 before taking another breath.
When you feel calm and relaxed, pick up your deck of cards and shuffle them. A good question to ask would be something like, “What would be most useful for me to know about my situation right now?”
When you feel ready, stop shuffling, cut the cards, spread them out in front of you and choose one. Notice the first thoughts, feelings, impressions that come to mind.
Sights, sounds and Feelings
Do you hear any words? What is said? What is the tone and volume of the voice? Is it inside your head or outside of you?
What feelings do you get when you look at the card?
Where in your body are the feelings? – heart, head, legs, tummy area, back, other?
Where are the pictures? – inside your head, in front of you? Are they colour or black and white, still or moving?
Are there any sensations in your body and if so where are they?
Do you get any pictures flash through your mind?
Trust those first answers as they will most likely be the right ones for you.
Don’t look at the card for too long because your logical mind will probably start to analyse and may end up rationally talking you out of accepting those first insights.
Once you learn to recognise the signals that your intuition is using to communicate with you, you can identify them more quickly in another situation.
With a bit of practice you can soon distinguish between the answers from your intuition and the logic of your analytical mind.
Both are important and the analytical mind can be very useful once you have gathered all your creative insights.
When you are ready, relax, calm your mind and pick another card.
Build Up the Story
Put a couple of cards of cards side by side and notice the impressions that you get. Observe how the story changes when one card is next to another.
It is helpful to have a Tarot journal, so that you can keep track of any insights that come from your cards.
Once you have recorded your own wisdom, it may be useful to consult a tarot book to see if there are further distinctions that can be added. However, the definitions in a book are the view of that author and may contradict your own insights.
Over time certain cards will come to have particular meanings for you. These may be very different from any definitions you find in a book. That is brilliant. Go with what you feel is right for you for each card.
The messages from your Inner Wisdom will be the right ones for you personally, so it is important that you follow those first.
You start to develop a relationship with your cards and begin to trust them as a tool to access your intuition whenever you want and need it.
Keep Practising and Have Fun.
With abundant blessings,
Tarot Author, Coach and Guide
©Amanda Goldston 2009