Tarot readings are a handy tool for working with mental health issues because of their inherent flexibility.
Tarot helps you learn more about yourself, your past, present, and future, which can help you uncover patterns that cause distress in your life.
So, is the tarot practical when it comes to mental health? Absolutely! But how exactly does using a deck of 78 cards improve your mental health?
First, there’s a lot to learn about the history of tarot, which is often associated with occult practices – although it actually started out as a deck.
Today, people use the tarot for many things: as a way to “preview” the future, to seek advice when making decisions, or even just as a fun way to spend time with friends. It turns out tarot has a lot of benefits for your emotional well-being as well.
Here are 9 amazing ways tarot readings are good for your mental health.
1. It’s a form of self-care.
When I sit down with a client, we use a deck that they feel comfortable with, and then we start going through the cards to try to figure out what their day will be like or where they are at in life right now. .
I don’t prescribe the cards but rather let them choose what they want in the deck and then we can interpret from there.
Sometimes a customer puts down a card and says “It’s me” or “It’s not me”, meaning that this card has come to represent their innermost desires or fears about them, an aspect of his personality that he does not understand or does not want to admit.
We can then use this map as a starting point to discuss these issues.
For example, if someone is afraid of being alone, we could draw the Five of Cups which symbolizes loss and disappointment.
I would ask them what has recently been lost in their lives, what disappointments they have faced, and what might be the root of their fear underlying it all.
It can lead to a better understanding of yourself and why you feel a certain way, which leads to better choices in life.
2. You will understand your past, your present and your future.
Tarot cards represent your innermost desires or fears and the aspects of your personality that you don’t understand. They shed light on the different experiences in your life and how those experiences have shaped who you are as a person.
When I started my spiritual journey, tarot helped me understand things about myself that I didn’t even know were there, and now I have a better understanding of what drives me and why. I do the things that I do.
As soon as you start learning tarot, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you sit down with a deck regularly enough, sooner or later your “inner voice” will start commenting on the cards as they appear in the draws.
“This card represents what you want to achieve this year” or “Here is your future husband/wife”.
You will find yourself personally in relation to the cards and you will understand each other a little better.
3. It helps you see your relationship with others more clearly.
Tarot cards have very different meanings in different decks, but most tend to represent people in your life or concepts outside of yourself.
For example, the Queen of Wands could refer to your boss, your girlfriend, or your best friend. Although it may seem logical, it can be beneficial when you are having trouble with someone in your life.
4. It helps you see your life path more clearly.
Tarot cards show you what you want, but they also give insight into obstacles in your path and how to overcome them.
For example, you might draw a card like the Rook, which speaks of betrayal, sudden change, or upheaval; basically anything thrown at you by fate to test your resolve.
The tower will also show you how to deal with these pitfalls and overcome the unexpected changes life throws at you, which can help you deal with change as it happens or even avoid it altogether if you know how. what your maps tell you about your journey. in life.
5. It will force you to slow down and enjoy the moment.
The most useful thing you can do is sit down with a terrace and take some time to enjoy yourself. Don’t worry about finding answers or doing anything in particular.
Let yourself go for a few minutes and be grateful for the opportunity to enjoy some quiet time with yourself.
6. It will help you develop your intuition and foresight.
The more you sit with a deck, the more in tune you become with it and yourself, and ultimately this will lead to a heightened sense of awareness and understanding of the things that are happening in your life or about to happen. produce.
But, there is also something very magical about the first time you draw a card and it seems to be about whatever is happening with you at that moment.
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7. It can help you stay focused on your goal.
The cards will tell you if your behavior is what you want or if something is holding you back; it can be fear, anger or insecurity.
If you allow them to “talk to you,” you will realize certain accomplishments, clear your mind, and find the motivation to make the changes you need to make. It will also help you make better decisions.
8. It can help you socialize and meet new people.
Tarot readings are a great way to connect with people; it’s a shared activity that requires no conversation and lasts as long as you want.
Once you’ve finished reading, you have something to talk about even if you didn’t know each other before. You will find that you have much in common with those who share this interest.
9. It can help you make tough decisions and navigate uncharted territory.
The cards won’t give you a straight answer to all your questions, but they might point you in the right direction by showing you different perspectives on a situation or how other people might view it.
It can help you make more complex decisions and do so with more confidence.
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Miriam Slozberg is an author and spiritual coach. If you want to get in touch with her, visit her website. Subscribe to her newsletter, learn tarot for free, and listen to the Swords of Depression podcast.
This article originally appeared on Miriam Reads Tarot. Reprinted with permission from the author.