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  • The Art of Tarot Reading: How to Tap into Your Intuition

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    If you’re here, you’re probably interested in unlocking the hidden secrets of your intuition with the art of Tarot reading. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced practitioner, the Tarot can be a powerful tool for connecting with your subconscious mind and tapping into your inner wisdom — or helping your friends, family, or clients do the same. In this article, we’ll explore the fundamentals of Tarot reading and guide you through the steps to develop your intuitive abilities.

    Tarot cards have been used for centuries to gain insight into the past, present, and future. Each card carries its own unique symbolism and meaning, and when combined in a reading, they provide a glimpse into the seen and unseen forces at play in your life. Through the Tarot, you can gain clarity, find answers to your most pressing questions, and gain a deeper understanding of yourself and the world around you.

    Whether you’re seeking guidance in love, finances, career, or personal growth, the Tarot can offer profound insights and guidance. By learning to interpret the cards and trust your intuition, you can tap into a world of hidden knowledge and unveil the path to your highest potential. So, grab a deck of Tarot cards and embark on a journey of self-discovery as we delve into the fascinating art of Tarot reading.

    Understanding Tarot Cards

    When you start to work with Tarot cards, it’s important to look at the deck from an overhead perspective. Traditional tarot decks are set up in a system. There is a Major Arcana, which indicates important transformational times in a person’s life, and a Minor Arcana, which is more related to day-to-day events and circumstances. The Major Arcana consists of 22 cards and the Minor Arcana contains 56. There are four suits in the Minor Arcana that represent the Seasons and different areas of life:

    Earth — Material, home, finances, education
    Fire — Passions, motivations, partnerships, creativity
    Water — Love, friendship, intuition, also creativity, but in a bit of a different form
    Air — Thoughts, intellectual pursuits, law, science

    Each suit contains numbered cards, from 1 – 10, and also Court Cards, which include the Page, Knight, Queen, and King. Court cards can represent people and be used to signify either the person you are reading for or different people in their lives or situations in a person’s life. Just FYI, the Court Cards can be a little tricky for beginners, but will start to make more sense as your work with Tarot evolves.

    I think it’s important to learn both the classic meaning of each Tarot card and also how to work with your intuition when reading. Combining the two will give you a much richer and fuller Tarot reading experience.

    Connecting with Your Intuition

    At the heart of Tarot reading lies the ability to tap into your intuition. Intuition is your inner guide, the voice of your subconscious mind that can provide you with valuable insights and guidance. Honing your intuition is essential for accurate and meaningful Tarot readings. Here’s a video I made about working with your intuition.

    One way to connect with your intuition is through meditation. Set aside a quiet moment each day to clear your mind, focus on your breath, and enter a state of relaxation. As you practice meditation regularly, you’ll find that your intuition becomes more accessible and your Tarot readings become more insightful.

    Another technique to enhance your intuition is journaling. Start an Intuitive Tarot journal where you can record your thoughts, feelings, and interpretations of each card. Reflecting on your readings and the guidance you receive from all different levels of your intuition will deepen your connection with the cards and strengthen your intuitive abilities.

    Preparing for Your Tarot Reading

    Before you start your Tarot reading — especially when you’re first starting out — it’s important to create a sacred space and set your intention. Find a quiet and peaceful environment where you can relax and focus. Clear the space of any distractions and create a soothing atmosphere with candles, incense, or calming music.

    Next, take a moment to ground yourself. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and visualize roots growing from the soles of your feet or from your hip bones, grounding you to the earth. This will help you center your energy and be fully present for the reading.

    Once you’re in the right mindset, shuffle your Tarot cards while focusing on your intention or the question you have in mind. You may ask a specific question or simply seek guidance on a general area of your life. Trust your intuition and choose the cards that resonate with you. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers in Tarot reading—each card and its placement in the spread holds valuable insights.

    Common Tarot Spreads for Self-Reflection

    Tarot spreads are specific arrangements of cards that provide different perspectives and insights. They help structure your reading and offer guidance on specific areas of your life. Here are a few popular Tarot spreads for self-reflection:

    1. Past, Present, Future Spread: This three-card spread offers insights into your past, present, and future. It helps you understand how past experiences have shaped your current situation and how your present choices can influence your future.

    2. Celtic Cross Spread: The Celtic Cross is a classic ten-card spread that provides a comprehensive analysis of a situation or question. It explores various aspects such as past influences, present circumstances, and possible outcomes.

    3. Self-Discovery Spread: This spread is designed to delve deeper into your personal growth and self-awareness. It focuses on your strengths, weaknesses, desires, and potential obstacles, offering guidance on your journey of self-discovery.

    4. Pros, Cons, and Outcomes Spread: I like to use this one when I have a few options to choose from and I want to see the pros, cons, and outcomes for each choice in a simple, three card layout.

    Experiment with different spreads and find the ones that resonate with you the most. Remember, the key is to trust your intuition and allow the classic meanings of the cards and symbols that jump out to guide you.

    Interpreting Tarot Card Meanings

    Interpreting Tarot card meanings is a skill that develops over time with practice and experience. While each card carries its own symbolism and meaning based on a variety of different factors, it’s important to consider the context of the reading and the surrounding cards.

    Start by observing the imagery on the card. What symbols, colors, or figures stand out to you? Pay attention to your initial impressions and the emotions they evoke. Trust your gut feelings and allow your intuition to guide you in interpreting the card’s meaning.

    Additionally, consider the position of the card within the spread. Cards in different positions may have different nuances and interpretations. For example, a card in the past position may indicate past influences, while a card in the present position may represent current circumstances or challenges.

    It’s also helpful to consult Tarot guidebooks or online resources for additional insights into card meanings. However, remember that your intuition should always be your primary guide. Trust yourself and allow your personal connection with the cards to shine through in your interpretations.

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    Enhancing Your Intuition through Tarot

    Tarot reading is not only a way to tap into your intuition but also a tool for enhancing it. As you continue to practice and engage with the Tarot, you’ll find that your intuitive abilities expand and deepen.

    One way to further enhance your intuition is by conducting daily single-card readings. Each morning, draw a card from your deck and spend a few moments reflecting on its meaning. Consider how it relates to your current circumstances and what guidance it may offer. This daily practice will strengthen your intuitive connection with the cards and train your mind to receive insights more readily.

    Another technique is to incorporate other intuitive practices into your Tarot readings. For example, you can use crystals, essential oils, or energy healing techniques to enhance the energy and intuition in your readings. Experiment with different modalities and find what resonates with you.

    Tarot Reading Rituals and Practices

    In addition to developing your intuition, incorporating rituals and practices into your Tarot readings can enhance the overall experience. Here are a few ideas to infuse your readings with intention and sacredness:

    1. Cleansing Ritual: Before each reading, cleanse your Tarot deck and the space around you. You can use smoke from burning herbs like sage or palo santo, or use Reiki on your deck and reading area. This ritual clears any residual energy and creates a fresh space for your intuition to flow.

    2. Meditation: Begin your Tarot reading with a short meditation to center your energy and quiet your mind. This will help you connect with your intuition and create a focused and receptive state.

    3. Affirmations: Create personalized affirmations that align with your intentions for the reading. Repeat these affirmations silently or aloud before and during the reading to reinforce positive energy and intention.

    4. Gratitude Practice: Express gratitude for the guidance and insights you receive during your Tarot readings. Take a moment to thank the cards, your intuition, and any spiritual guides or higher powers you believe in.

    Tips for Tarot Beginners

    If you’re new to Tarot reading, here are a few tips to help you navigate your journey:

    1. Start with a Rider-Waite Tarot deck: The Rider-Waite Tarot deck is widely considered the best deck for beginners. It features clear and recognizable imagery, making it easier to learn and interpret the cards.

    2. Take things one card at a time: When starting out, focus on studying and understanding one card at a time. This will prevent overwhelm and allow you to build a solid foundation of Tarot knowledge.

    3. Practice daily: Like any skill, Tarot reading improves with practice. Make it a habit to incorporate Tarot into your daily or weekly routine. The more you practice, the more confident and intuitive you’ll become.

    4. Trust your intuition: Above all, trust yourself and your intuition. Your inner wisdom knows best. Allow your intuition to guide your interpretations and embrace the unique insights and guidance you receive.

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    Conclusion: Embracing Your Intuition with Tarot

    The art of Tarot reading offers a profound way to tap into your intuition and gain valuable insights into your life’s journey. By understanding the symbolism of each card, connecting with your intuition, and developing a regular Tarot practice, you can unlock the hidden secrets of your subconscious mind and embark on a path of self-discovery.

    Remember, Tarot reading is a personal and intuitive experience. Allow yourself to be open to the messages the cards reveal and trust in your own inner knowing. Embrace the art of Tarot reading as a powerful tool for self-reflection, guidance, and personal growth. As you delve deeper into the world of Tarot, you’ll uncover the vast wisdom that lies within and unlock the limitless potential of your intuition.

    So, grab a deck of Tarot cards and embark on a journey of self-discovery as you explore the fascinating art of Tarot reading.

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  • 5 Ways to Cleanse Your Tarot Cards

    Originally posted to Spiritual Business Spotlight on October 14, 2020

    Getting a new tarot or oracle deck is pretty exciting, even for me (and I have like a hundred decks!). But how should you clean and clear your new tarot deck, or even clear your tarot deck’s energy after you’ve been using it for a while? This article will give you information about cleansing your tarot deck and also recharging or cleaning it after you’ve been using it or if your readings start to go a bit funny.

    Please note that this is SETTING INTENTION. There are people who don’t worry about clearing the energy of their tarot and oracle decks, and that is their choice. Personally, I prefer to cleanse new tarot decks and connect with their energy prior to working with them and also if my readings become muddled or confusing.

    Cleansing A Brand New Tarot Deck

    When you get a new tarot or oracle deck, you’ll want to clear the energy it picked up while it was being manufactured, packaged, displayed, and delivered. You also want to imprint your own energy onto the deck so that you can be a team when doing readings.

    • Unpack the cards
    • Take the cards into both hands, noticing how they feel
    • Set the intention to clear the cards from any energy they’ve picked up along the way
    • Breathe deeply, focusing your attention on clearing the deck in your hands
    • Take a few deep breaths, keeping that same CLEARING intention in mind

    Viola! Your new deck is squeaky clean and ready to be used.

    You can also do this intention setting ritual with a used deck you purchase, but I also recommend doing a deeper cleansing of a deck that someone else read with so that you can really get rid of any residual energy left on the cards by their previous owner.

    In order to do a more thorough clearing of the energy of a used tarot deck, I’d recommend the following:

    1. Smudging

    Another way you can clean and clear the energy of a new tarot is to use a sage smudge stick or incense stick. You can smudge your tarot or oracle deck to clean its energy when it is straight out of the box, and also after you’ve been using it for a while.

    I recommend running a bit of smoke over each card. You can quickly and easily do this by holding the deck in one hand and the smudge stick in the other hand. You can either use the hand you are holding the smudge stick in to push each card off of the deck, onto the table beneath or take each card, individually, and hold it above the smoke coming off of your smudge stick.

    You can do this once a month, as well, or even once a week if you are doing a lot of readings with a particular deck.

    2. Reiki Your Deck

    If you are a Reiki Practitioner, you can use Reiki to clear your tarot and oracle decks when they are new or even after you have been using them for a while. When I Reiki my decks, I also feel like I establish a better connection with them and release their strengths as a deck.

    How to send Reiki to your tarot or oracle deck:

    1. Establish your Reiki Connection
    2. Hold the deck in your hands
    3. Draw a Cho Ku Rei or Dai Ko Myo symbol *If you haven’t gotten to Level 2 yet, just let the Reiki flow.
    4. You will feel a transition from simply sending Reiki to your deck to having it be interactive. I always experience it as a kind of flow from the deck to me.

    Crystals and Smudging Supplies

    3. Crystals

    Crystals can be excellent allies in helping you clear and clean your tarot and oracle decks. There are several different choices that will help you clear your tarot and oracle card decks from any energy they’ve picked up and also to quickly clear them between readings or if they start to feel off or heavy.

    Clear Quartz

    You can store your decks with a Clear Quartz on top that has been programmed with the intention of clearing and protecting your cards between sessions. You could even put the Clear Quartz in your tarot bag or in the silk scarf that you store them in.

    Selenite

    Selenite is a super high vibe crystal you can use to clear your tarot and oracle decks in between sessions or as a part of a regular cleaning and clearing routine for your decks. Because Selenite generally comes in a wand form, you can either tap the entire deck with your Selenite wand, store the deck overnight with a Selenite on top, or go through the deck and ‘swipe’ each card individually to clear them off.

    Black Kyanite

    Black Kyanite fans are also great energy clearers that can reset the energy of your tarot or oracle deck. You would use it much in the same way as the Selenite wand: either tap the deck with the Kyanite fan, store the deck with a Black Kyanite on top, or ‘swipe’ each card individually with the Kyanite fan.

    Amethyst Bed

    If you have a nice, big piece of Amethyst, you can store your deck right on top of it to help keep the energy of your deck clear.

    Other crystals, like Rose Quartz, Labradorite, and Lapis Lazuli will help you connect with your intuition while reading tarot, but they might not be the best crystals to use to clear a deck.

    4. The Moon

    Setting your deck in the windowsill during a full moon can help to clear and recharge the cards. You can set the deck out as a full deck—you don’t need to fan them out or lay them out individually. Again, this is an exercise in intention setting and letting the moon do her beautiful thing in clearing and charging your tarot deck.

    6. Reorganize Your Deck

    Another method I use to clear the energy from my tarot decks is to reset the deck by putting it in order. I organize the cards from the Fool to the World in the Major Arcana and then I stack the Minor Arcana in order from the Ace to the King for each suit, and then stack the suits in the following order: Pentacles, Wands, Cups, Swords (to show an upward progression of the elements) and then put the Major Arcana on top.

    Of course, give them a good shuffle before you read with them again so you can thoroughly mix them and have a random layout.

    What NOT to do to clean and clear your tarot and oracle decks

    Water-Based Clearing Methods

    Water will warp and ruin your decks. Just don’t. LOL! Spritzing them with holy water, moon water, or a spray-based mist might hurt your cards.

    Salt

    Salt is another substance that is GREAT for absorbing negative energy, but that can wreak havoc on your deck. Salt can dehydrate your deck, causing structural damage to the paper stock of your cards.

    If you really want to use salt to clear your deck, you can do one of two things:

    1. Use a big piece of Himalayan rock salt on the top of your deck. You might even protect the deck with a crystal coaster on the deck to hold the salt. Make sure that you dispose of the salt in a river or bury it after using it.
    2. Wrap your deck in a piece of cloth before you put it on a salt bed.
    3. Put a circle of salt around your deck, setting the intention of having the salt protect and clean your deck.

    I’d love to hear your suggestions about how you clear the energy of your new tarot and oracle decks when you first get them, and also how you maintain their energetic clarity as you use them.

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  • Working With Tarot To Relieve Your Anxiety

    For those of us who have anxiety and depression, struggling to get through a Bad (with a capital B) day can be excruciating.  We start to spin negative thoughts in our heads: What if I said the wrong thing to my neighbor? Why don’t I feel successful? Do I pay enough attention to my kids? Was that the right way to handle that situation? I should be weeding/folding laundry/dusting. I can’t do anything right. I’m a failure….

    As someone with acute anxiety, I’m familiar with the soundtrack that sometimes repeats all day. It expands and contracts according to my mood and the season, what I’ve been eating, how much stress I’m under, and for various other reasons.

    When the walls start to close in on me, I’ve learned to reach out for support. Sometimes support comes in the form of a conversation with a good friend.

    More often though, especially when my anxiety is crushing my social skills, I reach out to my Spirit Guides as the first wave of support to get me out of a funk. I get out my cards and have a nice conversation with my Higher Self and my Spirit Helpers.

    Create Rituals to Ease Anxiety

    Making a little ritual out of connecting with your Higher Self and your cards can be super calming. I take a moment to light a white candle, get settled into a comfortable position, take a few deep breaths… really get into the moment.

    Inhale deeply, filling your lungs and belly. Exhale fully, til there’s no air left. Repeat the process a few times.


    Here’s my ritual for starting to work with my cards:

    • I invite Archangel Michael and my Guardian Angels to protect my space and my being, keeping out any negative influences—including my own thoughts—that would disturb my reading.
    • I ask my Spirit Guides to join me.
    • I tap out my cards and focus within myself.
    • I really get into the moment, grounding myself, focusing on my breathing and the cards helps me to stave off the peaks of my anxiety.

    Get Clear On Your Question

    Then to bring a moment of clarity. I ask: 

    What am I stressing about? or What do I need to know about (what is stressing me out)?

    Pick ONE Card

    Pick just one card—maybe two MAXIMUM—to keep the message simple and straightforward.


    The cards that come up are usually quite clear in their messages and a bit cheeky, if you ask me. Yesterday, it was the Seven of Pentacles reversed. The fact that I feel like I have sowed seeds and nurtured crops and tended fields, yet I have yet to see an abundant harvest. Part of this is due to self-worth issues, I know. And part is honestly due to grit and consistency—or a lack thereof.

    And part of it is sheer overwhelm; with Covid and back to school, regular mom-stuff, being an entrepreneur, and feeling like I. need. To. Do. It. All. RIGHT. NOW!! No rest for the weary here.

    OK. Message clear. Got it!

    *You could stop there, especially if you need to meditate on your answer or how the card fits into your current situation.

    What Can You Do To Ease Your Anxiety?

    If you want to explore potential solutions or find a way to deal with your anxiety, you can ask:

    What can I do about it?

    Pick just one card again.

    The Page of Wands comes up to tells me that I likely have to light a little fire under my tush, first. Second, focus on the things that get me excited, the things that fire me up. I have to look at things from a new and innocent perspective, finding wonder in my work again.

    And I might need to take a day off to pursue ONLY those things that light my fire.


    Is There A Shadow?

    I might also look at the bottom card on the deck after pulling a card for the above-mentioned questions. This would be the Shadow of the situation, or what I am avoiding.

    Oh, hello Six of Wands reversed. Fear of failure, big time!

    Am avoiding defeat and not looking good to myself and the others around me by not giving 100%?

    After working with my cards yesterday, I came down from an upwardly anxious spiral. I got the message about what I needed to do to put a dent into what was bugging me. I also got some clarity about what my problem was to begin with.

    My Higher Self spoke to me through the cards. Honestly, it was easy to decipher what the cards meant for me because they were so on point.

    Now I know what the issue is, I know how to solve it. I know what I am avoiding.

    Get Out Your Tarot Journal

    From here, I can get out my journal and write about exactly what I want to accomplish, getting rid of the “shoulds and the musts”, focusing on a few things that truly move ME (3 maximum for the day). 

    I also take a moment to recognize the negative voice in my head that makes everything so urgent and wants it all NOW! NOW! NOW! I can even talk to that voice in my journal:

    Dear Sue,

    I know that you want to help us get to a better place and that is why you are scared that if I don’t do everything right now, we won’t get there. I want you to know that we have to take things one step at a time, with purpose and focus. If we do things step by step, we’re less likely to trip and fall and more likely to really feel good about what we’ve achieved. It will also help us to do better work, as we’ll be much more mindful of the work we do. Thank you for caring so much.

    With love,
    Sue


    When you are facing life with anxiety and/or depression, tarot can be an excellent tool to use to really take a moment to get in touch with your Higher Self. 

    Don’t overcomplicate things. Just pull one card at a time. 


    Get your journal out and write a summary note to yourself based on the cards you pull… and enjoy the moment. Breathing. Connecting. Focusing.

    Conclusion

    The practice of working with tarot can bring you into a much calmer, more connected state of mind. If you are spiraling out on a bad day, working with cards can quickly show you what the root of your issue is and how to resolve it. After you sort out the details, you can return to your life with a focused plan and a little more peace and calmness in your life.

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  • What Does It Mean When You Have A Stalker Card?

    If you’re anything like me, you consult with your cards frequently. I work with tarot and oracle cards daily, often pulling random cards for my own questions, and of course, using tarot and oracle cards to advise clients. There are times when I start noticing stalker cards in my readings. What is a stalker card and what does it mean when you notice you have a stalker card?

    What is a stalker card?

    A stalker card is a card that keeps coming up over and over in your readings, in card picks, or even as the bottom card in the deck (The Shadow Card). You start to see the card so often, it starts to feel like the card is actually following you around or stalking you.

    There are times when I pick up a deck, shuffle it, and choose a card. I note what the card is, return it to the deck, and shuffle again. Then I pull another card from the deck and… it’s the same card I got the first time!

    And it’s often not just one day that the card comes up; stalker cards can follow a person around for weeks. A stalker card will keep on coming up again and again, though, for what feels like an extended amount of time.

    If I’m working out some sort of issue in my mind and end up examining it from a variety of different angles with different spreads on different days (#dontjudge), the same card might appear over and over again in a prominent position in my readings.

    Why do stalker cards stalk you?

    Stalker cards are often ideas or concepts that you need to deal with in order to move forward in your life or get to the next level. They serve as reminders of the point you might be purposefully missing or honestly overlooking.

    Sometimes, the cards are reaffirming a message they gave you the last time you asked. Sometimes, they are reminding you that you have to do that one thing before you can succeed.

    There are also stalker cards you might associate with the “season” of life you are in or a personality trait that is holding you back.

    If you are co-dependent, for example, or need to hold on to your sobriety or work on your addictions, the Devil card might become your stalker. Or, if you need to step up and claim more power in your life, either Strength or the Nine of Pentacles might start stalking you.

    If you start to get the same deity or idea coming up while using a deck (or a few of them), that is an indication that that entity has a special message for you. For example, if Athena comes up when you use the Goddess Guidance deck and then you get out your Goddess Power deck she comes up again, I think it’s safe to say that Athena has a message for you.

    Read about my experience with a stalker card here: Pele, My Goddess Stalker

    What you should do if you get a stalker card

    If you start to notice a specific tarot or oracle card stalking you, or coming up more frequently in your readings, you should explore what it means to you and your current situation.

    • Get out your tarot journal and either go to the page devoted to that card or find a blank page to note your ideas on.
    • Take the card out and really look at it. Are there any symbols on the card that trigger your intuition? Do the colors evoke any feelings for you?
    • Brainstorm a list of ideas related to what it might mean for you.
    • Free-write in your journal. Let yourself connect with the energy of the card or of the deity shown on the card.
    • Get the Little White Book from the deck and see if the deck’s creator lists any new or different information about the card.
    • Spend some time studying what other people say about the card, what it means, and how that ties in with your current life situation.
    • Make note of any direct hits in your life or your tendencies that the card might be addressing.
    • Note WHERE in the deck it is or how it comes up. Is it a card you pull or one that is always on the bottom of the deck?
    • If the card is a deity, place the card on your altar with some libations to thank it for helping you in your life.
    • After you’re done working with the energy of the card, thank the card for the advice and guidance and return the card to your deck.

    In Summary

    Stalker cards are cards you notice coming up over and over again in your readings. When you feel like a card is following you around or stalking you, it’s a good idea to examine its message more closely and really think about what it means in your life. You can write about your stalker card in your tarot journal or make a special note of it. Oftentimes, stalker cards have a special message for you—that’s why they show up often enough for you to get either creeped out or intrigued by seeing them over and over again!

    Have you ever had a card stalk you? If so, please share your experience in the comments below!

     

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