Tarot is a powerful tool, assisting us in understanding the deepest stratum of our natures. It has been used for many hundreds of years as a map of the psyche, an indicator of present and future potentials available to us.
Throughout history, Royalty and aristocracy have traditionally consulted astrologers, seers, and Tarot readers. Major political, military and marriage alliance decisions have been made with the aid of Tarot.
Tarot Readers were often equated with witches. The Witchcraft Act of 1735 remained in force well into the 20th century. It is chilling to think that psychics, clairvoyants and mediums could be prosecuted and burned at the stake until its eventual repeal with the enactment of the Fraudulent Mediums Act of 1951.
Under my ‘Tarot for Business’ service, I was asked by a prominent businessman to read about an important merger. Spread after spread refused to address anything other than his challenging family situation. He became quite cross and questioned why the cards would not address his issue. I concluded that the Tarot was urging him to attend to his family situation, so that he could gain the mental and emotional clarity needed for the merger.
Two weeks later he called to say he had dealt with the family situation and felt a renewed energy and fresh ability to conduct the merger in the best possible way.
My belief is that Tarot will always tell you what you need to know, not what you think you need to know!
Some of the Tarot images are a little challenging; however, they are ancient symbols containing mythology, numerology, astrology, various religious symbolism from China, India, Egypt the Middle East and Europe. They require a gifted reader to unlock their specific meanings.
For example, The Hanged Man initially appears rather alarming. If you look closely you will see he is not hanging by the neck but is suspended by one ankle.
He can indicate a time of ‘being in suspended animation’. The Hanged Man has a halo round his head, suggesting a lot of brain activity, his arms form a triangle suggesting harmony, his legs the figure four indicating the start of work you can ‘get your teeth into’. The branch he hangs from is in flower so his thoughts are productive. To me he is the card that can make a 360 degree turn; he can ‘turn the situation on its head’. He is the calm before energetic activity and therefore a great place for preparation and reflection upon the next step.
Tarot can assist the sitter to better understand the workings of their own psyche as well as illuminate infinite opportunities and possibilities. It also offers unique insights into the dynamics of relationships.
Tarot is a powerful conduit for the higher self, for our guides and helpers to aid us with direction and inspiration, no matter what the issue. Used with respect the Tarot is a strong encourager of inner (and therefore outer) change.
Many times I have witnessed clients arriving for a sitting feeling burdened or overwhelmed. After the reading they have a firmer idea of what is required in their situation, having gained a more positive outlook and a clear understanding that they have all the recourses they need to solve even the most challenging issues.
I believe that Tarot is also a form of healing; however, a reading is only as beneficial as the practitioner is sincere and experienced!