Using tarot cards to access intuition
Use tarot cards to read your intuition, not your future
This article is taken from Cathy's ebook,
As a career coach, I meet people who feel they are standing
at a fork in the road, seeking guidance on whether to turn
right or left. Accept this job offer? Resign from a frustrating
job? Return to school?
"I know the answer is within me," they say, "but
how do I gain access to my inner wisdom?"
Besides journaling and meditating, I often turn to tarot cards,
using a simple, single-card method.
As you shuffle a deck, ask your question. Avoid yes/no questions.
Use phrases like, "What will happen if I ..." Or
just, "Give me an impression of outcome X."
Pull a single card. Often the image will speak to you immediately.
You'll have a sense that your intuition has been personified
in this card. For instance, Marie had just completed interviews
with two companies. She was also considering a return to graduate
school for a new career altogether.
Marie drew "Death" for both of her corporate options.
She realizes that this card can signify a rebirth. However,
as soon as Marie saw those cards, she felt her intuition was
confirmed: "I sensed rejection all through the interview."
For her third option, a new caree, Marie drew the Five of
Cups. Typically the Five of Cups means "regret."
Marie was confused: would she regret the decision to return
However, I suggested, this card might signify regret from
not choosing this option. It could mean that she needed time
to mourn her corporate career. Alternatively, it could mean
that she would regret the decision initially, but would feel
I urged Marie to live with the decision and the card a little
longer, gather more information, and use meditation and journaling
to enhance her intuition. And, I suggested, she could draw
another card later. In my own life, I have found that a two-card
sequence corresponds loosely to a temporal sequence. Alas,
the cards do not yield information about length of each sequence,
but you know there's hope ahead.
Another client, Mike, was not familiar with tarot cards,
which he associated with store-front crystal balls. Mike had
been laid off from a lucrative managerial position, with a
generous severance package.
Mike drew the Three of Cups from a Rider-Waite deck. I encouraged
him to study the image first, before turning to published
interpretations. Mike spoke of three women who seemed to be
proposing a toast. They appeared very focused on the cups
and on each other. Mike felt drawn to the symbols of autumn
and harvest: pumpkin, grapes, fruits, orange and yellow colors.
Perhaps, Mike thought, he needed to harvest the fruits of
his previous career. He could celebrate what he had stored
up and use the fruits of the harvest for a new life.
Mike had little interest in studying traditional meanings
of this card. His own answer felt right to him.
You can also use the card-a-day method to track progress
of a life transition. Keep a tarot card intuition journal.
Write down the question, draw a card, and record your card,
Later you can track the effectiveness of tarot cards for your
own life. You may learn new meanings: "I thought this
card meant departure but it really meant I was supposed to
My Rider-Waite deck has become one of the most powerful tools
in my career coaching. I encourage you to use your own cards
to gather intuitive wisdom and enhance intuition as you enjoy
career and life change.
|Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D. is an author, career coach, and
speaker. She works with mid-career professionals who want to make a fast
move to career freedom. Visit her site http://www.movinglady.com
or call 505-534-4294.