Using tarot cards to uncover inner strength

Taror card guidance

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Tarot cards have been used for centuries as a tool to uncover hidden truths and gain greater insight into the subconscious. The tarot can reflect back, like a mirror, all that hidden knowledge buried in the subconscious. This is why we believe that tarot cards can provide a unique and powerful way for individuals to uncover their inner strength

By accessing the cards’ symbolic meanings, people can gain a deeper understanding of the personal challenges they face and use the cards to explore the potential solutions. Tarot cards can also allow for greater self-expression and maybe even open up conversations that might otherwise be difficult to start. Through this process, individuals can develop a better understanding of how they can make positive changes in their life.

What are tarot cards?

Tarot cards are a deck of cards that are used as a tool for divination and self-discovery. They are typically used for spiritual insight and personal development, although tarot cards can also be used in other contexts (for example in magick and spell work). 

There are many different types of tarot card decks, each with their own unique imagery and symbolism. While there are some differences between different decks, the general structure and layout of each card remains the same. Each tarot card deck typically contains 78 cards, divided into two sections: the major arcana and minor arcana. The minor arcana cards are further split into the suit of wands, cups, swords, and pentacles.

How to use tarot cards to uncover inner strength

Tarot cards are often used as a source of support and guidance during times of uncertainty. For example, they can be used to inform decision making or provide comfort when facing stressful situations. The cards can also be used to explore different perspectives on specific issues, such as struggles with career or family concerns. 

Tarot cards can be read alone of course, but for the purpose of this article we will be exploring how a card reader can help a client uncover their inner strength using the tarot cards.  

There are many different ways to read tarot cards, and there is no one correct approach. However, most readers will use a blend of intuitive interpretation and the tarot’s universal meanings for their analysis and to draw meaning from the cards. 

An example reading using a Significator card

One method of using tarot cards to uncover inner strength is to choose a card from the deck that is relevant to the current situation. That card will then represent the general theme of the reading and is called a Significator or Signifier card.

This card can act as a springboard to guide any conversations, which can provide an insight into how the card relates to the current situation. The card can also be used to encourage a wider exploration of feelings and emotions about the current situation. It can allow those thoughts and feelings to be explored in a safe and non-judgemental environment. 

After the card has been drawn and discussed, readers could then ask their clients to draw another card, which may provide additional insight and perspective on the situation and the Significator card. Readers can then use their knowledge of the card meanings to guide the conversation and help their clients draw connections between the two cards and their own situation.

Using a Significator card, a client struggling with grief might, understandably, draw the Death card.  In tarot Death represents endings, letting go, change and new beginnings. This card could serve a client in a way that reminds them that grief is a normal part of the healing process, and that it is okay to let go of the past.

This card could also prompt the client to discuss their feelings about letting go of the past, and help them draw connections between their feelings and the symbolism of the card. All the while, the reader will be reflecting back the client’s own reserve of inner strength that is buried. 

A example reading using multiple cards

Another method that can also be used is where cards are pulled at random from the deck, rather than choosing one card to set the theme. Using this method, most readers with their clients will start by shuffling the cards, clearing the mind and focusing on the issue at hand. 

Clients can then begin by drawing at random a single card from the deck, which is often representative of the “present moment” or representative of the client in the here and now. This card can provide insight into the situation at hand, as well as suggest a general direction for future actions.

Next a reader, with their client, may draw another card to explore the past, using this card to explore past experiences that may be influencing the “present moment”. There may also be a third card to explore the future. It’s worth mentioning that this third card won’t be telling the client their fortune, this third “future” card is really only to explore possible outcomes. It is mostly interpreted to understand a general direction for the future. This third card can then inform a fourth card, which provides some “advice” or “action to take”. 

Pulling a series of interrelated cards like this can provide the access point to guide conversations. The story between the cards is then used to explore a client’s thoughts, feelings and emotions about the situation in the round, including taking action. This method using multiple cards can allow those decisions around taking action to be explored in a safe and non-judgemental environment. 

Using multiple cards, a client struggling to understand where a current situation has come from can provide some insight. This method could also prompt the client to draw connections between situations from the past and their influence on the present. This can provide a source of support and guidance during this uncertainty. All the while, the reader will be reflecting back the client’s own reserve of inner strength to help the client move forward. 

Benefits of using tarot cards to uncover inner strength

Using tarot cards to uncover inner strength by reflecting knowledge buried in the subconscious can provide a number of benefits. In one on one readings, the act of drawing cards can create a safe and non-judgemental space for both readers and their clients. This creates room for self-expression and exploration. 

Cards can provide a tangible way for individuals to express their feelings and explore their emotions, which can be particularly helpful for those who struggle to communicate their thoughts and feelings verbally. The visual imagery and symbolism of the cards can provide a powerful lens through which to explore past experiences and current challenges, while also providing insight into how to best move forward. Tarot cards can also allow for greater self-expression and open up conversations that might otherwise be difficult to start.

Things to remember when using tarot cards to uncover inner strength

It’s important to remember that no two readings are ever the same. Each reading will have a different set of cards and different meanings, even if the issue is the same. Also some of the same cards may appear in multiple readings perhaps when the issue is different. But each card will always have a different significance in each context for each issue. This can make it difficult to generalise about the meanings of each card, and it’s why the reader will be drawing on their unique skill set to allow each reading to be unique and tailored to the individual, something machine readings haven’t quite mastered (yet?!)

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Published by Magenta School of Magick

We are a school for people who want to learn the 'philosophy and art of affecting change through (so far at least) unseen causes', also known as 'magick'.

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