Decks shown are the Sola Busca published by Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd
The Rider Waite Smith published by US Games.
Photos by Magenta
Tarot cards don’t have to be ‘woo’. What we offer at Magenta School of Magick is Tarot and Lenormand card guidance in combination with humanistic counselling techniques. This means we use Tarot and Lenormand cards for personal development, spiritual growth and to help guide people through difficulties. Think of this like a form of Tarot counselling. Whilst card reading isn’t intended to replace traditional therapy, it could be used to complement it as another support service.
So whilst images of ‘end of the pier show’ fortune tellers dressed in robes with crystal balls might leap to the front of our imaginations when we mention tarot card readings, we think that might be a bit dated now. You certainly won’t get a typical Tarot card reading from us.
How do we use Tarot and Lenormand cards to benefit you and help you with personal development?
Tarot and Lenormand are two different cartomancy systems, but they are both used by us in similar and beautiful ways. We invite you to consider using Tarot or Lenormand cards for your own guidance. Or if you prefer, we can use the cards with you in one to one sessions.
By integrating counselling techniques into your tarot readings, we can create a safe and supportive environment for you to explore issues, emotions and challenges. This can help you get deeper understanding of the issues so that you can begin to make positive changes.
Using intuition in partnership with intellect
We all have blind spots when it comes to our ‘shadow’ side, those parts of our conscious minds that, for whatever reason, are hidden to us.
We work with you on a problem using Tarot and Lenormand cards in order to help you reflect your own intuition back. Because the brain has evolved in such a way that it really likes physical objects, using tools such as Tarot or Lenormand cards is a useful way to ask the intuition really hard questions. Then we look together at what is produced from these tools.
The power of art and imagery
From the days of the ‘Inkblot’ test, art and imagery as metaphors have been widely used by counsellors and psychologists as tools in their therapy sessions. This is because of art’s ability to make the whole human experience rich and representative.
Most cartomancy systems contain vast arrays of imagery and are full of metaphorical content, we use this with you to help you better understand any issues and your own experiences. By working with the artistic representations of the artwork, we can reflect situations back to you and see how these resonate.
Getting to the root of the issue without the stress
Talking about our deepest, inner thoughts is not easy for a lot of people. Oftentimes issues and situations mean there is more for you to carry beyond simply ‘what has happened’. There’s all the emotions connected to experiences, these themselves can be difficult to express. Sometimes you won’t know what you’re feeling, which is difficult to verbalise.
We use the cards as a place to start. Often starting with a question you have, or even starting with a question you don’t realise needs to be asked. By turning over the cards, this can be a way to reflect back without the pressure of having to know exactly what is wrong right up front.
A state of non-judgement and a safe space
The cards are not judgmental and neither are we. Tarot has a lot of spiritual symbology in its imagery and its meanings and it is us, the reader, that brings coherence to those meanings based on the questions being asked at the time. This means the cards themselves can be thought of as open to interpretation, depending on what is going on during the reading at that moment.
As we have trained in humanisic counselling, we follow a strict code of ethics around unconditional positive regard by being non judgemental, using empathy and by listening to you.