Tarot Tuesday: First Edition

Here it is, as promised, my new weekly feature…Tarot Tuesday!

About six months ago, I downloaded a very cool app called Golden Thread Tarot. Why did I, a very non-spiritual, life-is-based-on-science kind of person download a tarot card app?

Boredom.

I was scrolling through the Google Play Store and bam; Golden Thread Tarot popped up as a suggested app. I like things that are simplistic and well-designed, so I thought, I’ll give it a go. The worst that can happen is I hate it, and I delete it (which is what happens to about 90% of my apps).

I went to press the download button, but I paused. I was raised in a very Christian household, so tarot was a concept mentioned in the same sentences as witchcraft and Satan. Was I playing with fire? About to summon the devil? Was I going to open a vortex of mystical, magical blackness that would swallow my soul alive?

I downloaded it! Go big or go home, right?

In the beginning, I used the app every day. Golden Thread reminds you to pick a card daily, and it does this for you. As I was poking around, I realized that there was also an option in the app for a guided, physical tarot card reading. I didn’t have a deck at that point though, so I just minded my business and went about getting my daily one-card reading.

At first, I really didn’t think much of the cards. They were thought provoking at best, completely inaccurate at worst. It wasn’t until I was having a particularly crappy morning that I pulled a card that made me really think about the situation I was in. It was when I pulled that card that I realized, there are non-spiritual applications for tarot. AND I’ve been obsessed with it ever since.

What is Tarot?

A standard deck is 78 cards, with 5 different suits; the minor arcana, which is comprised of wands, pentacles, swords and cups and the major arcana (the Fool, Death, etc). When I was younger, I was taught that tarot was used by fortune tellers, but that’s not accurate. Tarot is not meant to tell the future or give you a fortune, but to be used as a way to connect to your own subconscious to discover the root of your situation and to help bring creative solutions to the forefront of your mind.

Carl Jung, a Swiss psychoanalyst/psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology, coined a term that describes tarot pretty well: synchronicity. Essentially, synchronicity is coincidence. For example, one time I didn’t want to get into trouble for skipping one of my college classes, so I called my mom and lied to her, saying I hit a deer and was “too shaken to go”. After I ended the call, and started to drive home from the gas station I was at. I literally drove less than a mile up the road before I turned a corner and BAM! I ran over a dead deer in the road and nearly lost control of the car. Now, as I said, I’m not a spiritual person, but I’ll admit…for a minute, I thought, this might be karma. Now, I think it’s synchronicity.

Coincidences like this are really weird, sometimes hilarious or in my case, a little bit unsettling. But, this synchronicity was precisely why Jung believed there was value in divination and things like tarot; because he believed meaningful coincidences, paired with an open and receptive mindset, could offer deeper insight into issues and with that, deeper solutions. I’ll be diving a little more into Jung, Freud and other psychological subjects in a new blog releasing this summer, but I couldn’t just leave Jung out of the tarot conversation.

TL;DR: Tarot is based on pure coincidence, and how receptive a person is to taking this coincidence and using it to think outside the box.

Tarot vs Oracle

There are a few different deck types; I’m going to be starting out with a tarot deck, but there are also oracle decks which are a little more free flowing, don’t have a set number of cards, and give a broader picture. I plan on ordering an oracle deck from Golden Thread Tarot in the near future.

Why the Negativity?

There is still a lot of stigma around tarot, and mostly because of movies and tv. Who hasn’t seen the stereotypical fortune teller with her crystal ball and tarot cards, gasping as she pulls the dreaded Death card?

Newsflash: this isn’t accurate. Don’t believe everything you see on tv. And, the next time you see one of those shows and your favorite character gets the Death card, feel happy for them; that card actually stands for rebirth.

Summary of Psychological Use

So, this is how I plan to use tarot, and how I’m encouraging my kids, my husband and all of you to use it to.

Use it to broaden your outlook. Use it to encourage you to think differently in a situation you feel cornered in. Don’t use it to try to predict if your mailman has a crush on you, if you’ll get a promotion, or whatever. Use it to offer new perspective on why you’re so closed off to new experiences, how you can improve your focus, etc. Ask realistic questions, honest questions, and interpret the answer your cards give you. Have fun with it, and don’t pressure yourself to see something that isn’t there. And if you aren’t feeling it? It’s not the method for you, and that’s ok too.

My Deck

At first, I planned on buying the deck from Golden Thread Tarot because it’s freaking beautiful. But, I couldn’t justify about $40 for my first deck, so I ordered a Mystic Mondays Tarot deck instead. This deck is BEAUTIFUL. I wanted something modern and elegant, and that’s what I got. Each card is framed with holographic edging and the designs are vibrant and beautiful. The box also came with a small informational book that gives a definition for each card, including the “reversed” definition, which is when the card is pulled upside down (yes, this does mean something different than the card being pulled right side up).

This Week’s Question

Lately, I’ve been struggling with my self-esteem. Not appearance wise, but in general, I’m starting to lose my confidence. So, this week’s question was how can I improve my confidence?

I really enjoy meditating, so I sat with my hands resting comfortably on my legs in my living room for about 10 minutes with my eyes closed and really thought about my question. I didn’t think about just the question itself, but the intention behind it. Why do I need more confidence? How did I lose it? When I was finally ready to focus on how to improve, I decided to pull a single card. There are many different ways to use tarot, many different layouts, but because I’m just starting out, anything more than a single card seemed somewhat overwhelming.

My card: I. The Magician

Keywords: Inventive, Manifestation, True Potential

Description:

You’ve got the spark! Creation is the name of the game, whether you pour your energy into a new life cycle or creative project. This is the time of pulling in all your resources to manifest your desires. Your toolbox is complete with anything you could ever need, and if it isn’t, the right tools will appear exactly when you need them! You are resourceful and constantly find innovative solutions to problems with grace and ease. The Universe has your back and will provide you with the power to manifest your desires in the external world. Infinite opportunities are available as you continue to flow. Be clear about your intentions and use them to fuel purposeful action. The more specific you are, the more you magnetize your creative energy and manifest magic. Claim your power!

My Interpretation

A lot of my confidence issues come from feeling like I don’t really have any potential; some days, I feel like I’m just wasting my time, trying to be anything more than ordinary. The Magician, to me, signifies the idea that what you put into your life is what you harvest from it. If I approach my work, my family, my dreams, without confidence, the opportunities that I want to make for myself and for them will never come to pass. But, if I fuel myself with my own creativity and will to overcome my own doubts, I can have the opportunities that I’ve been clawing towards.

How This Reading Helps

Sometimes, I feel aimless. I lose site of what I’m working towards and I think that can be a real drain on my confidence. If I can’t focus on my goals, how can I reach them? This doubt chips away at my confidence until there’s barely any left.

The Magician is a good reminder that if you keep moving forward with purpose, and continue to innovate and create, and embrace your confidence even if you fall along the way, you can succeed.

Final Thoughts

I promise that not every Tarot Tuesday post will be this long! Do you use tarot? Has it helped, or is it not your thing?                                                                                                                      

Here it is, as promised, my new weekly feature…Tarot Tuesday!

About six months ago, I downloaded a very cool app called Golden Thread Tarot. Why did I, a very non-spiritual, life-is-based-on-science kind of person download a tarot card app?

Boredom.

I was scrolling through the Google Play Store and bam; Golden Thread Tarot popped up as a suggested app. I like things that are simplistic and well-designed, so I thought, I’ll give it a go. The worst that can happen is I hate it, and I delete it (which is what happens to about 90% of my apps).

I went to press the download button, but I paused. I was raised in a very Christian household, so tarot was a concept mentioned in the same sentences as witchcraft and Satan. Was I playing with fire? About to summon the devil? Was I going to open a vortex of mystical, magical blackness that would swallow my soul alive?

I downloaded it! Go big or go home, right?

In the beginning, I used the app every day. Golden Thread reminds you to pick a card daily, and it does this for you. As I was poking around, I realized that there was also an option in the app for a guided, physical tarot card reading. I didn’t have a deck at that point though, so I just minded my business and went about getting my daily one-card reading.

At first, I really didn’t think much of the cards. They were thought provoking at best, completely inaccurate at worst. It wasn’t until I was having a particularly crappy morning that I pulled a card that made me really think about the situation I was in. It was when I pulled that card that I realized, there are non-spiritual applications for tarot. AND I’ve been obsessed with it ever since.

What is Tarot?

A standard deck is 78 cards, with 5 different suits; the minor arcana, which is comprised of wands, pentacles, swords and cups and the major arcana (the Fool, Death, etc). When I was younger, I was taught that tarot was used by fortune tellers, but that’s not accurate. Tarot is not meant to tell the future or give you a fortune, but to be used as a way to connect to your own subconscious to discover the root of your situation and to help bring creative solutions to the forefront of your mind.

Carl Jung, a Swiss psychoanalyst/psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology, coined a term that describes tarot pretty well: synchronicity. Essentially, synchronicity is coincidence. For example, one time I didn’t want to get into trouble for skipping one of my college classes, so I called my mom and lied to her, saying I hit a deer and was “too shaken to go”. After I ended the call, and started to drive home from the gas station I was at. I literally drove less than a mile up the road before I turned a corner and BAM! I ran over a dead deer in the road and nearly lost control of the car. Now, as I said, I’m not a spiritual person, but I’ll admit…for a minute, I thought, this might be karma. Now, I think it’s synchronicity.

Coincidences like this are really weird, sometimes hilarious or in my case, a little bit unsettling. But, this synchronicity was precisely why Jung believed there was value in divination and things like tarot; because he believed meaningful coincidences, paired with an open and receptive mindset, could offer deeper insight into issues and with that, deeper solutions. I’ll be diving a little more into Jung, Freud and other psychological subjects in a new blog releasing this summer, but I couldn’t just leave Jung out of the tarot conversation.

TL;DR: Tarot is based on pure coincidence, and how receptive a person is to taking this coincidence and using it to think outside the box.

Tarot vs Oracle

There are a few different deck types; I’m going to be starting out with a tarot deck, but there are also oracle decks which are a little more free flowing, don’t have a set number of cards, and give a broader picture. I plan on ordering an oracle deck from Golden Thread Tarot in the near future.

Why the Negativity?

There is still a lot of stigma around tarot, and mostly because of movies and tv. Who hasn’t seen the stereotypical fortune teller with her crystal ball and tarot cards, gasping as she pulls the dreaded Death card?

Newsflash: this isn’t accurate. Don’t believe everything you see on tv. And, the next time you see one of those shows and your favorite character gets the Death card, feel happy for them; that card actually stands for rebirth.

Summary of Psychological Use

So, this is how I plan to use tarot, and how I’m encouraging my kids, my husband and all of you to use it to.

Use it to broaden your outlook. Use it to encourage you to think differently in a situation you feel cornered in. Don’t use it to try to predict if your mailman has a crush on you, if you’ll get a promotion, or whatever. Use it to offer new perspective on why you’re so closed off to new experiences, how you can improve your focus, etc. Ask realistic questions, honest questions, and interpret the answer your cards give you. Have fun with it, and don’t pressure yourself to see something that isn’t there. And if you aren’t feeling it? It’s not the method for you, and that’s ok too.

My Deck

At first, I planned on buying the deck from Golden Thread Tarot because it’s freaking beautiful. But, I couldn’t justify about $40 for my first deck, so I ordered a Mystic Mondays Tarot deck instead. This deck is BEAUTIFUL. I wanted something modern and elegant, and that’s what I got. Each card is framed with holographic edging and the designs are vibrant and beautiful. The box also came with a small informational book that gives a definition for each card, including the “reversed” definition, which is when the card is pulled upside down (yes, this does mean something different than the card being pulled right side up).

Deck by Mystic Mondays Tarot – my artistic heart loves the bright color, simple design and of course, the shiny border.

This Week’s Question

Lately, I’ve been struggling with my self-esteem. Not appearance wise, but in general, I’m starting to lose my confidence. So, this week’s question was how can I improve my confidence?

I really enjoy meditating, so I sat with my hands resting comfortably on my legs in my living room for about 10 minutes with my eyes closed and really thought about my question. I didn’t think about just the question itself, but the intention behind it. Why do I need more confidence? How did I lose it? When I was finally ready to focus on how to improve, I decided to pull a single card. There are many different ways to use tarot, many different layouts, but because I’m just starting out, anything more than a single card seemed somewhat overwhelming.

My card: I. The Magician

Keywords: Inventive, Manifestation, True Potential

I needed this.

Description:

You’ve got the spark! Creation is the name of the game, whether you pour your energy into a new life cycle or creative project. This is the time of pulling in all your resources to manifest your desires. Your toolbox is complete with anything you could ever need, and if it isn’t, the right tools will appear exactly when you need them! You are resourceful and constantly find innovative solutions to problems with grace and ease. The Universe has your back and will provide you with the power to manifest your desires in the external world. Infinite opportunities are available as you continue to flow. Be clear about your intentions and use them to fuel purposeful action. The more specific you are, the more you magnetize your creative energy and manifest magic. Claim your power!

My Interpretation

A lot of my confidence issues come from feeling like I don’t really have any potential; some days, I feel like I’m just wasting my time, trying to be anything more than ordinary. The Magician, to me, signifies the idea that what you put into your life is what you harvest from it. If I approach my work, my family, my dreams, without confidence, the opportunities that I want to make for myself and for them will never come to pass. But, if I fuel myself with my own creativity and will to overcome my own doubts, I can have the opportunities that I’ve been clawing towards.

How This Reading Helps

Sometimes, I feel aimless. I lose site of what I’m working towards and I think that can be a real drain on my confidence. If I can’t focus on my goals, how can I reach them? This doubt chips away at my confidence until there’s barely any left.

The Magician is a good reminder that as long as you keep moving forward, you can’t fail. If that’s not a confidence boost, I’m not sure what is.

Final Thoughts

I promise that not every Tarot Tuesday post will be this long! Do you use tarot? Has it helped, or is it not your thing?                                                                                                                      

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