A Tarot reading can help you shift your perspective, gain clarity and confidence, and connect you more deeply with your innate wisdom and intuition.
A Tarot reading is like having a waking dream. It is a way of letting go of the mind’s need to control and know its own limited story, while opening up oneself to the possibility of existing and moving within a universal story. Tremendous healing can occur through a process of having one’s personal story recognized and related to universal themes of conflict, loss, death, growth, and transformation. A Tarot reader then is not a fortune teller, but someone skilled in understanding and translating the symbols and archetypes of universal stories and helping others find synchronistic meaning through their own deep inner-knowing.
What is Tarot?
Tarot is a system of symbolic images that comes from and excites the collective consciousness within us. The history of the tarot deck is widely debated. Modern usage of Tarot in settings of healing and self-development is rooted in a landscape first described to westerners by the Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Carl Jung, in the early to mid 20th century.
Jung spent his life exploring Eastern philosophies and Eastern ways of thinking, which were circular and inclusive rather than linear and reductive. Jung wrote about the power of symbols, archetypes and myth within the human psyche. He brought to us the idea of synchronicity, which is a way we can make useful meaning out of what seems like chance. He also helped us understand concepts of the shadow, where devouring forces emerge to help us find the inner strength of discernment and differentiation; and of alchemy, not as the literal attempt to turn lead into gold, but the psycho-spiritual attempt to turn our worst circumstances into a means of growth and enlightenment; to turn pain into consciousness; consciousness into wisdom; wisdom into a gesture that serves not just one’s own needs, but the greater, evolving needs of humanity.
What Tarot is not:
A Tarot reading cannot tell you anything you don’t already know. It is not predictive. It can only awaken and affirm your own intuition and unconscious knowing in the present moment. It might provoke fears, just as a nightmare would, but the Tarot reader’s purpose is to help you understand how the nightmare of the unconscious, in the archetypal sense, is trying to help you realize your conscious goals and dreams.
The ethics of Tarot:
We can only work with you on your story. We do not do readings about other people. We are not here to tell you what to do, how to do it, what is true or what will happen. If any reading ever feels restrictive or very “off” from your own intuition, you are always invited to provide that feedback as an active participant, and we will re-approach the reading.
Tarot has gotten a bad rap over the centuries via its association with con-artist types who might exploit a person’s deep vulnerability to feed their own ego and pocketbooks. Indeed, those people exist, but that is not who we are. We are here to empower you. We are here to teach an alternative way of inner guidance and to learn with you in the process.
If you're feeling stuck, at a crossroads, or just looking for some supportive guidance with work, life, or love - a Tarot reading can help you move forward in your decisions with more confidence and ease.
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