Do you remember those ‘dot-to-dot’ pictures you would get in primary school? Each dot was numbered and when you took a pencil and connected the dots, starting at number 1, 2, 3… you made a picture?
I loved those and seeing a picture unfold before my eyes. I loved the idea of ‘connecting the pieces’. I loved mysteries (actually, now I think about it, I’ve never met a child who doesn’t love a mystery). Think puzzles, maps, ‘treasure hunts’ – anything that involved putting the pieces together, I LOVED!
I guess when you look at my field of work and my interest in divination, it’s no real surprise that Tarot would find its way into my life one day.
For a long time, for years in fact, I’ve played with oracle cards – consulting them when I needed some guidance or clarification. I was first drawn to the pictures and the way each and every card gave its own insight.
I’d always pushed tarot to the side, thinking them a bit too ‘out there’. I associated them with fortune telling, psychics, crushed velvet and glass balls. As much as I loved mystery, this was a little beyond me.
Fast forward to today and it seems everywhere you look, there is tarot. Maybe it’s the places I choose to visit or the people I associate with, but from what I can see, tarot is coming back and it’s becoming ‘mainstream’.
Why? Now this is only my opinion but I feel as a collective, we are ‘waking up’. We’re becoming more aware of the role we play in our own future. We are tuning into our higher selves, our souls, and the tarot cards (as a form of divination) are helping us to close the gap between our physical selves and our spiritual selves.
There is sooo much I didn’t know about the tarot. At a quick glance, there 78 cards divided into archetypes (the major arcana), and suits (the minor arcana). For years I brushed them off because I couldn’t relate to them – the kings and queens, wands, cups, swords and pentacles – what does it all mean?
Something was telling me to take a closer look – to tap into that ‘mystery’ I loved as a child and start putting the pieces together again.
I decided to purchase my first tarot deck. It wasn’t the traditional ‘Rider-Waite’ that is often recommended for beginners. There is nothing wrong with this deck, I just couldn’t relate to the images. I visited a few metaphysical shops and scanned the internet, and found the ‘Vision Quest Tarot’. As I had been studying shamanism I GOT these cards.
While I couldn’t relate to the High Priestess, the Emperor or Empress of traditional decks, I understood the ‘Medicine Woman’, the ‘Grandfather’ and the ‘Grandmother’.
After carefully looking at the image on each card, I went to the library and gathered all the books I could find on the tarot. I started reading, comparing images, listening to podcasts, and finally I GOT IT! I understood what all the hype was about.
The cards are not just pictures with an insight, they are parts of a story. And when you add the symbology, astrology, numerology and the archetypes, you have an incredible story!
Just as a quick run-down, each suit has a theme:
- Wands is represented by Fire (which relates to inspiration, energy and enthusiasm)
- Cups is Water (relating to emotions, creativity, intuition and relationships)
- Swords is Air (communication, truth, intellect and thoughts)
- Pentacles is Earth (material wealth, money, career, manifestation)
Together with the numbers on each card, you could almost do a reading without even looking at the pictures! But when you do add in the images, you create magic!
While I’m still in the early days of playing with my cards and doing personal readings, I can’t wait to see where the tarot will take me. I have a hunch they are going to play their own part in my work – without the ‘fortune-telling’ crushed velvet and glass balls. Think more story-telling, the medicine wheel and understanding the cycles and phases of life!