Just last week I did a reading for a friend. Her son had been going through a tough time and taking it all out on her. She was at her wits end and ready to give up. I felt her pain, her anger, her frustration – I felt it all and I asked myself, ‘what would support her the most at this time?’ My answer came loud and clear – a tarot reading.
Why a tarot reading and not a kinesiology session or shamanic healing?
A reading is perhaps one of the simplest ways I have discovered of tapping into our inner wisdom, our intuition. A reading provides visual cues – symbols, stories and archetypes that speak to our subconscious. It uncovers what we’re really feeling, deep inside (but are perhaps too scared to really see). It lays it all out in front of you and allows for time to take it in, to process, to remember.
Over the past year I’ve been using the tarot as a tool for self-reflection – as well as offering readings to the public. It has helped me in so many ways, my only regret is that I didn’t discover it sooner. The tarot has helped me:
– Remember who I am (in my journey from maiden to mother)
– Reconnect to my higher-self – that part of me that ‘knows’
– Work through my own personal issues and challenges
– Stay in alignment with my soul purpose
– Understand what my children (and partner) need and how to support them
It’s my go-to tool when I need an answer or clarity NOW!
After doing this reading for a friend, I had the inspiration to create an offering just for mammas. ‘Intuitive Soul Medicine’ is what I’ve been looking for since becoming a mother. It’s what I needed while I was pregnant, preparing for birth, processing the birth, adjusting to motherhood, working through challenges (sleep issues, fears and phobias, emotional upsets, behavioural problems, tummy upsets, skin conditions…)
For the times I felt so lost and disconnected to me. For the times I searched for answers everywhere but inside myself. For the times I felt like a complete failure and questioned whether I was even cut out for this role.
As a mamma, I knew deep down that I was the one person who knew what to do, who knew what my children needed – I just couldn’t for the life of me, connect to my intuition. The reason for this is a long story which I believe goes way back before this lifetime. Just know that I was seriously blocked and completely disconnected from my higher wisdom.
One of the most frustrating parts (and if you too practice in the healing arts, you might resonate), was that I had sooo many tools that could help and support me. I was a kinesiologist for crying out loud – I muscle tested to find out exactly what the body needed. But when it came to my children, this too was blocked. My mind would get in the way. I’d analyse and second guess the results.
At my core, I simply did not trust myself.
It wasn’t until I stumbled across a podcast from the incredible ‘Biddy Tarot’, that I thought maybe the tarot could help. I purchased my first deck and started playing with the cards. I was mesmerised by the pictures, the stories and the symbols. It triggered a memory of when I was a little girl and I spotted a deck of cards. I remember the desperation to get my hands on my own deck. That little girl knew how sacred those cards were – she remembered!
For so many years I dismissed them – putting them in the category of ‘too witchy’. I associated witches with the darkness, magic and spells and my conscious self told me it wasn’t safe to go there. The truth is, for a long time (going back to the middle ages), it wasn’t safe at all. Today – even though it may still be ridiculed by many – the tarot and all things ‘witchy’ are making a comeback! Thank goodness!
I’ve kept my cards hidden from friends and family for almost a year. I’m now making a conscious decision to step out and share this tool with as many people as I can. Because the truth is, the tarot is so much more than a ‘fortune telling’ tool. Today it is used as a tool for self-reflection, for building intuition, getting clarity and insight into situations.
Everything that we could experience in this journey we call ‘life’ is right there in those 78 cards. In the major arcana – the first 22 cards – we see all the major archetypes, the ‘fool’s journey’. In the court cards we see all the aspects of our personality, and in the numbered cards we see our day to day experiences.
Writer and photographer, ‘Susannah Conway’, describes the tarot as ’78 mirrors’ – each card showing us what we really feel and know deep inside.
The offering I have created, ‘Intuitive Soul Medicine’ brings together the tarot with energy and soul medicine. With the tarot we get to the heart of the problem. We get the insights and clarity into what is really going on. With energy and soul medicine get the tools to bring us (or our children) back into alignment.
These tools have been gathered over a lifetime – the flower essences, essential oils, stones and crystals, meditations, visualisations, journaling prompts, teachings / practices from the medicine wheel. Everything I offer has been fully embodied. I include it here because in some way or another it has made an impact in my life, in my family’s lives and in my client’s lives – and how could I not share this with others?
I’m not by any means saying that I have my shit together – I don’t. I still have days where I think, ‘yes, I’ve so got this’, only to be followed with days where I literally fall on my hands and knees, thinking ‘I have no freakin idea’.
The difference now, is that in those moments, I can pick up a deck of cards, ask ‘what do I need to understand in this situation?’ draw a card and have my answer before me in a matter of seconds. It’s not always the answer I want to hear (it’s often not what I want to hear). But it’s what I need to hear and when I follow the wisdom from the cards, I’m guaranteed to fall back into alignment with my life and my soul purpose.
Seriously, the tarot is THAT FREAKIN AMAZING!
So if you’re a mamma and you’re struggling, why not give it a go? Buy yourself a deck of cards – whether they are tarot or oracle cards, it doesn’t matter (buy what you’re drawn to) and just start playing. See the cards as ‘mirrors’ and ask yourself ‘who am I in this card?’
If you still need convincing, book an ‘Intuitive Soul Medicine’ reading and take a look at how I use them. Not only will you get some clarity into your personal situation, but I can guarantee you, after seeing how powerful they are and just how much wisdom and guidance they provide, you’ll be jumping online or running to your nearest ‘spiritual’ store and purchasing a deck of your own!