Self-reflection can take be done in many ways.  Have you ever found yourself intrigued by the mystical allure of tarot cards?  Wondered if you could unravel their secrets for your own benefit? While many folks seek the wisdom of professional tarot readers, the intriguing truth is that you can embark on your tarot journey of self-discovery. In fact, many seasoned tarot enthusiasts believe that self-reading is among the most precise forms of tarot interpretation because you are the one who truly comprehends your unique circumstances.

The Potent Tools of Tarot for Self-Reflection

Tarot cards are like a guiding light on the path of self-discovery and self-reflection. They possess the remarkable ability to help you comprehend your present situation, identify the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, and make informed decisions. Although tarot readings come in various forms and styles, rest assured that performing your very own tarot reading is well within your grasp, even if you’re a complete novice.

Envision Tarot as a Magical Mirror

Every tarot reading is akin to gazing into a magical mirror that reflects your innermost thoughts, feelings, and hidden truths. This mirror has the power to unveil aspects of yourself that might remain concealed in the labyrinth of your subconscious mind. It’s a mirror that brings forth your strengths and weaknesses, your unspoken fears and unfulfilled desires, and the choices that shape your journey through life. In essence, tarot cards act as a bridge between your conscious and unconscious realms, offering you a unique opportunity to delve deep into your inner world and explore your thoughts and feelings.

Enhancing Your Self-Reading Experience

To enrich the experience of reading tarot for yourself, consider these inviting and serene suggestions:

Create a Sacred Space:

Dedicate a special corner of your dwelling exclusively for your tarot readings. This sacred space should exude serenity, free from the clamor of everyday life. Light a few candles, ignite some fragrant incense sticks, and infuse the ambiance with essential oils to create a tranquil atmosphere. Make sure your chair is cozy, and your reading table is spacious enough to comfortably lay out your cards. Ensure your phone is turned off, and set the stage for an undisturbed connection with your tarot cards.

Explore a Multitude of Decks:

The realm of tarot cards is a vast one, brimming with a dazzling array of decks, each carrying its own unique energy and symbolism. To discover the deck that resonates with you most deeply, don’t hesitate to experiment with different options. When selecting a deck, trust your instincts; go for the one that beckons to you, fostering a profound connection that feels just right.

Craft Thoughtful Questions:

The questions you pose in your tarot readings hold immense power in shaping the guidance you receive. Questions that revolve around someone else’s actions may not provide the answers you seek. For instance, a question like “Will my boyfriend propose to me?” is relatively weak. A more enlightening question would be “What can I do to enhance my relationship with my boyfriend?” Open-ended questions yield the best results. Learn the art of framing inquiries that invite introspection and insight.

Self-Reflection via the Collective Wisdom

Now that you’ve established your sacred space and selected your preferred deck, let’s delve into the art of self-reading with the wisdom of the larger tarot community to guide you:

Mastering the Basics:

Begin your journey by acquainting yourself with the fundamental principles of tarot. Get to know the symbolism of each card and understand the unique meanings they hold. While symbolism might vary from one deck to another, universal symbols like cups, pentacles, swords, and wands offer a common thread. Explore the differences between the Major and Minor Arcana, and consider starting with just the Major Arcana to ease into your learning process. Initially, you can ignore card reversals and focus on the upright meanings to accelerate your learning. Keeping a diary of your readings, complete with the cards drawn, your question, and your impressions, can be a valuable learning tool.

Explore Different Spreads:

As a beginner, it’s advisable to commence your tarot journey with a straightforward one-card spread. As you gain confidence, you’ll discover a variety of other spread options.  Ranging from two-card to three-card, five-card, and even the intricate ten-card Celtic cross spread. Learning how to correctly lay out the cards for each specific spread and understanding the purposes they serve is essential. Remember, the key to a successful reading is to pose open-ended and specific questions. Starting with one-card readings will help build your confidence before progressing to more complex spreads as you feel comfortable.

Uncover Card Meanings:

Every card in your tarot deck carries a profound and unique meaning. To fully grasp the potential of your readings, invest time in researching the meanings of each card. Numerous websites and books offer detailed insights into the purpose and symbolism of each card. You can also immerse yourself in blogs, follow experienced tarot enthusiasts on platforms like YouTube, or even consider enrolling in a course to deepen your understanding of card meanings.

Embrace Your Inner Wisdom

In the world of tarot, intuition takes center stage. As you embark on your self-reading journey, pay close attention to the thoughts that surface, the emotions you experience, and the energy enveloping your questions. Trust in your inner self, even when it may seem daunting at first. With practice, over multiple readings, you’ll find that tarot cards become your most trusted allies for self-reflection.

These cards possess the power to unearth long-buried emotions, offer clarity on your desires and aspirations, and illuminate the path to your goals. They simplify the process of decision-making and provide insights to nurture your personal growth. So, hesitate no more!  Embrace the enchanting world of tarot.  Allow it to be your guiding light on the journey of self-discovery and self-improvement!

Rev. Colleen Irwin
Reverend Colleen Irwin is a Spiritual being having a human experience as a Blogger, Wife, Mother, Mentor, Healer and Public Speaker living in Rochester New York. Colleen, a Natural Born Medium, teaches, lectures and serves Spirit when called upon. She remembers speaking with Spirit as a child and learning how to share this knowledge with others has been an adventure that she captured in her book “Discovering Your Stream”. Colleen has been mentored by Reverend Jack Rudy, and ordained as a Priest in the Order of Melchizedek by the Reverend Dan Chesboro through the Sanctuary of the Beloved. When she is not doing her Spiritual work she is a volunteer docent sharing Susan B. Anthony's history to visitors of the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester. Her trust in Spirit gave her a new title – PREVIVOR. She now uses her platform to educate others about the BRCA genetic mutation and how one can take control of their health and well-being.
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