Tarot Cards | How I use Tarot readings to live my best life
Tarot cards are an amazing way to tap into your intuition and have conversations with yourself you otherwise wouldn’t have. Tarot is one way to live an inspired life.
One day, on my heavily used instagram stories, I asked everyone to name 3 things they loved or were passionate about that had NOTHING to do with food or health. I think this is such an important question to those of us who struggle with disordered eating or obsession with health.
When I thought about the 3 things that I loved, tarot cards came up. Tarot cards were a pretty new thing to me but not really a new concept. As someone who mixes a touch of spirituality into my life and business, I’ve dabbled around with oracle cards, and angel cards and have read lots of books about manifesting and the universe. Spirituality is so fleeting and ethereal that different people have different methods of accessing the spiritual realm. Some prefer weed, others use psychedelics from a magic mushroom dispensary, and I use tarot. Who’s to say which one is more effective than the other?
The amount of Woo-koolaid I drink waxes and wanes throughout different times in my life and it just so happened I was in a season of thirst. I first heard of tarot cards as a tool from listening to the ladies at Being Boss talk to Bridgette of Biddy Tarot.
What is Tarot?
The Tarot is a deck of 78 cards, each with its own imagery, symbolism and story. The 22 Major Arcana cards represent life’s karmic and spiritual lessons, and the 56 Minor Arcana cards reflect the trials and tribulations that we experience on a daily basis.
Every spiritual lesson we meet in our lives can be found in the seventy-eight Tarot cards. And when we consult the Tarot, we’ll get shown the exact lessons we need to learn and master to live an inspired life. It’s like holding up a mirror to yourself so that you can access your subconscious mind and tap into the wisdom (and answers) that lives in us all.
Some tarot card readers are trained by experienced tarot readers and some are innately gifted. These days, you don’t have to be natural to read tarot. With some training and practice, it’s a skill you can pick up. If you want to get trained by experts there are a lot of academies just like Wicca Academy. You can get in touch with them for more information.
Tarot is perfect for self-development, making choices, manifesting goals, coaching others, planning a business, meditating-you name it. Simply ask a question, pull a card, and dive into the imagery of the card to give you instant access to your inner wisdom and the answer you need. – Source: Biddy Tarot
Basically, you can freak yourself out by thinking they are some crazy psychic witchcraft OR you can think about them like I do. To me, tarot cards prompt conversations with yourself that you otherwise wouldn’t normally have. This is POWERFUL because it takes us out of the chaos and out of our monkey brains to truly question and think about what’s going on in a certain aspect of our life.
Tarot and Astrology
The use of Tarot cards is widely documented throughout history, associated with soothsayers and witchcraft. It also has associations with astrology and numerology secrets, using signs and cosmic aether to produce predictions about a person’s fate. While numerology uses numbers and astrology uses constellations, tarot involves the element of chance with the cards that a person picks. Many people have attested to the accuracy of these practices, with a heavy emphasis on their symbolic and spiritual nature.
How Do I Use Tarot Cards?
I use them VERY simply at this point. In fact, there are SO many ways and so many spreads that I haven’t tapped into but I am excited to learn more.
It’s important to understand that tarot cards do not predict your future. You also cannot ask the cards direct questions with direct answers. It won’t tell you what color your next car is going to be or how long your relationship is going to last. Sure, there are ways to get answers to questions even this specific, such as through astrology or numerology. In fact, in numerology people can also get to know their Angel Numbers that favor them and use the same to manifest success. With Tarot cards, however, you can only know about things for X situations or what you need to be aware of. Besides, your questions need to be open-ended.
Sometimes I will do a clarity spread (past, present, future) when a major event is happening in my life and I need some insight or guidance. But mostly, I just pull one card a few times a week and marinate in my thoughts.
What Do I ask the Tarot Cards?
- What do I need to think about in terms of my personal chef business this week?
- What do I need to know about a partnership I’m getting into?
- What has been blocking me from the opportunity I want?
- What can I do to attract what I want?
What Tarot Cards do I Have?
After doing a lot of research on tarot cards, the deck that fit my personality most was The Wild Unknown deck. The images definitely invoke something in me and the descriptions of what the cards mean in the book that comes with it are easy to follow. There are plenty of times where I draw a card and still need more answers, so I head over to Biddy Tarot to find a more in depth explanation that has always been spot on.
Sometimes the cards I get make me feel uncomfortable which I trust I need at the time. Sometimes the card makes me feel validated and confident and sometimes the cards let me know I am on the right path and to keep going. I find that it is so valuable for me to stop and connect with my intuition in this way.
What is one way you connect with your intuition?
Valerie Skinner is a Whole30 approved personal chef & recipe developer that bridges the gap between healthy eating and busy lives by providing simple healthy meals and recipes for you and your family.
This is such an interesting approach to tarot cards. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you! I used to think they were some scary thing but they are really helpful in connecting to myself!