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Tarot Self-Empowerment Techniques: Introduction

July 17, 2022

When doing a Tarot reading for ourselves, we often find that the chatter of our rational mind invariably intrudes, calling out its hopes and fears and shouting down the soft, subtle voice of our intuition. Because of this, it is important to try to find out how we can silence the voice of our rational mind long enough to enable us to hear our own intuitive wisdom. Can we somehow trick our rational mind into letting go of its ego defenses so that it will listen instead of speak, if only for a little while?

It was in consideration of this question that I created a variety of non-divinatory techniques for using Tarot cards to empower people to change their lives and create the future they want. In some future blog posts here, I will explore some of the results of that effort.

These procedures are designed to use the Tarot cards as a bridge between your rational mind and your intuitive mind, and to let the cards be a translator between those two minds. To understand how the images of the Tarot cards can do that, consider the differing natures of your rational and intuitive minds.

Your rational mind tries to process information linearly, which, for example, is the way you read a book. You start with the first word on the first page and progress word by word, page by page, until you reach the end. Your intuitive mind, on the other hand, tends to think holistically, which, for example, is the way you look at a painting. You let your attention wander randomly about it, considering how the compositional elements all work together as a whole. You view it as an entirety.

Your rational mind uses reason and logic (sometimes successfully, sometimes not), while your intuitive mind is insightful and perceptive, relying on instinct and gut reactions.

Your rational mind talks to you incessantly while you are awake, whereas your intuitive mind whispers its insights to you when you are relaxed and have quieted your thoughts, and it talks to you in your dreams.

The distinction that is perhaps most germane to this discussion, however, is the fact that your rational mind typically communicates using words, whereas your intuitive mind communicates most effectively using images and symbols, which is what we find on Tarot cards. Since Tarot cards are also concrete and not ephemeral like the dreamlike images of your intuitive mind, they are well suited to function as an interpreter that can facilitate communication between your rational mind and your intuitive mind.

I plan to present a variety of procedures for using Tarot cards to help you hear your own intuitive wisdom and to communicate your wishes to your intuitive mind so that its power can be turned toward manifesting your desires. These procedures will incorporate elements of affirmations and visualizations, but they also add some more active ways of interacting with the cards.

While these techniques are intended to provide you with tools to improve your life, they also may be viewed as examples of ways to use Tarot cards that are very different from doing typical Tarot readings. Hopefully, reading about these techniques will inspire you to devise your own unique and creative ways to use Tarot cards to solve the problems you face and to enrich your life

Most of these techniques will involve choosing cards by going through a Tarot deck, cards face up, as fast as possible and picking cards that resonate with how you are feeling about something. That process is described as follows:

While considering an issue at hand, look quickly through your deck with the cards face up, until you find a card that feels right for this situation. Try to thumb through your cards as fast as you can, relying on your gut reactions to the cards. If you find that you are gazing at a card, wondering if it is the right one, then you are letting your rational mind have a say in this selection process, instead of relying on your intuitive mind to choose the card for you. When that happens, either pick that card, assuming that your rational mind is trying to second-guess your intuitive choice, or discard it as not calling strongly enough to your intuition. Then move on to the next card. Either way of breaking through your hesitation is valid as long as you make sure that you do not continue to ponder this card.

Some people have a hard time narrowing down their choices to a select few cards. If that happens, here are some suggestions of how to pare down your selections to a manageable number.

If you find that you have chosen far more cards than the technique you are using calls for, then use the cards you have selected as a new pool of cards. Quickly glance through them and intuitively make a more refined selection. In such cases, people are usually able to weed out a significant portion of their selections.

You may need to narrow it down further though. Let’s say that you want to end up with only three or four cards, and you have narrowed your selection to less than eight or nine cards. Lay the selected cards in front of you and try to find pairs that seem to say approximately the same thing. Typically, one card in that pair is better than the other at depicting that idea. Keep that one and discard the other. If you still need to limit your selections further, look for pairs of cards that depict very different ideas and choose the one that expresses a concept that is more relevant to the issue at hand.

While people often pick too many cards on their first pass through the deck, I have never found anyone unable to pare down their selections to a manageable few using the methods noted above.

Another thing to note about some of the techniques I will be presenting is that they may involve visualizations that seem rather long or complex. In that case, you can record the visualization script and play it back to yourself during the process.

So there you have it — an introduction to several Tarot Self-Empowerment Techniques that I plan to post here on my blog over the course of the next few weeks.
Here are links to ones that I have posted so far:

Animating a Card

Coping with the Death of a Loved One

Follow Your Dreams

The Incredible Lightness of Your Being

Making Relationships Work (Part 1)

Making Relationships Work (Part 2)

Scouting Ahead

A Tarot Vacation

Your Own Fool’s Journey

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One Comment
  1. wildiris permalink

    This seems like such a helpful technique, choosing the cards that resonate instead of letting my hopes and fears clamor and question cards drawn the usual way. It feels more that I’m coming up with answers on my own, from some deeper place.

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