Why I Love Tarot (And I'm Not Insane)

Usually when people meet me in 'normal' circumstances, they tend to freak out a little when they find out I practice Tarot reading. I guess they're expecting some kind of manic dream pixie girl and NOT someone who has their shit together, but hey. Surprise! I have my shit together AND a stack of old witchy wisdom! I do my cards AND my own taxes! Gosh, people are so complex right?

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Anyhoops, let me tell you my favorite thing about Tarot. The most powerful thing. And it's actually... nothing to do with fortune telling.

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TAROT IS A BEAUTIFUL DOORWAY INTO TALKING ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER.

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Tarot is split into two sectors: The Minor Arcana (or Small Mysteries), which represent our individual and daily life experiences. Things like conflicts at work, stressing about money, meeting someone new, making or losing friends, the usual. There's 56 of those.

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The other sector is the Major Arcana, and these represent the universal human experiences - that every living human will share at some point in their life, regardless of their looks or job or fitness. These are the powerful, life-changing, history-making things that are BIGGER than us, that connect us to history and change the future. Symbols like The Emperor (patriarchy, father figures, control), Justice, Death and Judgement.

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I resonate with Tarot deeply not just because it can predict events that I can then change or mitigate to live the life of my dreams, but because it opens up doorways to understanding that regular, expensive and limited psychotherapy/counselling cannot. (I'm saying this as someone who once studied to be a clinical counsellor).

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In clinical therapy fields, it's damn near impossible to find good advice AND/or someone with actual lived experience to give context to things. More than once as a young person I visited a counsellor and made THEM cry with horror at things I thought were just normal stories, lol.

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Tarot empowers a person to CHOOSE. To examine their life patterns or goals with wisdom & objectivity, heal, have integrity & end self-sabotage. It says "Ok, this is the likely outcome. Is this what you want? Or would you like something else?" It says "That person is representing *this* lesson. Do you want to learn it again or move forward?" It says 'Are you aware of this particular behaviour that might be affecting the event?'

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It allows people to see their lives as just as important - which they are - as any significant person in history, and to see their experiences not as futile random events but as universal human ones; which builds emotional intelligence & compassion. It reminds them of how much they're dealing with each day.

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I love Tarot because it taught me to not judge, to meet people where they're at. There's an old saying 'There but for the Grace of God, go I'. It reminds me that everything that I do in life has a ripple effect, backward to my mother, father & ancestors, forward to my children & students, and outward today to whoever I meet. If you want to make boss moves, you need to learn that. Tarot will show it to you!


With love,


Kelsey


P.S. I also fail to see how 'reading Tarot' is any 'weirder' than playing fantasy football, drinking liquid depressant (alcohol) to feel more interesting, gambling or shooting people in a video game. Don't judge your Tarot witches! They need love too.

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