How to Use Tarot to Explore Your Soul Lessons
How to Use Tarot to Explore Your Soul Lessons
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soul's journey series
We’ve spent all of June learning about the different aspects of your Soul’s Journey, this month I want to empower you to move forward and start to discover your own personal path. I’ve really focused on the Mediumship aspect of discovering your Soul Journey. Tarot is recognized around the world as a great way to connect with the Divine, so why not use it to delve into a pre-birth soul plan? Information like soul lessons, life purpose, and soul contracts are all at your fingertips, waiting to be rediscovered with a flip of a card. Information that could remove blocks and help you get moving forward on your path is just a card away, so let’s get started.
Using Tarot to dig into your soul plan works on multiple levels. You get a visual to remind you of what you are working on. It also allows you to get past your “logic” self and into a more open state, allowing you to have a clear view of your current soul lessons. You can use the traditional meanings of each card, you can use just what pops out from the images, or you can blend both. It’s your choice.
The layout I’m sharing with you today is called the Chart Your Own Course: Mini Reading. The idea of this reading is to facilitate mini Soul Lesson Discovery. It consists of four cards to keep it simple to navigate. If you’re going to give this a whirl, I suggest that you get centered and grounded and take some time to focus your energy for the best results (as with any reading). Call in your guides, ancestors, or angels to help you.
Once you’ve settled in, you’re going to pick four cards:
- Card #1 (top): Soul Lesson that you are currently having the most challenges with
- Card #2 (right): How it is currently affecting your present situation
- Card #3 (bottom): Insight on how it will affect and influence your future
- Card #4 (left) : “Soul Advice”
- Healing words from your Team of Guides
- Information on how to move forward
- Further information about the lesson/The “why” of it all
- The point of this card is to give you one more piece of critical information that will best inspire you and help you to love forward
After you have selected all four cards, look to Card #1 first and determine what Lesson you are working on. This is key to making the reading work. I’ll do a very brief version of the reading for you so you can see how it works.
In the above reading the Ace Of Pentacles Reversed is representing the Soul Lesson. An important note about reversals. It doesn’t matter with this layout whether you do reversals or not. Here’s why: every Soul Lesson is two sided. You will learn about both aspects(upright and reversed) sometime in your life. Reversals can give you a hint as to what phase you are in now, but it's not required. .Ace of Pentacles reversed means this person is learning about lost opportunity at this time. Now that we know that piece of information we can delve deeper into how it is developing with Cards 2 and 3. Card 2(The Tower) tells us they are currently seeing a breakdown of the situation because they are learning about what it means to have missed an opportunity. Perhaps they notice that all areas of their life are in upheaval. This could be because your Soul and Guides are trying to get you back on track—compensating for that missed opportunity. Knowing that can make the break down feel more productive and less “why me???”. We look to Card 3(The High Priestess) to see how this will play out in the future. It appears that having missed that opportunity in the present has made this person shift and they need to rely on their intuition more—follow their gut and not ignore the signs. Now for the final piece of information we look to card 4(The Fool). This card acts like a telephone for your guides. It’s telling you the most important piece of information in the reading besides the Lesson itself—how to move forward. What could we draw from this? This person is starting all over again. They are embarking on a new journey and The Tower card facilitates this new beginning. The High Priestess is there to remind them to be aware and use their intuition. If you look at the reading like a circle, if the client decided to follow the path and allowed the breakdown to happen, resulting in a more intuitive state and starting over, they’d be able to turn the Ace of Pentacles upright and take advantage of the prosperity that is theirs for the taking.
The example was a very brief reading, but you get the idea. These readings can be pretty intense and enlightening. Sometimes, I like to let these readings “sit” for a few days, coming back and visiting them again to see what insights surface as the information settles.
These readings can also be confusing, if you’re too close to the matter at hand. If you’re having problems figuring it out, separate the deck into two piles: Major Arcana and Minor Arcana. Redraw your cards selecting Cards 1 and 4 from the Major Arcana and Cards 2 and 3 from the Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana handles the big life themes so it will be easier for you to figure out what is going on in your reading. The Minor Arcana will provide you with the details.
Choosing my own cards makes me feel empowered. It also helps to reveal information I may not have picked up on intuitively or during meditation. I find tarot to be the perfect tool to use for myself to help me get a clear picture of the energy surround my current life situations.
The Fantastical Creatures Tarot by D.J. Conway and Lisa Hunt used with permission of U.S. Games Systems c. 2007. all rights reserved.