Anyone who's interested in the power of images, archetypes, signs and symbols will be interested in, and curious about, Tarot - not necessarily as a divinatory tool to predict the future, but more as a tool for self-discovery.
One of the first books I read cover-to-cover two years after the stroke, when I could finally read again, was this
Jung has always been a favourite writer/thinker - he understand the power of images and collective wisdom. Certain words/images resonate across the cultures, and the Major arcana of Tarot tells the tale of a powerful, archetypal Fool's journey...
The fact - that I chose this book, when my damaged brain could finally keep the words straight on the page - should have been a powerful indicator to me that Tarot has something to teach me.
But as someone who's been involved with the Anglican Church since childhood, whose degrees are in Theology, who considered entering the ministry, 'dabbling' in Tarot evokes A LOT of STUFF - on SO many levels...
So me and Tarot took a break...
A year later, I joined TABI and embarked on their free Learn Tarot e-course, but sadly the forums weren't a good experience for me... Clearly there were past issues among some of the members - and as someone who doesn't deal with conflict well (even when I'm not involved directly in it), I left, without completing the course.
And Tarot and me parted company again...
But I couldn't abandon my Tarot decks completely... I enjoyed the images, the messages too much!
This deck has been a go-to for a long time - especially when I just want to draw a card for the day, or when a friend asks me to draw a card for them.
The combination of famous paintings and quotes is perfect for this!
And, surprise, surprise each day the card I drew gave me exactly the message I needed to hear :)
Then, this year I 'happened' upon Beth and Carrie's blogs... And I now use two newer decks as I learn again to practise spreads...
Like every relationship, if it is to be nurtured and grow, one must invest time and energy... As I continue on my Sage Priestess training, I realize Tarot has an important part to play in my learning to trust my inner wisdom, what I already know on a Deep Soul level.
Already it has been a process taking several years , and I hope it will continue for years to come. As I learn to work with the cards, I know they will work with me... And I trust I will grow in confidence in my reading of the messages they impart.