“The task of therapy is not to eliminate suffering but to give a voice to it, to find a form in which it can be expressed. Expression is itself transformation; this is the message that art brings. The therapist then would be an artist of the soul, working with sufferers to enable them to find the proper container for their pain, the form in which it would be embodied.”
– Stephen K. Levine
Tarot is an art form.
After many years of holding the energy in consultations I have come to believe that a Tarot reading is a work of art; all the intricacies and facets, the expression and revelation, the empowerment and points of clarity, all weave together like threads in a tapestry.
Language also plays its part in the beauty of a productive and positive consultation.
I think we can say almost anything to anybody if we use the right words. There is something exquisite about words that have been thought about and carefully presented, after all you want the wisdom and the spirit of Tarot to hit home and be well received. I also think that when we bring in our joy of working with Tarot.
Compassion and sensitivity become a natural addition to the whole piece of art. We are ambassadors of spirit in the sense that we are providing spirit with a language, one that inspires and promotes wisdom. Tarot is an embodiment of spirit and in that moment we get a glimpse of our true nature.
At the beginning of a session I usually explain how I work.
I am not a fortune teller in the traditional capacity but am more interested in the psycho-spiritual aspect of working with Tarot. For me this means that I explore the journey of the spirit in human form. Whilst I might use other skills such as mediumship or aura reading, fundamentally I guide a client through the process of self-awareness and personal discovery. If you know yourself, you know the world, right?
‘’Heed these words, you who wish to probe the depths of nature: If you do not find within yourself that which you seek, neither will you find it outside. In you is hidden the treasure of treasures. Know thyself and you will know the Universe and the Gods.’’ Delphi Oracle.
In a consultation I am effectively mirroring the story of the client back to them.
This gives them a chance to step back and gain clarity of who they are, where they are and what they are about. The feedback that I often get is that it is like therapy. I suppose it is.
The dictionary describes ‘therapeutic’ as contributing to the cure of diseases, soothing and conducive to well-being, curative, remedial, restorative, healing.
I am not unhappy with my work being viewed as a form of therapy.
Tarot has taught me, amongst other things, about balance. It is within the search for balance, a way to walk the middle path, that we find purpose and reason.
I don’t see that there is any such thing as a bad card only a bad reader.
There is no right or wrong, no morals, only laws. It is when these laws go unobserved that a spanner clunks menacingly into the machinery. It is when we discuss the shadow and the effect of the lack of light that a Tarot session truly comes into its own, or so it would seem.
Having said that not everybody who comes for a reading is in a bad place, some are very happy to have an overview and to sit in the energy. Even so there is something rejuvenating about peering into the recesses of one’s life which could be a type of therapy.
Another therapeutic aspect of Tarot work is reconnection.
All of us at some point will have experienced that feeling of being disconnected and isolated. It is wonderful when a client can clearly see the point of disconnection and at once can begin to accept their position and discover ways of building bridges. An awakening happens and one can finally reach out and take those opportunities which very often have been created by self. Those missed opportunities can be fodder for growth, no experience is ever wasted.
We create our own luck; we are masters of our own destiny.
A Tarot consultation can enable someone to embrace the adventure of life. If Tarot therapy is what is called for to rediscover passion, to wake up a dormant talent, to bring closure to an open wound or to bring harmony where there was chaos, then so be it.
We can’t help people but we can love people.
We share our love of life and the knowledge that we are here because of the love of thousands.
I once said that to do well in this work you have to be a bit of a curtain twitcher; you should be nosy and enjoy someone’s story.
We all have a story, Tarot therapy is a fabulous way of telling it.
5 points for a brilliant Tarot therapy session:
Put all judgements on one side, no matter the client’s appearance, consider the story as sacred. It is the story of their spirit.
Listen. Not just with your ears but also with your heart.
Don’t be lazy with the language. Carefully chosen words can convey so much.
Resist from sharing your own story, this encourages projection and the reinforcement of a pain body.
Sit like a mountain and hold the energy of the session, if someone cries it does not mean that you have successfully done your job, it simply means that they are emotional
And finally, be yourself!