I engage the tarot as a tool for exploring and finding choices, guidance, and empowerment for creating solutions to challenges. Since life doesn’t come with a road map, it’s helpful to have tarot and other tools as navigational aids when there’s a fork in the road, a traffic jam, a detour, or what seems like a complete dead end.
I came to this practice after years of studying ideas and fields that interest me—things like humanistic psychology, social work, counseling, various forms of divination, world religions, mindfulness, and various thinkers on self-development and empowerment.
The five basic principles of humanistic psychology are:
- Human beings, as human, supersede the sum of their parts. They cannot be reduced to components.
- Human beings have their existence in a uniquely human context, as well as in a cosmic ecology.
- Human beings are aware and aware of being aware—i.e., they are conscious. Human consciousness always includes an awareness of oneself in the context of other people.
- Human beings have some choice and, with that, responsibility.
- Human beings are intentional, aim at goals, are aware that they cause future events, and seek meaning, value, and creativity. (source)
When pondering life circumstances and preparing for unknown and imagined possible futures, feeling empowered to make the best possible choices for oneself is valuable. This feeling of being in the driver’s seat can help individuals move forward in their lives as fully engaged, responsible creative beings.
Creativity comes from play.
Reading tarot cards is a form of visual play. This type of visual play uses a random process within an intentional structure to loosen the mind. It’s a practice that can bring meaning, value, and insight born from each individual’s inner landscape and personal experiences.
Each and every time we look at cards, we intentionally and irrationally assemble a collection of images that we use to describe a moment in time. We allow a unique narrative to emerge, which brings inherent meaning. It’s storytelling for a modern world.