Let’s suppose that all you ever wanted from life was to be happy… Could the tarot help with that?
I believe it could. In fact, I know it could… How can I make such a claim? Because thanks to working with the tarot pretty much daily since 2004, I can testify that I’m a happier person today than I was back then… and hugely thanks to relying on the Tarot as my guide. In my early 30’s, I began emerging from life-long depression and it wasn’t long after that the Tarot found me for the second time… and this time I was ready!
Not only did I suffer abuse and abandonment (the cause of my depression) as a child but as an adult I also suffered some pretty traumatic experiences. There were many times when I prayed for it all just to end and if it weren’t for the fact that I have always had an awareness that you have to come back and complete karmic lessons, I might I have killed myself.
Here is a wee list of troubles I suffered: Divorce, health problems, the loss of a baby due to T18 during the second trimester, betrayal of people I thought were friends, homelessness… But through it all I had a comeback in the form of 78 little friends that acted as sign-posts on the road back to happiness.
The Tarot didn’t help me by telling me what lay ahead. I was wise enough to not use it to tell my own fortune because I knew that my own thoughts (which were at times quite negative) were the seeds of what lay ahead… Instead I used the Tarot to help mirror those thoughts, as well as underlying patterns which I did not have conscious awareness of, and advice me on how to best align with my Higher Self. This is how the Tarot became a path of healing on the path to true joy.
This is not the same place I used to call happiness – those fleeting moments that acted as temporary pain relief. This is a permanent place. And it’s mine, not to hog but to share… and my way of sharing it is teaching the tarot, guiding others how to read the signs on the road to joy for themselves. It will take time and a lot of work. There are no shortcuts but the work is so so worth it!
Holistic Tarot Tip for Cultivating Joy: Beginning tomorrow, pull a card a day for daily spiritual food/focus asking ‘How can I increase my joy today?’ Do this for two full lunar cycles (months) until it becomes habit for you to focus on joy and second nature to release any blocks to joy.
The daily card will either show you something you can do more of in order to be more joyful or it will show you something you can do less of (or release completely). Ask for dream guidance if the message is still not clear at the end of the day. Write down the answers/interpretation in a special notebook dedicated to cultivating joy.
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
― John Lennon