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Tarot + Intuition

“Intuition is not about mind-reading or seeing the future in a crystal ball. It is also not a rare or exotic gift that is bestowed only on a selective few– it is a skill that can be learned, practiced and strengthened by anyone. One of the easiest and most reliable ways to access intuition is by using oracle & tarot cards” 


WHAT IS INTUITION ?

  • the ability to acquire knowledge immediately without conscious rational thought. It is bypassing the linear thought, reasoning and inference process of the mind to directly understand something.
  • It is part of being human; an inherent guidance system that can keep you safe from harm, direct you to the truth in any situation, lead you to your highest good, and move you toward the evolution of your consciousness. 

Your Natural state of BEING

It is your 6th Sense

It is always present

It is always inside

It will never leave

The volume can be adjusted

It is unique and everyone is different and receives intuition differently

It is your inner voice

TRUST your intuition – is a birthright

It’s a process that unfolds over a lifetime – its not a race and there is no end

What we know from an individual perspective

All inclusive – NO ONE is left out 

 

I was recently asked to help write an article about intuition and nature for TUJA WELLNESShave a read here

 

SOME OF THE WAYS WE INTUIT:

  • Clairvoyance: to see
  • Clairaudience: to hear
  • Claircognizence: to know
  • Clairsentience: to feel, to sensing

WAYS WE CAN SUPPORT INTUITION:

  • Conscious rhythmic breathing
  • Presence; meditation, stillness, observation, quiet
  • Moving the body; yoga, exercise
  • Getting creative; dancing, singing, music, art
  • Being in Nature 
  • Dream journaling 
  • Quieting the external noise, external stimulation 

DISCERN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR EGO/MIND VS INTUITION:

  • Thinking vs Feeling / Heart vs Mind
  • A hit vs a thought 
  • Details vs Essence
  • Intuition acts as an inner voice that gets louder and more persistent over time
  • Ego demands your attention and often leaves you feeling fearful or isolated

THINGS THAT CAN CLOUD INTUITION:

  • Ignoring, doubting, over analyzing 
  • Asking guidance from too many exterior sources
  • Screen time 
  • Excess of anything; salt, sugar, alcohol, toxins, low vibes, negativity, gossip, judgement
  • Lack of hydration, sleep, self care, time outside in nature
  • Fluoride calcifies the pineal gland 

WHY WE STRUGGLE TO TRUST THE INNER VOICE:

  • Having Expectations
  • EGO/Mind are overpowering
  • Societal Programming
  • Our life Conditioning
  • We can’t Quantify / Measure
  • We Fear what we don’t understand

WHY USE TAROT:

  • Benefits
    • Reading tarot for yourself is like having a heart to heart conversation with 78 different parts of yourself.
  • Developing Intuition 
    • Become clearer channels to the spirit, to source
  • Increasing self awareness
    • The better we know and TRUST ourselves, the greater the clarity of our readings, our choices, our goals
  • Healing subconscious 
    • Tool for consciously grasping the messages sent from the subconscious
  • Perspective 
    • helps us to expand our awareness and different ways of looking at situations

WHAT ARE TAROT CARDS:

  • The Tarot is a classic STRUCTURED deck of 78 cards, each with its own imagery, symbolism and story
  • divided by Major Arcana (22 trump cards) and Minor Arcana (16 court cards and 40 numbered cards organized in 4 suits) 
  • Tarot is the storybook of our life, the mirror to the soul, and a key to our inner wisdom. 
  • Every spiritual lesson we meet in our lives can be found in the Tarot.

 

WHAT ARE ORACLE CARDS ?

  • Free flowing card deck, no set amount but often 44 cards, each with their own imagery and symbolism. 
  • Less specific, a more general  form of divine guidance and expression.

 

THE STRUCTURE OF THE TAROT

MAJOR ARCANA: aka the Trumps 

Universal archetypes – that depict distinct stages of self realization 

From the innocent adventuring of the fool to the transcendent contemplation of the world

  • 0 the fool’s journey to the World 21
  • 1-7 the essentials for the journey
  • 8-14 the inward path
  • 15-21 the heat is on

MINOR ARCANA: Life in Snapshots

Current issues, temporary or minor influences 

56 cards divided up into 4 suits each representing nature’s elements

Wands/Fire: 

desire, vision, ambition, challenge, manifestation, inspiration, creation, passion, sexuality, purpose, wants

Cups/Water: 

Feeling, emotions, inner realms, imagination, depth, connection, healing, cleansing, ups

Swords/Air: 

intellect, clarity, conflict, judgement, action, mindfulness, beliefs, severing, words

Pentacles/coins/Earth: 

physicality, stability, security, material, money, lendables, health, wealth, career, self expression.

Each suit moves from 

Ace/1: the pure elemental energies of their suit

2-10: depict various situations, relationships, day to day challenges and opportunities

NUMBERS:

    • Ace – new beginnings/ cycles
    • Two – balance / duality / partnership
    • Three – connections / creation / holy trinity
    • Four – structure / containment / foundation / stability 
    • Five – contraction / conflict / change
    • Six – compassion / expansion / growth
    • Seven – reflection / faith / understanding
    • Eight – transformation / liberation /  mastery
    • Nine – fruition / fulfillment / 
    • Ten – completion / ending 

 

16 COURT CARDS: specific personality traits, attitudes

Pages: 

the part of us that is curious, open, beginning the journey, learning, students

Knights: 

Action oriented, on the journey, intense, glory bound, to pursue, to uphold, defend, questing .

 Queens:

Embodying the journey, nurturing, internal perspective, receptive, deep reverence, preservation, inner soulful connection to the suit, BEING

Kings: 

Mastering the journey, maturity, experience, proven capabilities, developed wisdom, DOING 

REVERSED CARDS: 

  • a different perspective
  • Not negative or bad news, simply an inverted viewpoint 
  • Sometimes means the opposite of the upright meaning 
  • Not everyone uses reverse cards

READING SYMBOLISM:

  • Archetypes
  • Shapes
  • Colors
  • Mood
  • Symbols
  • Body Language

WHEN TO DO A READING:

  • When you feel called to use them
  • Use them in the morning to set an intention for the day
  • When you feel grounded 
  • When you can give it your undivided attention 
  • Use them when you are seeking clarity around something
  • Use them before starting a new project for guidance or finishing a project 
  • New moon and full moon 
  • New cycles, seasons, months 

WHEN TO AVOID DOING A READING:

  • If you feel tired, scattered, ungrounded
  • If you can’t give it your full attention
  • You feel obsessed, desperate with getting an answer
  • You feel a strong attachment or expectation to a reading turning out a certain way
  • If you feel anxious, worried, angry, over emotional 

HELPFUL GUIDELINES FOR USE:

  • Intention – Be clear about WHY you are doing a reading 
  • Invocation – call on your spirit support
  • Meditate – on what questions will serve + empower you 
    • Asking clear questions
    • Write down your questions
    • Avoiding YES or NO questions
    • Be curious without being overly serious
    • Empowering vs Disempowering 
    • Descriptive vs Prescriptive
  • Journaling your reading  
    • Won’t forget what the question was 
  • Exploring Spreads 
    • Single cards, 2 cards, 3 cards, complex spreads
    • Use already made ones or create your own
    • More than 1 cards spreads (each card will have an individual meaning and then they will also relate to each other) 
  • Shuffling/ Pulling
    • There are no rules/ only traditions
    • Do what feels good/right for you 
    • Cards fall out – Fan out – simply pull – cutting the deck 
    • Always flip over the same way (reverse cards)
  • Interpreting your reading
    • Intuiting vs Memorizing the meanings 
    • Take your time with each card 
    • Explore your intuition here – you might feel something different than the book meaning.
  • Challenges
    • Fixed attitudes can blind you to the cards true message
    • Fear of misreading can constipate intuition
    • If you are self critical – you can exaggerate negative aspects 

BEST PRACTICES

  • Purchasing a deck – buy any deck you feel a resonance with, it does not have to be gifted to you.
  • Consecrating a new deck, touch each card, set your intentions into your new deck
  • Cleansing your deck with smudge, reiki, sunlight
  • Connecting to your deck, use it often, touch it often
  • Caring- treat it as sacred and special
  • Storing – store in silk or something to protect it from getting damaged 
  • Setting the mood / environment – make it a ritual 

 

NOW YOU PRACTICE 

Ground

  • Sit tall, relax
  • Neck rolls, sufi grinds 

Open the aura

  • Hands at the heart circle up and down to open up 

Guided Meditation:

  • Begin to feel the sensation of the eternal within 
  • Bring awareness to your higher self, your spirit
  • Breathing in white light into the physical body and around you – feeling lightness 
  • *I am protected by divine white light – breathe in
  • *I am releasing any fears, blocks, resistances and disbeliefs I am holding around my intuition and connection to the divine – breath out 

Breathing Practices

  • Take 10 deep slow rhythmic breaths IN + OUT

Invocation

  • Ask for spiritual support / protection
  • Asking for clear messages 

Set an Intention 

  • Hold the cards in your hands / over your heart / gut
  • What are you seeking clarity on? 
  • Speak your questions internally  

Choose a spread 

Explore Reading by Intuition 

Have fun !!

with love Nicole


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