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Tarot cards have been around for centuries, originally used for playing games. It wasn’t until later that people started to use them for something totally different—solving problems and making decisions. When we have a tough choice or a problem that seems really hard to figure out, some of us turn to tarot readings for a little bit of guidance.

In a tarot reading, each card has a picture and a meaning. We shuffle these cards and lay them out in special patterns called spreads. By looking at the cards that show up and where they are in the spread, we can get different perspectives on our problem, kind of like getting advice from a friend who sees things differently.

We don’t use tarot cards like a magic crystal ball that can predict exactly what will happen, that’s not how they work. Instead, tarot cards help us to think about the different parts of our problem and can give us a nudge to consider things we might not have thought of on our own. It’s like having a conversation with ourselves to dig deeper into what we’re feeling and thinking.

Setting Up Your Tarot Reading

Before we start, we should know that using tarot cards for problem solving involves picking the right tarot spread and focusing on current circumstances. This helps us connect with our intuition and find answers.

Choosing the Right Tarot Spread

When we’re facing a problem, the first thing we do is choose a tarot spread. A tarot spread is just an arrangement of cards that has a specific pattern and meaning. There are many different tarot spreads, but for problem solving, we might want to start with something straightforward. We can begin with a simple three-card spread where:

  • The first card represents the past or what has led to the current situation.
  • The second card shows us the present, revealing our current challenge or problem.
  • The third card offers potential future outcomes or advice on how to move forward.

For more complex issues, we could use larger spreads, like the Celtic Cross, which uses ten cards and can give us a more detailed overview.

Focusing on Current Circumstances

Once we have our spread picked out, it’s time to concentrate on what’s happening right now. We focus on our current situation and the problems we’re dealing with today. Here’s how we do this step:

  1. We take deep breaths to clear our mind and relax.
  2. We think about the issue at hand in a focused way, without letting our minds wander to past events or future worries.
  3. We shuffle the tarot cards while keeping our current problem in the front of our thoughts.

Thinking clearly about what we’re dealing with makes it easier for us to connect with our tarot reading and find solutions that really apply to what’s going on in our life right now.

Interpreting the Cards

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When we use tarot cards, it’s like having a conversation with our subconscious mind. The images on the cards help us talk to ourselves about our problems and see possible future outcomes.

Connecting with Your Subconscious Mind

To understand what the tarot cards are telling us, we first need to pay attention to our inner thoughts and feelings. Think of our subconscious mind as a helpful friend who gives us hints about what’s going on inside us that we might not notice right away. When we spread the cards out, we can ask ourselves:

  • What emotions do I feel when I look at the cards?
  • Which images stand out to me?

Table: Questions to Ask Ourselves During a Tarot Reading

What emotions do I feel?To recognize our immediate feelings.
Which images stand out?To understand what draws our attention and why.

These questions guide us through the tarot spread and help us connect deeper with our subconscious mind. It’s like putting pieces of a puzzle together that come from inside us.

Identifying Initial Reactions and Potential Outcomes

Our first thoughts and feelings when we see the tarot cards are our “initial reactions.” These reactions are clues to our inner world and can point us toward what we’re hoping for or worried about. Here are some tips for identifying these reactions and thinking about what they mean for future outcomes:

  1. Notice any strong feelings: This could be excitement, worry, or even confusion about a card.
  2. Think about our first thoughts: What did we think the card was trying to tell us?
  3. Consider possible future outcomes: Based on our feelings and thoughts, what could happen next?

Example: If we feel nervous about the “Tower” card, our first thought might be that a big change is coming. This card could point to the potential outcome of an unexpected event that could shake things up.

By looking at our initial reactions and thinking about potential outcomes, we can use the tarot cards to explore different paths and choices. Remember, the cards don’t set our future in stone; they just help us picture the possibilities.

Finding Solutions with Tarot

When we turn to tarot cards, we’re not just looking for predictions; we can use them to brainstorm solutions to our problems too. Let’s see how we can do that with a special spread and by figuring out what the cards suggest.

Using the Problem-solving Spread

To start solving our problems with tarot, we lay out cards in a specific pattern called a problem-solving spread. This can help us see the problem from different angles. Here’s a simple spread we might use:

  1. Current Situation: This card shows where we are right now with our problem.
  2. Obstacles: This card reveals what’s standing in our way.
  3. Advice: The advice card gives us a direction to consider.
  4. Possible Solution: Here we find an idea of how we might solve our problem.

We may ask a question or state our problem before drawing the cards. By focusing on the issue, we ensure that the cards we pull are linked to our unique situation.

For our visual people, I created this spread for you to use.

Problem solving Tarot Spread

Extracting a Possible Solution

Once we’ve laid out our tarot spread, we can start looking for answers. The possible solution card is really important because it can point us toward a way out or through our problem. To understand what it suggests, we closely look at the image on the card and think about what it represents.

For example, if our possible solution card is The Star, this might suggest that hope and inspiration are key to overcoming our problem. If the card is The Tower, it could mean we need a big change or to break down old structures to solve the issue.

The advice card also plays a big part here. It can point us toward an action we need to take or an attitude we should adopt that will help make the potential solution on the last card work for us.

By using the problem-solving spread in tarot, we get a new perspective on our troubles and can brainstorm creative ways to tackle them. We’re not looking for a fixed future, but for fresh ideas and guidance. This way, tarot becomes a tool for reflection and personal problem-solving!

Advanced Techniques

In this part, we’ll learn how to tackle tough problems by getting deeper into tarot. We’ll use one card to start simple, then we’ll look at how to use more cards when things are tricky.

Expanding on the Single Card Approach

When we pull a single card, it gives us a quick snapshot of our situation. But sometimes, we need more details. So, what we can do is pull three cards instead of one. This is how it works:

  1. Past: The first card tells us about the past and how it affects our current problem.
  2. Present: The second card shows us what’s happening right now.
  3. Future: The final card gives us a peek at possible outcomes.

By looking at these three cards together, we can see a fuller story and have a better idea of what we might need to do.

Navigating Through Difficult Times with Multiple Readings

During tough times, one reading might not be enough. Here’s a way to use multiple readings to find our way:

  1. Daily Readings: We can draw cards every day to check in with ourselves and see the day’s theme or what to expect.
  2. Weekly Readings: Once a week, we can look at the bigger picture, pulling more cards to understand the week’s challenges and rewards.
  3. Monthly Readings: This is for the long haul. Monthly readings help us see the trends and get ready for what’s ahead.

The idea here is to give us guidance bit by bit, step by step, without overwhelming us. It’s like building a map piece by piece to navigate through a maze.

Remember to write down the cards and your thoughts after each reading. This way, we can look back and learn more about our journey. It’s like having a diary that helps us see patterns and growth over time.

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Journaling with the Tarot Cards

When we use tarot cards, they often spark insights and ideas. That’s where our journal comes in handy. We can write down the thoughts and feelings each card brings up, making it easier to see how they connect to our problems.

Here’s how we can get started:

  1. Draw a Card: Pick a tarot card that represents our question or problem.
  2. Describe the Card: Jot down what we see in the card. What symbols, colors, and emotions stand out?
  3. Initial Thoughts: Write the first things that come to our mind about the card. No need to overthink it.
  4. Relate to Our Problem: How does the card relate to what’s going on with us? Write any connections or insights.
  5. Reflect on Guidance: Consider what advice the card gives us. What’s the take-away for our situation?

Here’s a tip: don’t rush. Sometimes, we might pull a card that confuses us. It’s okay to think about it for a while and come back to our journal later.

Also, it’s not all about writing. We can draw or use bullet points if that helps us express our thoughts better.

In this section, we’ll explore some of the most common questions about using tarot for problem-solving and decision-making.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a tarot spread and how can it help me solve problems?

A tarot spread is a specific arrangement of cards, and each position of a card in the spread offers insight into a different aspect of your question or problem. By interpreting the spread collectively, we can uncover different angles and considerations that might inform our next steps.

How can I make decisions using tarot cards?

To make decisions using tarot cards, we first ask a question, then draw cards to reflect on the elements and factors related to the decision. Tarot doesn’t make the decision for us, but it can highlight potential outcomes and influences that we may not have considered.

What does each tarot card mean?

Every tarot card has its own symbolism, story, and meaning. For example, The Tower often signifies upheaval, while The Lovers might represent a partnership or choice. It’s essential to learn these meanings to understand how they might relate to our issues or decisions.

Can you use tarot cards for a simple yes or no answer?

While tarot is typically more nuanced, you can assign ‘yes’ or ‘no’ meanings to the cards for a straightforward answer. However, this simplifies their rich interpretation and may not provide the full insight that we could gain from a more detailed reading.

Are there any bad times or situations when I shouldn’t read tarot cards?

We might want to avoid doing tarot readings when we’re extremely emotional or not in a balanced state of mind. This is because our emotional turmoil can affect our interpretation of the cards and lead us to see things that align with our fears or desires, rather than providing clear guidance.

What should I be careful about when using tarot cards for advice?

When using tarot cards for advice, we should be careful not to rely solely on the cards for making big decisions. They’re a tool for reflection, not a substitute for personal responsibility or advice from qualified professionals in matters like health, legal, or financial issues.

Overall, the combination of tarot cards and journaling can be a powerful tool in our problem-solving toolkit. As we get better at understanding the cards and how they relate to our life, our journal will become a rich resource of personal insights.

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