The world seems more and more chaotic these days. Unfortunately, the closures prevent many people from accessing the places, activities and people who would have offered respite. With few outlets to release our frustration, some people struggle to find ways to cope.
One of the most concerning aspects of these recent social and political stresses is that, for many, it is the abruptness with which these events have occurred. For those who have been taken by surprise, the challenge is not just to find ways to cope, but to recognize how they feel about it.
Whatever the form of discomfort or illness, we must first accurately diagnose the problem before we can produce a cure. This step is absolutely crucial. If emotions fail to express themselves properly, they can turn into depression, aggression, or other forms of antisocial behavior.
For those who struggle with their feelings, the tarot can help us express ourselves. This may seem strange to some people because when they hear the word “tarot” they think of fortune tellers predicting the future in circus tents. So how do predictions about the future help us here and now?
In reality, the tarot is much more than a tool of divination. Contrary to popular belief, the main use of the tarot is not to produce prophecies. Rather, this 78-card deck is filled with ancient wisdom designed to guide users to mental and emotional clarity. Each card describes a human experience and the lessons that can be learned from it. Therefore, the most beneficial way to use tarot is through self-healing and discovery.
When you use tarot for this purpose, the images on the cards stimulate our creativity and initiate a dialogue with our higher selves. The best way to work with maps is to ask questions. Requests framed with what how and Why are great prompts that can turn into rich conversations.
What follows is a three-card reading for the collective. I hope this can help those struggling with their emotions gain clarity.
Position 1: What’s got me down these days?
Map: Page of Wands
The Page of Sticks represents an active and youthful energy. He is driven by his lust for life, as well as his desire to explore and achieve.
In this position, this card can represent the feeling that we miss in life. Maybe hitting the gym and sweating it out is what makes you feel alive, but the gym is temporarily closed. So now you feel pent up energy with no method of release.
Position 2: How do my reactions add to this problem?Card: 4 of Swords
In its ideal aspect, this card is about taking a needed break from the hustle and bustle of life to rest and mend. The concern here is that this rest has turned into a stagnation that feels like abandonment.
Although our options for activities are limited at this time, it is dangerous to continue to say to yourself, “I can’t do anything!” This statement is simply not true. Even though we can’t gather in large groups and many indoor activities are on hold for the time being, there are plenty of ways to stay active and engaged in life. Sure, gyms are closed now, but what’s stopping us from dancing in our living rooms?!
Position 3: How can I react positively instead?Card: 3 of Pentacles
This card is about work; more specifically, it is meaningful work that uplifts our spirits or contributes to the greater good. Embedded in this concept is a sense of community.
This card is a beautiful reminder that even though we are not physically together, we are still part of the same communities we have always belonged to. I know some people find it difficult to connect virtually, feeling that technology simply cannot replace the feeling of joy our bodies feel when we are close to our loved ones. I’ll be the first to admit that I feel the same way.
However, we need to focus on the positive during these times and find creative ways to connect. If virtual meetings really aren’t your thing, try grabbing a pen and paper and writing some good old-fashioned snail mail!
Alternatively, if you lack motivation and passion, consider working on small, hands-on projects. It can be as simple as ending up watching those classic movies that everyone has seen but you or setting aside half an hour to clean your toilet. Remember that it doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, just make an effort to do something that makes you feel good or is productive.
Now you might be thinking, ‘this reading isn’t something I haven’t heard before.’ Its good. The purpose of a tarot reading is not to instill revolutionary ideas in our heads. Rather, it’s about drawing our subconscious to the surface or providing a different – and perhaps more productive – perspective. Ultimately, the goal is to develop greater self-awareness, which results in a greater sense of control over our own lives. Use this reading as an example and try to have this type of conversation with yourself.
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