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How to Use Tarot as a Tool for Personal Growth

How to Use Tarot as a Tool for Personal Growth

Have you ever felt like you have an inner voice, but you just can't seem to tap into it? Or maybe you're stuck in a rut and need some insight into the life decisions you're facing.

Tarot can be an invaluable tool for personal growth and development. Tarot is an ancient form of divination that can provide a powerful tool for self-reflection and unlocking your inner wisdom. 

With the help of tarot cards, you can explore the depths of your subconscious and gain insight into the choices and paths that await you. By understanding the meaning of tarot cards and their symbolism, you can gain clarity and insight into the more subtle aspects of life. Through the guidance of the tarot, you can unlock the power of your intuition and gain guidance in making decisions that will bring you closer to your goals.

Understanding the Meaning of Tarot Cards

Tarot cards are used for divination. The cards are arranged in sets of 78 that are divided into the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana. Together, the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana represent various themes and symbolize the deeper truths that lie behind the more superficial aspects of life. Tarot cards are read using a system of symbolic meanings, with each card having its own specific meaning. The images on the cards represent concepts and themes that relate to the reader’s situation and circumstances. 

The images are not meant to be literal — for example, a man with a sword does not actually symbolize a person who is aggressive or violent. Rather, the sword image represents a particular theme that relates to a person’s relationship with aggression or violence. The images on the cards also do not tell the reader what they should do. Rather, the images are symbols that represent the reader’s deeper truths and subconscious patterns. The symbols on the cards help the reader to better understand themselves and their past experiences. They also help the reader to understand what lies ahead in the future.

Developing an Intuitive Relationship With Tarot

As you work with tarot cards and explore their symbolic meaning, you can tap into your intuitive gifts and cultivate a more intuitive relationship with tarot. As you work with tarot, you can develop a more intuitive relationship with the cards by paying attention to your inner guidance. Pay attention to the small nudges you receive and the subtle signs that indicate certain decisions and paths are worth exploring. You can also use your mind’s eye to visualize certain paths and outcomes. The longer you work with your cards, the more in tune you will feel. Many people often feel certain cards ‘call’ to them while they’re shuffling their deck before they even know what the card is. 

Learning Tarot Card Spreads

Tarot spreads are specific layouts that show the reader the significance of each card in the reading. Tarot spreads tell the reader what the cards mean in terms of themes and ideas and are best used when you have questions to ask the tarot. Without a reading, each card is just a single symbol that represents nothing more than a number or image. By using a tarot spread, however, the reader can start to see each card as a symbol that represents a certain theme. 

Tarot spreads can be used regardless of the tarot deck being used. In fact, many tarot readers use the standard tarot deck with no alterations. Spreads can vary depending on what kind of question you want to ask and how in-depth you want the answer to be, but the most simple one to start out with is the three-card spread. In this spread, you pick three cards out of your deck and lay them side by side. The card to the left signifies your past, the middle your present, and on the right your future. 

Reading Tarot for Yourself

Reading tarot cards for yourself is a powerful and transformative experience. Through the use of a reading journal, you can explore the cards for yourself and take notes on the insights you receive. The more that you do readings, the more you will begin to understand the meanings behind each card and how they play off of each other. Even though each card has a standard meaning, many people tend to branch off from those and apply more specific meanings. Journaling how you feel about different cards can help you to better understand how you depict and feel about certain themes in your life. 

Tips for Using Tarot as a Tool for Personal Growth

When reading tarot cards for yourself, follow these tips to reap the most benefit from your reading: 

  • Make sure you are in a quiet, relaxing space. If possible, try to find a comfortable spot where you can be alone with your thoughts. 
  • Sit comfortably in a cross-legged position with your hands resting comfortably on your lap. 
  • Turn off all electronic devices and try to shut out any other sounds in order to focus exclusively on the tarot cards. 
  • Try to pay attention to your breathing. Also, try to remain as relaxed as possible so that you are not rushing the reading. 
  • Try to remain as open and receptive as possible during the reading. This means that you should try not to judge the cards or think of them as being good or bad. Instead, try to avoid thinking too much about the cards and simply try to let the tarot cards speak to you.

Using Tarot for Guidance

When using tarot cards, you should try to think of them as a guide. If you try to judge the cards or see them as good or bad, or yes or no, they will be much less effective as a guide. Instead, try to simply let the cards speak to you. If you try to think too hard about the cards, they will quickly become obvious and you will be tempted to judge them. Let the tarot cards guide you into the subconscious patterns that lie beneath your current situation and into the next steps you need to take in order to move closer to your goals. Oftentimes, people find the answer to what they’re looking for by simply listening to their gut feeling that arises as soon as the cards reveal themselves. 


Tarot can be a fantastic tool for personal growth if used correctly. All in all, tarot is meant to help you look inward and discover how you truly feel rather than give you a direct answer to a problem. Thinking clearly, understanding the meanings of the cards, and keeping your intuition in mind are all you need to start gaining insight through tarot.

This article was submitted exclusively to CrystalWind.ca by Rayanne Morriss.

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