I’m blessed to have a handful of people in my life who I love dearly and I would do anything for them in a heartbeat. As much as we have in common with one another, these individuals and I also share some differences, namely our beliefs in relation to spirituality or “the divine.” I’m one who believes in a multitude of things and have developed my own, personal spiritual practice over time that allows me to be a better person and to help me cope with the “ups and downs” of life. Others, such as my fiancé and sister, lean more towards an atheist and/or agnostic viewpoint, which is absolutely fine! They’re both amazing human beings and whatever path works best for them, is exactly what they should follow.
My sister doesn’t know much about the Tarot, other than the stereotypes presented in pop culture, such as “scamming fortune tellers” who may or may not be trying to “swindle” people out of money. I explained to her that you don’t have to be someone who is spiritual or believes in the metaphysical to appreciate what the Tarot can provide, which is a deeper understanding of yourself and your situation(s) as well as how you should (or shouldn’t) move forward from where you’re currently at in life. Then I explained how noted psychologist, Carl Jung, had openly discussed the connection between the archetypes presented within the tarot cards and the transformation process of an individual person on a conscious and unconscious level.
For example, Jung stated, “We can predict the future when we know how the present moment has evolved out of the past” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfNKdI6iPJE). This means that there are certain events that everyone experiences in life and, apart from a few anomalies, the process and outcome of how to effectively navigate through those events are conceptually the same. Birth, death, love, loss, good times, bad times; these are all things we as the human race experience (both on an individual and a collective level) and these cards identify all of the various stages associated with both success and struggle. So, the better we are at identifying the patterns of our past, the better we can become at changing our future.
This seemed to make a lot more sense to my sister once I was able to delineate from the Tarot’s spiritual or “magical” aspect and focus solely on it’s benefits for mental health. Although she still wasn’t ready to receive a reading, she has a much better understanding of why it would be good to utilize, especially if someone is struggling to move forward or maybe suppressing their true feelings about a person or situation. In fact, my fiancé, who is one of the most logical and practical people I know, believes that the Tarot is a very useful tool since the meaning of each card can be related to literally anything a person has, is, or will eventually be going through. Now, that does take the fun, divinatory aspect out of it just a little, but regardless, it does the same thing, which is helping people to cope and move on .
So if you or someone you know is still on the fence about using the Tarot, present it to them (or think about it) from a purely scientific and psychological viewpoint because at the end of the day, “the magic” from the cards is really just the magic we create for ourselves in order to improve the well-being of our lives.
Love and Light,
Jenna (Gypsy Rose)