This Fool's Journey Into Tarot

Since I was a child, I always felt a deeper connection to everything around me...to the Earth and the animals who inhabit it, the people around me, and to the energies floating around in the Universe. I remember my mother explaining to me when I was about 8 years old that most women in my family were highly intuitive and mavens of manifestation, saying to me, "Be care what you say or wish on other people, the women in this family have a tendency of making things happen."

I remember having dreams that later happened, feeling overwhelmed by the feelings of others around me, and, like my mom said, manifesting my own reality. As I grew older, I began to study different mystical and spiritual traditions in hopes of better understanding myself and the world around me. I was initially drawn to yoga and meditation which became my go-to self care method as I navigated the process of opening up intuitively. I began studying herbalism and listening to the plants around me for guidance and soul medicine. I then started learning more about my heritage, the practices and beliefs of my ancestors, and identified how I wanted to honor those traditions in my life moving forward. I basically spent an entire summer doing yoga in our four acre forest, foraging for mushrooms and medicinal plants, cooking up healing remedies, reading, meditating, and hanging out at my local metaphysical shop. To be honest, it was bliss. 

One mid-summer day I headed to that very shop on a basic errand โ€“ I needed a few herbs for a recipe that didn't grow in my garden and couldn't be foraged for. I went to the back and selected my herbs, flipped through a few books, and found myself in their Tarot section - which happened to be an entire row of bookshelves with tons of different decks that I had never seen before. I didn't really know anything about Tarot except that the cards were a way of connecting to your intuition and well, they were gorgeous. My eyes instantly went to the Fenestra Tarot โ€“ a Rider-Waite based deck with watercolor style art and gorgeous roses on the back. The deck was soft, feminine, and oh so lovely. I had to have it! I ran to the front to check out, special ordered this beautiful deck, and a few months later it finally arrived for me. Then began my Fool's Journey.

  The Queen of Swords from the Fenestra Tarot

The Queen of Swords from the Fenestra Tarot

I had never read Tarot before or had a reading and I really didn't know anything about it. I had just felt so drawn to this deck of cards and I wanted to learn more. I started reading for myself with the basic Celtic Cross template that came with my deck and used the little white book to interpret the cards. At that time, Tarot was my personal tool for reflection and it wasn't until a few years later where I would meet others who I could share this practice with.

I eventually started to open up a little bit more about my Tarot practice and began sharing it with friends, romantic partners, and my family. In 2017, my New Year's Resolution was to get serious about my Tarot reading so I enrolled in the Biddy Tarot Certification Program, began working with Janis Cohen to further enhance my intuitive abilities, started reading for myself every day, and began to offer free readings for friends and strangers online. Anxiously, I came out of the Tarot closet. Responses were mixed, but mostly positive. The people in my life who didn't react well towards my "dabbling in the occult" really just didn't understand what Tarot is and what it isn't.

So what is Tarot anyway?

Tarot Cards began as a deck for gameplay in the 1400s, started to be used for divination and prediction in the 1700s, and shifted towards a tool for self development and intuitive reflection in the last 50 years. Tarot is made up of 78 cards that reflect the collective experiences of humanity through archetypes, symbols, and stories. These 78 cards are made up of the Major Arcana, stronger influences and soul lessons, and the Minor Arcana, more day-to-day lessons and insights. The Major Arcana begins with the Fool and and depicts his experiences as learns the lessons of all 22 Major Arcana cards. The Minor Arcana are made up of four suites depicting the four elements: Cups (Water), Wands (Fire), Pentacles (Earth), and Swords (Air). These 78 cards are used as tools to help us tap into our intuition, answer all sorts of questions, and reflect on the obstacles or opportunities in our lives.

What Tarot Isn't

Let's bust some myths, shall we? Tarot isn't:

  • Scary, evil, dangerous, or occultist.
  • Super mysterious or esoteric.
  • Only for psychics.
  • Here to tell you your future.

Thanks to the portrayal of Tarot in the media, people have a lot of misconceptions about this truly harmless deck of cards. To be extremely clear: there is nothing wicked or weird about printed ink on fancy paper! The cards also aren't reflective of any religious tradition (save for the Christian-influence in symbolism in the Rider-Waite) and won't send you straight to hell or summon demons (can you believe people think this???). Some decks are more esoteric than others and sure, different readers use Tarot for different things, but at its baseline, Tarot isn't very mysterious and you definitely don't need to know EVERYTHING about it to enjoy or gain insight from a reading. Tarot also isn't exclusively for psychics and can be used by anyone and everyone to connect with their intuition more deeply. 

Contrary to popular belief, Tarot Cards don't tell us the future but rather give us an opportunity to uncover hidden blocks or influences effecting a situation in our life. This knowledge empowers us to make the changes necessary to bring us closer to the future we want. Tarot works beautifully with our free will to help us achieve our goals, map out action plans, and co-create our futures along with the rest of the universe. A reading empowers you to take positive action with confidence - and well, it's fun! 

How do I use Tarot in my everyday life?

  Photo by Ben Wills

I'm a big fan of Tarot cards (clearly, I now have six decks) and use them in my life pretty much every day. From doing big spreads to strategically plan my business to morning one-card draws to see the energy of the day, I utilize Tarot in all aspects of my life. It is my chosen tool for connecting to my intuition and helps me understand lessons I need to learn, where I am out of balance, opportunities that will help me, and when I am on the right path. It is also a powerful form of self-care that facilitates self healing by providing me with a deeper understanding of what's going on in my life. I also offer readings that have been powerfully transformative, comforting, and life-affirming for my clients. Every Tarot reading I have ever done for myself or others has fulfilled itself in one way or another thus proving to me that these cards do have significance and can help us deeper connect with our highest selves. 

I truly believe that Tarot can help us navigate our path and help us understand what we need to do, learn, or experience to create our own fate. It is my hope that I can share my own connection to the cards with others through readings and educational guides on the cards and how to develop your intuition. If you are interested in a reading, please contact me to learn more or click here to purchase. You can also follow me on Instagram for insights into the cards and the occasional free reading giveaway. If you have any questions or want to share your Tarot journey, I'd love to read them in the comments below. I hope to connect with you soon!