Use tarot cards to read your intuition,
not your future
is taken from Cathy's ebook,
As a career coach, I meet people
who feel they are standing at a fork in the road, seeking guidance
on whether to turn right or left. Accept this job offer? Resign
from a frustrating job? Return to school?
"I know the answer is within
me," they say, "but how do I gain access to my inner
Besides journaling and meditating, I often turn to tarot cards,
using a simple, single-card method.
As you shuffle a deck, ask your question. Avoid yes/no questions.
Use phrases like, "What will happen if I ..." Or just,
"Give me an impression of outcome X."
Pull a single card. Often the
image will speak to you immediately. You'll have a sense that
your intuition has been personified in this card. For instance,
Marie had just completed interviews with two companies. She was
also considering a return to graduate school for a new career
Marie drew "Death"
for both of her corporate options. She realizes that this card
can signify a rebirth. However, as soon as Marie saw those cards,
she felt her intuition was confirmed: "I sensed rejection
all through the interview."
For her third option, a new career,
Marie drew the Five of Cups. Typically the Five of Cups means
"regret." Marie was confused: would she regret the
decision to return to school?
However, I suggested, this card might signify regret from not
choosing this option. It could mean that she needed time to mourn
her corporate career. Alternatively, it could mean that she would
regret the decision initially, but would feel differently later.
I urged Marie to live with the
decision and the card a little longer, gather more information,
and use meditation and journaling to enhance her intuition. And,
I suggested, she could draw another card later. In my own life,
I have found that a two-card sequence corresponds loosely to
a temporal sequence. Alas, the cards do not yield information
about length of each sequence, but you know there's hope ahead.
Another client, Mike, was not
familiar with tarot cards, which he associated with store-front
crystal balls. Mike had been laid off from a lucrative managerial
position, with a generous severance package.
Mike drew the Three of Cups from
a Rider-Waite deck. I encouraged him to study the image first,
before turning to published interpretations. Mike spoke of three
women who seemed to be proposing a toast. They appeared very
focused on the cups and on each other. Mike felt drawn to the
symbols of autumn and harvest: pumpkin, grapes, fruits, orange
and yellow colors.
Perhaps, Mike thought, he needed
to harvest the fruits of his previous career. He could celebrate
what he had stored up and use the fruits of the harvest for a
Mike had little interest in studying
traditional meanings of this card. His own answer felt right
You can also use the card-a-day
method to track progress of a life transition. Keep a tarot card
intuition journal. Write down the question, draw a card, and
record your card, Later you can track the effectiveness of tarot
cards for your own life. You may learn new meanings: "I
thought this card meant departure but it really meant I was supposed
to be waiting."
My Rider-Waite deck has become
one of the most powerful tools in my career coaching. I encourage
you to use your own cards to gather intuitive wisdom and enhance
intuition as you enjoy career and life change.
Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D.
Author, Career Consultant, Speaker
*Fast Track to Career Freedom*