Reading the Tarot is More Than Just Predicting the Future
By Narayana Grace
(Wed 23rd June 2021)
The Tarot is more than just a way to predict your next job promotion or love relationship. It contains rich symbolism that can enhance your intuition and develop your insight by studying it. Did you know, for example, that the tarot cards contain numerology, astrology, colour symbolism, archetypes and mythology? These symbols and images are everywhere around us and learning about them can give us more knowledge about who we are and what they mean.
Is Tarot the same as an oracle? What should I use?
The tarot has come in many shapes and guises over the years, but is generally considered to have evolved in Italy during the 1400s. Some people get confused between Tarot and Oracle cards. They are two very different things. The traditional Tarot always comes in a particular format and follows four suits of Wands, Discs, Cups and Swords. These suits are sometimes given different names, but mean the same thing. There are 16 court cards which often represent people, 22 Major arcana cards that hold significant sway, and then 40 minor arcana cards, adding up to 78 cards in all. Oracles can have any kind of symbolism or images and there can be any number of cards in the deck. Tarot decks are more complex a system than oracles, and require more study to understand. Oracles are simpler and quite popular because they are easier to use. However, learning how to use them and to properly prepare your state of being before using them is still important and a step many novices make the mistake of omitting. This often results in confusion and ultimately, can sadly destroy one’s faith in the power and accuracy of divination tools.
You get what you ask for.
Whilst tarot can be an accurate tool for predicting the future, it is also an effective tool for life guidance and personal development. There are several ways to approach tarot reading. One of the biggest mistakes novice readers and clients make is to ask questions that require a yes or no answer. Firstly, I believe this insults the intelligence of this intricate system and I find that it responds accordingly. Secondly, getting a yes or no answer gives you no insight, no reason for the answer, and no opportunity for growth. Instead, use the tarot to give you more information about your options and help tune into your true feelings and natural intuition to make an informed choice.
I usually combine both my psychic ability and the tarot cards within a reading. This is not a necessary skill for learning the tarot, but it should increase with regular training. When I start a reading I will not let the client tell me anything about themselves until I am finished tuning in to their aura and giving them the initial messages without using the cards. By then, usually, all the main concerns have been illuminated and after that point we go into more detail and I allow my client to ask questions and reveal details as required.
A psychic tarot reader can tune in and give extra information, using abilities such as clairvoyance (seeing), clairsentience (feeling) and clairaudience (hearing). These abilities enhance a tarot reading for a client, but are not essential to getting an accurate reading. I’m primarily clairsentient and clairvoyant. I also channel messages for my clients. It’s like I have someone behind me pushing me to say something. It can be very insistent if I resist revealing the information, (because it’s either quite random or feels risky), but delivery becomes imperative, because the pushing feeling increases until I do. Channelling is a bit different to being intuitive. It’s a different ability and a skill that can also be developed. Sometimes it’s a message the client really NEEDS to hear and one they are ready to hear, even if they might not like it. Some people are just born with the psychic gifts mentioned here, but you can also learn them too. I did.
Responsibility and ethics
As a reader, I consider it my responsibility to be as truthful as I can be and to reveal that truth in a safe and comfortable way. I take that responsibility seriously because some people are very vulnerable when they come for guidance and it’s important to empower them and not to play God. None of us have all the answers and I believe tarot readings are to help illuminate the truth, to get the client to see things in new ways, to be encouraged, to be more informed, but most of all, to be empowered to trust what they already know – to get confirmation of their hunches and feelings. It is imperative to keep all psychic readings private and confidential and not to talk about them with other people unless you have the client’s permission.
How to use the Tarot for Personal development
Tarot can not only be used the traditional way for prediction, but can also be used for daily or personal guidance and focus. You can learn how to develop your intuition so that you can better recognise it and then to use it to benefit your daily life. It’s important to approach the tarot with respect. Learning how to prepare yourself and to tune in and to invoke support and protection will help you to grow your ability without confusion. If you follow the ‘rules’, you can begin to build trust and the system will magically respond and the truth will be revealed more consistently. Your interpretation of the images and symbols improves until you can feel beyond a doubt that the tarot indeed is an amazing, synchronistic and divinely guided system to help us humans make sense of confusing times. It can help us to regain clarity and insight into the most important things for our growth and life path at any given time.
If you would like to have a reading or learn the tarot with me, contact Narayana at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. I am based in Eumundi on the Sunshine Coast and am starting my next 10 week course on the 8th July 2021.
COVID 19, 20, 21, 22…..
Narayana Grace from Sacred Life says hello after a long online sabbatical..
Well, it’s been a long time since I have done a mailer or a blog, but I thought it was high time that I started again. It’s not that nothing has been going on!
In fact, so much has gone on that it’s hard to know where to start. I know that you can all relate to this. During a time when many people have been put out of work or severely challenged financially or psychologically, there are so many dynamics to contend with. Sorting out the truth – the wheat from the chaff is nigh impossible these days.
So, more importantly than ever, I find it necessary and essential to keep my spirits up by remembering who I am and what is REALLY important. As things get ripped away from us – from the downright obvious to the most subtle actions by government and police and doctors etc., it really is difficult to know what is best. Are we (and that includes our governments, doctors and police) being manipulated by the rich and elite of the world, or is this Covid19 thing all 100% kosher?
I don’t know the answer. I feel something fishy is up, but I am in no position to judge – in the ordinary sense. In a higher sense, when I feel into it with my psychic, soul nature, I KNOW that honesty is a rare virtue among governments, MEDIA and people in power. There are so many complex dynamics that inform how people behave. And if there’s one thing that’s certain….people go a bit mad when they are afraid. And greed and power never did anyone any good.
WE ARE NOT POWERLESS, PEOPLE. THE GIFT OF COVID19 is that those who had their eyes half open will either fall completely asleep…or they will begin to wake up. Which do you choose? Believe everything you hear from media, politicians, police, medical experts? OR, question, research, ASK QUESTIONS. Be prepared, be safe, yes….BUT also…THINK for yourself and QUESTION EVERYTHING.
So, I read, watch, sense and keep an open mind…AND prepare myself for what I imagine the future might hold.
To this end, here I am. Sleepy Cooran in the middle of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. I still do readings, I still run meditation class, I still grow vegetables, I still struggle with my own ‘stuff’ and I still continue to grow in my connection to the Divine. I am trusting my truth more and more as I get older, more experienced, less naïve, more powerful, less fearful and more in tune with who I am. It’s a lifetime task folks!
Anyways, I just wanted to drop a line and say, stay connected if you want. I will begin communicating more online ( I resist this normally – but, hey…what choice do I have...? I am a long way from so many of my friends and fellow light workers. )
In the meantime, if you would like to hear a channelling from Archangel Gabriel through me ( a new thing for me) online on youtube, there are two videos, one about ‘Coronavirus’ and the other about ‘Freedom.’ They are on the fairly new Sacred Life channel. Please subscribe if you like the content. Here is the link to the Sacred Life youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPL-fHMJm8rhr5ziPNeBAJw
I am also running a new meditation/sharing group here at Sacred Life in Cooran on Monday mornings at 8 am. If I get enough interest, I might add an online component via Zoom or something, so… let me know…
Blessings to you all x Narayana
I must admit, I have had some challenging times lately. What has helped me get through it is a philosophy I took on some time ago, and continue to practice...which is to see every challenge as an opportunity to make positive change in my life.
Sometimes I have found this difficult to practice when in the throes of strong emotions, but at the back of my mind, I tell myself 'this too, will pass' and it eventually subsides and I am able to get back on track and find balance again. Meditation and also contemplation are what helps me.
I think it is an interesting thing to consider...meditation vs contemplation. I think all too often, it is easy to escape into meditation as a way of clocking out of this world and NOT facing what needs to change about our world view. On the other hand, to get into a meditative, higher spiritual state with a little conscious direction is an opportunity to heal, to learn, to rest, to relax and to bathe in higher vibrations which inform us on a deep level and help us to regain our lost balance and find the Truth in a situation.
Contemplation to me, is sitting in a semi-meditative state and activating the mind a little whilst resting on a question. I find that I am able to use a higher part of my mind to understand situations. In contrast, by not doing that, and when just thinking about a troublesome situation using my ordinary mind, I can get confused with all the options, viewpoints and judgements that come. When I contemplate, I notice that there is a different kind of thinking going on. I call it my higher mind. To access it, I find it requires a certain willingness on my part to be objective, to drop my current viewpoint and to sit and wait for something new to come in. I think meditation and contemplation go hand in hand, but are different too...
What are your opinions and experiences with this? I would love to hear from you.
I find it hard to let go of good books, and have recently picked up one that I read many years ago called ‘The Power of Awareness’ by Neville.
It made me realise that some of the things I regularly practice came from reading it years ago. It also reminded me that I could do these things more often, to increase my wellbeing and feeling of peace and abundance.
Whilst I have been regularly helping people with my psychic and healing work, I was finding it hard to really reach in and nurture myself. It has been quite a while since I have found this easy. As many of my clients will agree, when life sets a series of ongoing and emotional challenges upon you, it can bring a period of nightfall, of darkness; a feeling that we are not moving forwards, that we are just ‘coping’. These days, weeks, months or years of just coping feel a bit like you are living in a repeating nightmare.
Right now, however, I feel so alive and excited I cannot imagine quite how I will be able to share with you what has been happening for me. So, I do apologise if I jump from one thing to another. They are all woven together and connected by threads, however.
So, I will just blog my way through my thoughts and feelings in the spirit of sharing, and in the hope that some of you may connect with me in this story and share yours with me.
The dark night of my soul unfolded nearly 4 years ago. There was only one way for me to see it - as an opportunity to grow my soul and expand my consciousness.
I have read time and time again over the years that our greatest sufferings are our greatest opportunity for change. I sincerely understand this to be true. Without trying to lay blame on people, I have tried to forgive. Not to forget, however, but to dive regularly into the uncomfortable waters of the painful dynamics to see what I see. What has unfolded is the gradual dawning on several levels that I was bullied as a child by a family member. All in ‘good spirits’ and apparently for fun and humour though.
I was getting to know this person again as a mature adult. I had higher levels of self-esteem and after a ‘hurtful remark’ disguised as joking, I gently pointed out that what they had just said to me was unkind and not funny. Well, the response was very interesting. Instead of receiving this or reflecting on my statement, this person took very personal offence at my remark and made it all about them. And again, this dynamic had a bullying effect. I chose not to say any more, but had a feeling that the remark had changed the ‘peaceful’ dynamics between us forever. What followed was a complete destruction of my relationship with this person, with increased bullying and interference to the point of the breakdown of another close relationship around me. I had become ostracised and victimised.
As I sat in the midst of this despair, the only thing that got me through and moved me forward was to use my spiritual practice and to fully accept the pain. I had no choice but to accept the helplessness I was feeling while at the same time knowing and trusting that there was a bigger plan that I could not see, but could only sense, and to move forward with this paradox going on inside me.
My spiritual practice was the only thing that gave me an anchor and brought meaning and hope to me during the painful experiences. Up until that time, I had had good relations with people and my life had been pretty peaceful. There are two quotes which come to my mind as I reflect on this: ‘God will never give you anything you can’t handle’ and ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’.
Well, the end result is this. I have come to a new place of steadiness. I have continued helping others and tuning in psychically to do this. However, this energy is SEPARATE from the energy of self-realisation. Yes, my psychic energy grew as my inner life expanded and my intuition grew stronger and I knew it was time to use it to help others. So yes, they are connected and a definite part of the whole. But, ultimately, we need to HELP OURSELVES. Self-realisation cannot be given, and nor is it a given. It has to be worked at, just like any skill.
The good news is, there are many paths. I have been told time and again from upstairs that I know my path and that I have all the tools. I do not need to search any longer for a system to get me to the truth. I have found my system, my way. However, the WAY is an ongoing journey. We can stop at any time and get off the train. Sometimes, during those painful times of our lives, it is easy to lose faith, to lose one’s way. But if we can find our way back, imagine how much stronger we would be now that we have exercised such a strong muscle of willpower. Willpower and attention are the two things necessary to create change, to create the amazing life we know we can have. To have health, abundance, peace, love etc.
Wow, this is pretty full on.
Anyway, I would like to say and give thanks to this book I am re-reading. It is all about how our consciousness is what creates our reality, (yes, I know, you have heard this before….) and how our assumptions cause the events around us to unfold. It is about dreaming the dream through visualising it and feeling it truly and assuming it into existence. This is different to visualisation. It is the practice of BEING that which you desire. This cannot be achieved by repeating words or phrases or looking at pictures. It comes from the practice of regularly working on seeing it, believing it, and also, staying open to what comes. Staying open to finding out what it is your heart truly wants. It is all so unimaginably simple once you get it, but oh the journey to the centre of the earth (our true core) is fraught with traps and difficulties, and the complexity of the mind is what makes the terrain of our journey difficult.
It all sounds familiar. Because it is. The question is, am I ready to BELIEVE IT fully and completely?
Am I ready to throw myself in with the passion of Rumi into the creation of my life?
Am I ready to mercilessly destroy my false beliefs and to question my education, my culture, my religion, my parents, the government and my friends and LIVE MY LIFE from different laws?
I bravely set on this path with renewed vigour, passion and conviction. It is TIME.
I wish you all good luck on your journeys, and if you would like to share yours with me or with others on this list, please send me your story.
This last month, we have had no less than 10 things break, die, break down, need fixing etc. Cars, vaccuums, computers, pets, washing machines etc etc etc. It has been challenging. I still haven't fixed everything. It must look funny when I use a tent pole to jack my car boot open in the car park, lol!
Anyways, there is always light at the end of the tunnel, and the light is now shining a bit brighter now. At least I have a computer! I have been happily preparing materials for the publisher, a new meditation CD to come out next year. Exciting! I have done another local gig at the Crabbes Creek community hall and got chatting to some nice locals. I even sold two Cds. Lovely! (We don't get paid to play at the hall...it is done for the community spirit and fund raising for events at the hall.
What else? Well, I have had to upgrade a bit of gear, and we are shooting skywards with the sound therapy, which is close to Star Trek stuff, and I love Star Trek. One day you will walk in the door and press a button, and you will get zapped with sound and colour vibrations, and probably some zero point energy thingy, and it will help realign all those wonky chakras and your energy field. I really can see that day arriving. In the meantime, Bio-Acoustics will have to do, and it is very, very interesting stuff....
Anyway, I am attempting to FINALLY do a brochure, but have been waylaid by realising horrifyingly that when I recently changed this website's template, some text disappeared into tiny scribbly illegible lines, so here I am updating the website and putting wrongs to rights etc etc. And so, I have updated a lot of things to make sure we stay current. One has to be in the mood for these things.
Well, I can tell you that I was NOT in the mood for what the last two weeks dealt me, and I had to use all my skills to not go into a flapping panic and melt down. When it comes to computers and my recording software, I prefer to stay with what I know, but when Windows 10 says you can't do this with that anymore, it is definitely time to upgrade! Out with the old sound interface, and in with the new. That meant I had to read a manual or two, but all in all, I discovered that I had most of the new tools to hand, and the software companies were very helpful and prompt with their replies when I made my enquiries as to how to get my licenses transferred from computer to computer.
EEK. I love and hate computers...
Well, I am looking forward to smooth running for a while, and hope to get a bit more promotional and spread the word about what we are doing at Sacred Life. I have to be in the mood for that. Some days it is just not possible. Must be my creative, right brained dominance. Good with creating, bad with selling....Can anybody help?
Kind blessings and have a fantastic day.