Every year, at the start of the year I pull a Tarot card to find out what I can expect in the year ahead.
I wrote more about this, in this article: How to Use Tarot to Predict the Year Ahead
I just love the Tarot and I find it to be so accurate.
How my relationship with the Tarot has changed over time
I’ve been reading the Tarot for 23 years. For many of those years, I didn’t realise this at the time, but I went into my readings with a fear-based mentality. I was slightly afraid (on an unconscious level) to turn the cards over in a reading. I felt that life was happening TO me and the Tarot was going to give me a hint of what was going to happen to me next (whether good or bad.)
I now believe the Tarot simply reflects back to us what we are currently manifesting. It reflects back to us what we assume and believe to be true about ourselves and about life.
It shows us where we have invested our energies, in terms of the thoughts, emotions and images we are ‘out-picturing’ in our minds. Those thoughts, emotions and images (whatever we imagine and assume) are sent out into the Universe, which places us on a lifeline that corresponds perfectly to whatever it is we are imagining.
So, the Tarot has the ability to show you (with great accuracy) what kind of place you will be in soon, based on your current energies and manifestations.
Note that all of this is entirely within your control to change.
If you pull a Tarot card for the upcoming year, and it doesn’t look too good, you can 100% change it.
So, my favourite way to use the Tarot is to ask it:
“What am I currently manifesting in the area of X?”
(…it could be in the realm of health, work, relationships, etc.)
The card that comes up shows me what I’ve been creating. I may be able to fool myself and think I’m manifesting something in particular, but the Tarot isn’t fooled and will show me if my subconscious mind is actually in alignment with my desire.
Remember that according to the Law of Assumption, when we’re manifesting, we need to impress upon our subconscious minds that we already are who we desire to be, or we already have what it is that we’re desiring. (We can do this most efficiently through affirmations and visualisations.)
If I ask this question about what I’m manifesting and I get a card that projects something positive that is in alignment with what I’ve been manifesting, I know I’m on track for it to appear in my life. I’ve done the work to impress my subconscious and it is on board with my manifestation.
If the Tarot card I pick projects something more challenging, it means my subconscious mind is not yet on board with my desire. It doesn’t currently believe in my manifestation (possibly due to a self-concept, excessive importance or a mental diet that aren’t in alignment with my desire). That means I can course correct with my manifesting process and examine how I’ve been contributing to this.
I’m going to take a look at a couple of examples.
Let’s say that someone is trying to get pregnant and asks the Tarot what they are manifesting in this area.
The card that comes up is the ace of pentacles, which is traditionally associated with pregnancy.
From this, they are going to know that their manifestation is on track.
Let’s say in another situation, you ask about your relationship that has been having some difficulties lately, and your partner is distancing themselves from you. You have a weird feeling that the relationship may be ending soon.
When you ask ‘what am I currently manifesting in this relationship?’…
…You pull the 5 of cups, which is a card that is associated with loss and grief. This implies that you are manifesting the end of this relationship, or at the very least you are manifesting further distance in it, which will cause sadness for you.
At this point, you have to really tune into your desires for this relationship. And when I refer to desires, I’m talking about real, soul-level desires, not fear-based, egoic desires. (We often cannot manifest things that the ego wants but the soul doesn’t want.)
Is it really right that this person stays in your life?
Are you good for one another?
Do you bring out the best in one another?
On occasion, our souls will create an ending in our life, because it is a necessary part of the Bridge of Incidents for a bigger manifestation that is important to us.
But if you know in your heart that this person is someone who has a place in your life, and you value the relationship, then this card is showing you what to do next (or rather, what to ‘be’ or embody next!)
Here’s how you course correct:
- You set a clear intention for what you’d like to experience next in this relationship
- You could come up with some visualisations that show your relationship with this person thriving
- You could create and use some affirmations, such as:
“X is such a great partner to me”
or “I bring out the best in X”
3. Next, you go on a mental diet, purging from your mind any worries or thoughts of the relationship ending.
4. Then you assess the level of importance you have attached to the idea of this person not leaving your life. If you really need this relationship to remain in your life, you will sabotage your intention.
5. Next, you look at your self-concept.
Your self-concept is what you habitually think about yourself, and how you feel about yourself. Do you feel worthy of this relationship?
You need to work on your self-concept if any of the below apply to you.
- You are self-critical
- You don’t celebrate your achievements or give yourself credit for them
- You take responsibility for things that aren’t your fault
- You have trouble accepting compliments e.g. if someone says “I love your dress” instead of saying “thank you” you say things like: “Oh this old thing, I’ve had it for ages, I should throw it out.”
- You sometimes say self-deprecating things about yourself to other people
- You have an anxious, avoidant or disorganised attachment style in relationships.
- Other peoples’ criticisms really hurt you
- You compare yourself to others and come up short in your mind
- You’re a people pleaser
- You put other peoples’ desires ahead of your own
- You often don’t stand up for yourself or speak up for what you need
- You don’t take risks on your dreams for fear of failure
- You’re often explaining or justifying your decisions to people unnecessarily.
If any of the above apply to you, then you create affirmations which affirm the opposite.
For example, if you always put other peoples’ desires above your own, affirm the following:
“I always put myself first. I am the number one priority in my own life.”
You may also want to affirm:
“I am worthy of wonderful, supportive relationships in my life”
And say them as if you are celebrating these truths about yourself. In your mind as you’re saying them, BE that person.
6. Next, you surrender yourself to the Bridge of Incidents. You let go of how your manifestation comes to fruition. That is for the Universe to decide, not you. If your partner continues to distance themselves, you try not to freak out about it and instead focus on yourself and your own life.
As you can see, the Tarot can be a useful tool for showing us whether we are on course for manifesting our desires, and for allowing us to course correct.
If you have any questions about what I covered in this article, please let me know in the comments section below.
(In this article I’ve touched on a controversial question, which is: can we manifest for others? If you are asking yourself this, you might like to read this article for my take on it.)
PS. I recommend only doing this process of asking whether you’re on track with your manifestation periodically. If you’re going to do it very frequently, be prepared for the eventuality that the Tarot will reflect back to you what you’ve been focusing on today or yesterday only.