Why are people so afraid of Tarot cards?

When I first started offering readings to the public, I would pop up at a farmer’s market every Sunday. I met many beautiful people throughout my year at the market, but I also saw many people who wouldn’t come near my tent. They’d find the market director to complain about what I was doing, or they’d grab the rest of their family and hightail it out of there.

I believe there are a couple of reasons that people are afraid of Tarot readings. First, I think it has to do with fear of the unknown. If someone doesn’t know a lot about Tarot, they’re probably going to rely on their limited knowledge. More than likely, this includes what they’ve seen in movies or on TV. Unfortunately, a lot of those films/shows are in the horror/supernatural genre where Tarot isn’t shown in the best light. I’d feel a bit uneasy too if my only association with Tarot was pulling the Death card, and then someone died.

Also, when we start venturing into unknown territory, our mind can make things a bit uncomfortable because it prefers stasis. It’s going to do its damnedest to keep things from changing.

I feel like religion is another major player in peoples’ fears surrounding Tarot. Some people have a fear that working with Tarot cards invites demons into their life or that Satan created the cards. I wholeheartedly disagree with this. The cards themselves are just pieces of paper with images printed on them. I see them as a tool to help us use the imagery and symbolism to tap into our unconscious and receive the messages we need most at any given time. Essentially, we’re making the unconscious conscious.

Also, a Tarot reading asks us to accept responsibility for our lives. It asks us to accept that we create ourselves through our choices and our actions. It might feel more comfortable for someone to deny their responsibility and, instead, blame a force outside of themselves. Once we’re willing to take a good look at how we’ve arrived at where we are, we can begin to consciously create our destiny.

Since my days at the market, there have been several events where someone approaches me expressing their discontent about the fact that I’m offering Tarot readings. Instead of passing judgment, I spend time listening to their concerns and then explain my approach to Tarot and how I believe it works.

Many times, these people leave with a better understanding of Tarot, and they even express their gratitude for taking the time to chat with them. Heck, some of them have even sat down for a reading! It’s up to us as readers to help educate people who are afraid of Tarot. You never know whose life you could change just by taking the time to enlighten them and share your knowledge and love of Tarot.

Working Through Fear Even When It Scares You | The Intrepid Hearts

 

Fear has been pretty prevalent in my life this past week, but now that I've made it to the other side, I'd like to share what I learned.

Last week was a big leap for my practice. I had been thinking about creating and offering my own energy cleansing spray as well as beginning to carry crystals to help my clients on their journey. Finally, last month I pulled the trigger and started creating a "High-Vibe Energy Cleansing Mist" as well as ordering crystals.

It all culminated this past Sunday when I was set to bring my sprays and crystals to the farmer's market I read at every week. Instead of waking up excited, I woke up with a knot in my stomach - "What if no one likes them? What if people think it's stupid?" Instead of listening to these fears I sat down at my altar space and meditated, and that's when it all clicked.

What if we used our fears to guide us like a map? If I'm afraid of something, doesn't that just show me where I have more room to grow? Because when I start moving through that fear, eventually it doesn't scare me any more and I've grown because of it.

When we start working through these fears we begin learning lessons we might not have otherwise been able to learn. I think a lot of the times, when our fear is the loudest, it typically means we're on the cusp of a huge transformation. We just have to be willing to start walking in that direction.

Because my fears had been on full blast that morning, I realized this was definitely the next big step for me. I packed up my stuff and headed to the market where I had the most amazing day with clients. Not only were my new offerings a success, but I was able to use them to help so many people. I felt empowered and uplifted, and now I'm even more excited to take the next steps in my practice.

Try it for yourself! The next time you're feeling fearful, sit down and befriend your fear. Ask what messages it has for you, then take a moment to thank it for its wisdom and let it go. Then, get up and start moving towards whatever it is that's scaring you. I'm not saying it will be easy, but you'll come out on the other side empowered and transformed.

Trusting Your Intuition When Your Fear Won't Shut Up | The Intrepid Hearts

I used to feel like there was a war being waged in my head. I'd decide that I was going to do something, but then I'd hear those dreaded words -- "Yeah, but what if..." and my fears would start spinning a different tale in my head. They'd show me how things couldn't work the way I had imagined them and then I'd start doubting myself.

Our fears are powerful, but they're not malicious. They're our ego's way of protecting us, but since the ego is afraid of the unknown they rarely allow us to venture beyond our comfort zone.

Want to try a new business offering? "What if people think it's dumb?" Want to leave your miserable, soul-sucking job? "What if you can't make money doing anything else?" There's another way though!

When I stopped letting fear govern my life and started trusting my intuition, I noticed a profound shift. My fears started to quiet down and take a back seat. After a while, those "what if" questions became things like "What if I succeed?", "What if everyone loves it?", "What if I can make money doing something I love?"

There are many theories as to what exactly intuition is. I believe it's our energetic connection to the collective unconscious. It's able to see beyond what we can see with our eyes, and it can offer us insightful guidance along our journey when we start listening to it. I'd like to offer you a few ways to help you tune in and start trusting your own intuition:

1. Body Dowsing

Our bodies are connected to our intuition, so here's an easy way to start listening.  Stand with your feet about hip-width apart with your weight centered between the pads of your feet and your heels. Close your eyes and start repeating the word "Yes" until your body either starts to sway backwards or forwards. Take note of which way your body sways for "Yes". Next, recenter yourself and do the same thing with the word "No". Now you have a simple way of asking your body yes or no questions!

All you need to do is center yourself, ask the question and take note of which way your body sways. You can even use this technique while grocery shopping to see what foods your body needs. Hold a piece of fruit in your hands, focus on it, and see which way you start to sway. Is it your "Yes" or "No" response?

2. Your Inner Compass

This is a great way to find out how "yes" and "no" feel in your body. It's kind of like creating your own inner compass. During a meditation, after you've grounded and centered yourself, silently ask yourself what "Yes" feels like for you. Take note of any emotions, sensations, images, or colors that come up. Then do the same for "No".

For me, "Yes" is an expansive feeling in my stomach, a deep peacefulness and the color yellow. "No" is a tightening in my heart or throat accompanied by a dark, murky green color.

You can use this at any time. Thinking about that new business offering? Take a moment to center yourself and ask. See which of your responses come up.

3. Use a Pendulum

You can buy a pendulum at any metaphysical store or you can make your own by tying a weighted object to the end of a string or chain. Find or create one that resonates with you.

Imagine yourself surrounded by a white bubble of light and set the intention to connect with your higher self to receive guidance that serves your greatest good. Holding the end of the chain between your thumb and pointer finger, ask to see your "Yes". Watch the movements of the pendulum and take note of it's response. Is it swinging vertically? Horizontally? Moving in a circle? Once you've gotten a response, say "Thank you." Then, do the same process for "No".

During this process your body is performing little micro-movements based on the messages it's receiving from your intuition. It's best to work with a pendulum when you're feeling centered and you're not too fired up about the particular subject you're asking about. Otherwise, you might start deliberately trying to cause it to swing a certain way.

I'd be lying if I said that I no longer have any fears or that everything is sunshine and rainbows now. However, when I started trusting the messages I was receiving I noticed that the unknown didn't seem so scary, and when it did I'd simply thank my fear for wanting to keep me safe, but I'd let it know that it wasn't going to control my life anymore.

You'll find that the more you start trusting your intuition, the more opportunities and growth you'll experience. Instead of making decisions steeped in fear, you'll feel confident moving forward because you're being guided by love.