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.

Choosing your first Tarot deck

With so many options to choose from, how do you decide which Tarot deck to use?

When I first started learning to read Tarot, I did a lot of research on which deck was best to learn with. Overwhelmingly, many people recommended using a Rider-Waite Smith (RWS) deck. So, I went to my local metaphysical shop and picked up an RWS deck along with a Tarot book to begin my studies.

I'm not sure what exactly I was expecting to happen, but I could not understand what the heck any of the cards meant. Everything I had read about this deck talked about the deep, rich symbolism within each card, but all I saw was a bunch of olden looking people and places. The deck didn't evoke any response from me. At this point, I put the deck on the shelf and pretty much gave up the idea that I could learn to read Tarot.

About six months later I was scrolling through Instagram when I came across a picture of The Wild Unknown Tarot deck. I felt an inexplicable pull towards the deck and knew I had to get my hands on one. Luckily, I was gifted one a couple of months later for my birthday, and that's when Tarot started to click.

I eventually enrolled in a class, and I asked my teacher why learning with The Wild Unknown was so much easier for me; especially, when everyone recommended learning with an RWS deck. She looked at me and said, "Honey, all the decks speak different languages. You and your RWS didn't speak the same one."

This is why I teach that it's so important to choose a deck that resonates with you. You don't have to learn to read using the same Tarot deck as everyone else. Find a deck that draws you in, one that you want to spend time with, one that evokes a response deep within. That's how you'll know it's speaking your language.

When you and your deck speak the same language, your readings will take on a whole new level. The messages that come through will be more apparent, and you'll feel much more confident about your readings.

When you go deck shopping, see if the store you're visiting has the decks open for you to peruse. That way you can see if you connect with it. If the decks aren't open, you can always use Google. Search the name of the deck you're interested in and spend some time looking at the various pictures of the cards. You'll know whether or not you'll vibe with it. Once you’ve got a deck that resonates with you, you’ll be set to start learning.

P.S. If you’re interested in learning to read Tarot, I’m teaching an 8-week Tarot course called Intrepid Intuition: A Beginner’s Guide to Tarot. This class is designed to help you start reading Tarot for yourself and others with confidence and clarity. This class focuses on helping you to develop your own unique relationship with the cards and using your intuition to deliver transformative Tarot readings. Over eight weeks, I’ll lead you through various exercises and discussions that will help you put down the Tarot books and begin trusting the deep intuitive knowing that already exists within you. Class is every Tuesday from 7-9PM beginning on April 2nd.

Tarot Talks: The Wheel of Fortune and Five of Cups | The Intrepid Hearts

The Wild Unknown Tarot

I want to try something different this week. Instead of writing the usual blog post, I asked my Tarot cards "What is the best thing to discuss this week?" I pulled two cards, and we received The Wheel of Fortune and the Five of Cups.

The Wheel is governed by Goddess Fortuna and is indicative of cycles and changes taking place in our lives. If you look closely, we live in cycles -- days, seasons, years, lunar cycles, life, death -- everything is cyclical in nature. 

This is where the Five of Cups comes into play. I've always seen this card as a card of choice. In the Rider-Waite version, you see a man shrouded in black looking down at his three spilled cups, but there's two full cups sitting right behind him. The spilled cups sit on his left side (the past) and the full ones on his right side (the future). He rests in the middle (the present) and has the choice of what to focus on.

In The Wild Unknown version, the horse is casting his gaze down in the blackness, which feels very heavy and depressing. Above him there are five cups raised out of the darkness and in the light. Just like the man in the Rider-Waite Tarot, the horse has a choice of where to look.

These two cards serve as a reminder that we always have a choice and those choices will affect our fortune. If we let the past define us, we'll stay stuck, doomed to repeat the same life experiences over and over again.

In the present moment we have the opportunity to change our story and shift our gaze by deciding to choose something that's more aligned with our Truth. Forgive yourself of your past mistakes; forgive others for their's. Just because you may have messed up before doesn't mean you'll mess up again.

Every day you have a fresh, clean slate -- a new cycle begins. Make today the day you leave the past behind and start living your Truth.

Tarot Forecast for the Week of January 15, 2018

This week we have the energy of the Two of Swords coming into our lives.

If you look at the imagery of this particular card, you'll see two swords crossed together underneath a sun that appears to be eclipsed. However, it feels like it's still creating light amidst the darkness.

Swords are a suit that corresponds with our mental processes and communication. Coupled with the fact that this is a number two, it felt like the message coming through is in regards to the decisions we have to make this week. Yes, we make decisions every single day, but with the sun being eclipsed, it feels like we don't have everything we need in order to make a decision that feels aligned with our higher good. There's something we might not yet have that would help us make the best choice.

Therefore, this card would suggest that you not be afraid in asking for what you need prior to making a decision. Don't be afraid to hold off on any decisions until you have what you need from someone or something. When you're advocating for yourself, you're able to get a big picture view rather than feeling like you're stumbling in the dark.

This week's message, plain and simple: Don't be afraid to ask.

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Tarot Forecast for the Week of January 8, 2018

As I was shuffling the cards this week, the image of a rose came into my mind.  I've had a couple rose bushes for a few years, and I know the amount of work they require. You can't just plop a rosebush down and expect it to grow without any care. They need plenty of sunshine, water, pruning, fertilizer, and other beneficial things like egg shells and coffee grounds.


As this image of the rose faded from my mind, the Ten of Pentacles came leaping out of the deck. To me, this is a card of abundance, prosperity, and essentially represents the life of your dreams.

While looking at the card I began to think about how those dreams don't just appear out of thin air. They take work, just like a rosebush. You can't just set your intention and expect everything to happen without any work on your part.

Think of your intentions as a tiny seed you plant in the ground. In order to help that seed grow into its full potential, you have to nurture it. You help it blossom by pruning old habits and beliefs that no longer serve you, and taking steps towards it every single day. The more love and attention you give it, the stronger it will grow. But, like a tiny seedling, if you neglect it for too long, it will just wither and die.

This week, you're being asked to plan out how you can give those intentions the love and care they need in order to thrive. Maybe it's something as simple as placing that phone call you've been putting off or starting to build your website. Whatever it is, do it! Take that step because both you and your dreams deserve it.

Unlock Your Creativity with Tarot | The Intrepid Hearts

"I'm not good enough."

I used to tell myself this all the time. I'd hold myself back from going after opportunities because I was continually telling myself that I wasn't good enough. Slowly but surely, I was stifling my creativity because I'd find more excuses not to use it than allowing myself to harness this innate freedom of expression.

We're all born creative individuals. When we're children we create all sorts of artwork, songs, skits, etc. without any worries. However, as we grow older we start censoring ourselves, judging our work and comparing it to others. Soon we start deciding that our creations aren't "good enough", so we stop allowing ourselves to use our creative muscle.

Comparison is the thief of joy.
— Theodore Roosevelt

I believe that the act of creation is a deeply spiritual and personal process, and that Tarot has the ability to help us tune in and reconnect with ourselves so that we can create something that resonates with us on a soul level.

When we create from this space we stop comparing our work to others because our focus shifts to birthing our creations into the world. Today I'd like to offer some exercises for using Tarot to reconnect with your creativity and make something that deeply resonates with you.

How Does It Feel?

*I'm using painting as an example, but please note that this exercise can be used with many different things. You can use this to develop a song, the mood of a story or picture, choreography for a dance, the set design of a play -- the possibilities are endless!

Let's say you're staring at a blank canvas, frozen because you don't know where to start. Shuffle the cards and pull one. Acknowledge your first reaction to the card, but continue to gaze at it. Notice what images, emotions and sensations come up for you while taking in this card. How does it make you feel? Elated? Numb? Are there butterflies in your stomach or do your feet feel like lead blocks? Whatever it is, pick up your brush and start painting using those feelings and sensations as your inspiration.

What's the Story?

If you're a writer feeling blocked, your Tarot cards can help! Shuffle your deck, pull a card, and start telling the story you see in the picture on the card. How can you incorporate this into your own story? Could it help create a new plot line or character?

Creating Characters

As an actor, this exercise is fun for me. If I feel like I need help developing a character I'll ask my cards for inspiration. Then I incorporate whichever card I pull into the character. For example, maybe I pull the High Priestess so I decide that my character has a secret. I define what that secret is based on the text to help add a more depth. You can use the cards to define how a character moves, talks, etc.

Asking for Inspiration

Maybe you want to start a new creative endeavor, but you're not exactly sure what that is just yet. You can ask the cards for inspiration and then pull a few. See what ideas pop up while looking at them and then get started creating with these in mind. Maybe you're an artist and you pull the Emperor, so your next piece could be a reflection of strength and power, filled with lots of straight lines and right angles.

These are just a few of the exercises I've created for myself, but there's no doubt in my mind that you'd be able to find many more uses for the Tarot to help inspire your creativity. My biggest piece of advice is to find what resonates with you and continue moving in that direction. 

It might feel strange at first because our creative muscle starts to atrophy if we stop using it, but the more you continue creating from that soul space, the stronger it will become and soon you'll find yourself back in that creative flow.

If you'd like help busting through your creative blocks, consider booking a reading. Together we'll see what's holding you back and develop a plan to help you move forward.

Can the Tarot Predict My Future? | The Intrepid Hearts Tarot

"When people say the cards can predict the future, what they really mean is the cards can reveal to you the most likely destination of your current journey, based on which forks you've chosen to take in the road. When you make adjustments, you change your future."

It's time for a confession.

Orlando Tarot Reader

Like many people, I used to believe that the Tarot cards were used to predict the future. I thought they could tell people the name of their soulmate or when they'd land their dream job. It wasn't until I started learning how to read Tarot that I found that the card's true purpose was more aligned with providing the insight and guidance necessary to allow us to create our own future, preferably one we loved.

As human beings, I believe we all have freewill; therefore, our future is not set in stone. I feel the Tarot is like an energetic snapshot of our life at the moment of the reading, and it gives us answers and projections based on those energies that are currently surrounding us. Because of our freewill, we always have the ability to change the outcome.

What's the big deal about Tarot then?

Since everything is connected energetically, we receive the cards that are meant for us in that time and space. They allow us to tap into the collective unconscious to bring forth the messages we need to move forward or create change in our lives. It's like receiving a personalized map or trail guide for the crazy adventure that is life.

The key here is to use the map we've been given to take action. If you're not taking action based on your readings you're just hoarding information, and that's not serving anyone. You'll just stay stuck in the same place. However, if you take action based on the guidance you've received from your reading, you'll soon start to see the future you want to create unfold before your very eyes.

So, no, I don't believe the Tarot can predict the future, but I do think it's a fantastic tool to help empower you to create a life you truly love.

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Crafting the Perfect Questions for Your Tarot Reading | The Intrepid Hearts

It's something I've seen time and time again -- a client sits down for a Tarot reading and before we start I ask them, "What question would you like to ask today?" Suddenly, they look like a deer in the headlights, terrified at the thought of having to create a question for their reading. 

There's no need to worry! Today I'm going to provide you with some tips and techniques to help you craft powerful questions that will result in clear and insightful Tarot readings. Also, if you're a reader I'm going to provide some tips to aid you and your clients in getting to the heart of any request.

Open-Ended Questions

Normally, when we request a reading it's because we feel we need some type of guidance in our life. The Tarot tends to perform best when we ask open-ended questions that allow for exploration rather than sticking to closed-ended (yes/no) questions like "Will I get a new job?"

In the example above, we're going to get a lot more juicy information from our reading if we open up the question. "Will I get a new job?" becomes "What steps can I take to make a career change?" We receive a personalized plan of action to help us get a new job with the second question.

To help make your questions open-ended, see if you can rephrase them to use "How..." or "What..." Here's a few examples:

  • "Will I get hired at _______?" becomes  "What steps can I take to improve my career?"
  • "Will I find true love?" becomes "What can I do to find the man/woman of my dreams?"
  • "Should I move to New York?' becomes "What am I likely to experience if I move to New York?"

As you can see, the open-ended questions are going to provide you with a much more in-depth and specific response that helps you create the change you desire.

Getting to the Heart of the Question

This is a phrase I learned from Brigit over at Biddy Tarot. Essentially, it's all about diving deeper into the initial question to get to the core of what's really on your mind.

For instance, let's say the first question you think of is "Will I get a divorce?" When you get to the heart of the question, you realize that this stemmed from the fact that you and your spouse have been fighting a lot and you feel like you haven't been as connected.

You can break up this question into mini questions (or if you're a reader you could create a spread that incorporates each of these questions). "Will I get a divorce?" can be broken into "How can I improve my relationship with my spouse?", "What's blocking us from connecting right now?", "What's the best way to help us reconnect?"

Look at how much more insight you get simply by breaking down the question! You're given a path towards improving your relationship, understanding your blocks and a path forward! That's so much better than a simple "yes" or "no" response that may leave you disempowered.

Yes/No Questions

There will be times when you or your client want a yes or no reading, so I'm going to teach you a method for yes/no questions that I learned from the Biddy Tarot podcast.

First, you need to take your deck and decide which cards represent a "yes" and which cards represent a "no". Here's how I've broken down my deck, but by no means is this the definite answer:

YES - All Major Arcana cards, Aces, and even numbered Minor Arcana cards
NO - All odd numbered Minor Arcana cards (minus the Aces) and all court cards

Once you've decided which cards are yes/no, you'll ask the question and shuffle the deck. Pull five cards once you've finished shuffling and then you can count up how many "yes" cards you have and how many "no" cards you have. Next, you just read the energy of each card like you normally would to get an idea of how strong of a yes or no you've received.

The reason you pull five cards is so that you'll have a majority to receive your answer, but it allows you to see how heavily weighted the "yes" or "no" is, and it gives you the steps needed to continue down this path or advice on how to change it. Our lives are not set in stone nor black or white, so this opens up the question to different possibilities.

A quick note on using Tarot to predict the future: Some people may disagree with me here, but I don't believe the Tarot can accurately predict the future. As human beings, I believe we all have freewill; therefore, our futures could not possibly be set in stone. We always have the power to change our story.  I feel like the Tarot is like an energetic snapshot of our life at the moment of the reading, and it gives us possibilities based on where we currently are. 

See?! It's not so scary coming up with questions for a Tarot reading. Before you sit down for your next reading take a moment to see if there's a way to rephrase the question to open it up and get to the heart of the situation you're experiencing. It'll result in a much more powerful reading that provides the guidance needed to help you along your journey.

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