“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.”― Joseph Campbell
Over 25 years ago while living in the East Village of New York City I received a series of incredibly accurate readings from a tarot master who encouraged me to develop my intuitive senses and work with tarot. I began reading for myself, friends, friends of friends. In the mid 90's, I moved to Los Angeles to work on a film, and when not acting or auditioning I devoted energy into going deeper with my cards. Soon after, I found out I'd booked the feature film The Craft by receiving a basket of candles and tarot cards from Sony Studio. Serendipitous timing, indeed. I worked on many films during this time and always brought my cards on location.
Years later after a film shot in South Africa wrapped, I traveled to Zimbabwe where I did a lion walk, the kind you sign a paper saying no one will sue if you're eaten, and a picture from that day became my own strength tarot card, reminding me the symbols and archetypes that speak our human tapestry are real within us all, not just abstract concepts on cards.
Over the years, through a combination of study, practice, tapping into what Jung called the collective consciousness and and tuning in to the intuition we all possess, the symbols of the tarot reveal subconscious patterns and show US paths to opening up possibilities.
The symbolism and archetypes are a mirror for today and a compass for the future. It helps clarify what's happening when you can't, and what that future might look like for different potential paths you may chose. Tarot sheds light on the grey areas, in a way akin to a psychology session.
Tarot doesn't tell your future, it shows you the here and now, and future options based on present choices. It gives insight as to how to shape the future, which by nature, is in a constant state of becoming, its fluidity influenced by our actions or inaction. Questions involving timing are tricky as you can change your future at any time.
Tarot is a useful tool to connect our mind, body and spirit. When we connect with those, we are our true self.
What tarot is not- evil or satanic, look through the imagery and you'll find angels, allegories to bible stories and the Kabbalah. The cards merely represent a way to connect our own energy and intuition.
With its ability to spotlight the shifts needed and highlight what's on track, I consider tarot my favorite on call therapist/life coach.
On another note, this site is brand spanking new, do forgive the typos ; ) x Rachel India True