June 1, 2020
Word of the Week: Re-center
I’ve been a fan of tarot for a while but it wasn’t until the pandemic hit that I felt the itch to learn everything about it. I revisited a Tarot 101 course that I bought a few years ago but never made time for. I started using a “real” tarot deck, the one that has 78 cards (22 Major Arcana, 56 Minor Arcana made up of four suits) instead of an oracle deck. I doubled-down on learning the symbols of each of the cards. And, most fun of all, has been a daily tarot challenge I’ve been doing with my friend since the beginning of quarantine.
One of the reasons I think I’ve gravitated towards tarot right now is because life feels really overwhelming. There’s a lot of information we’re ingesting, a lot of different opinions to sift through, a lot of advice being thrown at us, and, if you are in any type of healing role like me, a lot of people seeking advice from you. I was having a hard time hearing my own voice and a hard time knowing what to say to people to help them feel better. Plus, I was craving a form of self-care that was less heady and more fun.
I’ve loved being able to lean on tarot to help offer the clarity and guidance I’m seeking. It’s been a hell of a lot more centering than asking people for advice or tirelessly trying to come up with a solution with my logical mind. And it’s allowed me to support people without feeling like I need to know all the answers.
That’s what’s been so cool about the daily tarot challenge I’ve been doing with my friend. We are more up-to-date on each other’s lives than ever but instead of leaning heavily on each other for emotional support or feeling the pressure to help each other solve or fix something about our life, we are able to just hold space for each other as we work through our own struggles and lessons.
It’s a way to witness each other’s journeys with fun and ease.
And I know for sure that anything that feels like fun and ease right now, a time filled with immense pain and hardship, is worth holding onto.
Ask Yourself: What spiritual or personal growth tools help you to re-center? When you seek advice from your partner or friend, what are you really looking for?
Weekly Mantra: I don’t need all the answers.