What does the tarot have to do with healing? Well, archetypally speaking, a lot!
If you’re not familiar with the tarot, it’s an ancient card system of divination. In this day and age though, the cards are used more for inner growth guidance than tell fortunes. In fact, the tarot was my first ‘tool’ for healing and personal growth, and I began studying and ‘playing’ with the cards almost 28 years ago.
In terms of tarot’s connection to healing, its all about the archetypes and the symbols and messages they hold for us. An ‘Archetype’, according to wikipedia.com is: “a universally understood symbol or term or pattern of behavior, a prototype upon which others are copied, patterned, or emulated. Archetypes are often used in myths and storytelling across different cultures. In psychology, an archetype is a model of a person, personality, or behavior.”
So when we look at healing through the Holistic lens of Spirit-Mind-Body (the 3 Gateways of Healing), then archetypes and the tarot have to do with the way we can transform beliefs and behaviors to live more happy, healthy and whole. Here are 3 tarot cards that are particularly insightful when it comes to healing. Check ‘em out to see if any ring true for you!
3 Healing Archetypes from the Tarot
Are you feeling tired, worn down, or needing a little TLC? Then it’s time to meditate upon the Empress. The Empress brings forth nourishing, Earth-mother energy and guides us to be wise about self-care. In order for us to care and love others, attend to our busy lives and live healthy and whole, we have to remember to take care of ourselves. Sitting in her chair, surrounded by abundance, the Empress reminds you to say “Yes!” to your own needs, wishes and desires.
Healing with a devil? Now wait a minute … The Devil will show up in your life whenever you feel chained up or limited by outworn ideas, fear-based dogmas or negative notions about yourself. The Devil’s message is to lighten up, open your mind to new possibilities and transform your thoughts about your health from negativity and fear to affirmative optimism.
When it’s time to get unstuck, the Chariot rolls into your life. The danger in the chariot is riding ‘roughshod’ over your own or others feelings, but the upside? Harness your energy for positive movement and change!
Do you work with the tarot or some other archetype-based system? How do you use it and what’s an archetype that’s served you on your healing journey? Share your experiences with me in the comments below.