I began to use Tarot cards many years ago as a tool for personal development; mainly because I received psychic hits sporadically and wanted to be able to control the flow of information. I became familiar with the cards and their meanings and read many books on the subject. That provided me with a strong foundation but the most valuable thing the Tarot taught me was this…
We think we know ourselves very well but the truth is most of us actually don’t! Hmmmm…
Have you ever met the person who harps on about themselves exclusively, ad nauseum; or the friend who always sees the negative in everything? Or perhaps you know someone who is so self-effacing that they get taken advantage of over and over? These people wouldn’t continue to behave like this if they truly knew how their actions impacted others. They seem to have little perception of the atmosphere surrounding their behavior, so how can they be expected to perceive the more subtle psychic energies?
Poor self-knowledge is not solely the province of extreme personality types, it really is something that affects all of us. After all, coming to know our soul’s desires is why we are here.
When you use Tarot cards to discover things about yourself, they serve as an unbiased critical eye. One that circumvents personal affront or hurt feelings. A Tarot Reading is like having a stranger point out honestly the details of your strengths and weaknesses.
Knowing yourself is the real key to tapping into intuitive and psychic abilities. Only then will you gain the ability to perform a real physic reading.
Once you begin to understand your own true nature, and feel comfortable being who you are, shadow side and all, your filters begin to drop away and you become aware of information that is unrelated to you.
During my journey of self-discovery through the Tarot, my reading skills grew and people began to ask for my advice through tarot readings. No one was more surprised than me! I guess the lesson here is that in doing something that benefits your personal growth, you, by default, benefit others. Now there’s a concept!
Many people come to me for readings specifically to explore the possibility of latent psychic abilities. Although I believe we all have the innate ability to pick up psychic impressions every now and again, the cards are very good at highlighting true psychic talent and the circumstances surrounding these abilities.
Here are some cards that may point to intuitive or psychic abilities:
2 High Priestess
Ahhh, the High Priestess. This enthroned woman symbolizes deep knowledge of the universe, celestial intelligence. She holds a book on her lap, the Torah, which is the direct connection to knowledge. The moon on her headdress refers to Isis who is the goddess of magic and the supernatural. The wearing of a headdress is a symbol of superior intelligence, supreme spiritual authority. The moon itself always speaks of the hidden and the unconscious. The High Priestess sits between two pillars, a black one, Boaz, which roughly translated means Completion and a white one, Jachin which means the Beginning. She sits between the end and the beginning, understanding the cycles of creation and is backed by pomegranates and palm leaves which symbolize fertility of the imagination which is not affected by earthly aspects of logic.
If she shows up centrally in a reading with the question, ‘Do I have psychic abilities?’ the answer is a resplendent yes!
The Queen of cups carries with her the caring and intuitive nature of the mother. She too sits upon a throne of authority. She holds in her hand a covered cup of spiritual knowledge and wears a crown of power and legitimacy. She is surrounded by water but does not touch it, meaning she helps others understand their emotions. Choosing the Queen of Cups denotes a connection to the higher self, a kind empathetic listener. She is a caring reminder of the value of seeking knowledge within.
The Hermit does not necessarily denote psychic abilities per se, but he does epitomize an exceptionally wise teacher. He represents someone with a deep understanding of life which he has gained through inner contemplation and solitude. He carries a lantern to shine the light of knowledge for others.
Feathers are seen repeatedly in Tarot symbolism and represent an intimate connection with air and higher realms. They are a flourish that denotes authority won by receiving guidance from above, particularly if they are worn on the head. I always see feathers as an intuitive connection.
0 Fool 13 Death 19 The Sun Cups 12 Swords 12 Wands 11
Look to the cards for insights into your own intuitive and psychic abilities. You might be surprised what you find.