A tool for growth.
I’ve fallen in love with the Tarot. It wasn’t intentional; it just happened, the way love often does. My work with the cards began slowly, privately, and with curiosity… until, one day, I realized there was no going back. I had discovered what so many before me already knew: that Tarot cards are an incredible tool, one that can help us understand our own growth, cultivate change, and gain fresh clarity on our path. And I don’t know about you, but I’m all about that.
Let’s back up and talk about what the Tarot actually is. We can trace the current incarnations of these cards back to the fifteenth century, but their origins may in fact be older. In the eighteenth century, followers of the occult began to use them as a tool for divination. Different decks have been created throughout the years, one of them—the Rider-Waite-Smith or Rider-Waite deck—dates back to 1909 and remains a revolutionary deck upon which newer imagery is often based. Today, there are thousands of decks in print, with new artists contributing their interpretations of these classic archetypes and symbols every day. All this to say: the Tarot is a living, breathing language that has been evolving for hundreds of years. I’m particularly glad to be practicing today, at a time in which when readers and artists alike are working to increase the inclusivity of Tarot artwork and interpretation, cultivating a school of Tarot wisdom that is not influenced by the prejudice, injustice, and binary thinking of the cultures in which these cards were first shaped.
It’s not necessary to trace the history of Tarot back to understand the premise of the cards, but I think it contains one key point worth sharing: the legacy of this modality is rich and, on the whole, built upon the unique contributions of individuals. The Tarot has been shifted and changed and presented again and again and again, freely—and every time, it is valid. Every time, it is a powerful tool, all the more so because of it’s adaptability and universal resonance.
But none of this answers the question—what do the cards contain, and how does a divination tool provide insight into human growth? In simplest terms, the Tarot contains the story of the human experience, simplified into archetypes and symbols. There are 78 cards in a deck—22 that we call the “major arcana” and 56 that we call the “minor arcana”, the latter of which include 12 court cards. The majors tell an epic story, one of soul expansion and the large-scale milestones and thresholds in one’s life. The minors speak to us about the day-to-day landscape of our life and the many ways in which we coexist with our emotions, thoughts, creative desires, fears, and more. Each card holds an invitation for us to consider some aspect of our experience. When used to divine the future, they can paint a picture. When used to gain perspective on the present, they can provide a compelling mirror, allowing us to look at ourselves with fresh eyes and view the challenges we are up against as catalysts in our growth and pivotal learning experiences on our path. They can help us to recognize truth and bring objectivity to our inner dialogue.
This is why I read Tarot. It is my belief that we do not need to seek answers about what will happen in the future, as our focus should ever remain in the present moment. But here in the present, these cards have immense power. With their timeless wisdom, they can help us to gain clarity on what we want for our future and what key choices are available to us right now. The Tarot asks us to look at the big picture, inviting us to trust our deepest inner knowing in pursuit of bold new experiences and deep joy. It asks us to understand that although hardships in life are plentiful, each can be seen as a teacher.
Ultimately, I fell in love with the Tarot because it catalyzed my growth. My cards spoke to me from a place of tough love and of tender forgiveness; they allowed me to witness what my mind didn’t want to see, they encouraged me to sit with the what was uncomfortable because it was also meaningful, they called me to be brave because the only thing scarier than failure was doing nothing at all. They became a language of truth that informed my highest and best choices. Stepping forward to read for others, to share this work with my clients and community, is a continuation of my own healing work. I am committed to making the same tool that continues to be so revolutionary for me available to others. I am honored to have the opportunity to translate the wisdom of the Tarot and make it accessible to anyone seeking clarity amidst the challenges of their life.
Because, if there’s one thing I’ve learned from the Tarot, it’s this: it is our birthright to learn, to heal, and to grow.