Tarot Inspiration for Positive Reinforcement

Tarot is useful for so much more than just Divination.  It can be a powerful tool to help reprogram the subconscious mind and can help you direct your energy in positive ways.   It gives you both a visual and a mental focal point and can help cue you to redirect your energy where you want it to flow.

It’s true that where our thoughts go, our energy follows.  Your emotions are a gauge to your thoughts.  We have millions of thoughts in our minds in a day, and with all that going on, it can be hard to really pay attention to what/how we are thinking.

An uncontrolled mind can be a dangerous place.  On the other hand, learning to recognize your thought patterns can help you shape them in ways that work to your benefit.

Here’s an example.  Let’s say Sally really wants to start her own business and break free from her 9-5 job that she really doesn’t find fulfilling.  Her mind may be filled with all kinds of thoughts both positive and negative.  The idea of her own business excites her, but she is quickly talked down by the doubts in her own inner dialogue.

Her mind may turn to anxiety if she fails, concern that others will ridicule her ideas, fear that she doesn’t have the skills she needs or talent, worry that giving up her day job will lead to a lack of security.  These are ALL legitimate fears – it’s very natural to fear things. It’s how our mind keeps us from doing stupid things that can actually hurt us.  Unfortunately, sometimes this protection mechanism goes into hyper-drive and we end up talking ourselves out of our dreams/goals and settling for what is comfortable instead.

Tarot Inspiration

Here’s where some positive Tarot inspiration can work to your advantage.  Let’s use Sally’s story again and help her to refocus her energy.  There are several cards that can work for this purpose.  Here’s a few off the top of my head:

Priestess:  This is an empowered woman who has great knowledge, is keenly intelligent and has a great blend of logic and intuition.  She is able to remove herself from the tangles of emotion and reach her silent center, where she can look at situations objectively.  She is independent, strong and well-balanced.

Three of Wands: This is a card of embracing the pioneering spirit.  The man sets off into the unknown wilderness, but he is not held back by fear, he is determined to enjoy the journey and reach the destination.

Eight of Pentacles:  This is the card that shows the man working diligently at his craft.  It is hard work, but it is hard work he feels connected with and enjoys, so it becomes profitable without feeling burdensome.  It can be a way to pull the mind back to doing what we enjoy and dedicating ourselves to it.

There are many other cards that of course would fit the bill.  Take a couple that apply to your situation and post them on a vision board, or in a journal with your goals (short and long-term) and when you feel like giving up or are overwhelmed, look at them and let them refocus your mind on being proactive.

Tarot Reflections the Ten of Pentacles

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This card is a great one for building new opportunities and focusing on potential. This is a feel good card :). The man and woman meet in the middle of the village symbolizing unity. Around them dogs play and an old man sits watching, children run about. It shows how people coming together in the spirit of community and lifting one another up are a great blessing.

Often it seems as a society we have lost a lot of our openness. This card reminds us that all sorts of benefits come from connecting with others – even those with whom we may have differences of opinion etc. All kinds make the world go round and cooperation is always better than conflict.

The Ten of Pentacles/Coins

When the ten of pentacles comes up it talks about prosperity and abundance.  This card says it’s a great time to come together with others in the spirit of cooperation – which leads to growth and better opportunities for everyone involved.

This card also speaks of taking time to focus on what matters – enjoy time with your family or take a few moments to call on a friend you haven’t seen in awhile. This is a very social card – so take time today to value your connections with others. No need to be a lone wolf – today you may find someone who has just the answer you have been looking for.

This card also speaks of responsibilities towards community and being a good neighbor. Look for ways in which you can contribute something of value to society. Those positive actions bless and reward others and uplift the whole group. Charity and kindness also have a way of returning blessings and support to us in our own times of need.

Tarot Reflections The Knight of Swords

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tarot inspiration knight of swordsThis is an action card! Whenever a Knight appears in a spread it indicates sudden changes are about to occur. They bring with them a sense of unpredictability and excitement. Knights often speak of blessings in disguise or opportunities that come in from out of the blue.  It’s important to be open to all possibilities.

The Knight of Swords reminds us to cut away all that isn’t serving our highest good so that new opportunities have room to enter.  What’s holding you back? Bad habits, procrastination, negative mindsets? Whatever it is that keeps you from embracing positive change with enthusiasm; this is the time to take swift action to correct those tendencies.

Knights also speak of the need to avoid overreacting or jumping the gun. A good time to think before speaking, this Knight cautions against being overly headstrong or impatient. Sometimes when we react, rather than plan our actions carefully, we end up sabotaging ourselves and creating more problems that could have been avoided.

This Knight also brings a message of “get moving” to the procrastinator in us. Avoidance and procrastination are often the results of “fight or flight” response.  You may be procrastinating, not due to laziness, but due to actual unacknowledged fears. There’s no time like the present to catch up with all that stuff we’ve been avoiding.  Acknowledge the real reason for delays and it will make it easier to start moving again.

Tarot Reflections The Five of Cups

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tarot inspirations the five of cupsFive’s in Tarot tend to signify inner struggles, restlessness, feeling a sense of urgency to resolve something. When these cards come up it reminds us that it is important not to cast those feelings aside until they build up into anxiety or feelings of depression or being lost.

The 5 cards are kind of an emotional caution signal, telling us to get in touch with our true needs and work to meet them. Five’s can also come calling when we are bored or unfulfilled on our path. Boredom often mimics the symptoms of depression.

“But, I’m always busy” I can hear you proclaim ;), but busy doesn’t necessarily mean not bored. When five’s come up it says to be very honest with yourself. Take some time to untangle those emotions/thoughts and look at your situation more objectively.

Are you maybe staying busy with too many mundane things to avoid facing something? Perhaps you would benefit from better time management or organization so that you can free up some time to do something you find fulfilling.

The Five of Cups

This card has a sad appearance. In this card, the man is standing by the river looking very dejected and tired at the three cups spilled in front of him. He’s so caught up in these emotions of loss and defeat that he is unable to turn around and see what is right behind him.

Behind him, just a bit down the path lie 2 full cups and of course, the entire river. This card reminds us that sometimes when our mind is full of all we “think” we want or need, or when we become stuck in regrets over the past, it makes us unable to turn around and see the opportunities that lie before us.

We have a choice, we can remain stuck in the past or we can choose to make the most of new opportunities. If you feel held back by something; this card reminds you to make a conscious decision for a fresh start. An open mind leads to many pleasant surprises and opportunities that can’t be found if we don’t turn to look for them.

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Tarot Reflections The Nine of Cups

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tarot inspiration nine of cupsThe banquet table is full, and the man in the picture sits before us looking happy and content. This card reminds us to enjoy all the bounty of life and to find pleasure in the simple things.

This card also serves as a reminder, however, to not overindulge. We must learn to honor all experiences in life for what they have to offer us, even when times are difficult there is always still much to be thankful for.

Don’t allow fear or a need for comfort cause you to go beyond your means or engage in unhealthy behavior, moderation is key. Celebrate abundance but remember that all things are best enjoyed in moderation.

This card often comes up for fondest wishes being granted as well, and it reminds us that dreams only come true when we act on them. If you’ve been dreaming more than actually working towards your goals, the nine of cups reminds us that we make our own “luck”.

Focus on abundance, solutions over problems, being proactive over being passive or defeatist, and you’ll find that your “luck” will also dramatically increase.