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.
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.