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Top 10 Tarot Cards for Healing
by Brigit "Biddy" Esselmont
Editor's Note from Michael Santangelo: Brigit "Biddy" Esselmont is a widely respected Tarot reader from Australia. She also authors one of the best general Tarot sites I have seen. This piece on healing with the Tarot was written especially for ATH readers, and we are honored to publish it.
I didn’t quite expect to be writing this post from such a personal place.
On April 18, one of our dearest friends passed away under tragic circumstances. Now, more than ever, I am guided by the healing power of the Tarot cards as my husband and I come to terms with what has happened.
So, know that each of one of these top ten Tarot cards for healing comes from a very personal place. Each Tarot card has facilitated my own healing journey and I hope now that these cards can help your healing journey.
Death – One of the first steps of healing is to acknowledge that something has come to an end. I see the Death card as a sign to meditate on the ending itself in order to acknowledge and accept what has happened. Once we accept that there has indeed been an ending, we are prepared to move to a new beginning.
Star – The Star card is one of the most hopeful cards in the Tarot deck. After we have travelled the tumultuous path of the Tower, we are met with the transformational and empowering energy of the Star. She is a reminder that the Universe is always with us, through the good and the bad times – we just need faith.
Three of Cups – Often, when we experience traumatic events, we are reminded how much we cherish our friendships and relationships. Our friends and loved ones can also support us and nurture us as we heal, providing a shoulder to cry on or a big, warm hug when we need it most.
Five of Cups – Healing so often requires that we forgive. We may need to forgive ourselves for making a grave mistake, or we may need to forgive someone else for a wrong-doing. Once we have forgiven, we are free to love and trust again.
Hermit – After a difficult period or event, we may turn our attention inwards for understanding and wisdom about what has happened. Being alone for a certain period of time can provide the time and space to reflect and to develop deep insight into the meaning of these difficult times. The Hermit encourages a personal journey of introspection, away from distraction and outside noise.
Temperance – Temperance is a very peaceful, balanced card, reminding us that the journey towards healing is a long and slow process, but every step we take is helping us to heal more and more. Similar to the Star card, Temperance reminds you that the Universe is with you and is helping you to reconnect with yourself and your true purpose and meaning, particularly after a difficult or traumatic event.
Ace of Cups – The Ace of Cups embodies the overflowing of emotion that so often accompanies the initial stages of the healing process. Do not be afraid to let your emotions flow freely, be it anger, sadness, confusion, nostalgia, or grief. Find an outlet to express yourself and to communicate how you really feel.
Four of Swords – Similar to the Hermit, the Four of Swords reflects the importance of allowing ourselves time and space to truly heal. Rather than rushing around and trying to keep busy all of the time, we must rest and meditate to connect with our thoughts and ourselves.
Judgement – What I love most about the Judgement card is that it shows that we have been through the process of self-assessment and have learned something from what has been a difficult situation. We not only judge others but we judge ourselves and take accountability for our actions that have contributed to the situation. We learn, and as we learn, we move forward.
Six of Swords – The Six of Swords is a gentle reminder to keep moving forward, even when we are still experiencing sadness about we must leave behind. The healing journey requires us to gently let go and release, knowing that it will eventually bring us to a better outcome in the future.
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About the Author
Brigit is a professional Tarot reader, blogger and mentor, and is the owner of http://www.biddytarot.com. She is passionate about helping others to learn to read Tarot and has written the hugely popular eBook, The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings. When she’s not reading the Tarot cards, she is mum to two beautiful girls and wife to a supportive husband.