Everyone who has ever worked with Tarot deck knows they have personalities. Some decks are sweet, some are direct, and some are vague. I’ve worked with tarot for a few years now and my cards have to be the BOSSIEST cards out there. In-your-face blunt honest. Do I listen to my cards? No. Should I? Probably.
After a series of questionable life choices, I thought it might be helpful to call upon some otherworldly sources for guidance: my tarot cards. So, I decided to listen to my tarot cards for a whole week, following the advice without argument or reshuffling. Hey, they can’t do any worse!
For this, I used my sassiest deck: The Kawaii Tarot by Diana Lopez. Do NOT be fooled dear readers, these cards may look sweet and innocent but are highly skilled at throwing shade.
I started my day with a one-card reading, asking for a piece of advice for the day. I also consulted my tarot whenever I had any decisions that I wanted a second opinion on.
Here’s what happened.
Interpretation: The Star means faith, hope, and positivity. I took it to mean: be still, things will get better. It’s the “hang in there, baby” of tarot. I was very stressed before my reading so this comforted me. It’s also a card of patience, which is so not me.
How I took this advice: First, I took it to mean I should play “Faith” by George Michael as I got ready for the day, so it was already helping me make good choices. During the day when I got stressed about work, I meditated for a few minutes, visualizing what I wanted, knowing the universe wanted me to have it. It really boosted my mood and changed my mindset the rest of the day.
Interpretation: I was wondering when I would get swords. I hate swords; swords mean conflict which I do not do well with; the 5 means change, which is something I also don’t do well with. This foreshadows conflict/change in a relationship. Don’t keep things bottled up. Be assertive! Take a stand!
How I took this advice: I actually had a lot of unresolved issues with many people so narrowing down the list was a struggle. First, I thought of my ex who I had a nasty breakup with almost two years ago. Maybe it was time for healing?
Nope! Because when I asked if I should reach out to my ex I pulled two cards: The Devil, and The Tower (Reversed), which are the worst cards. The Devil is vice, addiction, and the Reversed Tower means holding onto a bad situation. Well played, Tarot.
So I thought about confronting a friend I was having issues with. I got the Emperor which is the bossy authority figure. That’s the one! I called him and we had a long conversation where I told him how I was feeling. Our relationship is different, but I’m healing.
Interpretation: This card means learning about power, inspiration, or passion. Clearly my tarot is telling me I needed to learn something new that day.
How I took the advice: I spent the day getting organized, career-wise. I read a few career-related articles, and learned how to write a decent cover letter. Knowledge is power!
Interpretation: This card means nostalgia, old friendships, and connecting with the past. Cups and the number six are creative, so maybe I should look at things from a new angle?
How I took the advice: I decided to look at things from a different perspective and did creative work I didn’t normally do. I even wrote a poem. I treated myself with old childhood throwback: Coloring, to de-stress.
Interpretation: This is one of my favorite cards in tarot, not only because I connect to it (I’m a 9 life path) but it always gives the best news. 9 of cups means satisfaction, accomplishment, and indulgence; all things I enjoy.
How I took the advice: I did a LOT of online shopping. Hey, it’s the “Treat Yo Self” card. Plus, I asked my deck before I checked out if I can buy it, and I got yes after yes. So tarot is the reason I shop (she lies to herself).
If you think I was being overdramatic in the beginning when I said my deck was sassy because it’s letting me color and buy clothes, don’t be fooled. Later I asked about the future of my relationship with this guy I’ve been talking to and drew the 7 of cups, which means illusion and fantasy. Please get me some Aloe, because I just got burned.
Interpretation: This was a spooky experience. As I was shuffling my cards to do my morning reading my hands suddenly started shaking and my heart rate spiked as I rapidly shuffled my deck until I pulled out a card from the middle of the deck. It was the Knight of Pentacles, which is the responsibility card. Honestly, that was a really dramatic way to tell me to be more responsible. Chill, tarot.
How I took the advice: Pentacles represent everyday actions, and since this is a card of patience and responsibility, it means I should get prepared for something coming in the next few weeks and months. So I got my finances in order (after my shopping “spree”), double checked that all my bills were paid, and finished most of my assignments for the week. I don’t know what’s coming, but I’m ready.
Interpretation: I felt it was sort of fitting that on the last day of the challenge, I got the “acceptance” card. 5 of Cups is also about moving on and letting go.
How I took the advice: As much as I hate confronting the past, I have a hard time letting go. It’s something I need to work on. I took the day to reflect on my goals, tried to center myself, and let go of negative energy.
When I started this project I didn’t think I was going to get much out of this, but I was wrong. This project made me reflect on emotions I hadn’t acknowledged. The deck was both comforting and honest. This was a great opportunity to analyze things and look from a different perspective. I enjoyed getting back into tarot and plan to consult my cards more often. It might not predict the future, but it gives me the power to shape my mindset. — By Ellen Ricks
Ellen Ricks is a writer and fashion blogger who loves leopard print. Follow her on Instagram.
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