I’ve been a manager in a suit for decades. I’ve been reading Tarot cards for rather longer.
In the pagan and witchy communities, there’s a hoary old joke about coming out of the broom closet. And then there’s the reality that senior managers who can read Tarot and recite the thirty two paths of the Tree of Life are better off keeping those party pieces behind closed doors if they want to stay senior.
But Tarot has been the secret weapon of my personal and professional life for a very long time. I’ve read cards for people from all walks of life on market stalls, on blankets at festivals, in private members clubs, via email and at primary school mums’ Wellness evenings.
Sadly, my day job and Tarot can never be seen in public together.
I’ve tried. There was an ice-breaker exercise at an all-staff day that asked everyone to wear a sticker stating a fact that nobody knew about you. I wrote ‘I can read Tarot cards. And I’m worried about you’ on mine and stuck it on my jacket. I don’t think anyone believed me. It was probably just as well – people (other than people who already read for themselves or others) react unpredictably to this odd, antique combination of colours, symbols, numbers and pasteboard. At the very least, they have questions.
One question people ask a lot is, how does Tarot work? LikeÂ Deep Thought, I usually say that I’ll have to think about it. Okay, I’ve thought. Here’s what I’ve got.
Tarot helps bridge the gap between the intuitive and the rational self. It’s like a third party forcing you to take a compassionate, thoughtful, truthful look at yourself and your circumstances. Think of it as a friend or stranger that says the right thing at the right time and provides that nudge that lets you move forward. I personally prefer to read with a clear question in mind but the Tarot is also useful for framing the kind of question that you need to ask. My aim is always to bring clarity to a situation which might be confusing or even troubling. I suspect you and I both know everything we need to know to solve most problems. But often the challenge is putting a set of confusing and contradictory information together in a coherent, useful way.
In other words, Tarot helps you tell your story. And in telling your own story for yourself, you take ownership of and responsibility for that story and your own future. No-one knows what the future can bring but we all can develop an understanding of what it is we carry into the future and how that baggage weighs us down or carries us forward. Perhaps you can think of the Tarot (amongst many other things) as an expert decluttering consultant (I don’t know if anyone’s created a Marie Kondo Oracle yet but it’s surely only a matter of time).