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As you can see their is a game associated with this puzzle currently)
Sharing our hopes and dreams (and sometimes what lies beneath them)
This is one of my favourite topics so, here I go into it again. LOL
Tarot has infinite uses. It's a tool that can answer anything and every question we could think of. If we think of unusual ways to use it, or think outside the box, what it can do can really be quite amazing, magical, enriching and joyous. Anything at all from the consequences of a choice you are considering making, to the way someone treated you as they did in the past, to the meanings of life, to how to see something positive in a hard situation.........
Looking at Tarot as it relates to our hopes and dreams felt like a good topic to me this month. So here goes:
I suppose you can say that most, maybe all, readings affect us in this way. ...touch our hopes and dreams. The questions most often asked are about the future, people are really wanting to know if what they hope will happen with come true. Or how to bring about their dreams in the best way.
You have probably heard me say here before that to me readings on what WILL happen in the future are not as useful, imo, as ones on how to create what you want in the future. While Tarot can and does admirably predict the future, the predicted future is generally not set in stone. We can change it, rewrite it as we go along. And that is something wonderfully good and positive about life that Tarot shows us.
We all sense what we want, what we dream of, and believe will make us happy. Tarot can show us how to create that. Just by simply asking how to create it. Or another way is by showing us the future consequences of different options we may choose. That allows us to choose the best one easily and more effectively.
How many times do we stall/procrastinate on working on our dreams or have trouble making a decision because we are afraid of what the consequences might be? Tarot can tell us, so that we are not facing the unknown.
BTW, you can also do readings on WHY you procrastinate and how to learn not to do it, so you can advance your dreams more quickly. Or how to eliminate anything really that is holding you back from living your best life.
Tarot can tell us all this, and that knowledge is power. And with that power we can make better, clearer, and more confident decisions.
On the other hand, sometimes what we think we want or dream about is something that would not actually make us happy if we had it, for whatever reason. The cards can shine the light on that, so we can take a closer look at it. Tarot can tell us that and save us the trouble of finding out the hard way.
Tarot will often stop and tell us if we are veering off the best path for us, even if we don't ask. It is a tool to help us and it does just that when we have a reading done. In whatever form will best help us at that time. If there is something you truly need to know, the cards will at times ignore the question you asked altogether in favor of telling you that much needed information instead.
Whatever you hope for or dream of Tarot can help. It's excellent at helping us understand others and what is going on inside them, at creating that empathy and closeness that can improve relationships. And relationship questions tend to be the ones that Tarot readers get asked most. So you know they touch people deeply.
They often help set us on the path towards some of our dreams, without our even seeing it. Like if we ask about which of two jobs to take, one in our city and one out of town, the cards may say that you will find more happiness in the out of town job. And so you take that one and meet someone you come to love deeply there whom you never would have met had you not gone.
I know that happened to me once. I did a reading to ask if I should quit the job I was at or not. The cards said if I quit I would be missing out on something important. Of course I thought it was job-related. I did not quit at that time and stayed to see what it was. 10 days later someone came into my life who did quickly become very important to me. I then quit soon after, but the cards were able to prevent me from leaving to soon and meeting that important person. And that felt amazing to me.
The cards can help heal our fears and qualms so we are more ready, willing and able to go out there and create our dreams in a real way. They can comfort us when we feel stressed or a bit negative, give us the courage to go on, and be whatever any good friend could be...if a good friend had the wisdom to accurately be able to answer any question you could ask. I often just ask the cards what they call tell me that will make me feel good inside to hear it. :-)
Sometimes as a reader you may see hopes and dreams of the person you are reading for, before they are even fully aware of them yet. But when they see the answer it can hit them then.
BTW, speaking of our dreams, Tarot can also be used to analyse our actual dreams, the dreams we have at night. And that can help us understand ourselves better and that can only help us advance ourselves. There are many ways to do it. I tend to take each dream symbol that felt important to me, ask the meaning of each in the dream and then the overall meaning of the dream in general.
But somehow our hopes and dreams do come out in any reading we have done. Mostly the questions we choose are those important to us because they are close to our heart and hopes and dreams. There is that sharing in a reading, between ourselves and the reader. Working together to form our dreams. It's an important bond. And a trust as well.
And of course, the reader has certain obligations in this role. Different readers may have somewhat different codes of ethics, but here are some things I personally find important:
- Confidentiality. You need to trust the reader to keep your private things private. That is part of what it means to be a professional.
- Trustworthiness. You need to be able to trust your reader to truly have your best interests at heart, and to put your needs over their own. And they need to make that the top priority.. To me that is what being a reader is all about. Imo, if you come to a reader with an issue or needing advice, that is the most important thing, and everything else is secondary. Their job is to provide what you need to the best of their ability. That is the only real concern. Although I also believe that a good reader will also refuse to read on any topic that feels morally wrong to them in any way. But once they take on a topic, it's a responsibility to help to the best of their ability. Those are my ideas on that.
- Openness. Anything that comes up in the cards is something the querent needs to know. A reader needs to tell all that they see, so as as not to omit anything important.
- Tact. As readers we are there to help other people. There are many ways to phrase the same message, tell the same story. I believe readers need to choose how they tell the message with caring and empathy. To tell the story in the way that they would personally most like to receive it. And that it is the reader's job always to be helpful and to keep that in mind as they deliver the message.
Tarot and our hopes and dreams are intricately connected. It's a tool to help us, in whatever form we choose. We all have those hopes and dreams for our lives, when things run smoothly in our lives we advance more quickly and easily towards them. Tarot is the tool that helps things run more smoothly in our lives, in whichever area or way we choose.
Coming next month: Looking inside