How Tarot Can Benefit Your Daily Wellness Practice
by Sakshi Singh | November 6, 2020, updated over 1 year ago
Lately I’ve been lighting scented candles in my room before bed. This practice gets me in the emotional space for easy sleep. Smells evoke feelings for a lot of people—that’s fairly common knowledge—but is it the smell or the ritual that triggers the calm for me? Is it both?
Tarot is an old practice, but not ancient. Its early iterations were cards used for gambling games in Italy and France. Go figure. When the cards began being used as a divination device, the thought was that they were conduits for something larger to speak to the individual reading them. That was in the 15th century, but the practice changed over time and really got hopping in the 19th century when spiritualism was all the rage.
Spiritualism and religion are the foundation of wellness for many. Tarot fits into that category, but I wasn’t sure how. Obviously I was curious—I mean, if the simple ritual of lighting candles could evoke such peace in me, would tarot take me to the next level? Could I use it to benefit non-bed-time related parts of my life?
My curiosity demanded that I get in touch with someone who would have the answers to my questions, which is why I reached out to Megan Wawryk, who is a manifestation coach at her practice SoulTree Meditation, and who was able to answer all of my questions.
As a tarot noob, I ask the fundamentals...
What are tarot cards, actually?
Megan Wawryk: Tarot cards are a set of 78 cards used as a form of spiritual divination and a way to connect with the higher self. By reading the cards, you can interpret stories of the past, present, and future as well as reveal aspects of the subconscious mind in regards to ourselves and others.
How do you think tarot readings help people?
MW: Receiving a Tarot reading can be helpful in many ways—the cards can easily show you your current vibration, or the energy you resonate, by outlining situations from the past and showing you the highest probabilities of your future. Tarot can also help to point out psychological aspects pertaining to yourself, situations, and other people.
I thought tarot was for divining the future. Is there more to it?
MW: Tarot can spell out the story of not only our future, but our present and our past. It can show us where we have been and where we are likely to go. By understanding that energy is fluid and constantly changing, you can use the cards as guides to understand past events, and possibly make changes to alter your future trajectory. A tarot reading can also foretell the outline of events that you have no way of perceiving yet, and can warn you of what or who to watch out for. It is a way of communicating with the divine, which is easy and surprisingly accurate. A tarot reading can also provide us with guidance from our higher self by communicating advice or suggested actions to take for the best outcome possible.
How can I integrate tarot into my self-care practice?
MW: Tarot can be a form of self-care as it is a practice that requires alone time, and some space to commune with the cards and ask for any guidance and insight which we feel we may need. If you are unsure of where your energy is at or what type of vibration you're resonating on, a card reading will show you, because it does a great job of reflecting the current energy that you are sending out. Tarot can be a great way to connect with others by doing readings for each other and gaining advice and inspiration from others about the cards’ messages.
How does tarot support people on their wellness journeys?
MW: Tarot provides us with a visual connection to source energy. It reflects back to us with what we may be choosing to ignore or overlook. Connection to the divine, or our higher selves, or source energy is one of the most important aspects of any wellness journey, and spiritual divination such as tarot can do a great job of enhancing that connection.
In our conversation over the phone, you mentioned mindfulness. How are tarot and mindfulness related?
MW: Tarot, much like the practice of mindfulness meditation, is a means by which we are able to hear and communicate directly with our higher self. Incorporating tarot into a regular mindfulness practice can be a great way to enhance your spirituality, and find more in-depth messages and answers about your journey and how you are to move forward.
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about tarot card reading and wellness?
MW: I would love to encourage others to practice tarot if they feel called to! My relationship with the Tarot cards has grown into a very close one. Regularly reading the cards has enhanced my personal sense of understanding about my path. It has also strengthened my communication with the divine in ways I never dreamed possible.
It became clear to me that I absolutely [i]could take my self-care practice to the next level with tarot, and I immediately ordered my own deck of tarot cards. I’m eagerly looking forward to getting going with my new practice.
Do the cards call to you? Does anything Megan says resonate with how you operate in the universe? If so, I suggest you give it a go, I certainly am. But hey, before you get going, have a quick chat with Megan or any of the other wellness practitioners on Which Doctor. We have several tarot practitioners, and many of them work online.
Check Which Doctor’s Instagram where we’ll be going live with Megan!
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Sakshi Singh is an enthusiastic digital marketing manager and an influencer. She lives and breathes advertising and ideas. She is obsessed with social media trends and loves to stay on-point with her campaigns. She is a marketing graduate from London and has lived in many beautiful cities including Coventry, Dubai, and Mumbai. She is often found quoting dad jokes. In fact, the best way to get her attention is by sending memes. She loves dogs, movies, books, and music, not in any particular order - she'll always share the best music playlists! Currently, managing Which Doctor's online presence, campaigns, and marketing, she is extremely passionate about wellness.