Friday, August 27, 2010

The Tarot As A Self-Empowerment Tool - Tap Into Your True Desires, Needs, and Dreams

Most of us have heard of or perhaps have even seen the Rorschach test - a psychological test created by Hermann Rorschach in 1921. It is simply ink blots, spilled onto a piece of paper that is then folded, unfolded and then left to dry.  The images are shown to patients to get them to encourage them to reveal their thought processes.  What do you see when you look at this image?  There are so many possibilities, its endless. What do your interpretations say about you, and how can this type of work be helpful in solving the problems that we face? 

Many people turn to a tool that can be thought of in a similar way as the Rorschach test - the Tarot deck. People often turn to the Tarot because they are dealing with an issue with which they would like better insight or clarity. They hope that by consulting with someone who can read the cards, they will have their future foretold and guidance given. I do not doubt that some human beings have this incredible gift to read tarot cards and tap into the future, but in my personal experience, I've grown to believe in another way to use the cards as a way of experiencing self-empowerment.

This past year, I was received training on how to intuitively read cards by certified hypnotherapist and Tarot reader and teacher Susan Gold.  If you are ever in the San Francisco Bay area and have an interest in hypnotherapy, long-term hypnotherapy counseling, or tarot, I can only tell you that my experiences with Susan have been magnificent. She taught me so much through our hypnotherapy and Tarot sessions, and I absolutely adore her as a person.

Susan teaches the use of the Tarot as a self-empowerment tool, and now, so do I.  What this means is that you can read your own cards whenever you have a question. And, instead of feeling a sense that the answers are outside of you, you begin to realize the oracle within - that you have all of the answers and tools within yourself to help guide you in the right direction.  The Universe designed each and every one of us this way.  When you read your own cards, once you allow any doubts and insecurities about your "ability" to subside (we ALL can do this!), you will begin to tap into your higher self, the collective consciousness, and to Source in order to figure out what it is that you really want and need.

An important part of using the Tarot as a self-empowerment tool is to phrase your questions in ways that empower you, not in ways that dis-power you. This part took me a while to get the hang of, and Susan reassured me that this is pretty common.

Let's come up with a question for you, right now, and I'll do some examples.

Instead of asking questions that require a specific date, i.e. "When will I meet my soul mate?", rephrase your question to "What do I need to know in order to open my life up for my soul mate?" Here is an appropriate opportunity to make it all about you.

A couple of other examples: Instead of asking "When will I figure out what I want to do with my life/career/relationship?", ask "What can I do to help realize and manifest the best situation for my highest good and all those involved in my life/career/relationship?"

"Is my significant other cheating on me?" would be rephrased to empower you, as "What do I need to know about my current relationship?"

So, go ahead. Think of a question. Work on it for a few minutes until you've rephrased it in such a way that it puts the responsibility back on you to do the footwork and to tap into your own inner voice to search for the answers and guidance.

Once you have your question formulated, take a look at the Tarot card below.

In a journal or any paper that you have handy, begin to record your immediate thoughts, observations, and feelings about the image.  Let it be a free flow of writing - any thoughts that come to mind and any stories about what is happening in the picture should be recorded. Once you feel like you've captured your thoughts around this image, begin to tell a story about the image while answering the question you formulated.  You will be amazed at how much wisdom, insight, and compassion that you have right within your own heart and as a result of your connection to all of life.

May you realize that there is no greater power than that which resides right in your very own heart - that you are a child of the Universe, worthy of good things. May you realize that you are tapped in to the Universal Wisdom, and that you have all the tools that you need to make decisions, right inside of you.

Please feel encouraged to share what YOU see in the image above.

Debbie aka Sulilo


  1. Debbie,

    I'm touched by your kind words. Working with you and getting to know you has been such a joy.

    How wonderful that you are sharing the tarot here. That Star card is mesmerizing! What deck is it from? I'm drawn to the stars in her hair and her dress, which seems to be made from the fabric of the sky. Perhaps she IS the night sky—a goddess that's come down to earth to fetch some water from a sacred river.

    I've been writing fiction about a Broadway "star," and this card is giving me some insight and inspiration for her character, too. What fun!

  2. Hi Susan,

    It's so nice to be blessed by your presence on my blog! Thank you for taking the time to comment, too.

    I found this card through

    ...and I love your interpretation. It's so dreamy and flowing and magical. To say that she is dressed in "the fabric of the sky" is so eloquent and thought provoking.

    When and where can we read your fiction work? So glad that seeing this card inspired you.



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