One of the best ways to use tarot for personal growth is to use it for shadow work. It can be helpful not only to identify your shadow side, but to help you recognize it more frequently in daily life and get to know yourself on a deeper level.
But, what is a shadow side?
Tarot and Shadow Work
Our shadow sides are the unconscious parts of ourselves that most of don’t even realize exist. While shadow sides can be comprised of positive traits, it is usually assumed to be negative, and is the part of ourselves we don’t want to admit to having. But not wanting to admit to something doesn’t mean it’s not there. Through using tarot to discover your shadow side, you can get to know those parts of yourself better, and in turn, potentially become a better and more self aware person.
Tarot Card Questions for Shadow Work
- Am I ready to do shadow work? (Because lets be honest, sometimes we just aren’t ready, and that’s okay.)
- If not, when will I know I am ready to fully embrace it?
- What card best represents my shadow side?
- What do I need to know about my shadow side?
- How can I embrace and heal this part of me?
- What card best represents my inner child?
- In what way is my inner child still effecting me?
- What can I do to nurture my inner child?
- What is my most self sabotaging behavior? How can I overcome it?
- What is my relationship with power?
- How can I step into my own power?
Tarot for Personal Growth
Tarot can also be used in your journey to personal growth in more ways than just shadow work. For instance, it can be used to help you along in your career, recognize when it’s time to leave a toxic relationship, or even help you become a better parent.
You’re only limited by your imagination when it comes to ways to use tarot in your daily life. Since the tarot cards work to help you access the intuitive messages you already know deep down, it’s a great way to access your intuitive knowledge and give you confirmation when trying to make important decisions.
Tarot for your Career
Unhappy with your current career? Wondering if you should try for that promotion or leave your current company behind? Ask your cards! Often we find we already know exactly what the right thing for us to do is deep down, but it’s helpful to get confirmation from your deck.
Tarot Card Questions for Career
- How does my current career align with my soul purpose?
- What is a better career for me?
- What advice do you have for me to get there?
- What would the outcome be if I took this promotion?
- What would the outcome be if I took this new job?
- How would I feel emotionally?
- When is the right time for me to make a career move?
- What advice can help me find the right job?
- Is there anything I can do to find the right job faster?
- How can I better deal with my boss/coworkers?
- How will this job help my career?
- How will this job help my personal growth?
- Will it be worth it in the long run?
Tarot for your Relationships
Tarot is also a great tool for relationships, which is one of the reasons love readings are so common. Let’s put aside the more typical “Does he/she love me?” questions though, and dig into how it can help with personal growth in a relationship. Keep in mind, these can also be changed slightly to put the focus on your relationship with yourself. I’ll include the alternatives to each question when applicable.
Tarot Card Questions for Relationships
- What has this person come into my life to teach me?
- (Alternative- What big lessons have I come here to learn in this lifetime?)
- How can I be a better partner?
- (Alternative- How can I be better to myself?)
- What do I need to work on to create a more balanced relationship?
- (Alternative- What do I need to work on to live a more balanced life?)
- What emotional baggage and I bringing to the relationship that I need to let go of?
- (Alternative- What baggage am I holding onto that is no longer serving me?)
- Can I trust my intuitive hunches about our relationship, or am I letting the past get in the way of the present? (Pull two cards)
- (Alternative- What past experiences am I letting get in the way of my present self?)
- What would the future outcome be if we stayed together?
- What about if we broke up?
- How would I feel if we decided to break up versus if we stayed together? (Pull two cards)
- How can I bring excitement back into our relationship?
- (Alternative- How can I bring excitement back into my life?)
- What is an issue I want my partner to be more sensitive about?
- What is an issue my partner has that I need to be more sensitive about?
- (Alternative- What issue within myself do I need to be more forgiving about and how can I work past it?)
Tarot for Parenting
To be honest, using tarot to become a better parent is something I’ve just recently discovered. It’s not something I see talked about often and only recently started to explore. But just like the relationship questions, you can slightly change the wording to better fit a parent/child relationship just as you can the relationship you have with yourself.
Tarot Card Questions for Parenting
- How can I better support my child?
- What do they want/need to me be more supportive about?
- How can I be a better parent to (name)?
- How can I help them through (insert whatever they’re going through currently)?
- What do they need me to understand about them, that I’m not seeing?
- How can I best support them in school?
- How can I best support them with their social life?
- What do I need to let go of?
- How can we grow a better relationship with each other?
- How do they feel when they don’t listen to their parent/s?
- How can I better communicate with them?
How to Apply Tarot to Your Daily Life
Asking all these questions are great, but it does no good if you don’t go forward and apply what you’ve learned through your readings to daily life. The best way to do this is to make it a habit, but making and breaking habits are easier said than done.
When asking big questions like these, it’s best to write them down in a journal. Grab a notebook specifically for your personal growth readings. Set a reminder in your phone to make a habit of asking these questions and reading over your previous answers each week. The more you reference your journal, the easier it is to remember to apply what you’ve learned to your daily life.
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