Don't Fear the Reaper: 'Good' and 'Bad' Cards in the Tarot

Yeah, he's pretty intimidating - but his message isn't.

Yeah, he's pretty intimidating - but his message isn't.

There are common misconceptions about Tarot, and I've heard it all.

"Oh, I would never consult Tarot cards. I don't want to find out when I die"

"I'm afraid of what the cards would say"

"What if The Devil comes up? Does it mean I'm cursed?"

If you've only experienced Tarot through Hollywood films or mass-marketed Halloween ephemera, then it's not uncommon to be fearful of the "bad" cards in the deck. The good news is that all cards, even the scary ones, have positive connotations and messages. The even better news is that there's no such thing as a "bad" card; in fact, I get excited when "Death" appears in a spread. (Yes, you read that right. We'll get to that.)

The key takeaway is this; Tarot, when used correctly, is simply a tool to guide us on our life path. ALL life paths will contain joyful and care-free days, and troublesome or difficult days. This is why you will experience imagery that resonates positively in your intuition, and others that may spark feelings of "um, no thanks".

But the 'no thanks' cards each have their own message; a concept or idea to ponder that will lead you toward bigger and better things. Stay with me here, and consider the "Death" card.

Death in the Tarot is  figurative . It represents change, transformation and new beginnings.

Death in the Tarot is figurative. It represents change, transformation and new beginnings.

When the 'Death' card comes up in a reading, it represents a great change in the seeker's life. Old ways of thinking, old methods of doing or behaving, will be stripped away or left behind in order for new beginnings or transformation to occur. In short; the bullshit you don't need will fall away in order for great new things to come into your life.

The Death card RARELY represents actual death. (In fact, if you ever encounter a reader who predicts your death or the death of another with this card, I want you to (calmly and firmly) thank them for their time, walk away and disregard anything they may have said. The Tarot is about providing guidance that is practical and useful; not to scare, cajole or make anyone feel a lack of control.)


Let's address a few more of the touchy cards. The Devil is about being aware of bad habits or negative behaviour we may lean on as a crutch to avoid dealing with our emotions. The Tower is about a sharp, sudden change that will eventually be for our best and highest good (despite all of that fire and people falling out of buildings). The Emperor can be a callous, overbearing dictator that rules with an iron first - wouldn't you want to know about this dude if he was going to be your boss? Me too.

The takeaway is this (are you listening?) -- What you do with the information received in the Tarot is your business. Period.

Or look at it this way - the Tarot tells a story of what is and what could be, based on your thoughts and actions as they are now. If and when you hear or see something that feels ominous or negative, use it as  that it's time to change your behaviour, your outlook, or the way you interact with situations or people in your life.

It is your life after all, and the Universe has granted you the freewill to do, be and act as you see fit. The Tarot is merely a tool of guidance which makes suggestions based on where you are, and who you are, today. 

Heed the messages of all cards - 'good' and 'bad' - to shape a future that you desire to manifest. The power is always in your hands, and in your mind.

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Ready for 2018?

2017 is almost over. Time flies when you're having fun, and I've already found myself reflecting on how much has changed from this time last year, celebrating what I'm super proud of and making a list of what's left to be tackled.

My 2017 year card was Temperance. I knew this year was going to challenge the super impatient, instant gratification-oriented person I am; that girl who goes for gold and wants her prize *right now!* Despite my chomping at the bit, 2017 was destined to be a year of finding balance in body, mind and spirit. It wasn't meant to be a rockstar year, but rather a 'plant-the-seeds-for-tomorrow' kind of year.

Have you calculated your year card? I recommend you do so for both 2017 and 2018, so you might reflect on the challenges and themes of the past year, as well as understand what might await you in the year ahead. It's pretty simple:

Add your birthday (month and day) + 2017 OR 2018

i.e. For a May 1st Birthday, looking ahead to 2018:

5 (Month) + 1 (Day) + 2018 (Year) = 2,024

Then, break down that number further by adding each digit together:

2 + 0 + 2 + 4 = 8*

Your 2018 year card is STRENGTH.

Here's what your year card may signify:

  1. The Magician: Manifesting your desires, conscious awareness, developing skill and initiative, drawing on your creative forces.
  2. The High Priestess: Developing intuition & spirituality, secrets, hidden motivation
  3. The Empress: Nurturing, creative energy, feminine energy, compassion, manifesting abundance.
  4. The Emperor: Authority, power, determination, rules and regulation, masculinity.
  5. The Hierophant: Wisdom, spiritual insights, convention, great universal lessons
  6. The Lovers: Romance, union, commitments, choices, following your heart
  7. The Chariot: Moving forward, willpower, perseverance, overcoming old emotions, focus and discipline.
  8. Strength: Self-confidence, overcoming fears, compassion, courage, loving-kindness, empathy, self-awareness.
  9. The Hermit: Introversion, solitude, withdrawal from society, inner wisdom.
  10. Wheel of Fortune: Going with the flow, surrendering to destiny, a turning point, good luck.
  11. Justice: Law of attraction, karmic reward, fairness, balance.
  12. The Hanged Man: Patience, stillness, surrender, shifting perspective.
  13. Death: Great change, personal transformation, new beginnings, releasing what no longer serves.
  14. Temperance: Balance, moderation, patience, self-control.
  15. The Devil: Habits, temptation, addiction, blockages, issues with control.
  16. The Tower: Sudden upheaval, big changes, new revelations.
  17. The Star: Healing, hope, confidence, peace, wellbeing.
  18. The Moon: Illusions, intuition, connecting to the subconscious, revealing and healing insecurities.
  19. The Sun: Joy, creativity, positive growth, communication, self-development.
  20. Judgement: Clarity, understanding, liberation, transformation, inner-calling, absolution.
  21. The World: Completion of a major cycle/life stage, celebration, accomplishment, transcendence, travel.
  22. The Fool: New beginnings, new discoveries, carefree, leap of faith.

Want to learn more about your year card? Book a 2018 Year-Ahead reading and I'll break down your year card in-depth, plus include a personalized six card reading. Learn more here.

*Sometimes the math gets wonky and you'll be left with a number that's higher than 22. In that case, break down that number again, by adding each of the two digits together. 

How Does Tarot Work?

How exactly does Tarot work? In today's vlog, I explain Tarot based on my understanding and study, and the findings of a great many who've come before me.

At its core, the Tarot is simply a deck of 78 cards divided into four suits (wands, swords, cups and pentacles), and two sub-sections (major arcana and minor arcana). The imagery is based upon symbols universal to the human experience - that is, common to everyone's life path, regardless of gender, race or creed. 

When we use Tarot for divination, we imbue the deck with our energy (or the energy of the person for which we are reading). This is to say, we meditate on a question and, as we pull from the deck, the images we see reflected present a story of our current human experience.

This is where the magic comes in. The great psychiatrist Carl Jung believed that our subconscious is knowledgeable of the path that is destined for us in this lifetime. When we infuse the deck with our energy and read what comes up before us, the conscious mind is connecting to the subconscious. So in a way, the Tarot simply acts as a mirror reflecting what we know to be true in the depths of our consciousness, releasing it for our best and highest good.

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Love & light, always.