FROM FEAR TO MEDICINE: USING THE TAROT TO FACE WHAT SCARES US

The Tarot is both a mirror and an evolutionary invitation towards change. Lindsay Mack offers us a guide to the so-called “scary” cards and reveals how we can use our decks to turn fear to medicine …

Fear is a highly unpleasant, but profoundly important emotion — one that deserves a place at our table of feelings.

Fear, when considered for what it is, can offer information, wise counsel, direction, and clarity on our deeper feelings. We don’t have to believe everything our fear communicates to us, but it can be transformative to hear it out. By doing so, fear can become an ally, especially when we understand the strength that can arise within us through working with it.

Fear has always been a very deep teacher in my life. I live with a long term brain condition. I’m a healthy and joyful survivor of extreme childhood abuse, and have worked through complex PTSD for most of my life. I have traveled through some of the darkest places a person can experience, and every time I take one of those journeys “through the woods,” I am shifted for the better, having gained deeper strength, trust, and faith, my fear shifting into medicine with wisdom to offer me. The more wisdom I cultivate through those paths of darkness, the more I have to offer to myself, my students, and my clients.

The Tarot is a profoundly useful tool to turn to in moments of fear, trauma and stress. It can help to contextualize what’s happening underneath our fear, and how it is trying to help us evolve. It can also bring a visual landscape to something that we may not be able to communicate or understand with words. Whether you are a reader or not, The Tarot can be a deep aid in moments of darkness.

There are six Tarot cards in particular that, when we look at them through a soul centered lens, offer a beautiful invitation to evolve through fear.

Read on for how use them as guides in our own journey, exploring what it means for us to shift from fear to medicine. You can also check out my brand new course, From Fear to Medicine: A Six Week Journey into the “Scary” Cards of the Tarot. The first class begins on April 22nd – find out more HERE

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// THE FOOL // Trusting The Invisible
Have you ever been called to take a giant leap of faith with hardly any proof that it will pay off? If you have, you’ve been in the energy of The Fool. It is the invitation to jump into the unknown, and begin a whole new cycle of our lives. We are drawn to the edge of a cliff in this card, but it is up to us to jump off of it. The soul work that we are asked to do in this card is to trust ourselves, and trust the invisible.

To our brain chemistry, The Fool can feel like death, a loss of control for the ego. If we can move through this deep contraction with mindfulness, leaping into the unseen, the treasures we will gain will be priceless. We will begin to truly know that when we jump in The Fool, we will be supported. We will begin to trust our intuition, and we will be a co-creator in our own evolution and growth. Trusting the invisible takes deep work. The Fool is here to help us learn.

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// WHEEL OF FORTUNE // Centering in the midst of change
The Wheel of Fortune heralds the coming of great change, the marriage between our choices and our destiny. The change that Wheel of Fortune brings is always for our good. There is no “bad” turn on this card, and there is no reversal.

When we work with the Wheel of Fortune, we can never see the change that’s coming. It teaches us to root into the unknown, and to stay centered in the Wheel, rather than flailing on the outer edges. When we work with this card, we get to learn how to root into ourselves in times of change, staying calm in the eye of the storm. Beautiful wisdom for life.

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// DEATH // Sacred Compost
There is no greater metaphor for the Death card than that of composting. I eat you, then you eat me. Nothing truly dies in the Death card, just like nothing ever truly dies here on Earth. It merely changes form, becoming a different version of what it was.

The Death card is the transformation of something – a relationship, a thought pattern, a belief – into something new. When we work in this card, it is a signal that we are no longer being fed by something growing in the garden of our lives. It lets us know that it is time to pull the weeds up and allow it to become sacred fertilizer, encouraging the new things in our lives to grow. The work we do in this card is profound ego surrender, letting go of the things that are ready to go.

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// THE DEVIL // Blessing the Shadow
The Devil is an opportunity to look deeply at our shadow. Are we judging ourselves? Believing that there is something wrong with us? Are we spiraling into an old, destructive pattern out of fear or contraction? If we are, The Devil will let us know.

If we pull this card, it is a sign that we are doing everything right. The Devil always shows up as a little mindfulness bell around our expansion, letting us know that the brain is trying to pull us into some old, limiting patterns to keep us in what it perceives as safe and known. We get to drop into these patterns and say no thank you to the invitation, whatever it may be. By doing so, we liberate ourselves from believing that we are “bad” or “wrong,” to thinking that there is anything adverse about us for our desires or our anger, and allowing all parts of ourselves to just be there.

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// THE TOWER // When Things go Wrong
Everyone has experienced a Tower moment in their lives. It is a moment where it truly feels like everything has gone wrong – it can feel like we are living in a nightmare. A beautiful metaphor for The Tower is a forest fire. We watch everything burn, knowing that it is clearing the soil for new growth.

It is an intentional shaking of the foundations underneath us, all to help us grow, and shed some part of ourselves that is no longer aligned with our expansion. The Tower can be intensely uncomfortable, or it can be a very minor, internal experience. When we survive and move through Tower experiences, we emerge stronger, clearer and transformed, our lives shifted on its very axis.

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// THE MOON // Floating in the Darkness
In The Moon card, we learn how to hang out in the Void – no easy feat! Ruled by Pisces, this card goes as deep as it can go. It is an experience of truly not knowing where we are going next, not having any answers, and feeling like we are floating back into old, shadowy feelings and emotions. To experience this can be very uncomfortable, and can make us want to really swim to shore, to find the light, to get some semblance of clarity and direction.

But, the more we kick, the deeper the waves become. We eventually learn the most profound surrender in The Moon card, letting the darkness become an ally, learning from the quiet, tuning in with ourselves beyond the din of our ego. When the light finally dawns, we learn that we have been moving all along, allowing the currents to take us to our next destination.

Want to go deeper into these energies, and learn how to work with your own fear in a mindful, empowered way? Please join me for my brand new course, From Fear to Medicine: A Six Week Journey into the “Scary” Cards of the Tarot. The first class begins on April 22nd – find out more HERE

LEARN HOW TO READ TAROT WITH LINDSAY MACK

At last! Numinous resident Tarotscopes queen Lindsay Mack has created a digital course on how to read Tarot. Ruby Warrington explains why Lindsay’s Tarot For The Wild Soul is an invaluable tool on your soul journey …

I first met Lindsay Mack about two and a half years ago, when I interviewed her for my book Material Girl, Mystical World. I’d become aware of Lindsay and her work after we ran this interview with her on the site—and there was one quote that had really stood out to me.

“I read Tarot for people’s soul expansion—meaning I read in a way that helps them to wake up to the truth of their being.”

Woah. I was still in the early research stages of my book, and I didn’t know at the time that this sentence was essentially tapping into what would become the BIG message of MGMW, and my work in a wider sense.

I have since come to believe that seeking to unpick the conditioning that keeps us small, fearful and compliant, thus connecting to our individual truths, and then making our life choices from this place, is at the essence of our spiritual work, and our evolution both as individuals and as a collective. And in Lindsay’s hands, the Tarot becomes an amazing tool for exactly this.

After our first meeting (which I wished could go on for DAYS, that’s how good it is to hear Linds speak on her soul subject), I invited her to become a regular contributor to The Numinous. She’s since been writing our monthly Tarotscopes column and recording weekly Tarotscopes videos—which regular readers + viewers will know are not only off-the-hook accurate, but delivered with the utmost love and compassion for our individual journeys.

And so, I could NOT be more excited to share that Lindsay has gone and created a TAROT FOR THE WILD SOUL digital course! YES. Like all the most evolved modern mystics, Linds is dedicated to empowering others to use these ancient tools for themselves, and this 8-week program is a deep-dive into the Tarot as medicine.

Course dates: October 3—November 21 2017
***IMPORTANT*** Signup is only open through October 1 2017 (and the course won’t run again until next year!)

You can click HERE to learn more about Linds and her work and sign up—or read on below for more details on the course itself!

The Motherpeace Tarot by Karen Vogel and Vicki Noble is one of Lindsay’s favorite decks

An eight-week guided immersion into how to read Tarot, participants will receive 13 instructional videos, 10 pre-recorded audio meditations, weekly rituals and practices to do with their decks, a beautiful PDF document for journaling, gentle homework assignments, access to a private community Facebook group, and an abundance of weekly bonus material, all to support them on this journey.

The eight weeks will be structured as follows:

Week 1—What is Soul Tarot?

Week 2—The Major Arcana :: The Sacred Macrocosm

Week 3—The Swords :: Mastering Brain Chemistry

Week 4—The Cups :: Trusting One’s Intuition

Week 5—The Wands :: The Sacred Fire

Week 6—The Pentacles :: Living Spiritually in a Material World

Week 7—The Court Cards :: The Master Level

Week 8—Going Deeper

For the full low-down + pricing and payment plans (it’s SUPER affordable btw!) click HERE

Lindsay and I also will be hopping onto a Facebook Live at 2pm on Thursday Sept 28, so log on and join us there if you have any more specific questions about the course—or ask in the comments section here. I for one cannot wait to get deep and soulful with Lindsay this fall!