tarot in therapy?
Tarot has psychological roots
Tarot cards have always had their roots deeply implanted in psychological applications. Psychoanalyst Carl Jung explained that the cards were an easy way to represent the ‘archetypes of mankind’—or universal traits like strength, ambition, and passion—in psychology, making them ideal tools for therapy and mental health.
Jung also said the Tarot is also a tool for personal story telling and personal growth, the development of the Self.
You can turn to the cards to process deep emotions, then journal about your interpretation of the card. Tarot is supposed to give you insight about *yourself*, not other people.
Much like the Rorschach Test, tarot uses the interpretation of ambiguous visual images, patterns and words by the clients to reveal underlying or unconscious needs, beliefs and responses they may be having. Tarot can offer a fresh perspective to clients who are stuck in a situation. They harness the power of metaphor because of their ability to make the many facets of the human experience concrete and comprehensible. Tarot help verbalize experiences in a unique way that may be otherwise difficult for the client to explain.
Tarot in sessions can be very empowering to the client in the following ways:
1. Encourages self-reflection: Tarot cards can help clients reflect on their own thoughts and feelings. The cards can serve as a visual representation of what is going on inside the client’s mind and can help them explore their emotions in a more tangible way.
2. Sparks conversation: Tarot cards can be used as a conversation starter, providing a jumping-off point for further discussion. The images on the cards can help clients express their thoughts and feelings more clearly, leading to a deeper understanding of their emotions.
3. Provides insight and guidance: Tarot cards can offer insight into a client’s current situation and provide guidance on how to move forward. The cards can help clients see their situation from a different perspective, which can lead to new insights and solutions.
4. Supports emotional regulation: Tarot cards can help clients regulate their emotions by providing a sense of control and structure. The act of drawing cards and interpreting their meaning can be calming and grounding, helping clients to feel more centered and in control.
5. Enhances creativity: Tarot cards can be a creative outlet for clients. The images on the cards can inspire clients to express themselves in new and creative ways, leading to increased self-awareness and personal growth.