Five ways to include tarot in your self-care practice

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For me, self-care is more than carving out a little quiet time for myself daily/weekly/monthly. It’s a way for me to self-reflect and self-soothe. When I’m feeling a bit wild and out of control, my self-care practices help ground my energy and view my situation from all perspectives. When I’m lost in my own sea of sadness, my self-care practices are a gentle reminder that I already have everything I need when I open my heart to myself.

A lot of these practices start with some simple self-reflection. And at its core, tarot is a tool for self-reflection. For those of us who find it difficult to just sit down and write in a journal, the tarot becomes a mirror for our experiences and lays a foundation where we can start to inquire more deeply. That’s why tarot has become such an integral part of my own self-care practices.

Today I want to share with you five ways you can include tarot in your own self-care practices too.

Self-care with tarot, five ways:

Pull a daily card

Simple, right? You can think of this as a daily meditation practice for those of you who “just can’t meditate” (which I basically call B.S. on, but that’s another rant for another time). This practice is perfect for tarot newbies to help them learn the cards in relationship to their own experiences (as opposed to rote memorization from tarot books). What my daily draw looks like: First thing in the morning, before I even get dressed and ready for the day, I sit down in my office and light a candle. I close my eyes and sit for about five minutes as a way to ground and center myself. Then I ask the question, “What card am I going to deepen my understanding of today?” and pull a card from the deck. Sometimes I’ll prop the card up on my desk so I can look back on it throughout my day while other times I’ll put it in the notebook I carry around in my tote bag if I’m on the go. Later, when the day is through, I’ll sit back down at my desk before bedtime and reflect on my day and the card I drew. I’ll notice if there were any correlations or similar threads and take a few minutes to write about what medicine that card held for me. Not only does this practice help me understand my deck better, but it also creates some structured self-care time in my day.

Include tarot in your monthly rituals (full moon, new moon, bleeding time, etc)

Milestone moments give us structure to see where we’ve been since the last milestone, where we’re at currently, and give us opportunity to dream of where we might be going in the future. Recurring events such as new moons, full moons, bleeding times, solar returns (birthdays), equinoxes and solstices are all perfect for tarot - the list goes on and on. There are hundreds of tarot spreads already created for milestone and ritual moments which make it an easy place to start for tarot newbies. One of my favorite resources for finding tarot spreads is Little Red Tarot. It’s a collective writing space that focuses on queer, non-binary, and femme voices and it’s creator, Beth, teaches the Alternative Tarot Course (my personal fave for beginners). When I was first starting with tarot, I would pull three cards on every new moon: past, present, future. I would track my card pulls from month to month and allow the patterns and messages to come through as I wrote about them.

Keep your deck with you on-the-go to soften difficult situations

Self-care is most needed when we’re going through something difficult. Maybe we’re struggling to communicate with our partner, just had a difficult conversation with our boss, or maybe we’re feeling lots of anxiety while out and about in our daily life. Keeping a deck on hand to pull a card or two in those moments can be a grounding and supportive practice to bring you back to center when everything feels like it’s falling apart. A few questions I like to ask in these sorts of situations are: 
What am I not seeing right now that can help me feel better about this situation? 
What medicine might this situation hold for me? 
What can I do in this moment to soften my fear/worry/anxiety/anger?

Pull cards to help choose herbal allies

Sometimes we pull cards as a way to open up a conversation or ask deeper questions. But sometimes we pull cards with the hope that they’ll just exclaim the answer to us loudly and clearly. (We wish, right?) When it comes to self-care, there’s a super fun tarot deck called the Herbal Tarot Deck (by the well known herbalist Michael Tierra) that does just that. Each card is represented by an herbal ally and I love playing with this deck when I’m feeling pulled to working with plants more. Of course, make sure you always work with a certified herbalist before taking herbs internally, but there are many other ways to work with these plants safely on your own too: You can find the plant out in nature and sit with it in meditation, include it in a bouquet of flowers in your home, work with the flower essence version (if it has one), or even read up about it in a materia medica. Get creative and have fun with it!

Spend time meditating with a specific card to connect to the medicine it holds

Sitting for twenty minutes while thinking about “nothing” can be extremely difficult for a lot of people (myself included). Our minds are curious creatures - they want to learn and expand and grow. That’s why one of my favorite ways to meditate is to sit and have a conversation with a tarot card. Sometimes this will look similar to traditional meditation (seated at my altar with a acard). After I ground and center I’ll start to ask the card questions and see what answers bubble up in response. There’s no “right” or “wrong” answers to these questions - it’s more about getting in conversation with the card and seeing what feels true to you. 

Another way I’ll meditate with a card is through Breathwork. When I’m deep in my Breathwork practice I feel more connected to the all-knowing of the universe than ever - and answers to my questions come easily and without judgement. I love connecting to the archetypes of the tarot through Breathwork because it deepens my understanding of the cards in a way that prioritizes love, healing, support, and deep medicine as opposed to fear or anxiety. This is especially helpful when working with traditionally “scary” cards such as the Devil, the Tower, or Judgement. 

If this way of connecting to the cards sounds up your alley, I invite you to join me for a series of group Breathwork circles where we’ll be connecting to the first four archetypes of the tarot: The Fool, The Magician, The High Priestess, and The Empress. Each week we’ll use the breath to deepen our relationship with these cards and harness the power of trust, creative manifestation, intuition, and embodiment.

To learn more and sign up about Embodying the Tarot with Breathwork series, click the event photo below.
 

**The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

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S4E2 - An Interview with Lindsay Mack

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Lindsay Mack, intuitive healer, holistic counselor, teacher, and tarot reader based in Brooklyn, NY and founder of Wild Soul Healing and host of the podcast, Tarot for the Wild Soul, joins Amy on Health Fuels Hustle to talk about practicing self-care as a healer, using tarot as a healing tool, and moving through transformative "Tower" moments.

TOPICS:

  • Lindsay's journey to work with tarot and embracing the identity of "healer"
  • Going through transformative "Tower" moments
  • Saying no in order to say yes
  • Tarot as a healing tool and why it pairs well with coaching
  • The Wheel of Fortune tarot card

TWEETABLES:

I had to let myself fall apart and get rebuilt in a way that was actually structurally sound, and from that my tarot business flowed. [click to tweet]

Every time I ride the Tower fully, I am changed. [click to tweet]

When I take care of myself, my business grows in ways I can't really explain. [click to tweet]

Tarot can really be a profound tool for healing because it will be for you whatever you want it to be. [click to tweet]

SHOWNOTES:

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***Heads up! This post may contain some affiliate links. If you buy something through one of those links you won't pay a single cent more, but I'll get a small commission that helps keep the content flowing. P.S. I only recommend products I use in my own daily life!

S4E1 - Maggie Gentry Interviews Amy!

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Season 4 of Health Fuel Hustle is back! Today Amy is having someone interviewing her for a change, and decided to invite Maggie Gentry as the person to do just that. Maggie Gentry empowers creatives to Own Your Why® so that you can grow your business intentionally using a custom marketing plan built around your core values. Her unique approach blends business coaching, marketing consulting, and loads of compassion, which allows you to grow your business in a way that feels perfectly tailored to you. She is also the co-founder of Mindful Moments ATX, a self-care event series for womxn working to establish their own wellness rituals. 

TOPICS:

  • Maggie & Amy's history
  • Amy's new acupuncture clinic
  • The importance of giving yourself space for emotional healing
  • Leaning on your support systems
  • Practicing receiving
  • Having employees and working on boundaries
  • How Amy's self-care practice has shifted
  • The shifts in the Health Fuels Hustle podcast and what we can expect this season
  • What is on the horizon for Amy?

TWEETABLES:

There is something unbelievably powerful about breathing in a room with a group of other people. [click to tweet]

SHOWNOTES:

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Magic + Business: My interview on the Daydreaming Wolves podcast

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Have you ever been told that it’s hard making friends as an adult?

I have. It’s a story I think we’ve all heard as we get older. It’s written about in magazine articles and spoken about on radio programs.

(If limiting beliefs like this are getting in your way, there’s a workshop I’m co-hosting soon that you might be interested in. Scroll down to learn more.)

Well, I call bullshit.

I’ve found that the more I walk through the world with an open mind and an open heart, the more new friends just walk right in.

And I’m not only talking about the friendships made online through platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. (Though, those are all useful ways to stay connected with new friends when they don’t live nearby.)

I’m talking about the sparks that fly when you meet another person in real life and you just know you’re going to get along famously.

Last September, at my first Breathwork healer training, I met a person who became a fast and dear friend: Yarrow Magdalena.

Yarrow is a web designer by day, and a plant lover, neurodivergent hermit/introvert, writer, aspiring herbalist, tarot reader, and queer self-care champion by night. They live in a tiny house in the woods of Europe with their dog and they are a personal inspiration for my own work to help dismantle systems of oppression with healing work. You can learn more about them here.

They also have a wonderful podcast where they talk about my favorite topics: magic and business. So obviously I was thrilled when they asked if I’d like to be interviewed for an episode!

A few of the things we discussed:

  • My own story with chronic illness and how it introduced me to herbalism, acupuncture, breathwork and the tarot
  • Feeling healthy both in our bodies and our businesses and how that’s deeply related
  • How we can learn from plants
  • Our favorite ways to stay connected to nature in winter
  • Why we think it’s important to ask plants for permission before making medicine with them
  • Ways we are trying to make our work accessible while still honoring our own time and energy
  • Why we love tarot as a tool to express what sometimes can’t be said

This was a really fun one to record and has such a wide variety of topics covered. I hope you enjoy it!

You can listen to it on iTunes here or on Soundcloud by clicking the play button below.