3 Ways BIPOC Can Use Tarot Cards for Spiritual Healing
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3 Ways BIPOC Can Use Tarot Cards for Spiritual Healing

March 07, 2022 by CJ Johnson
How will Tarot benefit BIPOC? Find out!
How will Tarot benefit BIPOC? Find out!

As BIPOC, we have a legacy of labor and pain, from our ancestors to the present day (we do have joy in our roots too). Collectively, we have tremendous trauma stored in our spirits and hearts. It's practically in our bones. However, there's no reason why we can't seek healing and liberation. 

One of the easiest ways we can do so is with tarot. Thanks to social media, it's quickly growing in popularity as a divination tool. Tarot can lead to activation of your personal power while helping you better understand the shadows in your soul that are holding you back. Essentially, tarot is about freedom. And in the political and social climate we are in, seeking freedom is still worth the pursuit for BIPOC. 

"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is a self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare" - Audre Lorde, Black Feminist Scholar 

Lorde's quote puts into context the harm we endure from systemic violence but how self-care can heal deep-seated wounds, and ultimately is not selfish because it serves the collective in the end. 

If you are taking care of yourself, you can more efficiently be a part of movements that aim to gain equity and inclusion in a rigged system. 

To circle this idea back to tarot, let's briefly unpack what tarot is and why it can specifically serve BIPOC well in our healing journey towards liberation and inner peace. 

The Tarot Deck

A tarot deck consists of 78 cards. Within that deck are 56 minor arcana cards and 22 major arcana cards. The minor arcana cards reflect the challenges and opportunities we experience on a daily basis. These cards allow us to gain insight into how to navigate life from day to day. More specifically, the minor arcana cards are divided into the four elements. Pentacles represent earth energy (Virgo, Capricorn, Taurus) and practicality. Swords represent air energy (Libra, Aquarius, Gemini) and intellect. Cups represent water energy (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) and emotions. Wands represent fire energy (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) and passion. 

The 22 major arcana cards such as the Death Card, Star Card, and the Empress Card for example, reference breakthroughs that your soul may be seeking or needing to embody in order for you to be your Highest Self.

Tarot is designed for you to dive into life's deepest lessons, both karmic and for new timelines to be created at the moment and for generations to come. Simply put, tarot can provide a spiritual roadmap for manifesting balance, peace, and abundance. But that is only if you are open to the alchemy it wants to bestow upon you. An open mind sees all that the spiritual realm needs you to see. 

As BIPOC, there are several reasons why tarot may be beneficial to explore. 

Here are a few that come to mind as a Black woman myself: 

● Healing from constant racial and xenophobic microaggressions 

● Processing the trauma of systemic oppression (jobs, housing, legal & medical system) 

● Unpacking the wounds of generational trauma 

● Form of personal self-care that historically many of our ancestors didn't have 

When we recall all that we endure daily and collectively from generations past as BIPOC, spiritually healing our wounds is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves. We are incredibly deserving of nourishment, deep care, and liberation in all its forms in this lifetime. 

Now, with an open mind, I'd love to share with you three ways that BIPOC can use tarot for spiritual healing. These three ideas are ideal for those new to tarot, and all they take is a deck and a desire to explore the depths of your spirit for answers to your innermost questions. 

#1 Tarot Journaling 

This is by far my personal favorite and one that I do consistently. I even do 30-day tarot journaling challenges throughout the year. Tarot journaling is done by asking a question that you hope to seek clarity on and then pulling a card or two or three (I do three). 

Once you pull your card, you journal about what wisdom the card holds and how it applies to your life and question. For example, if you pull the Two of Cups in the minor arcana, then that card (in essence; Spirit, God, Ancestors, Angels) could be nudging you to explore your emotions in regards to partnership. Or, for another example, if you pull the Justice card in the major arcana, it could be asking you to question the areas in your life where you are owed justice or need to right a wrong. 

Journaling has been scientifically proven to reduce stress levels in the body and reprogram the mind for positivity. When you combine the act of journaling with tarot, it can lead to a powerful shift in your reality and future. 

#2 - During New and Full Moons

New moons ask us to call in what we desire to manifest. It is all about receiving. Full moons ask us to release what is no longer serving us. It is all about releasing. 

Pulling a tarot card or a few during these divine times when we are most connected to the moon can activate healing on levels that go beyond the surface. The moon's phases are always asking us to tap into our personal alchemy. To see ourselves as empowered beings. When you add tarot pulls to the mix, you can see your fears and dreams more fully. That clarity allows you to get back on track and walk towards your magic. 

#3 - Weekly Sessions 

If you don't keep up with the phases of the moon or enjoy journaling, then starting your week off with a few tarot card pulls can serve your soul well. Taking 15-20 minutes of your Sunday or Monday to check in with yourself, ask the needed questions, and reflect on the wisdom that your cards have for you is an act of radical self-care. Over time you will become more and more familiar with the cards and look forward to this weekly ritual. Pulling cards every week is a ritual I dip into as well and speaking from personal experience, it has definitely assisted me in strengthening my intuition and spiritual gifts. 

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Now over to you, which of these three rituals can you envision doing with tarot? If tapping into your intuition and healing wounds feels a bit too intimidating to do on your own (even with tarot cards), then sign up for a chat with one of our 5-star rated Psychic Advisors. Click HERE to get your first three minutes FREE! Your soul will be so overjoyed that you did. 

We become our most magnetic and healed selves when we seek the answers that are being called to our attention. 

Take DEEP care! 

CJ Johnson
“I'm a writer with a fascination for plant medicine and a passion for social justice, spirituality, and holistic wellness. Tarot journaling and chocolate donuts keep me balanced. I'm based in Texas and dream of living near a salty ocean with my ancestors to keep me company.”- CJ Johnson

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