As you may know, my tarot mission is to make tarot a living force in my life and those of my students and clients. An Embodied tarot reading is a powerful way to do this. The Living Tarot Oracle™ incorporates this practice.
This blog post is an example of how I do an embodied tarot reading, a process I refer to as “activating” a reading.
Embodying a reading means to activate it in your body. This makes it useful, practical, and lasting. (And it’s quite fun!) We do that though feeling, sound and movement.
Here is an example of a reading activation I did this morning regarding a situation with my mother that I was looking for clarity on. I used the Wild Unknown Tarot. My cards were the 8 of swords, the Empress and the Wheel of Fortune.
Very simply weaving these three cards into a story tells me that there is a “A feeling of stasis, being trapped, and on the verge of transformation (8 of swords). The Great Goddess (Empress) – the life energy in matter, the Mother Tree – is radiating out to support my liberation and transformation which in turn, turns the Wheel of Change (Wheel of Fortune). This story is telling me where I am at and how I can create the change I want.
Embodied Tarot Reading
To activate the story, lift it out of the rational mental realm of understanding and shift it from being two-dimensional pictures on paper to being an active force in my life I use feeling, sound and movement.
I put on music, the song “Cantara” by Dead Can Dance. I hold the posture of the butterfly on the verge of liberation and feel into how it is to have my wings closely wrapped around my body, suspended and unable to move.
I begin to move, to twist and turn, bend and step and feel the presence of the Empress, the Great Mother energy, reaching out with her rainbow limbs giving me the support and guidance to unfold, release my tension and spread my wings and move freely.
I enjoy and expand the movement into turning, turning, turning.
Breath fuels the spin and expands the motion.
I slow down and gradually come into my centered still place. Breathing and feeling held in the energy of the Empress, the central card of my reading. The Mother. (Remember what the focus of my reading is on? My mother! Such is the beauty and synchronicity inherent in tarot!)
My reading has been activated in my body, my heart, my mind and my spirit.
I go back to my table and now understand the teaching of my reading in an integral way that has become an embodied prayer for all involved.
I am at peace knowing the my answer will unfold from a place of love, much as my unfolding in my dance did. And because it is from a place of love, the unfolding change will be loving.
All is well.