3 Things Tarot Cards Have Taught Me

The most common question I get when I tell others I read tarot cards?

“So, like, you can predict the future?!?”

Not quite. 

I choose to view tarot as a spiritual ritual and most importantly a conversation starter. Sometimes that means a quiet conversation with myself after meditation, or a group reading with a few women in a yoga class after I teach, OR a 1:1 reading with someone who’s seeking some guidance at a retreat

I’ve learned the conversations that come up tend to be some of the most reassuring, alarming, or hopeful I’ve ever had. The most vulnerable and truthful. The cards don’t have the answers, we do (and always have).  The cards are simply a tool that can bring some clarity, provide a kick in the ass (cause we totally need that sometimes) or a message that brings peace of mind. 

No matter what, every time I shuffle those cards to see what unfolds, I’m learn more about myself. That’s probably why I keep coming back to them!

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3 Lessons I’ve Learned Since Incorporating Tarot Cards Into My Practice

1. The message you most need will keep repeating… until you listen. 

When I FIRST started working with my tarot deck, I began by simply choosing 1 card per day.  I highly recommend doing this if you’re just starting to dabble in tarot. Each day I’d study the imagery of the card I pulled, then read more about the meaning alter using my own intuition for interpretation.

Some weeks, I’d pull the same card… over, and over… and over again. 

Usually it was one I didn’t particularly like. Sometimes it wasn’t at all light and bright and cheerful - instead looking messy and murky and dark. I’d avoid it and would tell myself it wasn’t MY card. No way was THAT meant for me. Oh, silly me. 

If you continuously pull the same card, it’s most definitely YOUR card. Pay attention. Face it head on and know that resistance will not help you reach the desired outcome. 

For example I’ve had the Temperance card FLY out of the deck to the floor while I was shuffling. Then I had the very same thing happen again the next day. 

It was a card and concept I needed at the time. I had been living and working from a place of ego and competition (fire element) neglecting my emotional body, relationships and self care (water element).  I was lacking balance and harmony between the 4 elements, and reacting only from a fiery intensity, which was causing me to slowly but surely burn out. The temperance card depicts a heron literally blending the fire and water elements, and represents harmony. Coincidence? I think not. 

And since working through this, and making necessary changes, I have not pulled Temperance since!

2. Life is not linear, everything is a cycle. 

In our day to day lives we can get so caught up in the minutia that we forget this. We forget that everything isn’t black and white, point A to point B, win or lose. 

The tarot consists of the Major and Minor Arcanas. The Major arcana is numbered 0 to 21 and begins with the naiitivity of The Fool card, all the way to the completeness of The World. It journeys through beautiful and difficult life lessons.

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Then the minor arcana is similar to the suits of a deck of playing cards. It holds 4 suits - swords, wands, pentacles and cups, these suits follow a cycle as well. Beginning with the ace and ending with 10 these cards too represent a cycle. 

When I pull an Ace card, I know newness and a fresh perspective could be on the way.  I pay close attention to the people I'm meeting and ideas I'm having. When I pull something later in the suit like a 9 or 10, I reflect on what could be coming to an end be it a conflict, project, or feeling that has been lingering. 

Since working with tarot, I’ve been challenged and inspired to look at other cycles differently. Trying to notice feelings and reactions our bodies and minds have with the changing of seasons, or the moon cycles. It all fascinates me!

3. I'm not a weirdo for using them. I'm practicing trust, strengthening my intuition, and supporting myself. 

Working with my tarot deck reaffirms what I already know. It empowers me as I move forward with life's challenges and joys.  It's been through the practice of choosing the cards that I began to trust the strength of my own intuition. Sometimes I'll think about a scenario or problem I need clarity on, start to guess what card I think will show up. Then sure enough, it does!

Yes, these cards can feel a little "witchy". But to have faith in something and a routine that supports you spiritually and emotionally is far from "weird". 

While some can look at tarot cards and other affirmative practices to be pointless, silly, or superstitious, I look at them as an opportunity to tap in and check in with myself. I highly recommend journaling after you pull tarot cards. Not only with this help you process the information and meaning behind the card and imagery, it will also let you assess your emotional reaction to it, and more forward knowing your inner guide and light won't steer you wrong!

Other questions about tarot or to schedule a reading? Email me, loves! hello@katevanhorn.com

xx

 

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This Summer I Shook Up My Yoga Practice, Here's How.

This summer has been BUSY to say the least. I've traveled each and every month, some months multiple trips, each time packing my bags (and yoga mat) to see a new place.

Travel certainly shakes up your routine and makes it challenging to maintain a regular yoga and meditation practice.

And while I'm used to practicing in the comfort of my home, and meditating in the morning after fixing my AM drink in my own kitchen, I pushed myself to still regularly roll out my mat this season. Even if that meant practicing in a yoga room at the San Francisco airport (kudos to that airport for this!) or an Airbnb.

I also decided to embrace the change of scenery and take it a step further, switching up my routine by trying new styles, new teachers on YogaGlo and new meditations.

I often talk about my love for YogaGlo on Instagram. And if you follow along you may have noticed I often shout out different classes and meditations that I’m trying. I absolutely love this resource because it allows me to take my yoga… anywhere. The instructors are phenomenal. YogaGlo has easy to use filters that allow you to search through different categories, class lengths, and intensity levels. It even offers Pilates classes (a new and very welcomed edition!) healthy food recipes and MANY beautiful guided meditations.

With a mat and my laptop (or my phone… be sure to download the app!) YogaGlo and I were buddies this hectic summer, and I challenged myself to embrace the change and shake up my practice as well!

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Here are 3 ways I shook up my practice this summer (and the reasons I'm so glad I did):

  1. I practiced outdoors.

Last week I spent time at the beach and I meditated right next to the ocean each day. It was blissful. I spend time outdoors every single day, because of the grounding benefits.  But to take my yoga practice and actually flow outdoors felt wonderful. I chose not to use music whenever I would practice outside, listening instead to my own body and breath and the sounds naturally around me. Pretty easy when the crashing waves are your soundtrack!

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2. I took up Kundalini.

I was familiar with Kundalini, and had tried elements of it in other classes, for example breath of fire. But for some reason a full Kundalini practice felt intimidating to me. For so long I've enjoyed the flowy nature of a Vinyasa class, and chose to stay in my comfort zone.

I committed to the Kia Miller's Detox for Health and Happiness course on YogaGlo and loved it. Each 30 minute class was the perfect introduction to Kundalini and a way for me to begin to get comfortable with the movements, pranayama and principles.

Not only were the classes fun and challenging, they inspired my own yoga teaching, giving me new tools to take back to students after my personal practice.

I loved the surge of energy I'd feel during the practice. I felt like I was literally shaking out the stagnant energy and inviting in new. It's a transformative practice and one I plan to continue!

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3. I tried classes outside of yoga.

Ok, I'm not going to lie, I usually write off other classes and styles of movement. I get stuck in a rut and just do what I know I enjoy.

This summer not only did I sign up for a barre membership at a local studio to challenge myself, I also popped into multiple studios during my travels. None of them yoga based!

  • I tried the incredibly cathartic class by Taryn Toomey (with Taryn herself!) called, The Class. It. was. Amazing. Highly recommend to anyone traveling to NYC.

  • I went to a reformer pilates class that worked my body head to toe at MNT Studio in San Fran.

  • I took a friend visiting Philly to SLT, a TOUGH workout that we both enjoyed.

  • And I also danced freely and wildly during a moving Native American ceremony at Sunrise Springs Resort in Santa Fe. An experience I’ll never forget!

Change is always good. And this summer I learned my yoga practice needed some of it. My perspective, personal practice, and teacher all benefited from the change and challenge of being away from my routine.

I’m grateful for platforms like YogaGlo that keep my practice interesting, and support my lifestyle!

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