Tarot as a storytelling tool

Storytelling… has a real function. The process of the storytelling is itself a healing process... because you have someone there who is taking the time to tell you a story that has great meaning to them. They're taking the time to do this because your life could use some help, but they don't want to come over and just give advice. They want to give it to you in a form that becomes inseparable from your whole self. That's what stories do. Stories differ from advice in that, once you get them, they become a fabric of your whole soul. That is why they heal you.

Alice Walker, author

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Tarot is a tool that has been used for centuries to spark the imagination. Even before its transition into the esoteric realm, the Tarot deck offered giddy 14th-century Italians a fun way to get to know each other as they used it to play party games. Seeing the images on the cards speaks to the visual pattern-seeking neural networks of our brains, so it’s no surprise that the Tarot often delivers to people surprising creative insights.

Storytelling as the key to creative problem-solving

Whether you are learning to read Tarot independently or you work with a reader, the experience is one of interactive storytelling. Complex issues can untangle themselves as your mind interprets the Tarot reading. The patterns we notice and the images which resonate often reveal the core complexities we are dealing with, as well as potential solutions. The storytelling process of Tarot reading helps us gain fresh perspective on our lives.

How to begin telling stories with Tarot

During a Tarot reading, take in the images of the cards, first individually, then as they interact with each other within the whole. It may help some to refer to a book or another resource to gather the “traditional” meanings of the cards you pick, though personal intuition is the strongest guiding light during any metaphysical reading. Imagine the cards speaking to each other; what might they be saying?

More resources:

Storytelling, personal growth, and corporate development: https://medium.com/swlh/the-neuroscience-of-storytelling-will-make-you-rethink-the-way-you-create-215fca43fc67

How fiction changes the brain: https://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/opinion/sunday/the-neuroscience-of-your-brain-on-fiction.html

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