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Tarot as a Therapeutic Tool w/ Andy Matzner (Key Finding 007)

I love finding and creating interesting ways to use tarot as a tool for self-discovery, and I LOVE talking to other people doing really neat things with the cards. And so needless to say, I was so excited to have the chance to speak to Andy Matzner for this episode of Key Finding!

Andy is a licensed clinical social worker, a psychotherapist and the author of The Tarot Activity Book. I am so fascinated by his work, and in particular by the ways that he uses tarot as a therapeutic tool! His book has quickly become one of my favorite tarot books, packed full of powerful tarot exercises that guide you deeper into your psyche. 

As you’ll hear on the podcast, Andy walked me through a simple (but potent!) exercise from his book. He has also generously offered to share a few additional activities from his book that you can try for yourself. You’ll find those included in this blog post.

During our chat on the podcast, we discuss:

-How the mainstream perception of tarot has been shifting
-Why tarot works so well as a therapeutic tool
-Ways to respond to tarot skeptics or naysayers
-Plus ALL kinds of other stuff!

You can find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or wherever else you listen to podcasts. Or listen via Soundcloud here:

Sample Exercises from The Tarot Activity Book:

Go through your tarot deck and pick four cards. The first represents a problem you are having. The second represents an obstacle that is preventing you from overcoming this problem. The third card represents what it is that will allow you to remove that obstacle. And the fourth card represents you without your problem.

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Complete each of the following sentences by choosing cards from your deck:
– Currently, my life is like
– I would like my life to be like
– Work is like
– I would like work to be like
– Money is like
– My higher power is like
– My family is like

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Go through your tarot deck and find a card that represents the dragon you are struggling with in your life. Then choose one or more cards that will assist you in slaying this dragon. Finally, decide which card represents the treasure that will be yours once the dragon is vanquished.

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Pick a card to represent your inner critic. Ask it:
– Where did you come from?
– What do you want from me?
– How do you keep me stuck?
– How can you help me?
– What can you teach me?
– What are you afraid of?
– How can we compromise?
– Do I need to fully let you go or is it better for you to still have a place in my psyche?

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

The Tarot Activity Book by Andy Matzner
Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck

Find Andy online:

AndyMatzner.com

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Death, Death, Death (Key Finding 006)

Today is Halloween, so it’s perfect timing to talk about none other than the DEATH card, right?

Here’s something important to remember: the energy of death is impartial, and really doesn’t care how you react to it. However, examining your relationship to the concept of death (both literal death and metaphorical death) is a transformative process.

In this episode of the podcast, we’re talking about all kinds of ways to consider what is probably the most famous (or infamous?) tarot card. We’ll cover:

  • Four potential ways to respond to Death
  • How to navigate the heavy and difficult energy of Death
  • Why the death card isn’t just about transformation
  • How various artistic depictions of the Death card convey different interpretations
  • Journaling prompts you can use to examine your relationship with Death

I hope you enjoy listening to the podcast. If you do, consider leaving a review on iTunes. That would really help me feel like I’m not just talking into the void here! New episodes of Key Finding come out every other Tuesday, and you can subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher or wherever you find podcasts. Or listen via Soundcloud here:

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

78 Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack
Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck
Tarot of Marseille
Shadowscapes Tarot
Osho Zen Tarot
The Wild Unknown Tarot

Journaling prompts:

What three things do you REALLY want to do before you die? Not just things you say you want to do, but things that really, really beckon to your soul. Like, if you were on your death bed right now, what would be the 3 things you’d wish you’d have done?

What are your beliefs about the process of physical death? What are your beliefs about what happens after physical death? How do these beliefs influence how you live your life?

What personal impacts has physical Death had on you? IE: who have you lost, and how have your experiences with Death affected your worldview, personality, and actions?

Where do you still struggle in your relationship with Death? How can you hold space for yourself as you process those things in your own way?

What has helped you find some sense of understanding or peace in the face of death?

What was the last major ending that transpired for you? How did you react to that ending?

What is an example of a time when something had to end in your life in order for something new to begin?

What might you be clinging to right now that actually needs to die? How can you begin the process of ushering in that death?

When all of the trappings of your ‘ego’ die, what is left? In other words, who or what are you beyond your name, occupation, and other such identities?

If you were to choose to be ‘reborn’ right now, what would that look like? In what specific ways would you be transformed?

In what ways can change be painful for you? And in what ways can change be beautiful for you?

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Key Finding 005: Intuitive Tarot With Vix From New Age Hipster

So far on the podcast, I’ve talked a lot about systems for understanding tarot. But perhaps the most powerful way to work with the cards is by relying less on logical structures and more on your own inner knowing. Using tarot intuitively is what I’m talking about today with my guest, Vix from New Age Hipster.

Vix is well practiced at using her intuition these days – she reads for clients, she teaches “Woo Woo School” and she creates incredible tarot spreads. But she’s had a journey to get here! She talks about how she was introduced to tarot and how she learned to read cards intuitively. Vix also offers lots of practical tips and advice to help you use YOUR intuition with your cards.

Enjoy this episode of Key Finding! And remember, new episodes come out every other Tuesday. You can find Key Finding on iTunes, Stitcher or wherever else you listen to podcasts. Or, listen via Soundcloud below:

Find Vix online:

Website
Instagram

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Hanson-Roberts Tarot Deck
Learning the Tarot by Joan Bunning (book version)
Learning the Tarot by Joan Bunning (online version)
Tarot Nerds Facebook Group

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Key Finding 004: Your Inner Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings

Let’s get royal, shall we? The tarot court cards have so much to teach you about yourself. Some people find it difficult to interpret these 16 cards, so in this episode I share a simple framework you can use to interpret the courts. I’ll also walk you through several ways that working with the court cards can offer you a treasure trove of self-knowledge.


RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:


Court Card Interpretation Guide + Free Worksheet
Court Cards and Meyers-Briggs Types

Download or stream this episode below. Key Finding is also available on iTunes and Stitcher. If you like what you hear, consider leaving a review on iTunes. It would really help me out!

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Key Finding 003: The 8 Core Tarot Cards (Pt 2)

Get cozy and pop those earbuds in because PART 2 of our exploration of the core tarot cards is here! In part we talked about some powerful cards from the major arcana. Now, we are shifting our attention to the equally important minor arcana – in particular, the four aces.

In this podcast episode you will learn about “aceness” or what it is to be an ace. You will also gain a solid understanding of how each ace paves the way for the rest of each suit. We’ll also talk about how these four aces tie into Carl Jung’s concept of the four ego functions.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Psychological Types by Carl Jung


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Key Finding 002: The 8 Core Tarot Cards (Pt 1)

The second episode of Key Finding is finally here! I can’t wait for you to listen. I am so stoked on what we are talking about today, which is a sort of theory I’ve developed about the 8 “core” cards in a tarot deck.

Each of the 78 cards in a tarot deck is essential; but there are 8 cards that carry a particularly crucial weight. These 8 cards lay the foundation for what unfolds in the rest of the deck. This is part 1 of a 2 part series, and focuses on 4 of the 8 core tarot cards: The Fool, The Magician, The High Priestess and the World. We’ll pay particular attention to how these cards can tie into your spiritual and personal development.

I hope you enjoy listening! I would definitely love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so feel welcome to leave a comment.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

78 Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

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Key Finding 001: Telling a story and charting a course forward

It is HERE! The first episode of my brand new Podcast, Key Finding, is live!

The Key Finding podcast is all about self-discovery. We’ll examine various ‘keys’ that can help you unlock ways to live authentically. In this first season of episodes, we’re focusing on tarot for self-discovery.

In this introductory episode, I’ll tell you some stories about how I came across tarot and what my tarot philosophy looks like. Why does tarot hold such a broad appeal, and how might the system of tarot be relevant to you? These are a couple of questions I explore in this episode. You’ll also get some teasers for what the next few episodes will have to offer!

Man, I am nervous (but pretty excited) to be an official podcaster! I’m in the process of getting listed in iTunes and other directories, but that will take some time and for now I’ll be posting all episodes directly to my blog. I will also be sending notifications of new episodes out to my email list, you can sign up for that below! New episodes will be released every other week.

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Resources mentioned in this episode:


The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

The Hero With 1000 Faces by Joseph Campbell
The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious by Carl Jung


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The World :: Wild Unknown Tarot

I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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The World :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Deck Creator’s Keywords: completion, wholeness, contentment
Carrie’s Keywords: unity, integration, actualization

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The World Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown

The World is one of the most enigmatic images in this deck. This card speaks to me in a wordless way. I can feel the energies of wholeness, interlocking, and integration that are traditionally associated with this card, but I have a hard time breaking down the image! Here’s my attempt…if you have thoughts of your own on this card, I’d be fascinated to hear them – leave a comment!

In the center of the card we find a complex sphere made up of interconnected rings. In the background is a dark, starry sky. The sky gets lighter as we reach the bottom of the card, suggesting the duality of light and dark, conscious and unconscious. The imagery makes me think of life and spiritual energy concentrated together (much like our literal planet earth) and surrounded by a vast, mysterious Universe.

The sphere’s core is a bright, emanating white. This reminds me of an energetic center of spirit, bursting forth to infuse all of creation. The second ring is comprised of flowers and seems to represent non-sentient life (plants, water, earth, fungi, etc). The third ring looks like snake skin and could represent sentient life (animals and humans).

The final ring looks like an energetically colorful piano! This could represent the senses of unity, purpose, and LOVE that protect and complete the previous layers. In other words, the spiritual component.

A few additional interpretations have been described in the comments section of this post. One of my favorite interpretations comes from a commentor named Karen who wrote: “in 78 Degrees of Wisdom, Rachel Pollack divides the major arcana into three rows of seven, with the Fool on the top, representing the three levels of consciousness. The white light in the middle is the Fool, innocence and new beginnings. the seven flowers represent the first line, consciousness – concerns of love, society, and nature. The next ring is our subconsciousness, a tightly-bound web of things we hold on to, our psychological drives. And finally, the last ring is superconsciousness, the outward expression of spiritual knowledge, release of archetypal energy. So then the world represents the unification of all of these areas of experience.” 

No matter how you interpret this imagery, the circle itself invokes a sense of wholeness. It has no beginning and no end. Regardless of our current challenges and emotional turmoil, we are always, already complete beings. We only need to shift our perspective, to zoom out and see the whole picture. We are perfect in our imperfections. Everything will be okay, everything is okay. Everything have purpose, everyone is cosmologically significant, all are connected. The Universe is creating a story, and we are essential to the plot.

The World Tarot Card Meanings in General

As the final card in the major arcana, the World carries a sense of completion and wholeness. Traditional imagery on this card shows a dancing human figure. The human figure is surrounded by a laurel wreath – a symbol of success. As such, this card can be associated with completion, the sense that something has reached a spiritually ordained conclusion.

This card is also associated with duality. When the card contains a human figure, the person is sometimes considered to be equal parts male and female. I think of the World as a sort of combination of the Magician and the High Priestess: the World is about both “doing” and “being.” The World is an integration of supposed opposites: light and dark, flesh and spirit, the individual self and the One That Is All.

In a reading

This card often shows up to remind you that you are whole and complete exactly as you are. Even when you feel lacking or not enough, the World reminds you that you ARE enough. Something within you is likely ready for integration. You’ve gained great wisdom through your experiences, and this card asks you to hold space for integrating whatever lessons are most prominent for you right now.

Trust that you are where you should be, and choose to look for the dynamic meaning unfolding in your story. You are a whole and complex creature, let yourself revel in all facets of your existence. Now is the time to be what you are – magic in motion.

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Judgement :: Wild Unknown Tarot

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Judgement :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Deck Creator’s Keywords: rebirth, forgiveness, awakening
Carrie’s Keywords: calling, rebirth, absolution

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Judgement Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown

An white bird, possibly a dove, draws attention from the upper portion of the card. Rays of light surround his outstretched wings. He has a serene, welcoming, all-encompassing energy. The bird looks like a spiritual force, perhaps an angel or other guide.

A flock of small black bats are rising to meet the open-winged embrace of the white bird. The card is entirely black and white, making use of the contrast of light above and dark below.

The closer we get to the bottom of the card, the more the bats blend into the darkness. The bats have been slumbering, entrenched in darkness below, waiting for something to inspire them to emerge into the light. The bats are now ready to awaken, be more fully alive, to respond to a higher calling.

The angelic bird welcomes the bats without discernment. He seems to say “Come on up. I welcome everyone. Your past mistakes are in the past. You are forgiven. You can begin again. You can choose to soar into the light, and I will embrace you.”

And the bats are responding “YES! I’m ready and here I come.”

The Judgement card shows you that it is always possible for you to embrace new energies, to shed old skins and step into more aligned ways of being. This card is often associated with feeling a calling – just as the bats feel the call of the bird above, you may feel called towards something. 

Finding the power within you to say YES when feel such a calling is a potent landmark of your spiritual journey. This card reminds you that you are not bound by your past. You can shed old skins, you can be reborn time and time again. You can be forgiven and most importantly you can forgive yourself.

By doing this, you awaken powerful forces both within you and in the universe as a whole. Judgement reminds you that when you listen to the whispers of the universe, and when you act upon your highest callings, you experience the full exhaltation of life.

Judgement Tarot Card Meanings in General

The Judgement card often contains a lot of biblical energy. An angel trumpets from above, raising the dead from their slumbers. As such, one connotation of this card is the concept of spiritual forgiveness and absolution of sin. When you are weighed down by your past, it is difficult to rise up to meet your future. Thus, Judgement gives you the gift of a clean slate, washing away what was so that you can embrace what is and what will be.

Many decks (including the Wild Unknown) have moved towards a more holistic way of showing these concepts instead of relying so heavily on Christian imagery. This card has been depicted showing a phoenix, alluding to the way that you can metaphorically die and be reborn from the ashes. 

Metaphoric rebirth is always available to you, infinite times, even in this one lifetime. Who You Are is always evolving, morphing, shifting. This card asks you to step fully into that dance, to be willing to devote entirely to your endless becoming.

In a reading

When you see the Judgement card, you may be feeling “called” towards one thing or another. Now is a powerful time to listen to your inner voice, to tune into the messages of the Universe. Let your ego quiet and align yourself with the murmurs of your deeper self. This is how you can more clearly hear what is “calling” you.

Your story going forward does not have to be marred by the story of your past. Now is an excellent time to energetically cleanse what is no longer serving you, to forgive yourself and to believe in all that is possible. The most effective way to find fulfillment is to constantly awaken to your callings, to embrace completely what gives your life purpose. 

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The Sun :: Wild Unknown Tarot Card Meanings

I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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The Sun :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Deck Creator’s Keywords: new vitality, assurance, enlightment
Carrie’s Keywords: joy, enlightenment, radiance

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The Sun Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown

The Sun of the Wild Unknown is practically bursting with light! Glorious rays dominate the card, emanating nearly to the brim with orange and yellow beams. We are naturally drawn to the powerful, bold and welcoming energy inherent here. The Sun asks you not to hold back, but to unleash your full brilliance.

The splendor of the sun is a life-affirming sight, especially after the darkness of the Moon. The sun always rises, even after the darkest of nights. What once seemed bewildering is made clear and understandable when viewed in this direct light. The Sun shows your ability to reach an aha moment, to gain utter and total clarity. Thus, this card is associated with the concept of enLIGHTenment. 

This card reminds you that each day is a new offering, brimming with possibility and potential. The sun infuses vigor and greatness to everything that basks in its rays. We see a glimpse here of the truth that there is an eternal life force that resides in mortal beings. There’s a radiant energy to the Universe that will never be extinguished.

In the four corners of the card, the rays begin to blend into green and blue coloring, showing the hints of the ordinary world drenched in light. There are birds in each corner, flying towards the edges. The birds are champions of the sun, expanding and heralding its positive energy. This also shows how expansive the Sun’s energy is – it is not hemmed in but burts forth freely.

There is an unstoppable sense of LIFE in this card. The sun itself is a necessary life force, it seeps energy into the food we eat and into our very cells. This is a card of vigor, celebration, understanding and living out loud. The unapologetic prominence of the sun is worth noting once again. There is no shirking here. This is a card of letting yourself take up space.

Above all else, the Sun asks you to soak in the joy of being alive. Joy is a more potent word than happiness, because true joy can contain happiness AND sorrow. True joy is about being fully present for all aspects of life, about letting yourself fully feel the radiant life force that infuses you, and knowing this is the same energy that infuses the entire universe.

The Sun Tarot Card Meanings in General

Traditional depictions of this card show a human-like figure (possibly a child or a cherub), naked and with arms outstretched, riding a white horse. The figure is naked because they have nothing to hide. They are fully comfortable embodying all aspects of their existence. The Sun speaks of being bold and open.

The literal sun is often associated with a joyful reverence of life. This card is about being fully and gloriously alive. It is a continuation of the energy that started with the Magician: stepping into your true power, owning your radiance, embracing all that life has to offer.

But on the other end of the spectrum, the Sun is a powerful force that can burn us if we look straight at it, and there is some discomfort associated with this tarot card at times as well. The directness of the Sun can be welcome and warming, but it can sometimes be blinding and dazzling.

In a reading

When you see the Sun, it might be useful to ask yourself if you are saying YES to life. Are you fully plugged in to the radiant energies at work within you, or are you unconsciously dulling those energies? The Sun asks you to take whatever bold action would make you feel the most expansive at this time. 

If you’ve been experiencing some struggles, this card can be a sign that life is still on your side. New viewpoints of greater clarity and understanding are available to you, choose to let yourself bask in that warmth.

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