One of the things that has helped me throughout this quarantine and my sobriety is getting really into tarot card reading.
Now, I know some people are really woo-woo about it and that’s totally fine. I, on the other hand, don’t consider myself particularly spiritual or religious, but I use tarot as a way to connect with my inner self. I don’t believe in fortune telling or predicting what’s going to happen next in my life. Instead, tarot is an intuitive tool that I used meditatively as a way to figure out what I’m feeling, why I’m feeling it, and what options I have in dealing with those emotions.
I own three tarot decks and two oracle decks. A tarot deck is a classic set of 78 cards that fall under the category of major or minor arcana. The cards are divided into four suits (Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles). Tarot cards are studied and interpreted by readers. Oracle cards, on the other hand, are more loose and less rigidly structured. An oracle deck can be whatever the creator of the deck wants it to be — how many cards, what sorts of imagery it’ll use, and what purpose it’s supposed to serve.
My Instagram @the_sober_climb stories are where I often post about tarot, especially on Tarot Thursdays. One of my good friends in the sober community suggested I make a beginner’s guide to help people (and especially sober people) ease into tarot since it can seem very overwhelming. So I did!
Here is the downloadable PDF I created for anyone who is interested in learning more about tarot but doesn’t really know where to start: Teetotaler Tarot Beginner’s Guide