‘Tarot helped us take the plunge’
Two readers reveal how they’ve used tarot to help them take a leap of faith
Two readers reveal how their trust in the cards led them to take a leap of faith and completely transform their lives
‘I was finally ready to trust the cards and leap into my future’
Itook a sip of my mint tea and shuffled my tarot card deck. Just like I’d done every morning of every week for the past year.
I randomly picked a card, The Knight of Cups, and looked at the lovely image of a person leaping into a sky full of pink clouds.
It was a beautiful card, but its message was more than that…it was what I’d been waiting for. As I read it, I felt a flutter of nervous excitement.
The Knight of Cups is about ‘trust’. It urges you to take a leap of faith otherwise you’ll never see the lovely pink fluffy stuff!
‘Today, is definitely the day,’ I said to my daughter Anna.
‘Good luck, Mum,’ she smiled. ‘Your boss is in for a huge shock!’
It was a lovely spring day in March 2017, and the day I was finally going to quit my school admin job, take a year out, and return to my home country, Finland, to spend time with my elderly mother, Lisbet.
I’d daydreamed about doing this for so long, but now it was a reality. I was ready to do what the card was saying to me – trust, and leap into my future!
I’m a creature of habit and making lifechanging decisions doesn’t come easily to me. I couldn’t have done it without the tarot.
I always tell people that tarot found me, rather than the other way around. I became interested in spiritual development four years back, when a friend invited me to a Tony Stockwell talk on mediumship at The College of Psychic Studies in London. My ex-boyfriend had died that year and I felt a need to connect to the spiritual side of life and make sense of it all.
Tony sparked a fascination in me for all things esoteric and I went on to do various psychic development courses, including a workshop with tarot tutor Avril Price.
‘The beauty of tarot is that it isn’t just a tool for divination, but can also help you with self-development. I use the cards to help me with guidance every day,’ Avril told us. ‘And I’ll show you how you can do this too.’
I was hooked after that workshop, and signed up for an advanced tarot course, to learn how to give readings for other people as well as use the cards to guide my own life.
Breaking the cycle
I’d moved to London from Helsinki when I was 19 and didn’t plan to stay but I met my husband, we had our two children and I settled here.
When the kids were growing up, I did an
Open University course and then landed an
admin job at a school. Time ticked by, and before I knew it I’d been in that job for 27 years. While my job was ‘same old, same old’, my life had changed a lot in that time.
The kids grew up, my husband and I got divorced, and my dad passed away leaving my mum on her own in Finland.
By the spring of 2016, I was feeling stuck and unfulfilled. I just knew that there had to be more to life.
Around that time, I went on a tarot retreat to Greece with Avril, where me and the other ladies would lay by the pool giving tarot readings for each other. One thing that kept popping up in my cards was that I was feeling unsatisfied at work and that perhaps it was time to leave.
But why did it take me a whole year to do anything about it?
The truth is that nearly three decades doing the same job had left me almost institutionalised. Plus, I no longer had a partner at home to talk to about the situation – or to say, ‘It’s okay I’ll support you if you leave your job.’
My Osho Zen Tarot deck was my sounding board. I’d ask the cards questions like, ‘Am I making the right decision?’… ‘When should I leave work?’… ‘What can I expect from my new life?’
Though the cards I pulled in answer to those questions were positive, I wanted the card that would make me feel absolutely sure I should quit my job and break free. I didn’t know what that card would be, but I was sure I’d know it when it came. And when I saw that Knight of Cups, I knew instantly this was THE card.
I admit my heart was in my mouth when I handed in my resignation, but there wasn’t a grain of doubt in my soul that I was doing the right thing, and the thought of spending precious time with Mum was so lovely.
‘We’re very sad to see you go,’ said my boss, when I broke the news. ‘But we’re also so happy that you are going off on a new adventure.’
Since learning the tarot, I’d always kept a record of the messages the cards had given me, in my tarot journal.
Not long after I handed in my resignation, I was flicking through the messages when I realised that back in January I’d pulled out
The World, in relation to what would happen for me six months ahead.
This card is the last card in a tarot deck and indicates the end of a cycle.
I’d had to give three months’ notice at my job, which meant I left in June!
I’ve made lots of friends through the tarot courses and workshops I’ve done. We keep in touch via Avril Price’s Exploring Tarot Facebook page, where people share card readings and give advice to each other about interpreting the cards. They’ve been so supportive of me.
‘You’re so brave to be taking a leap of faith, we are proud of you!’ said one of my friends.
It means so much to me to be able to spend time with my dear mum, and it’s made me think about planning the next stage in my spiritual journey. I am open to all possibilities, but whatever happens I’ll be using my tarot cards every day for guidance – and checking in with my tarot community for support.
It's lovely spending time with my dear mum, Lisbet
EWA DONNACHIE, 57, decided to quit her office job after 27 years! ‘I knew there was more to life’
With my daughters Anna and Sonia
My tarot friends are a great support I started my job 27 years ago