Dr. Elinor Greenberg is a psychotherapist and tarot reader and she was one of the Master Teachers at this yearâ€™s Readers Studio. During our time with Dr. Greenberg, we learned techniques that help us turn â€śStraw into Goldâ€ť or â€śBurdens into Blessings.â€ť That is, she gave us useful tools to deal with [cue sinister music] â€śThe Bad Cards.â€ť Now, the idea of bad cards varies from reader to reader and person to person. What might be a bad card to youâ€”say, The Hierophantâ€”may very well be an excellent card for me. Or it can vary by situation. There may be a time when you want the 10 of Pentacles with all your heart. At other times, that might feel boring and stagnant.
Regardless of what your â€śbadâ€ť card is, it is great to have a way to deal with it, particularly if a perceived â€śbad cardâ€ť shows up in the outcome position. If that is the case, you can use either (or both) of the techniques Elinor taught. Today Iâ€™ll share the first one, the Burden into Blessings Spread. Next time Iâ€™ll tell you about her â€śBe the Cardâ€ť technique, which I found particularly illuminating as well as practical; I can really see how that will fit into my reading practice.
The first step is to select the â€śbad card.â€ť If, for example, youâ€™ve done a reading and donâ€™t like the â€śoutcomeâ€ť card, you can take that card and use it in this spread. Or you can select any card that you consider bad, difficult, or challenging. That card goes in position 1.
- The Bad Card
- What am I meant to learn from this situation (Blessing 1)
- What is the best use I can make of this situation (Blessing 2)
- What is the test that I am being given (Blessing 3)
- What good thing can come from this situation (Blessing 4)
- What is a good thing to do to maximinze the potential of this situation for me?
- What should I do or what old of dealing with life do I need to leave behind now?
Let me know if you try this and how it works for you. As for me, by the time my partner and I finished, I was in tearsâ€¦clearly I was not ready to deal with my bad card. Anyone want to guess what it was? Hint: it is one of my Birth Cards.