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Taking the Tarot to Heart

This post was written by Barbara Moore
on December 14, 2010 | Comments (3)

Almost any tarot reader will tell you that questions about romance are one of the two most common questions (the other being about money/job/career).

The book Eat Pray Love begins with a story a about a woman charged with the task of counseling refuges. She is worried about how is she ever going to relate to these people’s problems that are so different from her own experience. When she begins work, she discovers that most of their concerns and questions are about…you got it…love and romance.

Taking the Tarot to Heart by Mark McElroy is one of my favorite books dealing with tarot and romance (the other being Corrine Kenner’s Tall Dark Stranger). Mark has a very practical approach to questions. He looks for causes in order to gain deeper understanding of a situation and then seeks ways the client can create desired change. To give you a taste of his style, I thought I’d share two spreads from his book, one for single people and one for those in a relationship.

Meeting More People

Key Question: How do I meet more people?

Also Known As: How can I meet someone? How do I meet someone new? When will I meet someone? What can I do to let people know I’m available? What are some ideas for bringing more people into my life?

This spread is ideal for people who are ready and willing to enter a relationship but cannot seem to meet others.


3        4          5          6

1. A factor creating the situation

2. Another factor

3. Possible action

4. Possible action

5. Possible action

6. Possible action

Conflict and Compromise

Key Question: How can we reach an agreement that is fair to us both?

Also Known As: How can I get my partner to do what I want? Isn’t what I want the best thing for us both? How can I prove that what I want is the best for us?

This spread is useful for couples with a specific issue that needs resolution. It helps each person better understand their own motivations and the point of view of their partner. This greatly facilitates the ability to achieve a compromise.

1          4

2       3           5         6


Client’s point of view

1. nature of the desire

2. what’s at risk

3. what’s gained

Client’s partner’s point of view

4. nature of the desire

5. what’s at risk

6. what’s gained

7. compromise

Reader Comments

Written By connie
on December 14th, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

i heard that having these cards is like owning a Ouija board or a angel board. paranormal things are brought into the house. i was thinking about getting my self the cards, but someone told me i was asking for trouble.
i am gifted. but i don’t need added grief. so is it true?

Written By Estel
on December 22nd, 2010 @ 12:00 am

Connie, I was always told that your first deck must be a gift from someone. That’s how’s it’s always been done in my family. After that you may buy your cards (but I refer to get them as a gift still) Tarot cards are nothing like owning a Ouija/angel bored. They are something to be taken care of, wrapped in silk, and to be purified after each use, and put in a box of sandalwood or in a box with sandalwood. Good luck to you.

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