I wouldn't say I'm religious as such, but the Tarot has been a fascination of mine for a number of years. There's something intriguing about how the 78 cards and interpreting their meanings, and as a creative person, I've always admired the designs of the cards as well. Certain cards really resonate with me, like the Four of Cups as you can see below.
The Four of Cups generally represents self-doubt and feelings of hurt or withdrawal from what is going on around us. Throughout my time at university, I have battled with depression and self-harm. Without going into too much detail, I constantly felt like I was not good enough to be on the course or that I was letting down the groups I worked in. Combined with other factors, this led to the start of a very dark period of my life.
This is where the Tarot comes in. After learning about the various spreads that can be used to read the cards, and what the cards mean, I started to do a few readings. Some spreads are relatively simple, consisting of only a few cards arranged in a straight line, while others make use of a lot more. On a number of occasions, I asked the Tarot what I could do to cope with my depression and each time, the reasons for why I was feeling so low became a lot clearer. Not only that, but the cards also gave me some valuable advice about how to cope with these issues.
There are other cards that I have a strong connection to, namely the Ten of Cups, The Sun and the Four of Wands. This carry more positive connotations than the Four of Cups mentioned above but proved to be just as valuable against my depression. Each time they come up, I cannot help but smile; after all, we all feel good in the sunshine right? Whilst I may have a stronger connection with certain cards than others, I treat each and every one of them with the same care, consideration and respect. When I'm not reading them, I keep the cards safe and protected in a small box and I always handle them delicately.
I truly believe that with the Tarot's guidance and a bit more practise, I will finally be able to overcome my depression. If you're interested in trying out the Tarot for yourself, there are so many people who will give you a reading or some lessons. Have a look on the Internet, and start your spiritual journey!