Is Tarot the self-help tool you've been looking for? Tero Hynynen thinks so...

“When thinking of self-help tools, we tend to think of meditation, mindfulness, yoga, visualisation or CBT. Tarot cards most likely wouldn't pop up in most people's list and yet, this is the direction where Tarot seems to be going.


We’ve all come across 'old skool' fortune-tellers using Tarot cards to continue the long tradition of readings focused on the future however, more people are looking for something else; not just wanting to hear what will happen to them, regardless of their actions, but instead how they can live a more meaningful life. "Why is my situation like it is, is there something I can do about it?", "What do I need to understand in my situation, what is the deeper meaning behind this?", or "Why is this pattern repeating itself in my life?"


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Tarot is a wonderful tool to assist us in times of change and as it is, change is the only constant. If you ask me, the real power and gift of Tarot lies in its transformative powers, not in its ability to reveal the future. The Tarot can do that, and in my experience it does it rather well - but it's sort of missing the point. What is really important is the Now, the present moment - not the future. If I change something here and now, it will automatically affect my future.


The 'Psychological Tarot' is based on archetypes. Archetypes could be seen as powerful, basic forces of life operating within our psyche - most often unconsciously. The Tarot cards could be seen as mirroring or depicting these same forces. The basic idea is to become aware of these powerful forces shaping ourselves and our lives. Whatever remains in our unconscious, remains out of our reach. If we want to do something about these forces, we first need to become aware of them. Tarot is one tool we can use to achieve this.


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Unfortunately, Tarot gets quite a bit of bad press in the media - whenever the cards are shown in a movie, there's always the Death card, or the Devil card, reinforcing the scary stigma of Tarot. A shame, really. Tarot cards can't hurt you in any way, they're just thick paper with images glued on them. What can go wrong in a reading, is a bad reader who doesn't do their job right. Therefore it's best to choose a reader who has a good reputation. Also, it doesn't hurt to ask from the reader before the session, "How do you use the cards, what is this about?". That will give you some idea of how the reader is approaching the session.


Tarot is best known for fortune-telling, but its real potential lies elsewhere. The cards offer us a map into the unconscious, a window to our soul. Tarot Reading can give you a better picture of where you are in your life, and provide tools for personal growth, problem-solving, and spiritual quest. Whatever your question is, these mediaeval "wisdom images" will offer you insight and intuition.”


Where does Tarot come from?

  • First emerging in Renaissance Italy, Tarot cards were used by the powerful ruling families of the Northern city-states, including the Visconti, Sforza and d'Este families, who commissioned famous artists to paint cards with real gold and silver paints
  • With the development of the paper industry, Tarot cards became more popular and found their way into other social classes. From its birth in the mid-15th Century the cards were used to play games, but other uses probably coexisted too (mnemonic techniques and philosophical systems rooted in Renaissance humanism)
  • In 18th Century France, Tarot cards became part of the Enlightenment, and were being used for fortune-telling. The perilous days of 1789 leading up to the French Revolution brought insecurity to everyone's doorstep and the time was ripe for Tarot to become a magical tool revealing what the future held
  • In the 20th Century Tarot decks became more and more popular, and towards the end of the Century the 'Tarot Industry' became a reality.
  • Nowadays hundreds if not thousands of different decks are available, featuring any genre or style one can think of. There's a Tarot deck based on Druids, zombies, angels, baseball, Lord of the Rings, cats, dogs, alcohol, vampires, crystals, Native Americans, New York, London, mathematics, Cabala, housewives, Sherlock Holmes, flowers - think of any subject or topic, and there's a good chance a deck based on that is already out there

Tero is bhuti's resident Tarot reader. Contact be@bhuti.co or call 03304003108 to book your reading or to find out more.

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Tero Hynynen (www.thearcanum.uk) has been reading and studying the Tarot since 1990, and has been teaching since 2003. Tero combines ideas and techniques from Franklian Logotherapy, Steinerian Art Therapy, and Jungian Psychology into his practice and has an RN BScN with a background in neurosurgery ICU for 12 years. Tero has co-directed and co-produced a 2-disc Teach Yourself DVD on Tarot in Finland in 2012, and co-created the Full Life Tarot deck, based on photographs, in 2015. Tero holds a degree of Academic Associate in Logotherapy with Specialisation in Art Therapy, granted by the Viktor Frankl Institute. Tero is also a Tai Chi and Qigong Instructor and has a Diploma in Complementary Medicine with Specialisation in Phytotherapy.

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