Here at Tazeka we love the tarot. Some people say the cards are spooky; some shy away from the idea of ‘finding out the future’. But that’s misunderstanding the nature of divination. The tarot won’t tell you for certain what will happen in the future, no way. It doesn’t deal in certainties and, no, the Death card doesn’t mean you’re going to die! It simply suggests that there may be some changes ahead, some transformation coming up.
When you lay out the tarot, you’re by-passing the conscious mind and accessing the subconscious, tapping into a complex web of possibilities. The cards are merely giving you a possible outcome, given the present situation and your attitude, your state of mind, your subconscious feelings. Remember, we always have choice, we always have free will. People who use the tarot wisely do so for self-growth, self-understanding, self-development. It’s all about looking at a problem or a situation in a non-linear way – call it seriously smart lateral thinking.
Can you use aromatherapy to help deepen your tarot readings? Absolutely! Certain oils seem to open up communication - with our subconscious, our Higher Self, and (depending on your beliefs) with higher spiritual beings in the universe. For example, we use Frankincense, Myrrh and Hawaiian Sandalwood in our Meditation Guru blend to center the mind and expand awareness.
The Seven Best Oils for Tarot Readings
- Sandalwood: Way back in the fifth century BC, the Indian Vedic scriptures touted sandalwood as a highly spiritual oil. It helps us come into a meditative, calm, receptive state.
- Frankincense: Another great meditative oil, frankincense is also a gate-keeper, a sort of aromatic guard-dog, keeping you safe and protected from unwanted energies.
- Myrrh: The ancient Egyptians used myrrh in their famous Kyphi incense, to purify their temples, heal the body and elevate the mind. It allows us to be open, to let go of negative thoughts and to free ourselves from the shackles of the past.
- Fir: A protecting oil that fosters clarity and harmony. Fir helps us resonate with the whole of creation – not just fellow human beings but also the trees, plants, animals and the wider universe.
- Laurel leaf (bay): Laurel opens up the rarely used parts of the brain and helps us make intuitive leaps. The smoke from burning laurel was inhaled by the oracle of Delphi in ancient Greece to help induce her divinatory powers.
- Sage: In Mexico, the Mazatec people use Salvia divinorum in their divinations and various forms of sage are widely used in smudging ceremonies to purify the spirit and the energy of place. Sage is cleansing, protective and fosters wisdom.
- Rosemary: Another great cleansing oil, rosemary is said to open communication with the higher spiritual realms. It’s also an oil of service, great for opening our hearts to help other people come to understanding.
Sacred Space Diffuser Blend
- 4 drops Frankincense
- 3 drops Myrrh
- 2 drops Laurel leaf
- 2 drops Palo Santo
- 2 drops Nutmeg
Put 3 drops into your diffuser.
Burn this blend as you prepare your space for doing a tarot reading, as you mindfully lay out your tarot cloth, tarot pack and light a purple or silver candle. This blend will surround you (and, if applicable) the person for whom you’re doing the reading, in a cocoon of spiritual receptivity and protection.
Third Eye Opener
If you have Meditation Guru then anoint yourself with it, rolling it onto your wrists, temples and third eye (between your eyebrows). If not, make up this DIY version and dab a little on the same places. Do the same for the person for whom you’re reading the cards. Be mindful, stating your intention to seek wisdom and advice with an open heart and spirit.
- 2 drop Lemongrass
- 5 drops Frankincense
- 3 drops Laurel Leaf
- 4 drops Vetiver
- 15 mls Jojoba
Now lay out your cards. May your reading give you the insights you need at this moment!
Disclaimer: we take no responsibility for any curious events or happenings as a result of your tarot card readings with essential oils!
Comments on this post ( 2 )
I am looking for an aromatherapy tarot deck. Not a deck of cards about individual e.o.s but a 78 card deck based on path work. Know of any or must I create one? ? thx.
— IrisRose Hawkins
No wonder I’ve always been drawn to Sandalwood incense when working with my cards! I love the idea of using a diffuser with oils instead – especially since two of our three kidlets are sensitive to smoke. Thanks so much for the suggestions!
— Traci York