What is an affirmation? An affirmation is a statement that affirms something is true. In New Age circles, it’s a positively worded statement designed to shift your thinking and manifest a desired outcome.
How do they work? It’s the principle of what you focus on is what you attract. Therefore, if you are aiming your attention towards a positive goal, you bring it towards you. (The same works in a negative aspect. Constant worry or bitterness attracts more of the same.)
I’m all about creating my own affirmations and I find tarot to be a fun and useful tool for just that. Why? Tarot offers a visual aid, and that gives your intention some extra oomph! (I am a very visually oriented person so I like having a focal point that I can see, not just a statement rambling around in my skull.)
Here’s how to work with tarot cards to create unique and effective affirmations:
Decide what you want to manifest. Choose a tarot card to represent your goal. Let’s say you are looking to attract new love.
So you pick the Ace of Cups. The general meaning behind this card is: new love, a new emotional beginning, an offer.
Take a moment to sit with the card and visualize your situation as you’d like it to be. In our Ace of Cups example, you might want to picture yourself meeting someone and having an instant spark. Add as many details to that picture as possible. Meditate on how you will feel emotionally once you’ve manifested your goal.
Now, start working on creating a tarot affirmation.
Affirmations should always be stated in the positive and present tense.
The more specific, the better.
You may want to choose words such as:
I have ____________
I welcome _________
I am _____________
I am ready ____________
I am open _________________
I am open to receive ___________
Let’s use our Ace of Cups as an example:
I welcome a new relationship into my life.
I am open to meeting my life partner.
I am ready to receive a loving relationship.
I have a healthy, happy, loving relationship.
I am open to creating a healthy, long term relationship.
I am in a happy, healthy relationship.
Write your affirmation down and put it in a spot where you can see it every day, along with the chosen tarot card. Speak your affirmation out loud a few times a day. (I like to say mine first thing in the morning, preferably after meditation. I also will randomly say the statement to myself throughout the day. The more you say it, the more you program your consciousness towards your goal.)
Another method is to choose a card randomly. Simply shuffle your deck and use the same method as above.
But what if you use the random method and pick a “bad” card like the 5 of Swords?
Once again – focus on the positive aspect of the card. The 5 of Swords is “victory through deceit”. You might choose:
I am ready to be honest in all of my affairs.
I welcome fair play into my work environment.
I am ready to release all dishonesty from my life.
I always speak my truth.
Having trouble creating your own affirmations? Find an affirmation that best represents your intent and then pick a tarot card that embodies the spirit of that affirmation.
“I have economic security.” ~ Napoleon Hill
For that affirmation, you may want to choose the Ten of Pentacles or The Empress.
Recommended books on affirmations:
The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham
by Esther and Jerry Hicks
Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller – Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century
by Napoleon Hill
E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout
You Can Heal Your Life
by Louise Hay
Tarot Affirmations: A wealth of affirmations inspired by the wisdom of the Tarot
by James Ricklef (this smart book has tarot affirmations galore already created just for you and for every purpose imaginable – the appendix section in the back is really good.)
One note on affirmations: they will only go so far – you must take inspired action in order to manifest your wishes. For example, if you are setting an intention for a new job, you can’t just wait for it to show up – you’ll still have to make an effort by applying and going to interviews. The Universe can only do so much – you still need to do your part.
“You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.” ~ Napoleon Hill
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2014
images from stock photography and the 1909 Rider Waite Tarot