I often utilize the Osho Zen Tarot deck in counseling sessions – either at the beginning to start things off, or the end to wrap things up – whichever feels right. The cards themselves are beautiful as well as being wonderfully evocative transcendental tools.
According to The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Transcendental means: of, relating to, or being part of a reality beyond the observable physical universe, the concept of the soul as a transcendental entity that exists entirely apart from the body. Synonyms: metaphysical, otherworldly, paranormal, preternatural, transcendent, transcendental, unearthly.
Clients shuffle the deck of 79 cards while asking the Universe for clarity on a particular issue. When they feel ready, they fan the cards out face-down and choose five cards that feel good to them. (While many different layouts are possible, the five-card “Diamond” spread is most commonly used as it is designed to gain clarity on a specific issue.)
Card 1 – The Issue
Card 2 – Internal influence you are unable to see
Card 3 – External influence of which you are aware
Card 4 – What is needed for resolution
Card 5 – Resolution – the understanding
Many clients have been amazed at how well the cards clarify and/or validate the issue on which they need guidance. Several have used their phones to take a picture of the spread so they can refer to it later.
Using the Osho ZenTarot in counseling sessions is a fun, interesting and profound way to access spiritual guidance and validation in support of the healing process.
The card I drew for this article is the “Aloneness” card. The commentary on this card is as follows:
When there is no “significant other” in our lives we can either be lonely, or enjoy the freedom that solitude brings. When we find no support among others for our deeply felt truths, we can either feel isolated and bitter, or celebrate the fact that our vision is strong enough even to survive the powerful human need for the approval of family, friends or colleagues. If you are facing such a situation now, be aware of how you are choosing to view your “aloneness” and take responsibility for the choice you have made. The humble figure in this card glows with a light that emanates from within. One of Gautam Buddha’s most significant contributions to the spiritual life of humankind was to insist to his disciples, “Be a light unto yourself.” Ultimately, each of us must develop within ourselves the capacity to make our way through the darkness without any companions, maps or guide.
Are there issues for which you are seeking clarification? If so, I encourage you to contact me at: Laura@mysticmix.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a counseling appointment.
Laura Durrant, LCSW
(801) 366-4469, cell