Tarot training and techniques for Coaches, Counselors, Holistic Practitioners and Healers
Oracle cards have now been published in a variety of themes that are suitable for children – animals, angels, unicorns, dolphins, flowers or simply pictures of children going about their day to day business.
The Children Tarot (published by Lo Scarabeo) by Lele Luzzati (pictured left) is one such example and the Whimsical Tarot (published by US Games) by Mary Hanson-Roberts & Dorothy Morrison is another. There are also various sets more suited for use with teenagers such as vampires, dragons, romantic love, UFOs etc.
Oracle cards – including Tarot – are no longer used simply for telling the future but also for self-development and discovery and creative inspiration. Not only do they help us tap into our intuition to answer the burning questions we have but they are also very useful to encourage communication with others.
Children particularly love looking at the cards. They are fascinated by the colour and subject matter of the pictures and are often more easily persuaded to discuss their thoughts and feelings in relation to the pictures that appear on the cards – rather than just talking to another party.
This can be a very useful tool when communicating with children and teens for counselling purposes, or if you are trying to get to the bottom of an issue that is still causing physical pain despite apparent physical healing – or simply as a fun and creative exercise at home.
Using cards to get talking
This is a great technique to use if you have a younger child who is having difficulties expressing their feelings:
Create your own set of oracle cards
As an educational and creative exercise, take a concept such as jealousy, communication, bullying, love or imagination etc and give the child the materials to create a card that represents that idea:
For older kids/teens
Older kids and teens will want their space and privacy and so may not be so willing to share but they can still benefit from some time working with the cards if it’s something they enjoy. Taking them out to a store to choose their own set or else giving them some as a present may be a first step.
If they need help getting started they could think of a selection of key words which they associate with the pictures in the cards and then progress to the following: