CHENNAI: How often do you hear a tarot card reader recommend you to read Da Vinci Code and Harry Potter? It does sound insane but symbology that the authors have brought in cannot be neglected. Divya Srinivasan asked us if we ever noticed that just before Dumbledore’s death, Harry picks out a card with the picture of a tower in his divination class. Well, we did not!
May 25 was World Tarot Day and we caught up with Divya to talk about the psychology behind tarot reading and how she ventured into it being a yoga teacher. “I’ve been teaching yoga for 13 years. I grew up with depression and anxiety, and yoga helped me come out of it. The progression to tarot reading had its own divine elements – signs that kept popping up. For instance, I was visiting an ex-client of mine in his office. I was looking at his book shelf as I’m an avid reader too,” she narrates. “Plonk in the middle of all the MBA and number-related books sat one that said The Big Book of Angel Reading. I was taken aback because just two days back I was thinking about it,” she exclaims. If you think it was a coincidence, she has an apt response to it as well.
“There are no accidents and coincidences. If that were true, the Earth itself is a happy accident. It is positioned too perfectly. Two inches to the left or right, and no life could have survived,” says Divya, as she moves on to talk about how tarot reading works. “There is a term we use called Synchronicity which means when you ask for something, it happens to you. I learnt that from the tarot. You meet yourself in the cards. Call it spiritual or being open-minded, but while reading, you get to meet your own belief system. Everything has a meaning and every input we receive from our thought process teaches us something about ourselves and life as a whole.”
It sounds philosophical but tarot reading is simply understanding symbols and trusting your intuitions. Taking a tarot pack from many others that she had in her apartment, she told us about the process. Ask a question, draw a card and interpret what your intuition is showing you. Sounds simple yet complicated. She broke it down for us with an incident.
“I met a woman during a single card reading session at a fund raiser. Sceptic, she asked me to say something about her. I picked out a card. There are many elements in the card but my eyes through tunnel vision, were drawn to the man holding the globe. I asked her if she was into travelling and turns out she was a tour guide. One needs to trust this intuition that hovers over knowledge. The more you process your own experiences, the more accurate your reading skills get. Being self-aware is the key,” she explains.
Of course, there are still the sceptics who wouldn’t trust this alternate healing concept. “I completely understand that it is difficult to believe. It is considered to be pseudo-science but still popular worldwide,” she smiles. Divya doesn’t like to be tested and prove herself but when she finds someone inquisitive about the art, she shares her knowledge.
Leaving her apartment with the many tarot cards, the crystals, the Tibetan sound bowl and the soulful music that played all the while, the reporter asked Divya to pick a final card for her. It wasn’t a happy card, but the reporter had to admit that there was so much truth to it. For almost two years, she has been reading for others and herself. She claims to be right 90% of the time. To know more call Divya 9566071122
Suit of Coins represents Earth
Suit of Wands represents Fire
Suit of Swords represents Air
Suit of Cups represents Water
Read these to be A Tarot Reader
- Harry Potter Series, JK Rowling
- Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
- The Dragons of Eden, Carl Sagan
- Women Who Run With Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes
- You Can Heal Your Life, Louise L Hay
If there are accidents and coincidences, then the Earth itself is a happy accident. It is positioned too perfectly. Two inches to the left or right, and no life could have survived