Linda Marson is a Tarot reader and teacher who has brought her twin passions of travel and Tarot together in a unique way. On small group tours to places of sacred and spiritual significance, she facilitates a process that leads to heightened self-awareness in a relaxed, supportive environment. Over to you, Linda…
“What’s going on in those photos?” I hear you asking. Answer – a simple, enjoyable and powerful way of using the Tarot. Life is a journey full of triumphs, pitfalls, loves and losses. We navigate through one way streets, dead ends, roads that lead straight to a destination and others that go the long way round.
When people ask me how the Tarot works, I say it’s all about the pictures and the way they depict the journey we travel through life. The magic, I say, lies not with my ability to interpret the cards, the magic lies with you and the cards your Higher Self guides you to select. This is your story and I’m the story-teller, the one who helps you make sense of the story.
So life is a journey and the Tarot tells its story. Interestingly no one had used the metaphor of travel to explore the meaning of the cards until I wrote my book, Ticket, Passport and Tarot Cards. I’ve travelled to many places in the past 40 years and came to see that there was a connection between the places I travelled to in the outer world and where I was on my own inner journey at the time. I devised a self-reflection spread and used stories from my travels to explore the meaning of the 22 Major Arcana cards. We learn by doing, so what better way to understand the cards than to see how we live out their energies.
My Tarot and travel journey continued…a TV series with short segments based on the stories in the book followed. Then I started to take small groups of people to places of spiritual significance where we used the Tarot to explore the connection between the places we visited and whatever was going on in their lives at the time. I continue to do this through a partnership with Gothic Image tours in the UK. Now I’m going to share those experiences with you and give you ways to explore the link between your inner and outer journeys. Vamos! Gehen wir! Allons-y! Let’s go!
The stories behind the photos
In the photo collage above I’m holding the Fool, the quintessential card for beginning a journey. I’m on the Inca Trail in Peru, on a narrow part of the track that falls away to a valley below. Looking down made me dizzy, so far better to look up and trust that the Universe would lead me in the right direction!
The two photos beside the Fool are taken at St Nectan’s Kieve in Cornwall. I was Tarot travelling with a friend and each morning we chose three cards for the day and the following morning reflected on how those cards had played out. We also selected a single Major Arcana card in places of spiritual significance or natural beauty to see what message or energy that place had for us. Here I’m discussing Temperance with my friend.
The card made sense to her in terms of what was happening in her life, but look at where we are! Near a beautiful waterfall where, according to legend, Arthur and his knights rested and bathed before riding forth on their adventures. Look also at the amazing number of orbs that magically appeared in the photo, which I took standing barefoot in the water. They were the spirits of this other-worldly place saying ‘Welcome! We’re so happy to see you. Rest a while with our friend, the angel of Temperance, for she will help you discover the ingredients needed to restore balance to your life.”
The bottom two photos were taken on the tour, From Avalon to Camelot, in the Camelot Castle hotel high above the ocean at Tintagel in Cornwall. From there you look straight across to the ruins of Tintagel Castle, legendary birthplace of King Arthur, and down to Merlin’s cave. A huge roundtable stands in the hotel lobby with the names of Arthur’s knights carved around the circumference. What better place to select three cards for the day and what better deck to use than the Druidcraft Tarot! This deck is now my constant companion on tours to sacred sites in the UK and Ireland. As I journey through the sacred landscape which inspired the images, I find the cards come alive, delivering messages and insights in ways I have never experienced before.
After hearing the stories behind those photos I’m sure there’s no need to explain how powerful it was to sit with a Druid priestess inside the circle at Stonehenge and open to the wisdom of the Tarot.
Now it’s your turn!
I have a number of goodies to help you explore the link between your inner and outer journeys.
Firstly, four of the segments from the Ticket, Passport and Tarot Cards TV series are free to watch on my Experience the Tarot website. The Star and the Sun take you to Peru and Argentina, the Fool takes you to Australia while Judgement is set in Berlin. So enjoy a little armchair travelling!
Secondly, try the Self-Reflection Spread by downloading sample pages from Ticket, Passport and Tarot Cards.
Thirdly download my Journey Spread which I designed as a way of exploring the energies at play as you travel your inner and outer journeys. You can use the layout in two ways.
- If you’re planning a trip away, do the spread on the day before you leave, noting the cards you get in each of the seven positions. Tip: pay particular attention to the card representing a significant event or occurrence on your coming journey and the one indicating something that will propel you forward on your inner journey. From talking to people at the end of tours, I know there’s often a link between these two. Light bulbs go off as they have ‘Aha’ moments. At the end of your trip look again at the cards in light of what you experienced – let me know if you have any ‘Aha’ moments!
- If you’re not travelling anywhere you can still do the spread, simply see the cards in the ‘outer journey’ column as referring to your everyday, outer world life.
Fourthly, take your Tarot cards when you go to a place that is special to you. It could be a favourite lake, beach, mountain, forest or sacred site. Sit quietly for a while. When you’re ready, choose one card from the Major Arcana to see what message or energy that place has for you. Later, if you have Brigit’s Soul Meditations, play the one for the card you selected. Alternatively, use my Tarot Encounter guided meditation which can be applied to any card. You might like to combine that with the guided meditation on experiencing the energy around you.
When you’ve tried one or more of these goodies, I’d love you to share your insights in the Comments section.
About Linda Marson
Linda Marson is a former President of the Tarot Guild of Australia and author of Ticket, Passport and Tarot Cards. Before the manuscript was even finished, Linda was onto the next stage of the Ticket, Passport and Tarot Cards journey – a series of 22 short programs for community television in Australia – one segment for each of the 22 Major Arcana cards. The series won an award for the best personal or spiritual development program on Australian community television in 2006.
Linda has been reading Tarot cards for over 25 years and for many years wrote for, and edited the Tarot pages of Spheres, a spiritual magazine in Australia. She has presented workshops on various aspects of Tarot practice and organised major Tarot events involving internationally renowned Tarot experts. In 2011 she established Global Spiritual Studies. For more information about Linda visit Global Spiritual Studies and her Experience the Tarot website.