It’s all blossoms and sweet smells in our city parks and gardens, which makes it the perfect time to discuss how plants can help us elevate ourselves and how they can ease worried minds and chase away our daily stress. What’s that to do with Tarot, right? Well when reading the Tarot for yourself or for someone, you’ll always achieve the best results if your mind is at ease. Essential oils help achieve relaxation, confidence and ease communication.
I don’t believe in putting on a big show when reading Tarot because not only do I not find this effective, I know that it can give a bad image of the real work and skills behind this art. Not to mention the fact that it can scare some people away. But working on a clean table using a soft fabric to lay the cards on and lighting a few candles definitely helps. Just like spas don’t offer oil massages with loud techno music playing, you wouldn’t read the cards for someone in a messy space that is unwelcoming.
The best essence will be determined by your state of mind and what you are trying to achieve in the reading.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia & Lavandula latifolia) and Lavendin (Lavandula burnatii). There are slight differences between these 3 varieties but they all work as sedative and relaxing oils and will work for Tarot.
Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) is a popular scent and is known as a powerful antidepressant. In other words, it will make for a relaxing and comforting atmosphere that is extremely favorable to a reading.
If you are reading the cards for someone you don’t know, I can only advise you to help this person feel comfortable by using a classic and relaxing oil such as lavender, rose or marjoram. All 3 have a soothing and relaxing effect. Marjoram is a fantastic ally for highly stressful situation – for instance if you are reading with someone who is nervously exhausted, some marjoram and lavender in the air will work wonders. For more a soft and confident atmosphere Tangerine will work great and its sweet smell encourage good mood too!
Linden Blossom (Tilia vulgaris) is a little less known essential oil that will also please those who enjoy sweet and high notes. Linden Blossom works as a fantastically relaxing oil thanks to its anti-depressant properties. It can be a good alternative if you are not a fan of citrus notes or if you want to experiment outside of lavender and camomille.
Citrus essences will also help you stay aware, they will lift your spirit while keeping anxiety at bay. Tangerine is the softest of all citrus essences (Citrus reticulata), Clementine (Citrus clementina) is a notch stronger and share the same properties. They’re great if you or the person you are reading for is (over)sensitive to smells. If you want to energize your mind even more then use lemon essential oil (Citrus limonum). Its scent will make your mind more aware and receptive to your environment while its antiseptic properties will purify the air in the room.
Lemon scent will make your mind more receptive to your environment while purifying the air in the room.
How to use the oils for a reading
Use an oil diffuser in the room before and while doing the reading. Don’t forget to ventilate the room especially after the reading to keep a healthy air and atmosphere.
You can also apply a drop or two mixed with vegetable oil (coconut, almond or another neutral oil) on your wrists or behind your ears. The smell will stay close to you while the oils will also work their magic.
Do not use essential oils internally if you are not familiar with the safety guidelines of aromatherapy. Remember, these are 100% natural and therefore 100% powerful.
How to choose and buy your oils
Buy from a trusted dealer. Look up the brand, make sure the latin name is on the bottle along with an expiration date and information about the extraction method. The origin is very important as well. I obviously recommend using only organic products as these are very strong and no one should ever inhale oils that are polluted by pesticides. Keep your oils away from direct sunlight and changing temperatures for optimal conservation.
Last but not least: make sure to treat yourself and your consultant to a herbal infusion while doing the reading. Herbal infusions such as Linden blossom teas, camomille teas and fennel teas will keep you calm and hydrated!
Which essences do you use and love for Tarot? Share your tips in the comment section!