Aspects of Depression in Tarot

Learn about the various approaches that the Tarot takes toward depression.

Depression has a lot of nuance, and the tarot card archetypes can be a tool to define the details of your struggle and help you see how to overcome those particular challenges. I chose the cards that speak the most directly to these details of the blues, although this is only a limited window into a subject of great depth.

Below are some choices that can be helpful to make for yourself, depending on which suit comes up for you in a reading around internal turmoil, that can help you enact some self-care.

Cups: Tap into creating or engaging with art in a meaningful way. Experience your emotions with acceptance and let them pass. Seek out spiritual guides.

Wands: Exercise physically. Find focus on self-care and don’t spread yourself too thin by doing all the things at once to avoid feelings.

Pentacles: Nourish yourself with healthy food and lots of water. Slow down and find a healthy routine each day. Get your basic needs met.

Swords: Notice how you are feeding your mind, and look for good books and speakers with a positive and empowering outlook. Find a good counselor who listens well. Be kind to yourself in your thoughts.

If you are depressed to the point of ending your life, please contact your local Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
US: 1-800-273-8255
Canada: 1.833.456.4566
Australia: 13 11 14
UK: 8457 90 90 90

Take care of yourself! You are not alone.

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