Back in early 2016 I filmed a video called Choosing a Monthly Tarot Mentor, outlining the way in which I work with the Court Cards on a monthly basis.
If you're keen to deepen your relationship with the energies and personalities of the Courts, choosing a mentor for the month ahead is a brilliant way to forge a connection and cultivate a soulful bond with your inner cast of CC characters.
Feeling super inspired and refreshed while on my hols this week, I thought I'd share 15 ways in which we can use the cards - Courts, Majors and Minors - in a mentoring capacity.
Grab a cuppa, pop open a deck and let's get going!
A note on choosing cards, before we begin
Feel free to select cards to work with either at random (shuffling and choosing face down) or by consciously selecting a specific energy you feel would be a good fit (selecting cards face up).
Use your fave deck, your least fave deck - always an interesting experience! - a deck you're super familiar with or one you haven't worked with before.
Or, ya know, mix and match to your heart's content - whatever works for you, sweet friend!
Um, what exactly do I do with a mentor?
Take your tarot mentor out for coffee and ask 'em questions!
Seek their advice, tune into their perspective and approach to life, explore how they might advise you in working through whatever it is you're experiencing right now.
Ask for practical pointers and accept any homework they bring your way (the homework is often the best part).
Most importantly, have fun with it!
Do what feels right for you and feel free to get creative.
1) Working with a Daily/Weekly/Monthly Mentor
Just like the monthly mentoring discussed in my vid, choosing an archetypal mentor for the day/week/month ahead is a brilliant way to explore and experience a specific card energy.
What might you do with your mentor once selected?
You could set aside a little time every morning/evening to ask them questions, considering their likely approach to events and relationships unfolding in your life.
Perhaps you might like to "try on" your mentor's perspective and personality traits, drawing upon such energies from within.
You could consider what such energy feels like to you, and whether you know anyone who seems to embody the card in question with ease or difficulty - including how you relate to the energy explored.
What might your mentor have to offer you in terms of wisdom and food for thought? How might their teachings and insights inspire you to grow?
2) Prepping for an event
If you've got a job interview or presentation lined up, or if you're in charge of planning your beloved's surprise party or work's Christmas do, why not check in with your cards and find a mentor to help you?
From constructing a vision through to making sure everyone has a great time/you deliver a killer speech with confidence, working with a mentor can give you that little something extra.
(P.S Before an interview/work sitch of any kind I always take a moment to consult my cards as to what kind of approach might swing things in my favour or help me make a good impression. And it always works!)
3) Relationships + conflict resolution
Navigating a tricky relationship related conundrum or looking to heighten your interpersonal skills?
Choose a mentor or two to support you in exploring how best to approach the bond at hand.
Exploring different approaches and perspectives in this way helps widen our awareness of the many ways in which people respond and relate to each other.
You might find, for example, that the Queen of Swords advocates a very different approach to the Queen of Cups!
4) Self-Love Support
If you're working on making peace with an aspect of yourself that you've found hard to embrace in the past, choosing a mentor to support you on your self-love journey - perhaps a character who seems to embody the kinda love you're keen to welcome - can be super nourishing.
The Empress or Queen of Pentacles would make excellent body positive role models, supporting you in reconnecting to and enjoying your sensual self, while the Two of Cups might help you turn towards and begin bearing witness to shadow elements ready and waiting to be brought into the light.
5) Embracing your shadow
Speaking of shadow elements, choosing a mentor to support your deep-diving shadow journey is a wonderful way of feeling held and supported while exploring tricky stuff.
You might like to choose a couple of mentors to work with, perhaps one who you feel represents the shadow element you're ready to explore and another who can support you in integrating your newfound awareness.
I've been spending some time lately exploring hidden pockets of repressed anger stemming from my childhood, recognising the impact such silent fury has on my adult relationships - something I hadn't been consciously aware of until fairly recently!
The Queen of Swords has been an excellent mentor when it comes to helping me locate and vocalise my anger, while The Sun has taught me about the many benefits that honest self-expression brings.
6) Inner child healing
Whether we're 16 or 96, we all carry around our younger years within.
Our inner child continues to have an impact, and when we check-in with what she might need we can begin giving ourselves healing that perhaps wasn't so readily available to us at the time.
It really is never too late!
I love hanging out with Little Me during meditation and while slinging cards, and I've found she often has some really insightful words of advice to give whenever I stop to ask for her opinion.
Plus, she's able to tell me her worries and I can give her the support and outlet she needs to heal.
Who in tarot do you feel represents Little You at different points along your path? How might you use a mentor card to start a dialogue with your younger self?
7) Elemental Explorer
Hands up fellow air and water peeps!
If you're feeling a little imbalanced when it comes to the elements, working with a mentor from a specific suit can help you develop a stronger connection to your inner fire/earth/water/air energy.
Pull a card at random or consciously choose one to work with and ask it how you might go about experiencing such energy today.
The Ace of Pentacles might encourage you to head outside and get your hands dirty, while the Eight of Wands might prompt you into sending out a stack of job applications if you're looking for work and needing a bit of a fiery kick up the bum!
8) Favourite/least favourite energy evalulation
Got a card you really just don't seem to gel with?
Invite it to act as a mentor for the week ahead and open your heart to experiencing its energy from multiple angles.
How might it support you in making decisions, exploring relationships, diving into your spiritual practice?
Is there a reason you find it so tricky to sit with?
Have a go at doing the same with your favourite card and see what new insights come through about yourself and the world around you as the week unfolds.
9) soulful goal setting & project planning
Got goals? Get cards!
I love working with specific mentors at different stages of the goal setting process.
The High Priestess helps me tap into my inner well of ideas and inspiration while the Three of Cups reminds me to ground all my endeavours in love and heartfelt desire.
If I'm searching for structure and need a dose of self-discipline, The Emperor keeps me on track, while the Nine of Wands gives me a much needed boost when approaching the finish line.
You might like to choose mentors specific to the nature of the goal or project at hand. The King of Pentacles would make a great business advisor if diving into the world of self-employment!
Having a mentor or collection of mentors to turn to when the going gets tough and you feel tempted to throw in the towel can work wonders in providing fresh perspectives and generating innovative solutions to roadblocks.
WWTE (what would The Emperor do?) has helped me many a time when in need of a structured, logical apprach to getting shit done!
10) Family stuff - Connecting, healing, learning together
Finding our rellies in the cards and working closely with such energies can help us reach a deepened understanding of our loved ones, particularly those we perhaps find tricky to understand.
If your mama is the Queen of Wands or your sister the Knight of Swords, inviting such cards to act as mentors for a period of time is a great way to explore what such energy looks and feels like - while also giving you an insight into how best to connect with such energy one on one.
Putting yourself in your loved ones' shoes = increased empathy and greater awareness of how to communicate effectively.
If you're going through a rocky patch with someone special, you can also try pulling mentor cards to guide you through the process of healing and reconciliation - perhaps exploring the type of approach you might want to take or what's needed in order to reach a point of shared understanding and respect.
And if you're interested in exploring the lessons you're here to learn together as a family during this lifetime, pulling a mentor card can provide a super insightful starting point.
11) At my Best/At my Worst
This is one of my fave tarot mentoring activities!
Either face up or face down, select a card to represent who you are when at your best, before selecting a card to represent who you are when at your worst.
Note: This isn't a blame game or an opportunity to beat up on yourself!
We all have moments in which we shine and moments in which we don't quite do ourselves justice when it comes to the choices we make and the behaviour we bring forward - but that doesn't mean we should punish ourselves.
Rather, this is about recognising patterns or responses that perhaps aren't serving us too well, compassionately exploring what such things can teach us about ourselves while also considering how we might choose differently from here.
It's also a great opportunity to consciously acknowledge the kind of environment and circumstances that support us in flourishing, finding ways to bring more of that into our lives moving forwards.
(P.S There's a handy video to go with this activity! Check it out here.)
12) Understanding + Releasing Limiting Patterns
Got a thought/behaviour pattern or repetitive situation you're keen to release and move on from?
Selecting a mentor card to advise you on the why's behind such a pattern and the how's of putting it to rest is a great way of working through stuff ready to be set free.
You might choose a card to represent the need that such a pattern is fulfilling (often stuff that keeps cropping up does so for good reason - what need is it trying to meet?) and a card to guide you in taking steps towards letting go of whatever it is that calls to be released.
13) Magical Manifesting
Whenever I start a new project or set a new goal I always take a moment to call upon some tailored support from the tarot.
I typically choose a mentor to help me during the initial planning stages; a mentor to offer guidance and counsel as my action steps unfold; and a mentor to turn to should I encounter any bumps along the road.
Tap into the energy of your cards and sense what kind of approach your mentor(s) would likely advocate.
How might The Empress, for example, differ in approach to The Hanged Man?
14) Happy Birthday! Tapping into your Year Ahead Energy
It's your bday? Hooray!
Choose a mentor (I like to do this with cards face down for the added element of surprise!) to turn to as your year ahead unfolds.
What might their energy suggest about the focus of the months ahead?
How might they support you in navigating your journey?
Check in throughout the course of the year and see how your understanding of yourself - and the tarot archetype at play - deepens and evolves.
15) Sacred Cycles - Connecting to the Seasons + your inner phases
I'm a teensy bit obsessed right now with charting my menstrual cycle and tapping into the energies at play as each inner phase unfolds.
This shit is POWERFUL!
I now know that the first day of my monthly bleed = super duper creative surge, while day 4 of my bleed = RAGE FURY COCOON HERMIT time.
While ovulation time often = woooooah I'm all over the place and everything feels a little too electric and bright right now.
Sinking into and exploring your inner cycles in such a way - whether you happen to menstruate or not - provides you with a wealth of knowledge when it comes to playing to your strengths and drawing upon different qualities and gifts as the month unfolds.
Working with a mentor from your fave deck can help illuminate and consolidate such knowingness, teasing out and reflecting back to you where you're at right now and how best to embrace and embody such energy for your highest good.
It can also be really fun to work with mentors as the outer seasons shift, selecting a card(s) for winter, spring, summer and autumn and exploring how such energy plays out within and around you.
here you have it! 15 ways to work with tarot as a soulful mentoring tool.
The possibilities are endless!
I'd love to hear how you get on with any of the suggestions above, and if you have your own mentoring ideas you'd like to share please do - sharing is caring and connecting feels good!
With love, gratitude and so much joy as we embark upon the next stage of our journey,