Last night, I attended the monthly Prosperous Healer gathering hosted by the skilled and delightful Mary Davis. Mary kindly asked me to co-facilitate, and I offered a process called Mapping Your Business Goals with the Tarot. This exercise is based on the numerical and elemental structure of the suit cards (minor arcana) and some simple math to discover a trump card (major arcanum) to sum things up. Some people at the gathering had tarot experience while others were new to it. Either way, the procedure was designed to be user-friendly to all solopreneurs regardless of their previous exposure to the cards.
For simplicity’s sake, I asked people to choose and work on a single goal for their business, but to keep in mind that it is wholistic — a single goal is connected to every other aspect of business and life. So the first step was to identify an intention or aim and to write it down. Then, using a handout called Some Business Themes in the Four Suits of the Tarot, people identified which suit was most connected with their goal. For example, their business name, their logo, or their role as a practitioner would be a Wands-related target or their financial income, work space, or administration would be a Pentacles-related matter.
The next step was to state in one word or phrase where they currently are on the journey toward their goal and one word or one phrase to describe their realised goal. Using a handout entitled The Stages/Steps of the Minor Arcana they lined these current and ideal stages up with key words for the values (numbers and courts) in their chosen tarot suit then jotted down the corresponding card names. For example, if someone felt they were in the planning or figuring out phase of their finances, they picked the Three of Pentacles/Stones/Coins and if their aim was to grow or expand their finances, their final card would be the Seven of Pentacles/Stones/Coins.
Everyone laid out their two cards and the cards that come between them in order on the table. This array of minor arcana was their business target map. For each card in the array, they named constructive, helpful attributes that they perceived, then turned those qualities into concrete, doable actions for the coming week and the coming month.
By adding up the values of the cards in their map, people came up with a major card. In partners, they told “Once upon a time” stories employing the trump card as a pictorial story book. Then each person summarised their story in one sentence such as, “This is a story about finding my power spot after being guided to it.” Everyone was encouraged to write down what their trump story told them they will learn as they make their business goal a reality. For example, “By making my business goal a reality, I will learn the graceful dance between steering and following the process.” I reminded everyone that by integrating the larger lesson inherent in their business objectives, they will contribute to the wellness of the human collective with regard to the issue brought forth.
It was an intense and enjoyable evening that energised me. If you would like to engage in this process, let me know. I’d be very happy to work with your group or with you on a one-to-one basis.