The Reiki Principles and Tarot Elements


Article by Ruth Renate โ€œLady of Radiant Joyโ€ Davidson

This is something that came to me while teaching a Reiki lesson to students that have also been to my Tarot classes. For me, this connection provides an enrichment between these two, beyond using Reiki to charge and clear my cards.

These are the Reiki Principles:

๐ŸŒ›ย  Just for today, I will not be blinded by anger.
๐ŸŒ›ย  Just for today, I will not be blinded by worry.
๐ŸŒ›ย  Just for today, I will feel grateful.
๐ŸŒ›ย  Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
๐ŸŒ›ย  Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.

by Mikao Usui, I donโ€™t know who translated it.
I added โ€œbe blinded byโ€ and โ€œfeelโ€

The Tarot Elements are:

๐ŸŒœ Fire โ€“ represented by wands
๐ŸŒœ Water โ€“ represented by cups
๐ŸŒœ Earth โ€“ represented by pentacles
๐ŸŒœ Air โ€“ represented by swords
๐ŸŒœ Spirit โ€“ represented by major arcana

And now we combine them.

Just for today:

๐ŸŒ•ย  I will not be blinded by anger โ€“ Fire ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿœ‚ โ€“ Wands |
๐ŸŒ•ย  I will not be blinded by worry โ€“ Water ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿœ„- Cups ๐Ÿถ
๐ŸŒ•ย  I will feel grateful โ€“ Earth๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿœƒ โ€“ Pentacles โœช
๐ŸŒ•ย  I will do my work honestly โ€“ Air๐ŸŒช๐Ÿœ โ€“ Swords โš”
๐ŸŒ•ย  I will be kind to every living thing โ€“ Spirit โ˜ฅโˆž โ€“ Majors ๐Ÿ’€

In knowing these, when I do a Tarot spread I can be mindful of where I may need to strengthen a Reiki principle in my life in relation to the question. It might even tell me that Iโ€™m doing better than I think I am! Some examples:

  1. If Iโ€™m getting a lot of wands maybe instead of stewing in anger or blindly acting out in anger I need to work on setting a boundary and choosing to transform that anger into a drive to make things better, transmuting it to purpose and hope.
  2. Or perhaps I am getting a lot of cups as an indicator that perhaps I need to transmute worry into faith hope and trust.
  3. Maybe with pentacles I need to remember to enjoy what I do have, to feel and be grateful for that.
  4. With swords maybe I need to notice what justifications I am making in making choices for someone instead of empowering them, or being dishonest with myself about myself.
  5. And with spirit, I need to always remember who I am and who I want to be and to allow all things to exist, honoring transformations. All the stories must be told. A tree can only grow so fast even in the most ideal conditions.

The Reiki Principles and Tarot Elements

Image by keithgonzalez

Here are two actual spreads and reading examples.

1. A quick one-card reading, โ€œWhat do I need to keep in mind today?โ€
I pull Queen of Swords.

Swords is what I call the โ€œcutting through the BSโ€ suit. Itโ€™s also about transformation, thoughts, reasoning, truth, and ethical logical behavior. The Queen of Swords is a logical person who gets things done, and is meticulous, but can be quite stern. This card could be reminding me that part of doing my work honestly is stay true to my personal code of ethics and not let others pressure me into doing something thatโ€™s a bit underhanded. So I could say, Ah, swords, a reminder to do my work honestly, and to be sure that I see things clearly and logically.

2. Here is a spread for Body Mind and Spirit. How are things going to look today for my Body Mind and Spirit?

1: Body

5 of Pentacles, ah, pentacles, I need to remember to feel grateful for what I do have. My physical self will need some tender loving care because its gonna feel impoverished about something, maybe from lack sleep, or sleeping wrong, or over exercising, etc. Now I am prepared, I can talk softly and kindly to my body and remember to be grateful and feel grateful for my body as it is, no judgments attached.

2: Mind

Wheel of Fortune, ah, major arcana card, spirit, I will be kind to every living thing, including myself. Wheel of Fortune, okay, the rolling-with-the-punches this-too-shall-pass card. I need a โ€œI got this kindโ€ of attitude and help from my guides to make things run more smoothing. Just roll with it. In this way my mind will be sharp and accepting; thus able to feel kindness no matter whatโ€™s going on.

3: Spirit

10 of Cups. Spiritually, Iโ€™m rocking it! All is well and wonderful! Look at that rainbow of 10 of cups. So much joy and hope right now! I donโ€™t even have to worry about being worried. Just for today I will not be blinded by worry will be EASY, like itโ€™s not even there at all! Awesome.

All three taken together we have, in short: gratitude of body, kindness of mind, easily worry-free of spirit, no matter whatโ€™s going on during this challenging day; simply rolling with it all in good humor โ€“ calm of heart, and clear of mind.

I hope you find this helpful. If you have questions Iโ€™m here for you!
The divine in me sees the divine in you.

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Ruth Renate โ€œLady of Radiant Joyโ€ Davidson is a Reiki Master/Teacher who combines Reiki with other body-work, earth-based energy healing practices, and meditation. She loves working with her Divine Team and helping people connect with their Divine Team, including spirit animal guides. She teaches Tarot Energy Healing.
You can also connect with her on Instagram @ladyofradiantjoy and on her website Ruthโ€™s soul vow is: โ€œI Accept All Things for the Preservation, Healing, and Growing, of LOVE.โ€

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