MUSINGS OF A MODERN MYSTIC: Conquering Depression With Your Tarot Deck

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is written by Fiona Tate, The Depression Muse. It is published under Jaclyn while Fiona figures some technical difficulties out.

What you may not be aware of, is just how powerful the tarot can be if you live with Depression or other mental illness. I’ve been working with Tarot since my late teens and I’ve been living with Depression since childhood. But, I’m getting ahead of myself, here’s a brief introduction.

I’m Fiona, AKA The Depression Muse. 

Image: Fiona Tate, The Depression Muse

I’m a Lilithian Witch, a writer, a mental health mentor, a tarot reader, a wife and a butler to 2 dogs and 1 cat. We live in a house bus in NZ and you can usually find me chained to my computer, just like I am now.

Oh, and if you’re into qualifications, I hold a BA in Psychology, and have over 25 years of work experience in mental health, alcohol and other drug use. But really, the best education I’ve ever had was managing to deal with Depression since childhood.

Now, it’s not all bad. I don’t want you to think that I’ve spent most of my 52 years on this planet being stone cold miserable because I haven’t. But I have spent most of those years fighting a constant battle with the thing in my head that I call the demon Depression.

But no, not anymore. .

No, I haven’t been cured. In fact, I firmly believe that you can’t cure Depression. Sure, there are people out there who have one bout of Depression and then never have another one. But, they’re few and far between. The majority of us that experience a major Depressive episode are going to have another one.

Instead, I’ve reached a point where I feel like my Depression is a gift. It has made me who I am today. And I like who I am today. I’ve survived a lot and I know I can cope with anything. I’m more empathetic, more tolerant of others, and a lot kinder to myself than I have been in the past.

Now. Where was I going with this?

Oh yes. I wanted to tell you about using the Tarot as a way to help you manage your Depression. There’s a bit more to it than picking a card of the day, but that’s also an important part of it.

Each card in the tarot deck has something to teach you about your symptoms, about how to manage those symptoms, and about how to find some joy in your life. 

Yes, I said joy. 

I don’t care how depressed you are, somewhere deep down inside you still have the capacity to feel joy. It’s just that the demon that is Depression often makes us forget that.

The tarot reminds us of who we are, who we want to be and how far we’ve come already.

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share with you some of my insights into tarot. Each week, I’ll discuss one, sometimes two, of the cards in the standard Rider Waite Colman Smith Tarot Deck. Although they might be similar, these won’t be your regular tarot card meanings. These will be my interpretation through the eyes of someone who manages Depression on a daily basis.

It’s my hope that by showing you how I use the tarot to improve my mental health, you’ll find your own system to use them in the same way. After saying that, I’m more than happy for you to use my interpretation.

I can’t take all the credit though. I read the cards intuitively with the support of my guides, and Lilith who I work closely with every day. It’s a team effort folks!

So, join me next week and we’ll kick off with the major arcana.

Fiona Tate, AKA the Depression Muse, is a Lilithian Witch, Writer, and Mental Health Mentor. She helps people with Depression use it as a superpower and turn it into a creature of beauty. She can be found at depressionmuse.com and is currently looking for people to join her new Black Orchid Alchemy group: Using Depression to build a fulfilling life.

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Jaclyn Cherie is a Word Alchemist, Witch, Shaivite Hindu, and Torchbearer with her roots planted in New York. © Jaclyn Cherie, Creatrix & Owner of The Nephilim Rising LLC (2014-2022)

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