Who Is The Tarot Donkey?
Hi! My name is Marie, and I came to tarot as a form of self-care and healing. I fell in love, and tarot has since become a central part of my daily life and the way I view the world.
I see and use tarot as a tool for introspection, empowerment, and healing. Benebell Wen, in her book Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth, describes her approach to tarot as “tarot analytics.” She says:
“Tarot analytics is about using tarot to empower […] Skeptics will say that there is no objective truth to the tarot, only the subjective. We project our personal stories into the card meanings and make that our truth. That is exactly right. And that is exactly how it helps people gain insight into situations that otherwise seemed hopeless – because stress, frustration, and everyday worries clutter the consciousness and obstruct their view of the solution. We reconcile our personal story with the narrative of the cards and through that process begin to see our own situation through new perspectives and from different angles” (2).
This is exactly how I see tarot. As a sort of mirror that helps reflect back to us parts of ourselves that we haven’t been able to see, solutions we’ve been unable to find, and ways of seeing the world that can help us to lead happier, healthier lives.
Donkeys are perceived as stubborn, but when they refuse to move it is because they sense danger and are evaluating the situation. Taking a pause and looking around is not a weakness, it is strength and intelligence. Knowing when to pause and having the confidence to do so honors the self and intuition, which is no small feat.
Tarot is one tool I have learned to use to strengthen my intuition and my self-confidence. By honoring myself, I am better able to navigate the world around me in ways that are more helpful and that are in alignment with my core values.
Also, the word “donkey” can be used colloquially to mean fool, and we’re all on the Fool’s Journey.