By Mike Hernandez, Tarot Reader
Isn’t it amazing how much body language and facial expressions play a part in numerous aspects of our daily lives? I thought about that at the mall the other day, while I was walking around just watching people and meandering in and out of various stores. At one point I realized this is also true of people that appear in the Tarot. It made immediate sense to me, given that the cards reflect all the aspects of our lives.
In this article I’ll demonstrate how body language and facial expressions of the people in the cards expose nuances and subtleties that can add an extra layer of meaning to your readings.
Exposing your true self
Body language can say a lot about your true state of being at any given moment. Although you may think you’re portraying yourself in a positive (or, perhaps, even neutral) manner, your body might be indicating otherwise. Have you ever been in a situation where you say something to someone or some group of people, they take what you say at face value, and then begin doubting what you’ve said soon after for some unknown reason? It could most likely be your body language.
For example, suppose you’re about to have a meeting with a few people regarding a mutual project. You’re somewhat apprehensive of the meeting because there are issues you believe to be high-priority at this point, and you’re not particularly inclined to change your mind just now. You get to the meeting, exchange the usual pleasantries, and then get down to business. Sure enough, they want to discuss reducing the priorities of some of your issues. Hoping to give yourself time to think of how you’re going to defend your position, you tell them that you’d be interested in listening to their perspectives and be open to the possibility of making some changes.
You sit and listen to them for a few minutes, and then you lean back in your chair in an apparent attempt to be in a more relaxing position. You extend your legs, cross one foot over the other, and nonchalantly cross your arms over your chest. It’s about at that point when they can tell that you really have no interest in what they’re saying and it’s probably unlikely that you’ll reprioritize any of your issues. How did they come to this realization? Your body language. You’ve just assumed a very defensive physical position, indicated by your crossed arms and legs. (From an energetic standpoint, you’ve essentially created a barrier; you are not allowing any of your energy to flow outwards, and you’re keeping yourself from receiving any energy, bad or good.) The meeting is likely to come to an abrupt halt, now that they’ve discovered your true intentions.
The face is interesting because it can reflect your thoughts and emotions. It’s most fascinating in that it can show the thoughts and emotions you want it to express, or it can show your true thoughts and emotions in unguarded moments, such as when you think no one is paying attention to you.
Let’s use another meeting as an example. Suppose that you’re meeting some friends at a coffee shop. You have a situation at home that is distressing you emotionally just now, but you want people to think everything is all right. You grab a table with your friends, exchange opening pleasantries, place your orders with the waiter, and get down to having your chat. One of your friends asks you how things are going and you smile broadly and say that things are going smoothly and that your current project at work is getting interesting. After you provide a few more details, someone else picks up the conversation.
Unbeknownst to you, one of your friends is beginning to doubt what you said about things going smoothly – she thinks you’re worried about something. Once you were no longer the focus of attention, she noticed your smile faded into a far-away, blank look, seeming to indicate that your mind was elsewhere. Now she thinks that a private chat with you later in the evening might be helpful.
Did you note the subtly of the underlying messages conveyed by the body language and facial expressions in the examples above? It is those subtleties that can also appear in certain cards during a reading.
Is there more to the message than meets the eye?
There are quite a few cards where body language and facial expressions can come into play during a reading. I believe that there are four basic ways in which you’ll see this:
1. Confidence and Determination
4. Focus and Distraction
Tune in on Friday to see what Mike has to say about those four subjects. Here's a small preview of what's to come.
To be continued…