Over recent years there has been a lot written about the power of Inner-child. Inner-child work has come to be seen “as a powerful tool for healing from psychological trauma, dysfunctional patterns, and self-harming behaviours. The inner-child is not a literal child, it is a metaphorical “little you”. The part of your psyche that is still childlike, innocent, and full of wonder.
World-renowned psychologist Carl Jung is originated the “Divine Child” archetype, while Art therapist Lucia Capacchione initiated the movement toward “reparenting” our inner-child in the 1970s.
Family Systems Therapist Virginia Satir was known to conduct “parts parties” in her group sessions, which involved having each individual call forth their own inner-archetypes ranging from the inner-child, the mother, the judge, the scrooge and so on”. Source: Rising Woman
The site, Rising Woman, is just one site that provides ideas about working with the inner child. Susan Conway offers a course called Tarot for your Inner Child.
Like Conway, it was during lockdown 2020 that I began to seriously add to my collection of Tarot decks. Unlike her I never did find one that I was giddy about. Despite my searching none of the decks that I acquired really spoke to my inner child. Instead I found myself buying decks that I could add to my creative medicine toolbox to use in writing courses that I run here in Australia. At one stage I pulled out some old fantasy magazines and repurposed a deck for myself, letting my inner child choose.
The deck I really wanted to acquire was Lisa Hunt’s Fairytale Tarot but it has been OOP for some time. I am not sure why I resisted buying the Inner Child Tarot. My resistance made no real sense.
So when I finally succumbed and ordered it, it will come as no surprise that once it arrived it has proved to be the right choice for me. With this as a foundation deck I am ready to seriously explore the healing power of Tarot for my inner child and the all those inner children who just want to come out and play.
Here is just one spread that you can use with a deck like Inner Child Cards.