Pathways: An Interactive Journey of Self-Discovery Review
Have you ever been curious about divination? Ever wanted a tarot reading without knowing how to get one or who to trust? Diane Wing, author of The True Nature of Tarot, has created a very interesting tool for you to have an online tarot experience called, Pathways.
I have been studying tarot for many years. I became intrigued in my late teens when my BFF’s older sister introduced me to the practice. When I learned about Pathways, I was interested in the idea of using an online program for a tarot reading. Because it is based on our focus and energy around a question, it seemed reasonable that it could be done online since your thoughts and feelings determine your card choices. I was a little skeptical though. The idea to skip actually touching the cards seemed like there was a piece missing. Here is what I discovered.
Pathways are based on a deck of tarot cards created by Diane Wing based on the earth elements Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit as well as the four directions North, East, South, and West. I like this focus because all things in our reality are centered around these basic elements. The pictures on the cards are of natural images rather than the traditional symbols and personalized images of tarot.
I did a reading for myself around a topic I have been actively working on lately. I was pleasantly surprised at the accuracy of the reading. The cards were very specific to the struggles I have been having as well as the progress I am making. Actually, the one about my fears around the topic was dead-on and completely blew me away.
It brought up this common concern for me of “not being enough.” I am always thinking there is more than I need to learn or know to be successful. It is a statement I use to protect myself from taking risks and stay safely within my comfort zone. People in general often use this idea as protection from being fantastic. In the long term, it stops us from doing those things that ultimately make life exciting and enjoyable. For me, the risks I have taken have been the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. One of my all-time favorite quotes by Marianne Williamson illustrates this best:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
The Earth/North/Elm card appeared in my reading to remind me that I am strong and worthy of my success. I don’t need to be limited by my fears or things I am afraid to reach for like they are too big for me and I am not worthy of them. I need this message often and fortunately, it arrived at the perfect time for me.
Another card I found particularly intriguing was the Water/West/Taste card. This was so different from most topics in traditional Tarot. Usually, they address Spiritual and Mental Processes. This one is focused on the physical body. The basis of the card is learning to discriminate between those things we ingest, by mouth, that may “taste” good but aren’t necessarily good for us. My journey as a health coach and my concern for my long-term health were represented in this card which I found very poignant.
I am a strong believer in energy and its influences in our lives. The focus on the natural elemental aspects surrounding us in the Pathways program gives targeted insight. I don’t believe that Tarot or this program predicts the future but in my experience, it is a great tool for insight and understanding about what is relevant to current experiences within our lives. The intuitive nature of these tools and the support they provide around changes and transitions in our lives.
Diane Wing has developed a unique and interesting program for anyone to easily use for guidance and understanding. Everything in life happens for a reason and brings us great insight into who we are and what we need to grow…even when it hurts. If you are looking for a tool to support you in your journey Pathways is an ideal program to check out with little investment.