Tarot has rarely been thought of as a way to heal--and that is a misfortune. The esoteric art is commonly perceived as a means to determine one’s future, but little do most people realize that fortune-telling is just the tip of the world of possibilities Tarot offers. “Reading tarot cards doesn’t just allow you to peer into possibilities for the future,” says Tarot therapist Isabel Robles. “It also leads you to gain a better understanding of different aspects of your life, such as your health, career and relationships, and how they are being influenced by your past and present.” Isabel rediscovered this potential and has since allowed it to become a powerful vessel to her and others, whose lives transformed due to the introduction to Tarot’s healing potential. Isabel started in the corporate world right after graduation. The start of her healing journey began while an analyst in an IT firm, after the end of a romantic relationship. “It gave me space to be more aware of things in my life--career, family, who I was turning into, where I was headed. Admittedly, it was uncomfortable and comically awkward at times. It felt like the right time to get a professional opinion from a counselor,” added Isabel. Interestingly, Isabel’s counselor encouraged her to learn how to read Tarot cards to understand the changes that were happening. “I needed an additional resource to understand who I was turning into and needed to learn how to trust what I understood. Reading Tarot cards started out as self-therapy,” Isabel admitted. “I found comfort and felt more connected to the world around me as I learned more about people. It was beautiful to get to know individuals on this level. Clients came away with more clarity and in a better place than before the reading. It felt amazing to know I was doing something good,” adds Isabel. Overall healing begins with a clear, sound mind, and tarot reading makes this possible by helping individuals map out their mental and spiritual pathways. “Tarot helps to heal the mind as it opens up to possibilities while providing closure. It also helps one to be in a better position to navigate life, giving affirmation, validation or guidance wherever necessary,” says Isabel. “The very phenomenon of understanding affects many areas of one’s life. Changing and forming an enlightened perspective naturally causes shifts that help one lead a more empowered and conscious existence.” Her commitment to healing led to other alternative healing therapies. Isabel studied Reiki, a touch-based energy healing developed in Japan, and eventually became a Reiki healer and teacher. She presently explores and combines ThetaHealing, another healing technique that changes deep patterns in the mind using the theta brainwave. Isabel’s experiences in tarot and healing have brought her to a new dimension of Tarot therapy. As a graduate of Interdisciplinary studies on Fine Arts and Psychology from Ateneo de Manila University, Isabel was able to intersect the artistic and mystical imagery of tarot and the excavation of the deeper workings of the psyche, resulting in a union of tarot and healing. Tarot as a healing modality has helped family, friends, and many clients in the last couple of years. It has led them to find purpose and empowerment, foster stronger relationships, discover a deeper sense of spirituality, and create abundance in their lives. Isabel continues to give Tarot Therapy sessions and can be contacted through The Third EyeWellness at (02) 808-2984, 0917-636-2800 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.