The little children we used to be are still inside us. They can be our guides and allies, giving us valuable information about our true natures. Or, if their needs go unmet for too long, they can “act out” and cause problems for our adult selves.
Find out more about your own inner child. Were you a free-thinking Sword/Air child? A creative, courageous Wand/Fire child? Perhaps you were an imaginative, sensitive Cup/Water child, or a goal-oriented, practical Pentacle/Earth child. Take the quiz and find out!
Answer the following questions.
1. Did you have an independent, aggressive nature, a strong will, and a good mind? Were you adventurous and high-spirited with a quick wit? Were you a tomboy who likes to compete in sports with boys and enjoys being Dad’s favorite? Did you have the ability to communicate effectively?
2. Did you have a high level of energy? Did you tend to act before she thought and thrive on change? Were you creative, generous, and considerate, an imaginative and likeable youngster? Were your courage, charm, and enthusiasm clear, with the ability to be passionately expressive?
3. Were you eager to please, with a loving nature? Were you artistic or musical, liking stories and books? Did you tend to daydream, with an imagination that was quite active? Did you have a refined and sensitive nature, idealistic and responsive?
4. Did you have a quiet, industrious nature? Did you apply yourself diligently in school? Were you goal-oriented, confident, and careful? Were you even-tempered and easy to be around, grounded, and practical, with both feet planted firmly on the ground?
Where did you have the most “yes” answers?
If #1 described your inner child best, you were a Sword/Air child, a thinking type.
If #2 described you best, you were a Wand/Fire child, a feeling type.
If #3 described you best, you were a Cup/Water child, an intuitive type.
If #4 described you best, you were a Pentacle/Earth child, a sensing type.
Be on the lookout for more articles in Guidance for Body, Mind, and Spirit to find out what your inner child may need from you now, in order to be more integrated, happy, and whole.
Adapted from Discovering Your Self Through the Tarot, by Rose Gwain (Inner Traditions, 1994). Copyright (c) 1994 by Rose Gwain. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Discovering Your Self Through the Tarot, by Rose Gwain (Inner Traditions, 1994).