Hello all. The more I study, the more I realize there is so much more to learn. Perhaps that is why my calling has been in education. I have learned that there is so much I wish I had known before starting reading tarot. So I am going to help you all out a little and provide a list of five things that you might find helpful as you read tarot for yourself or for others.
- The first thing is that you must trust your intuition. We all are intuitive. It is just that some of us work with our intuition more than others and like any “muscle” the more you use it, the better shape it will be in. It’s not quite “use it or lose it” since you can really never lose your intuition. However, with little use, you can begin to question or doubt yourself. Always trust your intuition. I remember when I started (and if I am honest, it still happens periodically today) I would get cards that just didn’t seem to mean anything to me. I thought maybe I shuffled incorrectly or the angels didn’t clearly understand my question. The truth is that the law of attraction will help you to draw the cards that need to be seen and this is based on what is in your heart and not the words you ask. You might ask about potential work opportunities, but if what is in your heart is potential life partners, the cards will reflect the latter. This leads in to number 2…
- It is okay if you see something different. When I present my weekly tarot or daily tarot readings, I insist that readers take a close look at the cards and find out what the cards mean to them before reading my interpretation. While every card has a basic meaning, how it applies to your life versus mine, will often be different. For example, the card, III—The Empress, might mean fertility and motherhood for a young woman wanting to have children. For me, I can see The Empress as a time for creativity and growth. It might mean to make or create a life worth living. If someone disagrees with you allow them to go with what the card means to them. It is okay if you see something different.
- The next thing is that there is no one right way to read tarot. Books are good ways to read about lessons and experiences others may have had but there is no single book that is going to tell you what you see in the cards or what your client sees in the cards. This is because there is no one right way to read tarot. There are rumors out there about particular ways to shuffle the cards, whether or not to use reversed cards, and whether or not you should buy your own tarot cards. These are all based on someone else’s experience. You ultimately have to do what feels right for you. I learned tarot using Angel Tarot by Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine. In their tarot deck there are no meanings for reversed cards. The more I worked with the tarot, I began to feel that there is a distinct meaning in the reversed cards and I wanted to include this in my readings so I started including reversals. I have a niece who insists that you can only use cards that have been gifted to you. I happen to disagree with that notion and have purchased all of my cards myself. They felt right to me and as in #1, I trusted my intuition. There is no one right way to do tarot.
- Next, you don’t have to master every system related to tarot. There is a lot of symbolism in the cards and so much more meaning that one can use. In addition to the symbolism, I have heard the tarot attached to the Kabbalah, the Golden Dawn, numerology, and astrology. If you are into any of these go ahead and include them in your reading. Sometimes I will include numerology but I have found that astrology is a different entity for me. Include anything that you believe helps you to better understand the messages coming from the tarot. If you are not into any of these go ahead and read the messages you receive without them. This goes back to #1–trust your intuition. You will know what you need to know, when you need to know it.
- And the last nugget is, you don’t have to be psychic to read tarot. There is some confusion surrounding intuition and psychic abilities so let me try to explain this so that there is at least less confusion. This topic could be an entire separate post but I am going to try and summarize briefly by comparing the two. Everyone is intuitive; not everyone is psychic. Your intuitive abilities are often personal and reserved for your personal journey; a psychic can read, understand, and relay information for someone else’s journey. Intuition occurs instantly and without foresight; psychic abilities can be honed and brought into use on demand. Now earlier I said we are all intuitive. We are. A good example of this is what you hear when someone talks about a mother’s intuition. We also experience it when we get flashes of knowledge about creative ideas. Psychic abilities can be honed, but they are not as natural. Psychic abilities mean you tune into other subtle energies or senses beyond our usual five physical senses. If you experience clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, or claircognizance, you have used psychic abilities. These abilities are some that you can tap into at will and are not just flashes of knowingness. Can you read tarot without being psychic? Certainly.
So there you have it. Just a few things to keep in mind as you work with the tarot. Above all, just be yourself. Relax, breathe and have fun.