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Over 60 experienced tarot readers offer their best advice for what every Newbie Tarot Reader should know. Not everyone will agree with everything. Add ideas you think belong, in the Comments. Feel free to post this anywhere, so long as you include the source and contributors (listed at the end).
• There are no rules. All rules are made to be broken. • You may hear and read a LOT about tarot, much of it contradictory. Listen, read, discuss, try, and decide for yourself. No one knows how you will read or work with the cards except you. • The more you know, the more options you have. • Read books, Lots of books. • PUT THE BOOKS DOWN! • There is nothing wrong with books. Knowledge gained from them gives you a fantastic starting point and framework and can lead to more assured reading. • Try to read a card first, before you look it up. You will be surprised by how much of the gist of it you get. • Get to know your deck – pull a card a day and/or go through your deck and take notes on each card. Write your thoughts and feelings about each card in a journal. • Learn the basics of tarot history and symbolism. • Learn the astrological and elemental correspondences. They condition the mind to think associatively and make extraordinary connections. • Choose a system and stick with it long enough to get understanding and then branc h out. You’ll only confuse yourself if you try to take in all the different ideas being thrown around. • The cards are made up of micro-symbols within a macro-symbol. Each of the card’s symbols can open up detailed, pertinent and powerful information. • Get to know what the colors, numbers, symbols say to YOU. • Draw a daily card from your deck and let it speak to you. Ask yourself great questions. • Do everything out loud, even if you are just reading for yourself. Tarot originally was an oral, story-telling type skill and speaking aloud follows its own pathways. • Associate one to three keywords with each card. • Read the cards visually; you are the book. • Befriend your deck; it consists of 78 personalities that you need to get to know well. • Become friends with your cards! Sleep with them, play with them, journal with them. • People have many layers and so do the cards. • It helps to relate the cards to people and events you know and have experienced. • Give extra attention to those cards which don’t seem friendly. • Read your cards daily for someone: for yourself and others. Keep a journal of your tarot work, including daily readings. • You cannot learn without actually practicing reading… . practice, practice, practice. Read for friends, strangers at the mall, in a bar (great ice breaker).
• Always remember the tarot and other card oracles are pieces of cardboard with pictures on them. • Tarot is like art: there is the interpretation done by art critics that gives the reasoning behind a masterpiece vs. check out other decks and interpretations and compare them. They are windows into your inner knowing that is already all there.Work on yourself all the time. conferences and meetups that can enrich your perspective. • CONSTANTLY update and upgrade your own spiritual focus. • Learn all the time: even if you have a favorite deck. Keep growing and never think you know it all! Tarot is … A Reading Is … • A reading is a slice of life’s journey. • You can create your own spread as well as using traditional ones. get at least one “traditional” deck and learn where its symbols come from. Make sure it resonates with you as regards artwork and mythos (world-view). Preparation for a Reading • Wash your hands before touching the cards. keep the cards in your head. information is in you. • If you are interested in tarot symbolism and traditions. • It’s a piece of paper with a picture on it.” • Tarot is a mirror. It’s a story. It is important to see both sides. classes. Spreads • Start with small spreads. The magick. Decks • Pick a deck you are attracted to. • Center and ground yourself before a reading. too! There are tons of books. One you are comfortable with. • Interpretation is Knowledge + Intuition. wisdom. so forget the whole idea of “reading the future. online events. • Choose a deck that feels right for you. not in the card s. • Start with a simple one or 3-card spread. • You are the tarot! The cards are nothing without you. The Celtic Cross is usually overkill. . • Start with one deck that resonates with you and live with it a good year (at least) bef ore moving on to other decks. See if different experiences remind you of different cards.• As you go about your life. It only has as much power as you (or the querent) give it. • Tarot is an intuitive compass. • Learn all the time from other people. how it makes you personally feel.
• Relax. • Let the client choose from among several decks. don’t add anything else until you’ve gotten everything you can from the spread in front of you. channeling and so on. unless that person is also sitting in front of you. Or. say it in a way that is constructive. look at the number. It should “speak” to YOU.” but sometimes the flood gates will suddenly open and a real healing will take place. Be ethical. light a candle. Filter everything through love (a “love-filter”). fixed ideas about what each card means can block your ability to tap into the now. • It’s possible to inhabit a card and speak from that place. look at the colors and then start the reading by using your intuition. consider the motto. Consulting the Tarot • Find the right question—for the reading and for each card in a position. If it is important it will come up again in some other way. dig deeper. Reading the Cards • The main thing is… just START. and if you make mistakes.” agree with the querent and let it go. it mitigates mistakes if your heart’s in the right place. • Don’t say whatever comes to your mind. A reading is more about questioning than it is about forming ideas. and if you *have* to say it. • Use the cards for everything…past lives. words. keep the reading simple. First. ie. • In difficult situations. but containing a range. • Try not to see any card as just good or bad. aura reading. • Keep a “cheat sheet. be patient. • Cards that tend to have negative connotations are not always so. Give guidance so the person can be AWARE of what they are dealing with and GET THROUGH it. • Use all your senses…pictures. make it into a story. What first comes to your mind is probably right. look for the life lessons and discuss those. Don’t be tempted to read that person’s husband/sister -inlaw/boyfriend/boss/whatever. close your eyes and feel how the card affects you. Just one word or phrase may be enough to spur you onto the rest of the story. Keep them and be worthy of that trust. • Preconceived. learn from them! • Make the intention that you will only read the cards upright until you’ve learned the 78 card meanings. feelings. They do not mean what they show in a physical sense. • Don’t ask the same question over and over again. Death and the Tower. “Love is always the appropriate reaction. • It’s easier if you use reversals right from the start. Reversals will come easier once you know the upright meanings.” • Don’t be afraid to be “wrong. • Always have the intention to heal/help. Look at what suit it is and what element it represents. • Use a deck you “connect” with. • Don’t try to predict or fortune-tell (you can do that later if you wish). People will say “no. nothing is going on. etc. • Don’t edit yourself. If you find out you’ve become so addicted to tarot you can’t do anything without first consulting the cards. don’t be afraid to look up a meaning in a book. Before speaking. stay with it. • Don’t insist you’re right or apologize for being wrong. Then tell a story using these. • Use the cards to help you understand more about yourself. Ethics • People trust you with their secrets. and then ask for protection and guidance on the reading by inviting your guides to help bring clarity to the reading and to keep any lower entities away. songs. • Read the person you are with. They reveal what you already know but for some reason aren’t looking at. • Sometimes if you are “wrong. • Keep tissues handy. whichever one speaks to her(him). • First thought. breath.” in case you become stuck on a meaning of a card. look at the card.• Ground yourself first to get into the moment. best thought. Don’t force a person where they don’t want to go. take a break. as this could seriously damage your sitter. • Don’t be afraid to combine modalities: astrology. • Keep your focus on the cards. do no harm.” Sometimes if you are “wrong”. .
You can self-question after the reading in order to improve. • Have faith in the cards. palms. you will end up having to do something else to make money. • Think about what the other person needs and not about how you are doing. work and you will find. • Root out any. Trust yourself and remember you have nothing to prove. • Don’t take yourself too seriously. but don’t overprice it. and then you could end up betraying your gift by having no time for it! The Querent/Client • People love to hear about themselves. • The Sight is a gift. • Don’t take people’s aggression personally. then. you can see.something will come to you during a reading that has nothing to do with what you know. • The querent knows him or herself better than you do. • NEVER predict death. Things take time to develop. • Whenever you feel stuck. go literal not metaphorical. Until then: read. Trust it. They crave attention. This should give you confidence. more than once in a lunation [a month —or even longer!]. whether the querent thinks it’s “right” or “wrong”. read. the client and the cards.Prediction • Predictions. disaster and divorce…the 4-D’s! Faith & Trust • Always trust your intuition. there are lots of other reasons. read again. Just because you may not understand what you’re being shown. • Charge money. if you want. • Pick up the cards and rearrange them. • It’s okay to be wrong. for the same issue. take a breath & it will come to you. • If something is not working switch to something else. • Don’t try to make things up and tell people what you think they want to hear.if you have eyesight. • Trust that what you’re saying. use it with trust and faith and integrity. “Am I doing this right” self-questioning while you’re doing the reading—it will block your connection with the cards. even if it makes no sense to you. or by drawing a card before the reading. It may be the exact answer versus the ” book” answer. Just go with the flow… • Panic is normal. there is a reason. Say what you see on the cards. They may come true because people put belief and emotion energy into the prediction. it’s worth being paid for. say it. Numbers. simply describe the card. Say what you see. You can look up the mea ning according to tradition later. But you know the cards better than he/she does. because if you don’t. it is a long journey to acquire skill and wisdom. • Don’t worry if you make mistakes in readings. Just enjoying the silence helps with your concentration! • Don’t read for the same person. It’s usually just fear. is what the querent needs to hear. disease. Doubt … • Don’t panic. • If you see something. Like life. When you draw a blank. • Trust your first thought – don’t second guess yourself. come back to the cards. Professionalism • If your advice is worth taking. astrological charts. Your Uniqueness . if made at all. Life is relationship! • If the client is quiet it doesn’t mean that you are wrong. numerology or birth cards. must be done very carefully. Have them look at a card and ask how it makes them feel. • Don’t let other people “control” your readings. • Determine where a person is coming from and how best to communicate with them by checking their astrology. Relax. • Don’t cave into your fear of not seeing something…. pray. • Occasionally. • Value yourself and your reading. • You are there to help the client find their own truth through a relationship among you.
Monika Sanders. Hildur Halldora Karlsdóttir. Eartha Stone. Laura Brown. Tierney Sadler. Eva Yaa Asantewaa. J Jordan Hoggard. Shari Lynn Smith. Your uniqueness counts. Tero Hynynen. Dona Riley. Susan Curewitz Arthen. Alexsander Lepletier. Bonnie Cehovet.. Paula Nerenberg Meier. Nei Naiff. • The tarot communicates in different ways to different people.r. Denise Wilson. Nancy Antenucci. Mary Mueller. Laurent Langlais. Ruth Vazquez. Sowilo D awn. Greer. Rivera Jr. . Madeline Hill Kasian. _______________________ CONTRIBUTORS: Louise Underhill. Stacy Scher LaRosa. Judika Illes. Elaine Benwell. and that awareness will build a deep relationship to the cards and the reading process. • Every card reader is unique and brings their own gifts to the mix. J. Be yourself. Katherine Weber -Turcotte. Karen Krebser. Carol Herzer. Serena Belvedere Iannicelli. Charlotte Porter. Johanna Gargiulo-Sherman. Sue Wilhite. Doreen Vitkuske Blumberg. Katrina Wynne . Kellie Johnson. Dale T Howard. Loretta Vigil. Pay attention to the specific ways the tarot communicates ideas to you. Diane Brandt Wilkes. Amy Fisher. Urban Crone. Debra LoGuercio DeAngelo. Marcus Katz.• Know Thyself. Debby Coulter. Jagadeesh Dev. Theresa Reed. Carla Tate. Polly MacDavid. Mary K. Kristine Gorman. Larry Manning. Jeanne Fiorini. Andrew Kyle McGregor. Maureen Aisling Duffy-Boose. CJ Walton. Ann Westland. Erin Sights. Christiana Crane Gaudet. Mary Scully. SallyRose Rivers Robinson.
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