10 Questions Every Tarot Reader Should Answer

So just what kind of experience might you receive in a reading with me? I thought I’d answer that question by answering 10 in its place! Questions were spotted on Two Sides Tarot and I thought they’d be an excellent way to engage myself in my own intentions as a card reader and share the result.

1. Were you mentored or self-taught?

I’m a self-taught reader. After receiving around three separate readings, two tarot and an oracle, I decided to try reading for myself. I was lucky in that my first exposure to tarot was through pretty radical decks like the Collective Tarot and the Motherpeace Tarot so I never really felt the need to go seek out a traditional Rider-Waite Smith deck (I didn’t own a RWS clone for a good long while, not till my Morgan-Greer). After lots of research to find a deck that was both accessible and inclusive, I chose the Mythical Goddess Tarot and it’s been love of the cards from there.

I quickly came to realize that most LWBs were perfunctory and not really built to teach so I sought out other resources. I didn’t seek out the usual books to begin with- I went the long way around. One of my favorite resources was Joan Bunning’s Learning the Tarot course website. It’s a lovely RWS tarot course and the most attractive part for a beginner is that it is completely free and gives a solid foundation to build knowledge on. My next tarot course was Beth Maiden’s wonderful Alternative Tarot Course, perfect for self-taught learners looking for an approach that is beyond traditional meanings and fully engages with intuition- and again, financially accessible for most beginners at a lifetime access price of $25. Only after this did I go after the usual reading fare.I return to those books once in a while but for the most part the self-taught intuitive foundation has been what keeps me coming back to the cards.

I’ve learned more about the cards from consistently writing for myself- and this blog which started out as an online journal- than I ever could from any other source. The cards have something new to teach each day. If you’ve ever felt intimidated by the overwhelming amount of resources out there, please know that you are the most important source of knowledge. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you feel when you sit with the cards? That’s where the buck stops every time.

2. Are you a psychic or a tarot reader?

I’m more tarot reader than psychic, although I do work with ancestral and spiritual guides as needed. Though psychics don’t just predict the future, that is a part of the work they are associated with- which doesn’t quite fit what I do.

3. Are your predictions accurate, and is accuracy important to you?

I don’t consider myself a predictive reader (see above), even though I’ve had feedback from client that indicates a predictive quality to some of my work. I’m more concerned with the current energies of a reading and what about them my client would like to shift. While I absolutely do include channeled messages, warning, and guidance as directed by Spirit, for the most part readings with me will be about your query in its current state and what work you’d like to do to shift it. It’s not so much about accuracy as it is effective guidance.

4. Is there anything you can’t predict in a reading?

As I am not a predictive reader- everything? As an intuitive reader, I do absolutely leave room for the possibility that a message will find you and have predictive qualities. I focus instead on working with the why of your query and the how of your intended energy shift. For example a question like, When will I meet my soul mate? is transformed into a much more effective and soul exploratory What work do I need to do to be ready to meet my soul mate? which also works to focus the energy of the reading on my client and not a third party.

5. Do you use only tarot or are you multidisciplinary?

I’m a believe in using all the resources available, so yes I consider myself multidisciplinary. I often close or explore a particular reading’s energy by pulling an oracle card to add illumination. In addition as I read for a client, I am also listening for any messages beyond the reading from their guides. I also work with herbs, incorporating herbal remedy into suggested work for my client- in fact my tarot work inspired my line of Asali Meditative Tarot Tea which is meant to guide the drinker in the energy work a particular tarot card calls attention to.

6. Is the message in the cards or in your head?

Both! As the reader, I am working with my own intuition as well as the guidance of my clients’ guides to interpret the symbols before me. I also believe that there is always a message in the cards not meant for the reader to relay or even notice, one that is meant for the client to feel out for themselves. I always ask my client to sit with the image of the cards in meditation for any additional whispers to come through beyond our reading that I may not be privy to. So I know it isn’t all in my head!

7. Are you a priest or a fortune teller?

Neither of these shoes fit. However, given a choice I’d rather go with priest than fortune teller. First, as I mentioned I’m not predictive. Second, a priest provides guidance in the current moment, with the information presented to them and is concerned with the soul work that needs to be done rather than making any promises. It’s a deeper connection, and I am invested in your growth healing not just your future.

8. Are you a fixer or a looker?

Both! It depends on the client’s query. If it’s an energy check-in, then we’re just taking a look and we can do some follow up work if necessary. If it’s a more in-depth reading then we are absolutely going to do some work. I usually have some homework embedded in the reading as suggestion for further growth and healing. I identify as an Earthworker– I’m here as a facilitator for your soul development, so I suppose that makes me more of a fixer than a looker.

9. Do you read for free or for a fee?

I read for a fee 98% of the time. I also provide tarot and oracle readings for my community online as well as occasionally give free one card silent readings whenever I’ve got excess psychic energy that needs some moving around.

10. Is there anything you won’t predict in a reading?

Well this got a bit repetitive for non-predictive readers. So as I answered question four, how about another kind of boundary. Here’s a type of reading I won’t do. I absolutely will not read for a third party. I focus on my client and my client’s energy in the reading and I’m not interested in trying to figure out what their boss, partner, or neighbor is thinking or feeling or planning on doing. We can instead discuss the client’s part in the relationship to other people- for example: Will my ex call me back? Am I in a space to be nourished by a call from my ex?

Reading for the Week: Seeking Our Truth

Truth is this week’s cause. What can it mean to be true to ourselves, our spirits, our legacies, and our bodies? What can it mean to be true to each other?

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So asks The Sojourner, speaker of truths welcome and unwelcome. Our ability to communicate our needs and desires- particularly to each other must be allowed full space. How do we move with more honesty in our relationships? What relationships leave us more likely to minimize, obfuscate, and outright lie? We’ll be asking plenty of hard questions this week in our communication and we are asked to lean into it. Questions are the knock on the truth’s door and we must answer.

The full moon in Gemini will expose the imbalances, fallacies, and untruths and without preparation for that work, we are more prone to be caught up in double speak and two faced manipulations. So do what you know you must, and make space for yourself to meditate on your truth expression- even if it means hiding yourself away for some moments this week.

After the work is done, notice the space created when the stagnant energy of lies, lack, and doubt is moved. Feel out what belongs in that newly cleared space and ensure it fills you.

on the road

I’m out of town for work!

A prospect about which I’m half and half about most times. The cons being the work (if it’s boring meetings) and the actual traveling part- I hate driving, flying, really any kind of thing that moves me from place to place over long distances- and the pros being I love the very mini-vacation it offers- a chance to not be at home, spend time in a comped room, and have food delivered, etc. In any case, I always travel with the necessities: change of clothes, toiletries, snacks, and of course tarot (and tea if I’ve been very good and prepped early enough to blend myself some loose leaf for the trip).

I try to look for a new easy to work spread to try out in new spaces and this time I landed on one from Tarot for Business, a general SWOT analysis spread to reflect on my time and energy while I’m here (at least the work part). Just something quick to give me a little guidance and heighten the interest level on a business trip.

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reading from The Stretch Tarot, I love the reworking of the 6 of Wands

This reading took me the long way winding round but I choose to be game for the ride and look forward to watching it unfold. Continue reading

Weekly Outlook Spread

I’ve been thinking about this spread ever since I saw it used on Seven Card Spread who got it from The Tarot Parlor. It’s a customizable spread that gives an overview of what your week might look like.

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A reading rife with Mars in retrograde energy. A time to examine what is already established, what needs shoring up and reevaluating. Not particularly a time to start new projects, but a time to look at current ones and ensure that all is as it should be. My Godmother’s constant warnings to pay attention to wars- or rather that I ensure to be out of wars as much as possible comes to mind. This is a time to draw on cool energy while everything around us burns. The highest vibrations of the orisha Ogun are all but required here- careful planning, grounded movement, and surgical strikes.

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post-op tarot meditation, contd

The work being done in my body right now is in my sacral and root space. So I thought I’d check in with the foundation.

What is the story of my root space?

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The story isn’t necessary a linear one of past, present, and future. Rather these are the energies that enter and have entered and may yet enter this space.

Queen of Cups (Upright)

My intuition comes from my root. To ignore it is to tip the cup over and be left empty. Mother ancestors surround and inhabit this space. To disrespect it to is to disrespect them. These are my strengths, though when shaded can easily become points of weakness.

XV The Devil (Upright)

My root is also where susceptibility to manipulation, hopelessness, anxiety, fear, entrapment and addiction comes from. Which makes sense; when I’m imbalanced at my very foundations, doing what is for my highest good is much harder. Self-sabotage is an all too regular reality to be managed.

Seven of Swords (Reversed)

Indecision and the tendency to withdraw from community is held here as well. In reverse it also feels like here lies the capacity to overcome all these shadows. In my root space is also the story of the times where I’ve moved forward and upwards from the darkness. To hold both the light and the shadow is a gift and a curse. At least it does grant experience and knowledge.

post-op tarot meditation day 3

I’m firmly in the rest and recuperation portion of this journey. Ten of Pentacles reversed warning me not to rock the boat, stay still and refill my cup for real. The snow-covered conifers in reverse look like icicles ready to crash and fall at the slightest vibration.

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Ten of Pentacles (reversed) , Tarot of Trees

That’s my challenge for the day; I’ve always had a hard time with enforced or imposed stillness. When I don’t feel like I was offered a choice suddenly I want to do all the things, complete all the task and goals, anything but be still and know.

Here’s to hoping I learn better.

Post-op tarot? There’s an app for that!

Sometimes the universe does not make stillness and self-care an option. For me this came in the form of a serious enough medical condition that I required surgery.

Needless to say, I had never wanted clarity more than then and here I was in the hospital, literally hours from surgery and no tarot or even oracle cards. I also had a ‘Scope to write for Siobhan’s Mirror and again no cards.

What is a tarot reader to do?

Well it’s 2016, and you better believe there’s an app for that.

I even found a deck that’s been on my mind for a while, Tarot of Trees by Dana Driscoll, the app by The Fool’s Dog. [I’ll place links later when I’m not so distracted by pain]

I first drew for the ‘Scope, (Libras look out for that as Pisces is almost upon us) spread and then after the surgery I drew for myself. I wanted to know what I was supposed to pay attention to.

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Let me tell you, these cards came through and told me exactly what’s what.

In story board form,  Ten of Wands told me where I was at and what led keep there. Page of Cups told me what I need, rest and refreshment and a serious refill. Ace of Pentacles talking directly to my body saying that this is the sure way to be at full health which will in turn ensure material full health.

Amazing.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect this level of connection with an app. Maybe it’s the deck I used and my love and intuitive understanding of its tree subjects. For $3.99 I have zero complaints, and moreover I’m definitely ordering the physical deck.

I encourage you to try this out-of maybe as a lark, maybe to try a deck before you commit to buy, maybe just because you’re away from your deck and need some guidance.

Go for it and let me know what you think or how it went?

MORE: If you’re looking for the LWB explanation, this app wonderfully gives it to you.  Below is the copy of the text compiled for me:

The Past
Ten of Wands (Reversed)

The Ten of Wands is a card about being burdened and overextended. This card appears when you attempt to do too much, are unable to say “no”, and are taking on more work than you can handle. It also can represent the inability to relax, or being the person dumped upon repeatedly or the one left to clean up the mess. Cut back, lighten your own load, and let others help you. Life will be an uphill struggle for a while, do your best to maintain your strength.

The Present
Page of Cups (Upright)

The Page of Cups is about intimacy, love, emotions, and intuition. Pages send messages. Show your feelings, respond to love, and let your heart be your guide. Learn to love each other and love yourself—forgive, and reach out to others. This card may also be about developing and acting upon your own intuitions and encourages you to trust your heart and your inner voice. If paired with the Page of Wands, this may refer to making children. This card may represent a child, a romantic, or someone who is in touch with their own feelings or intuitions.

The Future
Ace of Pentacles (Upright)

This card represents possibilities concerning fortune, prosperity, and wealth. While success and wealth are likely in your future, they are not going to materialize out of thin air. Hard work and determination are your means to attain success. It is about being practical: work with your strengths, use your common sense, and be realistic about your goals. It is also about trust and security – you can put your faith and trust in your support system, feel protected, and know that you are standing on a firm base. This is a good time to begin projects or enact new plans.