How To Approach A Tarot Card Reading

July 18, 2009

How you approach a Tarot Card Reading can make it a worthwhile experience or not. You can set the tone by pointing the reader in the right direction. Preparing before you go to your reading is important and can help you get a better reading.

People have readings for fun, like at a fair or others might use a Tarot reading to gain insight for advice, and making serious life decisions. Approaches to a reading can differ from the attitude of “tell me what you see” to those who have specific questions.

Which way is the best approach?

Preparing questions for a Tarot Reading will definitely give you more for your money and time. When you prepare before your appointment, you are in control of what information you wish to receive. For instance, asking a reader to tell you anything is like stopping your car and asking for directions without knowing where you want to go.

Even if you are stopping by a booth at a fair you can quickly prepare by thinking of one, two or three areas of your life you wish insight into.

Do you HAVE to believe to get a great reading?

No, but it certainly helps. Why? Well, interestingly, it’s been proven over and over again that there IS a relationship between what you believe and the sorts of results you get when “working” with intuitive stuff, including emotional energy work like a Tarot reading. “Positive Thinking”, “Law of Attraction”and all that stuff. Suffice it to say, a Tarot Reading is advice. Take it or leave it.

Most popular questions are about love, money, career and health. Parents often ask about their children and spouses about each other. Others ask about education, travel and also spirituality. Forget asking for lotto numbers. If the reader knew the winning numbers she’d be doing something other than working for a living!

State your question simply and clearly. No need to elaborate, but don’t play games with the reader. It’s a waste of your time and theirs. Be willing to part with some information about your topic. For instance if you are asking about a love interest and the reader asks for her/his name, give it. No need to tell the reader everything about the person, your feelings and thoughts about him or her. But some information helps the reader clarify what the cards are saying.

Structure your questions to gain as much as possible from the reader. Rather than asking “Will I have love?” say, “I wish to share my life with a love partner. How does that look for me?” The latter lends to a more detailed answer.

You want to get as much information as possible,  so prioritize before the session and if you have a thirty-minute reading you want the most important issues answered first. Write your questions down.

Some Tarot Readers won’t mind if you record your session. Always ask first and you’ll be surprised at what becomes clearer later on when you listen to the reading again.

Near the end of the session you might ask, “Is there anything else for me?” – just in case you’re not aware of an important issue at hand or coming up in the future.

Remember a Tarot Reading is to gain insight to help you make decisions and therefore take control and live the life you desire. It’s not a cure all, not directions. It’s advice, intuitive advice, but advice none the less.

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  1. Great post :). The more information people have, the easier it is for people like me. Also, I think on some level, by taking control of the reading in the manner you describe, it is the beginning of people taking control of their lives.

    If a Tarot reading, at best, can present alternative futures (not just the most likely) then I think this empowers people – it empowers people if they are clear with what they want. A kind of two way street. By taking control of the reading, they are half way there to taking control of their lives:

    actively discussing any alternatives a reading brings up will go along way to assisting that process.

  2. Thanks Doug for your insightful comment.

    Hope you don’t mind if I quote you in the future!

    “By taking control of the reading, they are half way there to taking control of their lives”

    Well said!


  3. I agree with your statements Elizabeth. Giving some information to the reader allows them to put the pieces of information gleened from the cards into focus. It helps the reader to see the whole story.

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