What a Tarot Reading is Like…



Your tarot reading should be an experience. My job is to do my best to put you at ease, discover your needs, give you something to think about, and leave you with some tools to address proactive choices. The description below is in reference to an in-person one-to-one consultation session.


It is often the case that people consult a tarot professional at times of stress and anxiety. Therefore, not unlike a yoga or meditation session, it’s important for us to get to a place of peace, safety, and being in the present when we start your session. Some people call this becoming “grounded.”


Ritual can be an important source for becoming grounded. And there are often several “rituals” that we’ll begin with in order to arrive at that place of being grounded. To begin with, you will be asked to either wash your hands or to use a provided hand-wipe (sensitive-skin formula) prior to the reading.  This is a health and safety precaution for your benefit and for other patrons, and I hope that you will feel that it is because I have your best interest at heart. (Plus, Doritos Nacho Cheese dust on the Tarot cards really interferes with the Reader’s intuitive abilities!) Another way to explain what this step really is, is a kind of “saging” and purifying ritual—a ceremony that has been practiced as part of many religions for millennia. If you choose not to use a hand wipe, you will not be allowed to touch the cards, but it will in no other way affect your Tarot reading.


It’s likely that we’ll assess what kind of state you’re at, and then either do some calming exercises, or focus visualizations. This may be as simple and easy as sitting down, lighting a candle, conducting our own personal tea ceremony, or it may simply be as easy as talking—getting used to one another’s voices.


I don’t generally allow clients to shuffle cards because there are too many opportunities for the cards to become damaged that way—and I wouldn’t want anyone to feel bad about ruining my tools, some of which are rare or unable to be replaced. However, you may be invited to cut the deck or choose cards from a fan spread. And you shouldn’t feel afraid to touch cards that we have revealed in your spread.


My tarot readings are interactive. In other words, you don’t just sit there and wait for me to blurt out your fortune. Rather, my tarot readings are a conversation. It’s like talking to an old friend that you know will listen to what you have to say and give you constructive feed-back, except that we are allowing the tarot cards to instigate the conversation and lead us towards subjects and tangents that we ought to be addressing.


Everyone has different feelings about how much he or she wants to participate in finding solutions for themselves. But you should be at a place where you are willing to at least examine choices you can make proactively once our session has ended. You are a participant in your reading and in your solutions, and my hope is that by the end of the reading, through our collaboration, you will have felt empowered (maybe even inspired) to act on some of your positive choice opportunities.  In some cases it may just be the ability to take a different viewpoint of your situation that will be enough or suffice.  Other times, we simply have to accept changes and difficulties that have come into our lives, and knowing that someone has heard your feelings and empathized with you can be a source of solace.  During Pope Francis’s recent trip to the Phillipines in 2015, a young orphaned homeless girl asked the holy father: “Why does God allow children to suffer so much?”  And Pope Francis replied with wisdom that, “Sometimes there is no answer; sometimes we just have to cry with one another.”


You also shouldn’t have to be concerned about watching the clock like an eagle. Although your fee is dependent on the number of minutes we spend together, the session is pliable dependent on several factors including whether I need extra time to discern meaning in your cards, or bathroom interruptions, etc. If we are in the middle of your session, and your pre-determined time period is about to expire, I will give you notice of this fact, and give you the opportunity to decide if you are near a satisfactory place for the reading to end or if you would like to extend the session for an additional fee.


We may do another ritual to bring ourselves back to facing the world with our newly discovered choices and insight.


So that you know… I am really big on HUMOR!  While I will never make light of your situation or issue, I feel that laughter can be a really fantastic tonic for the soul. So if we can find the lighter side of a situation together, don’t feel like you can’t crack a smile! Smiling is not only infectious, but laughter is great for the spirit, and a healthy habit!


I am a huge advocate of journaling, and encourage you to further explore the ideas we’ve touched upon during your session. It can often be highly satisfying and self-empowering to discover additional insight on your own after our creative collaboration.  You are also welcome to bring a tape recorder to tape your session, or to take a photo of your tarot card spread before you leave so that you have a form of reference to which to go back.


I don’t generally encourage more than one tarot reading within a one-month period.  You, after all, need time to process your reading, your choice options, and live your life before we take another step or reevaluate how you might have resolved your previous visitation’s issue.  Exceptions to this rule can be made, but not often.


[To read my Statement of Rules and Ethics, click here…]

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