career tarot

  • 12 Tarot Reading Tips Every Reader Needs to Know

    Whether you’re a beginner tarot reader or a budding pro, there are a few things you should know that will help you give better readings. I have compiled a list of the 12 Tarot Tips Every Reader Needs to Know to help people give better readings. There are a few things I recommend that you do before, during, and after every tarot reading.





    Before you begin your tarot reading, you should…

    1) Find Focus

    It is very important to have the time and attention to devote to really looking at and working with the cards. Distractions should be kept to a minimum – that means that you shouldn’t be multitasking while reading, trying to fit a reading in while painting your nails or waiting on hold, or reading in a place that makes you feel frazzled and unable to focus.

    2) Connect

    One thing I do before every. single. reading. is connect to the Universe, Collective Conscious, Spirit, Angels, my guides – whatever you prefer to refer to IT as. I take a few seconds – at the very least – to focus on my breathing; to acknowledge the energy that surrounds myself, my cards and the person I am reading for; and to call in the angels (especially Archangel Michael) to help me make the readings precise and understandable for everyone involved.

    3) Clear Your Cards

    This helps to make sure that the energy involved in the reading isn’t tied to the energy of the last reading. This is especially important if you are reading for multiple people in a short amount of time – but it also helps if you are reading for yourself and might have brought emotions into your reading that you would prefer not to transfer into the next reading you do. Knock on those puppies a couple of times to clear that random energy out of them.

    4) Formulate the Question

    Make sure that you have ironed out the details of the questions that you will be asking for guidance about, because some questions just don’t fit with the way that tarot cards work. For example, yes and no questions can be answered, as can timing questions – but the interpretations can be a little difficult to pin down for beginners. Also, it is good to know if the question you are working with falls within your ethical guidelines.

    5) Concentrate on the Question and the Questioner

    When doing internet readings or when reading for someone who is right in front of me, I like to make sure that I am focused on the person, his/her energy, the question, and what he or she needs to know from the reading when I am shuffling and laying the cards out. This is of utmost importance, as I want the cards to reflect what the person I am reading for needs to know, not what I need to know!

    6) State the Spread Positions (and maybe write them down!)

    Knowing which card signifies what aspect of your question PRIOR to laying the cards out is a tip that every tarot reader needs to know – as is understanding which card went where is afterward! There is nothing worse than looking at the cards, thinking – ‘Oh my God, what in the heck did I intend for that card’s meaning!!??’ Using well-known spreads like the Celtic Cross or using the Deck of 1,000 Spreads can really help.


    Cards from the Psychic Tarot Oracle Deck, ©John Holland
    Cards from the Psychic Tarot Oracle Deck, ©John Holland



    Now when you are interpreting the cards…


    7) Scan the cards without too much thought

    After you have laid the cards out, give them a quick once over. Start formulating potential relationships between the cards. Get a bird’s-eye view of the reading (noting any interesting coincidences – like repeated numbers, cards from certain suits, Major Arcana cards, etc.). See if there are any cards that really summarize what the questioner has mentioned prior to the reading.

    8) Feel free to feel free!

    One tip about reading tarot is that tarot readings use both knowledge and intuition. Don’t let your reading suffer by over-thinking insight that you get during readings. You might pick something up that is unrelated to the picture or the classic meaning of a card – but that is exactly the message that card was wanting to give at the time. When something like that happens, just GO WITH IT! Say what comes to mind even if it doesn’t seem to fit. I have found that those little flashes of insight the most important information I’ve passed on during readings!

    9) Know thy cards

    Tarot IS a very intricate mixture of color, symbolism, astrological, numerical, and societal information. The cards are rich in meaning – and the readings you give can be thoroughly enriched when you know how to decipher what the cards are saying from many different angles. Sure, all of the information might not fit into the reading, but it is all there if you need it. Learn the classic meanings associated with the decks you use most often.

    10) Know other decks

    I have found that all of the books that go with the decks I use bring a slightly different nuance or meaning to each card. Most of the time, the basic “gist” of the card is the same – but there are great differences in explanation that help to further a reader’s understanding of the messages expressed by the cards. It is very useful to study more than one deck of cards and a variety of books.


    After the reading it is essential to…

    11) Be Grateful!

    Thank the Universe, Source – or your Angels and Spirit Guides for their help in the reading. This will help you nurture your relationship with your guides.

    12) Cut the connection

    You need to make sure to end the session in a distinct way, especially when you’ve been reading for a client. After you’ve expressed gratitude, make sure to cut the cord of energy that exists between yourself and the client. Otherwise, you might end up absorbing energy from clients long after the session is over.

    These are the tarot tips that I have found to be most useful when I do readings for myself and for others. I hope you find them to be valuable!

    Do YOU have a TAROT TIP THAT EVERY READER NEEDS TO KNOW to share? Feel free to comment below about the tricks you use when reading!


  • Raven’s Eye Reading – Where I Am/Where I Should Be…


    The burning question for me today was about wanting to take a look at my career/business standing. I am one busy gal – with three children, a home, a husband who I actually like spending time with … and also with three budding businesses and a part-time job. Whew! I have a TON of responsibility with each area and the combination is sometimes overwhelming.

    As a Certified Transformational Life Coach, I am well aware of the need to pursue one’s authentic passions and dreams (as I am doing with my businesses) – but also to strive for balance in life. What kind of life does one have if she puts all of her time and effort into work while neglecting herself and her family? How can she best use the time available to get the most out of her work AND leave more time and energy for her children and spouse?

    The reading I chose for this particular topic was the Raven’s Eye spread. This wonderful spread can be used to shed light on a variety of different topics – from business to love to family matters.

    These were the questions that were on my mind as I shuffled and drew the cards for this reading.

    This simple spread shows:

    1. Where you are
    2. Where you should be
    3. What is above you (or the situation as it is)
    4. What is before you (what you can expect in the near future)
    5. What you should avoid
    6. What you should look for

    Cards 5 and 6 are unnecessary if you are only working with the Major Arcana when dealing this spread.

    I also picked a Goddess Guidance card to throw a little guidance from the Goddesses into the mix!

    The cards that came up for me today were:

    Where I am:

    Ace of Air – New ideas and insight coming into my career. Gaining insight into projects that were troubling to me, which will allow me to move forward.

    Where I should be:

    Eight of Air – So. True. Feeling stuck or trapped (in all of the responsibility), but really having a way out of it (if I want to let others down, decrease my load). I have to find the confidence and courage to better represent and speak for myself in what I do. It is hard, and – like the card says – I am allowing fear to hold me back from doing what I should. In context, I feel that this card is urging me to do what I know is right – to break away from some of this.

    What is above me:

    Two of Water – Definitely what the basis of the situation is. I have a friendship that is growing closer as a result of some of the work I do. Drawing back some of the energy would, to me, jeopardize something that I just don’t want to sacrifice at this point in time. But, this card also indicates the positive outcome to a conflict. Hmmmm…

    What lies before me:

    Seven of Air – The image of this card is one of a carousel – up, down, round and round without forward motion. Oh yeah, do I need to reevaluate my plan and try to see what all there is deep within all of my responsibilities so that I can move forward.

    What to avoid:

    Page of Fire – LOL! Another project, another exciting new endeavor. Yeah. I don’t need to take anything more on for the moment. I have to remind myself of that should a great new opportunity come my way!

    What to look for:

    Knight of Water – Need to balance emotions. Find balance. Ride this with the reins firmly in my hands (as the angelic image on the card is doing). Truth.

    The Knight of Water can also indicate a social event – this would likely be the Mind, Body, Soul expo in London that I am keen to participate in.

    The Goddess Guidance card was Aphrodite who is urging me to take good care of myself. Also, I see this as a change in how I present myself because the jeans and t-shirts of being a full-time SAHM are not the successful business gear I need. Also, I really want to take care of myself better. I am a goddess and I deserve to put as much effort into myself as I do into caring for others. I need to keep this in mind!

    All in all, this turned out to be an excellent reading. I need to find my courage and step back from some of the responsibility that I feel so limited by. I have to avoid taking on another project (however tempting it might be). and I have to realize that I am the one in charge of creating balance in my life!

    Until next time!