7 tips to prepare for a Tarot reading
Do you wonder how to get the most out of your Tarot sessions? Below are 7 time-tested, Tarot-Reader approved tips and methods designed to help you really wring the best possible information from your session and foster a great on-going relationship with your favorite Tarot reader, see below!
1. Check out the reader, what are her skills, mission, what key words define her?
Every reader has unique specializations and qualifications. Make sure you do your homework to see if it is a match with your needs and outlook. Readers can be some, all or none of these things: intuitive, mediums, fortune tellers, spiritual...the list goes on! Check to see that the reader you are booking is the one that is right for you
After skills, what tone do you get from her website or from talking to her on the phone; does it feel like you will be comfortable speaking with her and do you get a sense of trust and competence? Most importantly, even if all your friends are raving about her, she has the coolest twitter feed you have ever seen and she is well-reviewed from here to Pluto, if your gut feeling is not in alignment, listen to YOU first!
2. Prepare for Your Appointment
Since most readings are paid via time, coming prepared with a few questions or an idea of which area of your life that you would like to cover will help your reader time the session so you are getting the most of your time with her. Sometimes clients come in and just want to know, “what the Universe wants to share with me” while perfect in of itself, it may not cover exact and specific questions within the allotted time frame. Letting your reader know if you have any burning questions/areas of need will help your reader design the reader for what exactly you have in mind.
3. Prepare for the Time You Booked
If you have a list of 10 questions and have only booked a half hour, it may not be enough time to explore all of your questions thoroughly. Often, readers are not able to book extra time on the fly so preparing your questions with the time you have booked is essential, if you have any questions about how much time you need, please ask your reader!
Sometimes one question or area of your life is complicated and it may take a full half hour to discuss all the information Tarot wants to share with you, or sometimes it is a quick answer. If you have several questions it is best to tell your reader what you want to know in the beginning so she can pace the session to your needs from the start.
4. A Calm, Receptive Mood is Imperative for a Great Tarot Session
I believe that intuitive readings are co-creative; it is a conversation between your intuition (yes, you have intuition!) and the intuition and skill of your reader. Being in a calm and receptive mood greatly enhances the quality of your reading because it helps us hear our intuition more clearly.
Dealing with traffic, worried about being late, confusion with the directions and so on are all anxiety inducing and when we become anxious or upset we begin to pull up our defenses creating an atmosphere that challenges the serenity needed for a great session. Not to mention feeling frazzled makes it hard to be present for your reading.
5. Wait at least 48 hours Before You Have a Tarot Session
Tarot works best and is most clear when we can be presently focused and objective as possible about the outcome of our questions. Having a Tarot reading right after an upsetting event is generally not helpful. It is important to initially feel and process a trauma (a relationship ending or a job loss) for a few days before getting a reading around the issue.
If we client pull cards while being very upset the cards will most often reflect the current state of emotions which are far louder and stronger than quieter intuitive messages. Again, being calm and receptive is key to gaining accurate clarity from the Tarot.
6. Nonattachment to Outcomes
Tarot is very, very good at getting to the heart of a matter. If you do not really want to know, then it is best to not ask. Often the Tarot is the mirror reflecting what your intuitive self is communicating, but if you are attached to an outcome or message that is different than what the Tarot is sharing, a reading can be an upsetting experience. Tarot seeks to uncover, not necessarily reassure.
A good Tarot reader will undertake the difficult task of sharing information. While we dislike heralding bad news we do it because it is what you need to hear so you are empowered and aware of your choices. Shooting the messenger is definitely an occupational hazard for readers!
7. Do Not Test Your Reader. Period.
Testing means coming to a session and being intentionally vague or misdirecting information to see if your reader “really is psychic”. Mind reading (which is what people are testing for) is not an accurate test of psychic ability. Con men have used mind reading to convince others that they are legitimate, and this has now been codified into social lore about how to test an intuitive. Also included in that category is to dump people with the second sight in a river and see if they float or if they have a devil’s mole… all not really great ideas!
In fact, a good session should have a foundation of trust and receptivity because when we are suspicious we put up walls, and those walls make it much harder to have an intuitive conversation. When there is a wall and you are shut down; half the team is not in play.
So, how do you know your reader is, in fact, intuitive? Tell her what is going on in your life: be open, calm and receptive and at the end of the session you will know if the reading was helpful for you. If you felt you gained clarity, if you feel calmer and more empowered about decisions and how to move forward from someone who picked up things that felt accurate to you, then that is a better gauge of whether that reader is competent.
If you felt that that reader was off-point, didn’t seem to understand your question, or answered something totally off mark then that is an indication that that particular reader just isn’t a fit for you. Also, keep in mind that there is an energetic relationship between a reader and her client and sometimes it is not a good match.
Well, there you have it, 7 tips for have a great Tarot session. Can you think of anything else to add? Please comment below!
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