Getting a Tarot reading can be both exciting and nerve-wracking, especially if you’re a first-timer. There are no hard and fast ways to prepare, and often people will walk in without knowing much about what to do, what to ask, or who they’re even getting a reading from.
To help alleviate some of that stress so that you can fully enjoy your reading, I’ve outlined three simple ways you can get the most of out your Tarot readings.
1. Know What the Tarot Reader Specializes In
Does the reader you're going to specialize in fortune telling or divination? Do they commune with Spirit or use the cards as a psychological tool? Do they incorporate crystals, the chakras, astrology, or other metaphysical practices into their works or is the just the cards? Knowing these things is important so that both you and the reader are able to best serve you and your needs. If you’re looking for someone to help give you some insight and advice, a reader who specializes in telling the future may not be a good fit. Likewise, if you really want to know what the future holds for you, going to someone who uses the cards more as a cognitive tool may not give you the answers you’re looking for. It’s all about knowing what you want and seeking it out, and it may take a time or two to find the best fit. Do some research online to find local readers or browse social media if you’re cool with a long-distance reading. Peruse Yelp reviews, visit websites, read bios, and even reach out to a reader you think may be a good fit and ask some questions. Social media channels such as YouTube and Instagram are chockfull of amazing readings who will be more than happy to answer what you need, so do the legwork and you're sure to find the perfect reader for you!
2. Come with a Question
Many readers, myself included, are A-OK with starting the reading with either a general question or no question at all and allowing the cards to do the taking. This is perfectly fine, and can often lead to information and insight the client doesn’t even know is prevalent. However, I find the most effective readings are those that are centered around a specific question or questions. It’s like the auto shop analogy: you can either take your car in, not say a word, and let the mechanics try and figure out what the problem is, OR you can come in with specific problems that will help lead them to a solution must faster. A Tarot reading works a lot in the same way; the time can be spent trying to figure out the problem or it can be spent discussing a proactive solution. Each reader and client is different, but it may be worthwhile to have at least one question ready to get the juices flowing!
3. Be Open to Discussion
This piece of advice kind of goes hand-in-hand with #2 as it encourages an open dialogue between you and the reader. When receiving one of my first readings ever, back when I was a zygote with no zero Tarot experience, I thought I’d just let the reader do all the talking since it was her job to read my cards (and wasn’t she supposed to be psychic??). While this is true, and you are paying for a reading, a willingness to ask/answer questions and have open discussions about what the cards are showing will help add deeper layers to what is being shown and allow both you and the reader to fully understand the question as well as the insight from the cards. A reader should be able to scratch the surface without much of a dialogue, but going any further than that will often include your welcomed involvement!
There you are! Three simple steps that will hopefully lead you to a reader and reading that is insightful, powerful, and empowering!
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