I stumbled across the Left-Hand Tarot blog, run by James Bulls. He had an interesting post he created called “10 questions every tarot reader must answer” and I was really drawn to answering this on my blog! They are meant to bring forth your personality as a reader. Being a lover of psychology, I was interested to answer these and see what emotion and response was pulled out of me. Some questions truly had me thinking deep about how I view myself as a reader.
1. Were you mentored, or self taught?
I was self taught, though mentoring always appealed to me. When I picked up tarot, I didn’t know anyone else that read cards and I didn’t have any extra money to pay for mentoring online so I picked up a book and just started playing with a deck. I ended up switching to intuitive reading with the cards since the book meaning of most of the cards didn’t resonate how I felt they were to be interpreted. Looking back now, I’m glad I was self-taught. I don’t think I would be the reader I am today if I didn’t go that route, I don’t think there is anything wrong with being mentored at all though. Everyone is different. I learned as I went with tarot, picking up techniques and tips along the way until I created my own reading style. I often urge new readers to do the same, create your own style and relationship with the cards, don’t worry about being mentored or what the books tell you.
2. Are you a psychic or a tarot reader?
I am a tarot reader, I am far from psychic… although, that would be fun, haha! I don’t pretend to be and I would never tell someone I was. I have come across people that say “you have to be psychic to be a reader” and I roll my eyes. Do I believe people can be psychic? Who knows, I just know I am not.
3. Are your predictions accurate, and is accuracy important to you?
Accuracy is very important to me as a reader and I think that should be for all readers, but I will never claim to be 100% accurate. I believe it’s natural for something or someone to be inaccurate at times, I don’t trust anyone who claims they are. The cards have the answers, but sometimes we don’t always see them or we sometimes miss them. This is why I urge my clients to never let the reading replace their own natural judgement… meaning, don’t run off and quit your job after a reading! My readings lean towards helping a client gain their power back, area’s of focus, and how to overcome challenges and blockages. I never say “do this and do that”, I give them areas of focus and things to consider. I often leave clients with some questions to ask themselves and journal about on their own time.
4. Is there anything you can’t predict in a reading?
I cannot predict anything and don’t claim to. I cannot tell you when you will get a job, when you will get married, how many children you will have, or if you will win the lottery, etc. I can, however, help you find a direction to take that may help you reach what you seek, but getting there is up to you. These are just stepping stones that could possibly lead to what you want. Everyone controls their future, and I believe it’s not set in stone. You cannot control outside forces, these things will effect you and your course of action.
5. Do you use only Tarot, or are you multi-disciplinary?
Right now, I only read tarot and oracle cards. I would love to use more astrology in the future but I’m still learning and won’t attempt to use it with my clients until I am confident. I’m quite comfortable with the cards though and will mostly likely stay with just them for a long while.
6. Is the message in the cards, or in your head?
Ooooh.. what a loaded question! Let’s see if I can word this right… I believe the question is in the cards but it’s up to your head/mind to bring it out. I feel there is a relationship that needs to be met between your mind and the cards. I depend heavily on symbolism when I read tarot and am drawn to decks that reflect this. The more symbols, illustrations, and action going on in the card the better for me. This is why I don’t like reading non-illustrated pip cards, my decks must be fully illustrated or I feel I would have to resort to book meaning… which is not my style as a reader. I do love some decks that are non-illustrated but I know they don’t suit my style (one was the Royal Tarot, loved the Major’s to death – it had a killer Devil card – but the pips were not illustrated so it just sat on my shelf).
7. Are you a priest or a fortune-teller?
I don’t identify as either but I know I have to pick one so that answer won’t work, haha! I will say that I’m non-religious and most religion talk tends to put me off. This is tricky for me to answer because I don’t want to insult or offend anyone, this is by far not my intent so I will tread lightly. With that being said, I would actually say I am more of a priest than a fortune-teller. As a reader, I am there for the client in anyway I can, whether it’s just to listen to them, to help them with advice, or help guide them on their path all through using tarot. I’ve heard many times that people will often see a priest for similar reasons. This is for sure one of the hardest questions for me to answer out of all of them.
8. Are you a fixer or a looker?
I’m very much a looker, and then I look for a way to fix it through options and direction with tarot. I never tell someone “you must do this or that”, I have no authority or power to tell you how to live your life and what to do. I will simply offer up what I see in the cards, it is up to you to take the next step. When you come to me for a reading, I will give you a “map”, it’s up to you to get to your destination and up to you to choose the route to take. There are many roads you can take, and if you choose wisely, all will lead to your destination… some may take you longer and some may have blocks, but you will get there if you keep moving forward. I always catch myself saying “let’s take a look at the cards and see what they have to say”.
9. Do you read for free, or for a fee?
Both! I absolutely love to read for free and do, but I also now my worth as a reader and how much time is spent while doing a reading. I charge for my time to read the cards, not the reading itself. I often read for free for friends, family, and sometimes for those simply just asking (not always, but if I’m free and willing, absolutely). In fact, I am hoping to start a free reading option soon on the blog. This option is for those who don’t mind having their reading posted on my blog to use as examples and such (all names changed though for their privacy). I also love to barter for readings, sometimes I get more joy in exchanging tarot readings for goods rather than actually money. It’s an exchange of energy and craft between two people, it’s awesome! I mention bartering on my FAQ page here.
10. Is there anything you won’t predict in a reading?
Just like question 4, I won’t predict anything. Now if it’s for fun with a friend and no money involved, for shits and giggles I’ll try to predict something fun but it’s not to be taken serious at all. I’ve had a cousin ask purely for fun if I could tell what sex her baby would be, it was all fun and games… even more thrilling was that I guessed a girl and she had a girl, but that was all by chance. I don’t claim to have predicted that at all, not even close. I will not and cannot predict anything and will never claim to.
I would love to hear your answers to these questions, be sure to link me to your blog post if you do so I can check it out! Also, check out the Left Hand Tarot blog!