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Everything you wanted to know about Tarot but were afraid to ask

Yesterday I went out for lunch with some friends (who also happen to be ex-co-workers) that I haven’t seen in ages and it did me a lot of good. I just soaked in as much energy as I could from this inspiring and vibrant group of people! Even though I keep getting the 3 of Cups card regularly these days, encouraging me to enjoy the company and support of friends, I’ve let myself turn into a real Hermit. There are a lot of benefits to spending time on your own, doing some thinking and writing and self-reflection, but at a certain point you get weird. I find that if I spend too much time on my own, I get way too much in my own head (and also start talking to myself and singing a lot). So, thanks to my friends for dragging me out of my partial hibernation!

The Three of Cups from the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot Deck

The Three of Cups

Getting back to my story, during lunch my friends asked me a lot of questions about my Snake Goddess Tarot business, and actually about Tarot in general. This was a big wake up call for me! I am so immersed in Tarot, and I’m often in the company of people who are Tarot enthusiasts, so I tend to think that EVERYONE is familiar with it and has an idea of what it can do for them (which of course is not the case). So, I thought I’d write briefly about what Tarot is, and what a Tarot reading with me can do for you.

What is the Tarot and Why Would I Want a Tarot reading?

Starting at the very beginning, a Tarot deck is made up of 78 cards. There are three kinds or groups of cards, the 22 Major Arcana, the 40 Minor Arcana, and the 16 Court Cards. The Major Arcana cards depict familiar archetypal images, and represent our journey through life. They deal with big life questions, spiritual growth, areas of our lives where forces greater than ourselves may be involved. The Minor Arcana depict more everyday situations, and can show us what’s going on in our lives and what energies are surrounding and affecting us.The Court Cards represent people and personalities, both of others and within ourselves, and sometimes events in our lives.

A reader uses a deck of Tarot cards to help the seeker see what is happening in their life right now, and how this could affect the outcome of future events.

Empowerment not fortune telling

I don’t use Tarot cards to reveal your unchangeable and unavoidable destiny (or, sadly, to pick winning lotto numbers). I don’t think we have a fate that is set in stone! Of course, there are some aspects of our lives that we simply can’t change, but we can direct our course by the decisions that we make and the actions that we take.  The Tarot is a powerful tool in this respect. The cards can show you what your future may be like as a result of your decisions, your current actions and attitudes, and how you react to the energies around you, not because we are bound by fate.

What happens during a Tarot reading?

The reading starts with the seeker’s question. I find that Yes/No questions are the least illuminating, it’s better to ask something like, “What will happen if I…”, or “What do I need to know about…”. The question should be phrased so that the answer gives you guidance, options, and clarity. If you aren’t sure what you want to ask or how to ask it, the Tarot reader can help you form just the right question. Then, the reader shuffles the cards, concentrating on the energy of the seeker, and lays them out in a pattern or spread. The reader then interprets the story that the cards are telling.

Email or online Readings vs In Person Readings

I offer Tarot readings by email, or in person if you live in my area. The energy during an in person reading is really something special, but I find that there are some benefits that are unique to readings done by email. Practically speaking, email readings are very easy to fit into your schedule. You don’t have to make an appointment or be at a certain place at a certain time, or find a free hour in your busy work day. Just email your question to me, I do a customized reading for you, and your answer appears right in your inbox. Also, as an introvert, the idea that you have time to quietly formulate your question by yourself, without any external pressures, is very appealing to me. Many people might not feel comfortable enough to discuss a private matter with a reader in person, but would be fine doing it by email. Finally, with an email reading you receive a document that you can refer to in the future, as often as you like, rather than relying on your memory of a live reading.

Curious? Hey, give it a try! Book a reading with me, I’m here to help!Peru and Christmas 087

I started reading Tarot because I really believe that it can help everyone live a happier life. Something wonderful happens when you consult the cards, you can tap into something deep within yourself and also much bigger than yourself. A reading can have the power to make a difference in how you see yourself, your options and your life. I’d love to have the chance to read for you, to help you make good decisions, to find clarity and joy. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Tarot, and just go ahead and book your reading today!

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