10 Questions to Get to Know Your Tarot Reader
Meet your Tarot reader – Details about my Tarot readings, philosophy, and history
- How did you become a Tarot reader? Were you mentored or self-taught?
While I’ve sensed things I wasn’t told and didn’t physically see since I was a small child, I was born quite socially awkward. Both my parents are caring, intelligent folk, though I didn’t gain a great deal of social or emotional intelligence from them. I still sometimes struggle to find words to express myself. The cards gave me a better way to talk about my feelings and intuitive prompts.
I developed an interest in Tarot, Lenormand, and Oracle reading (ALL the things!) all at once in early 2017. I started looking through my new decks right away, noticing my impressions of each card. The cards provide a language I use to make myself more clear to my listener.
I learned from online Tarot reading courses from Brigit of Biddy Tarot–a mixture of mentoring and self-study. My sibling Rikki, Kate the Daily Tarot Girl, and Ethony also taught me important lessons on reading and interpreting the cards. I’ve also benefited greatly from experience reading for myself and for others, which I feel is a form of self-teaching.
- Are you a psychic or a Tarot reader?
I’m a Tarot reader. As Benebell Wen explains in her answers to these questions, my ability to read the Tarot cards is factual and easily proven. I do get intuitive prompts (for me, words or phrases) on current conditions or memories while focused on a reading–clients tend to explain that these phrases aren’t something I could have guessed and that they hold a great deal of specific personal meaning.
An example is hearing the phrase “rock, rocking” in my mind coming up during a reading on land/ property. The client stated they’d just refinished their mother’s rocking chair prior to the reading. The definition of “psychic” varies and includes a range of abilities. While I have a deep knowing about some things that haven’t been physically told or shown to me, I don’t consider myself psychic in a predictive, future-seeing sense. I agree there are many talented readers with predictive psychic abilities.
- Are your predictions 100% accurate, and is accuracy important to you?
While the probable outcomes I share are usually accurate, no one is 100% accurate all the time. To quote Serena of Lavender Moon, “Accuracy IS important to me, but I also believe that the future is not fixed – so if a prediction doesn’t come true, it could be due to decisions the client has made to avoid that particular outcome.” I take my responsibility to provide the most accurate and helpful interpretation of the cards’ message very seriously.
When a client says they’re dissatisfied with their reading or that I’m totally wrong, they often come back 4-6 weeks later to say that the parts of the reading they didn’t like or disagreed with were spot on.
I feel the most helpful readings I can provide give personalized insight and hold space for improving your outcomes. My readings are more coaching-style than predictive, more supportive than weather forecast, and more solution-oriented than word-for-word scripts from your future. When I feel a sense of calm confidence in the message for my client, I know it’s ready to share.
- Is there anything you can’t predict in a reading?
Can’t or won’t? It’s more an unwillingness to use the cards for predicting specific outcomes, and the actions and behaviors of clients and others. I will share the most probable outcome when appropriate, though the future is not set in stone. Regardless of any predictions I may be able to make, people have free will and can make different choices at any time. As of this update in September 2020, I can reliably predict themes, big events, or snapshots of a month at a time, up to one year in advance. I can’t predict the day or week of certain events.
- Are you a Tarot specialist, or do you use other tools?
I specialize in Tarot card reading. Lenormand and Oracle cards are also among my top 3 tools. I use several methods to gain insight, choosing what seems most helpful at that time:
- Tarot cards: usually my primary method
- Lenormand cards: may be the primary method at times, often supporting the Tarot cards drawn by establishing the exact topic we’re addressing, confirming accuracy, or giving specific details
- Oracle cards: again, primary at times, when used for support often they set the tone for the overall reading
- Astrology: not a main focus of mine, simply useful to provide a bit of general context
- Numerology: provides some insight on motivation and general pointers for improvement
- Mindfulness and meditation on the situation at hand
- Is the message in the cards or in your head?
Mostly in the cards–they’re the starting point and the foundation for the message. As a professional Tarot reader, I weave the card meanings and their positions in the spread into a useful message specifically addressing my client’s question. The reader’s interpretation should make the message from the cards accessible and understandable.
- Are you a priest or a fortune-teller?
Mostly neither and a bit of both. I have always had a soothing manner and an ability to make anyone feel at ease. I’m soft spoken and can present even challenging messages in a calming way that prepares you for thoughtful action. While I often see the most likely outcome of a situation, it is limited based on the client’s personal choice, the accuracy and completeness of the information given, others’ actions, and the aspect of the situation I’m exploring.
- Do you give advice or am I on my own?
I look into the cards for possible solutions. I offer suggestions rather than advice since I’m not aware of all the details or of all my client’s priorities. Empowering readings that increase my client’s peace about the question/ situation and that lead the client to take actions in line with their own priorities are my specialty. I provide guidance, then my clients must decide for themselves which options may be most beneficial for them.
- Do you read for free or for fee?
I provide mostly paid readings. I provide a few free readings through the Biddy Tarot Free Tarot Readings platform.
- Is there anything you won’t predict in a reading?
Yes, this answer is similar to my answer to number 4 above. Death, medical diagnoses, legal proceedings, event dates, and whether my client or another person will/ won’t take certain actions are among the topics I won’t read on. I don’t read on ways to potentially harm others/ interrupt relationships/ get people fired or reduce their income or assets. I decline requests to learn what others will do or how they feel (invasion of privacy) and whether two people will continue or rekindle a relationship. (I’m happy to read on a general relationship outlook and how you might improve it.) I feel those are either not within my expertise or not helpful to empower/ inspire you to grow and improve. Receiving predictions of exactly what will happen could remove your hope and the rewards of making your own choices for a better outlook.
Thanks for reading! Please see Ethony*’s post “10 Questions Every Reader Must Answer”, as it inspired me to answer them as well. Learn more about my process for reading the cards at Behind the Scenes. You may also enjoy Coming Out Tarot – my experiences when I shared my interest in the Tarot cards with family and friends.
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