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Let’s Begin at the Beginning

Is a reading with Stephanie Dreams right for me?

If you have a question or you’re seeking direction, it’s a great time for a reading. A Tarot reading is perfect when you have a major life change/ event upcoming. Lenormand readings are excellent when you need a short, specific answer about A great way to decide if you want a Lenormand reading vs. a Tarot reading is to ask yourself, “Do I want a short, precise answer or a more detailed, thorough explanation?”.

Clients from all phases and walks of life, LGBTQ+ enby inclusive, are welcome. I understand that each of us has different priorities and I respect that we may choose non-traditional roles and ways of being. Your reading request allows you to specify any beliefs, relationship styles, or preferred pronouns you wish to include. For more about my reading style, check out my About and Blog.

I read in an empowering, compassionate coaching style, encouraging you to take practical steps toward your goal. PDF readings by email and video readings are available. I don’t read on the private thoughts or behaviors of others (ex. “Will my ex call me?” or “Why did my friend do that?”).

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What’s your reading style?

I provide encouraging, coaching-style Tarot readings. No doom and gloom here–if your reading contains a card that may be considered “negative”, I’ll always present ideas for improving your outlook.

As a coaching-style reader, I specialize in offering action steps to achieve your desired outcome. I use the Tarot, Lenormand, and Oracle cards to help you understand your current situation and explore your options toward a better path. I can also give you ideas on what you might expect if you choose Option 1 versus Option 2. Check out What to Ask the Cards and my Code of Ethics to learn more.


Which decks do you use?

See the decks I use here and choose which one I use for your reading.


Questions about Tarot cards and Tarot readings

Why do you offer Tarot readings? 

I believe the Tarot is a great tool to understand situations and explore our options to create a better path for ourselves. It helps us consider aspects of a problem or question that might not have come to mind otherwise. Personal growth, self reflection, and deeper wisdom are my main reasons for consulting the Tarot cards. I also use Lenormand and Oracle cards alongside the Tarot to gain clarity – I feel they each present a different yet complementary approach to access our inner wisdom.


What are Tarot cards?

Tarot is an ancient tool that may have begun as a set of cards used for games and fortune-telling. Traditional Tarot decks include 78 cards. The symbols and detailed illustrations on each card tell a story with layers of meaning. These cards help us connect with our intuition around major themes and daily issues. There are 22 Major Arcana cards reflecting phases of life and major life lessons. The remaining 56 Minor Arcana cards address daily life and temporary concerns.

The Minor Arcana cards are divided into 4 Suits, similar to playing cards: Cups, Pentacles, Wands, and Swords. Each Suit includes 14 cards, Ace (1) through 10, and the 4 Court cards: Page (Princess/ Daughter in some decks), Knight (Prince/ Son), Queen (Mother), and King (Father). These court card names reflect the times in which they were created, though many decks now feature more modern and inclusive naming and imagery.

Some decks include extra cards or alternate names for the suits (Swords vs. Air/ Words/ Truth, Cups vs. Chalices/ Emotions/ Hearts/ Water, Pentacles vs. Discs/ Coins/ Earth/ Crystals, and Wands vs. Fire, for example) or Major Arcana cards according to the deck creator’s intent and philosophy.


How do Tarot cards work?

When we draw a Tarot card to answer a specific question, the illustrations and symbols on the card prompt us to make certain associations. Those help us consider the issue and potential solutions differently. For example, drawing the Empress in response to the question, “How can I improve my relationship with my coworker?” might bring to mind motherhood or outdoor activities like picnics. Then, you might consider starting a conversation with your coworker asking how her family is doing or what she most enjoyed on her recent vacation to the coast.

What Are Tarot Cards and How Do They Work at Biddy Tarot


Do you read reversals (reversed Tarot cards)?

I don’t read traditional reversals (with some cards in the deck upside down). Instead, I intuitively sense when the reversed meaning is indicated. Reversals may mean the opposite of the card’s meaning, an imbalance of characteristics in the card, or an internal process. Fun fact: my sibling and I made the same choice regarding how we read reversals without knowing the other’s opinion.


What are the different types of Tarot decks?

First, while I’m certainly a student of the Tarot, I am not a Tarot history scholar, so my explanations of these Tarot traditions may be overly simplistic or flawed. Most of my Tarot decks, and most modern, currently available Tarot decks, were created in the Rider Waite style, so that’s the tradition with which I’m most familiar.

Tarot de Marseille is one of the oldest Tarot traditions and is still the most popular type in French-speaking countries. Marseille Minor Arcana (or pip) cards often have simpler illustrations than in the Rider-Waite-Smith, sometimes simply the symbol of that suit repeated as many times as the number of the card (ex. 5 coins for the 5 of Pentacles). The two types of Tarot decks most popular with current English-speaking readers are the Rider-Waite-Smith and Thoth.

The Rider-Waite-Smith (AKA Rider Waite or Waite Smith) is the most widely known and referenced tradition among English-speaking Tarot enthusiasts. AE Waite, author of The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, and artist Pamela Coleman Smith, produced their deck for the mass market in 1909, purposefully keeping the influences of astrology and the Qabalah to a minimum, despite their membership in the Golden Dawn. The Hermetic Qabalah is a mystical, esoteric tradition forming the philosophical basis for organizations such as the Golden Dawn and the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross. The Rider Waite introduced illustrated Minor Arcana cards with detailed, symbolic art to tell the story of the card.

The Thoth Tarot (AKA the Book of Thoth, the Crowley Thoth Tarot) relies heavily on astrological, Qabalistic, and alchemical imagery. Controversial occultist Aleister Crowley and his student, artist Lady Frieda Harris created this deck to illustrate Crowley’s Book of the Law. I’m excited to have added two Thoth decks to my collection and to be incorporating my astrological and (very basic) Qabalistic studies as I delve into this style. I feel that becoming proficient in the Thoth tradition will increase my ability to read the Tarot well for myself and my clients.

Tarot Deck Types: Rider Waite vs. Marseille vs. Thoth at Labyrinthos Academy


I feel like you are “spot on” regarding my reading. I like that you gave me guidance on what to do as well as what to expect.

“Spot On”

The reading was very detailed and you gave me a lot of helpful and important information. I really appreciate it.

A Lot of Helpful, Important Information

Questions about Lenormand Readings

What are Lenormand cards?

Lenormand cards generally come in decks of 36 and they tend to have simpler illustrations than Tarot cards. Unlike Tarot cards, only the main image on a Lenormand card is important to the reading. Lenormand is a tool to quickly grasp the most important details of a situation, so it’s really important to ask a specific question. Tarot tends to be more descriptive, multi-layered, and conversational.

LabyrinthosIntro to Lenormand Cards

What is Lenormand? at Cafe Lenormand


Why do you offer Lenormand readings?

Lenormand readings offer more specific, predictive, and simple answers to questions about decision-making and the future. They are also a great add on to Tarot readings because they offer more pointed information. A Lenormand reading may be a better option than Tarot when your question requires a quick, straightforward answer rather than the more in-depth, conversational style answers of the Tarot. A great way to decide if you want a Lenormand reading vs. a Tarot reading is to ask yourself, “Do I want a short, precise answer or a more detailed, thorough explanation?”.


How is Lenormand different than Tarot?

Lenormand cards generally come in decks of 36, while Tarot decks have 78 cards. The two are alike in that the cards have similar names and meanings throughout all decks of that kind (ex. the Rider card means messenger or news and is present in every Lenormand deck, just as the Moon card is present in every Tarot deck and indicates illusions or the subconscious).

Lenormand cards have simpler illustrations than Tarot cards. Unlike Tarot cards, only the main image on a Lenormand card is important to the reading. Lenormand is a tool to quickly grasp the most important details of a situation, so it’s really important to ask a specific question. Tarot tends to be more descriptive, multi-layered, and conversational.

A Lenormand reading may be a better option than Tarot when your question requires a quick, straightforward answer rather than the more in-depth, conversational style answers of the Tarot. A great way to decide if you want a Lenormand reading vs. a Tarot reading is to ask yourself, “Do I want a short, precise answer or a more detailed, thorough explanation?”.

Difference between Tarot and Lenormand at Labyrinthos Academy

3 Main Differences between Lenormand and Tarot at Emily Rose Divination


What to Ask the Cards, Questions That Need Rephrasing, and How to Rephrase Your Question

What kinds of questions can I ask in a reading?

I work best with questions that focus on YOU and how your actions affect your future. You always have options for how to proceed or how to change your mindset. Often, changing our point of view helps us get “unstuck” and move on. See What to Ask the Cards for examples and guidance on creating a great question for the best possible answers.

Ethony’s 7 Surefire Ways to Get a Great Reading


Can you tell me what someone is thinking/ will do?

My focus is on YOU and how you can be your best self. People have free will and the right to privacy, so I don’t read on others’ private thoughts or actions. A person may change their mind or choose to take a different path at any time–the future is not set in stone, so I don’t predict the actions of my clients or others.

I’m happy to help you craft a question that empowers and encourages you to move forward. See What to Ask the Cards for help focusing your question on what you can do to improve your relationship, what to expect between yourself and another person, or how best to approach a difficult situation.

I decline requests about whether people will continue, end, or rekindle a relationship. (I’m happy to provide a general relationship outlook and how it might be improved, along with aspects to consider prior to entering or continuing a relationship with a specific person.)


Clearly and wisely worded. Excellent advice for me to follow.

Clearly and wisely worded

Thank you for the Tarot reading. You’re right, I should trust myself.

Trust myself

Are you a psychic or a fortune-teller?

I use the Tarot, Lenormand, and Oracle cards intuitively to help you understand your current situation and explore your options to create a better path. I’m not a psychic or a fortune-teller. I can give you ideas on what you might expect if you choose Option 1 versus Option 2. I don’t believe the future is already written since you can make different choices at any time. I do not offer predictions on specific outcomes or dates. I do not predict the actions of my clients or any other persons or entities.


Will you tell me my future?

My reading style is more empowering, encouraging you to take charge, instead of simply waiting for life to “happen to you”. I don’t believe the future is already written, since you can make different choices at any time. Any small change you make affects your future.

As a coaching-style reader, I specialize in offering action steps to achieve your desired outcome. I use the Tarot, Lenormand, and Oracle cards to help you understand your current situation and explore your options toward a better path. I can also give you ideas on what you might expect if you choose Option 1 versus Option 2. Check out What to Ask the Cards and my Code of Ethics to learn more.


What are oracle cards?

Oracle card decks may be built around any theme the creator wishes, from fairies to finance decks. Unlike Tarot and Lenormand, oracle decks don’t have a set number of cards or generally agreed-upon meanings. The deck creator is responsible for sharing the meanings of their cards and the best ways to use them.

What’s The Difference between Tarot and Oracle Cards at Biddy Tarot


Where did you find your Tarot cloths?

Find a similar royal blue Star and Moon Starburst Tarot/ altar cloth at Heaven on Earth Silks. The creator states her intention for these altar cloths is to help one connect with the Universal Consciousness. The multicolored blue Cosmic Ocean cloth is available at Art is My Magic on Etsy. Danielle Noel sells the pink pastel cloth. The dark blue cloth pictured with the Arcana Iris Sacra is the coordinating cloth from Labyrinthos Academy.


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