Its highfalutin time for me to write ye olde "professional tarot reader' rite of passage called the "Blog about How to Become a Professional Reader'. Google that term and I am sure you will find pages of worthy information for your eager eyes and searching heart.
Here, in this 3 part series, I offer my own sagely advice based on my own business and also in helping others achieve their own. May it contain something to sustain you on your journey, colleague!
Tarot is a Passionate Calling
To be a full time tarot practitioner is to undertake some of the hardest, most exhausting, most rewarding work you have ever attempted. The burn out rate for readers is extraordinarily high, and even the best of us need regular breaks from reading.
It is not uncommon for readers to even take a break for a few years if they over extended themselves reading tarot.
The people who don't make it are people who just thought it would be an easy source of side income, or just something to do in retirement; these folks do not last long because the act of reading tarot and running a business needs everything you got. People come to tarot because they feel lost, or scared, or anxious, or empty and from an emotional standpoint it can take a toll on a reader; just like any social service. The people who stick around for longer than a hot minute are passionate about the tool of tarot, are in love with the process of reading, cannot see themselves doing anything as exhilarating and amazing as bringing the art of tarot to everyone.
Tarot cannot be about making money (though I did enjoy making my tongue in cheek pic above). You MUST love tarot enough to allow the work of tarot to transform and support your life. People who come into it to make money end up leaving, or outsourcing their readings to other people. Tarot is about finding your calling, and if you are brave and a very good reader, you will be able to make a living. Tarot comes first, however. There are so many people who need and want a tarot reading, the demand is there, and they deserve a reader who loves helping them, and loves the magic that is tarot.
Be that person, and you will not thirst.
Trust your Calling.
You Do Not Have to be Perfect
In fact, your broken places make you a better reader. Being a professional tarot reader means to be supremely compassionate and understanding of the person’s journey for whom you are reading. You are not a guru, you do not need to have a perfect life in order to give advice. This is because a tarot reading is not about you, and you should not be projecting your life, agenda, needs, or hungers onto your client. You need to read the cards, hold space for your client, and be a bridge rather than a guide; be the book binding rather than its letters. The information is what you share, not who you are. Reading for others though, will have the effect of granting profound wisdom onto you own life and about the spirit of humanity as a whole. Being witness to suffering, helps you understand your own. Truly the gift you get from tarot and from clients is far, far greater than the one you bestow.
Trust your Gift.
Always Run the Numbers
If you are running a business, run it as a business. The container of your business is what allows you to read professionally. It protects you and allows you to do more than you could ever do without it. Before you say yes to that house party, reading out of that New Age Store, or starting an Etsy shop, my friend, RUN THE NUMBERS. Look at other readers doing similar, how much are they making? Is this really worth your time? It can be so exciting to make something look like a business on the outside but if you are not bringing home the bacon, it’s not really a business; it is your hobby.
Do your research before you say yes. YES, your time is worth this, YES, your business deserves this. Running the numbers does not mean you are some evil capitalist bourgeoisie pig. Running the numbers has nothing to do with your spiritual feelings or your tarot practice. Running the numbers ensures that you are taking care of yourself, and a well-taken cared of you means a reader who can serve more people, better serve people. If you find yourself having a hard time with this, look deeply, it might mean that part of you is attempting to sabotage your dream. The biggest saboteur is you. Your ability to show your inner saboteur that YOU are the boss of you is the GREATEST factor in your success.
Trust the Numbers.
Mind Your Mind
This is by far the biggest determiner of your success as a tarot practitioner. Inside each of us is an inner guide and inner saboteur. The saboteur runs on fear, he resists change, he wants to keep your vibration low and he is tricky, no one knows you as well as he does and he will create all kinds of ‘problems’ to derail your success. Expect to feel fear, anxiety, sudden physical problems, relationship problems, every 1,001 reason why you cannot, should not, please don’t, do not– it is ridiculous anyway.
Listen, you are the boss of you. You are the grown up in this equation and the better you can learn to first, identify when the saboteur is talking (he amazingly will sound just like you but when he says things it’s to make you small, rather than big.) Once you can identify him that is half the battle, the next step is to move forward despite him. Cause, you also have an inner Guide, and he wants you to live your calling.
This topic alone requires so much more than I can give in this blog post; to start read
The War of Art. When you are finished, start in the beginning and read it again. Highlight it, dog– ear its pages, rail and scream and pump your fist to the heavens. Fight, baby, fight! You are so worth it. You know it’s true, feel that part of you that says yes? That’s your Guide.
Trust Your Guide.
Be a Professional
Don’t feel like giving a reading? Too bad. Scared of reading at that party you booked? Get over it. Have a client who isn’t ‘playing along’? Sorry, Charley, but you are a professional and as a professional you need to suck it up, show up, and hang it up. This is kind of part two of the saboteur above, that Saboteur will give you every single reason under the sun as to why you can’t. Don’t give him any power. You do that by being a professional. Treat yourself as the professional you are by taking good care of yourself (boundaries) and also by how you treat your clients. This also extends to your social media, how you email people, how well you respect them and yourself. Be kind. Be generous. Take an extra minute to say thank you, even if you aren’t getting what you want. Build relationships, not transactions. Stay for the long haul, the world needs your professionalism, it is in critically short supply. Even if they are mean, suck it up, you know it’s not about you anyway.
Trust your Ability to Show Up.
Did that resonate, sugar plum? If so, there is more where that came from! Keep your eyes peeled over the next few days as I drop part II and part III. You can always subscribe to my blog, and email me with any questions and yes, I do mentor tarot practitioners. Here's to the rising tide, and the wonderful Spirit of Tarot that makes it so...
It is not an easy thing to be a Tarot reader, in fact, if one is not called to do it, it hardly seems worth it sometimes.
Tarot readers often have a history of reading at the fringes of society, often working under the table or without true business practices, it is not uncommon to find a reader reading from her kitchen table with cash payment taken only.
So while Tarot and Tarot readers often have a reputation of working at the fringes of society, society by and large actively blocks readers who aim to professionalize the field. In my years of working and creating a professional business that is legal in every way, here are the particular challenges I and other readers have encountered:
Banks will drop us once they find out we read Tarot. I had a bank that I was using online and that bank decided to drop me for no other reason except that I read Tarot. When I asked why, I was told that my company was in violation of their terms of service. Their terms of service had tarot card readers snuggled in right between mail order bride companies and narcotics sales businesses. (!!!) When I tried to push back, explaining that what I do is like life coaching using the archetypal nature of Tarot, I was ignored, discounted, and basically treated like a third class citizen.
Some insurance companies will drop us if they find out we read Tarot. A colleague of mine was unceremoniously dumped as a “psychic company” when in fact the word psychic appeared nowhere on her website, only Tarot. This insurance company will cover life coaches (also completely unregulated and requiring no formal education) and yoga teachers, but not Tarot readers. Not all Tarot readers are psychic or claim to be, but it doesn’t matter to society- there are no attempts at making any distinctions or educating themselves on the many differences of Tarot and the Psychic field on the whole.
Some festival and event coordinators will not allow us to read at their events (while allowing face painters, art vendors and other small business folk) due to their own personal agenda, religious beliefs, and things like, “We had a bad reader 15 years ago so no readers now.” or “You are only here to capitalize on these poor unsuspecting people.” I have had craft vendors deny me but allow other service providers, I have been told regularly that “We don't allow that kind of thing, here.”
The professionals leave because of the ongoing discrimination they face as well as the vulnerable position they are in because no one will cover them, leaving a nice big void for the bad guys to fill. How does this make any kind of sense?
There are bad readers and con artists who use Tarot as an avenue to rip people off. But when us honest readers who pay taxes, buy insurance, and professionalize ourselves are met with roadblocks at every turn, it reinforces the tarot reader under the table scheme, because no other framework is allowed for us. If the prevailing idea is that Tarot readers are a joke or a con at best, and if readers who do attempt to professionalize are blocked at every turn; then that actually creates the conditions that people complain about in the first place. The professionals leave because of the ongoing discrimination they face as well as the vulnerable position they are in because no one will cover them, leaving a nice big void for the bad guys to fill. How does this make any kind of sense?
Because of the rampant discrimination many readers feel, they often use an alias or do not put a picture of themselves online because they are afraid of the reprisals they may get from society, day jobs, family and friends. If our best most honest readers are still hiding in the Tarot closet out of fear of discrimination and retaliation, then again, that only reinforces the erroneous concept that Tarot can only be a profession at the fringe of society. Discrimination against readers is so difficult that many do not find it worth it. I know many amazingly gifted readers who never take the plunge to actually read as a professional because they are scared. So who is the bully here, readers so unfairly maligned, or cultural ignorance?
Interestingly, I am more authentic, more honest to myself and to others than I have ever been, far more authentic than in any job I have ever held. The sad irony is that society now views me with the most suspicion. Some days I get exhausted having to prove myself and the Tarot over and over again. What a miraculous dream it would be to just do this work with the benefit of the doubt. Understandably because of the con artists many come with a bad experience, but if we are not allowed to professionalize, how can we possibly compete against the bad guy?
So at this point, you might be wondering, “Well, Jenna, why DO you do it then, if it is such a pain in the tuchus?” That is a fair question, a question that I sometimes have to ask myself, especially after a door has been slammed in my face, especially when I am called a “bottom feeder” from a detractor, especially when friends of family say, “If Jenna has an advanced degree and speaks several languages… why is she doing this?”
We do it because to ignore this ignores a fundamental piece of ourselves.
I read Tarot because I have seen how a good reading can fundamentally change someone’s life for the better as nothing else can. I read Tarot because it is a CHOICE that I choose from many options available, not because I have no other choice or options. I read Tarot because I love it and it has value, worth and I get to (lucky lucky me) help people with their lives, I can see everyday that what I do has value for others. Being self-employed as a Tarot reader means I answer to no one except to my clients, I am living my life by my rules and in my way. Reading Tarot means I don’t wear panty hose or dress suits or play political office games (though I do miss having office mates).
Reading Tarot means that I am using all of my native strengths and talents and it is truly me at my best, helping others intuitively is something that I have done my whole life. The call to read Tarot became so loud that I could ignore it no longer and like an artist, like a person who has a calling-everything about who I am fell into place once I took the plunge to go full time. I stopped fighting myself and embraced something near to the core of my meaning and purpose. If reading Tarot wasn’t such an intrinsic part of me, why the hell would I even bother to deal with such unfair bias? Why would anyone (besides the con men) bother when the social cost is so heavy to do so? We do it because it is a part of who we are and what we are called to do. We do it because to ignore this is to ignore a fundamental piece of ourselves.
Being the Queen of Wands type that I am, I also have an agenda. I do not play at being small very well, nor am I the type to be comfortable or happy reading at the fringe. My overarching goal is this: that as a professional reader who also business coaches other Tarot readers; that will I help create a tipping point of professionalism, support, nurturance and honesty- the amount of amazing readers will be so open and so professional-that the culture-at-large will have no choice but to check it’s own stereotype about us. I aim to see Tarot reading being seen in the same light that people now see massage therapy within one generation. I aim to change it all.
Back in the 1970s people saw massage therapy as a fringe business, too. Something hippy folk went to or at the very worst, a veneer for sexual services. When I speak to my massage therapy friends I hear these early stories and I also see how different it is now, there is no longer any stigma attached to get a massage, it is seen as a helpful therapeutic service. I want Tarot to be seen in the same light. I want future Tarot readers to be able to provide a therapeutic service without the stigma of deceit, tricks, or manipulation labeled against them.
So I use my real name. I use my real picture, I am completely legal in every way, even when doors have been slammed shut to prevent me from professionalizing my service, I soldier on. When people ask me what I do, I tell them. I have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. I am extremely proud of the work I do for others and I work very hard at creating a business of value and worth to my clients. My existence serves as education against a long unfair stereotype about who Tarot readers are. I and many others are blazing a path, and I do not come alone. We are the professional face of Tarot. The face that will not allow anyone to put us away, to shut us up or ridicule us. We are here to stay.
As a Tarot client, student, or Tarot lay-person, you can help, too. Do not hide in the shadows about your craft or interest or that you get readings, square those shoulders and calmly step out into the light with us. Educate others about Tarot, engage when you hear misinformation, bring yourself authentically and push back when others attempt to quiet you. We stand shoulder to shoulder and we will change this, within our lifetimes it is possible and the world will be better for it. Join us.
We are the professional face of Tarot. The face that will not allow anyone to put us away, to shut us up or ridicule us. We are here to stay.
“My reader was telling me what I already know.” What is going on here and why does it matter? Below are 4 reasons why a client might be getting known information from a reader:
However, a reader who is talking about immediate issues: the micromanaging boss, the still living at home adult child, the husband who has been distant-- these things, while they may be “what I already know” can be instantly confirmed for accuracy illustrating a clear connection between the reader and the sitter. Doing this without being vague takes far more skill and confidence on the part of the reader, and in my mind, is the most accurate way of illustrating that the Tarot is in fact speaking to the sitter’s life and not just making up a bunch of you know what.
#2 There is a mismatch between sitter expectations and the experience being offered by the reader.
In a larger cultural context, there exists a kind of showman style of some intuitives that has largely dominated the popular imagination and expectation about what one should expect from a reading session, “I feel someone over here in this corner, a purple sweater and a daisy, who is this message for?” if the sitter has an expectation that this style is the norm, that they will be wow’d with information about the mystery of their lives, then a reader who is verifying known information may not live up to their presession expectations. Does that mean the reader is bad or perhaps just a bad fit for what the sitter wanted?
It is important for the sitter to research what the intuitive does and how she does it. Read her reviews; what do they say about her reading and intuitive style, these are often clues to see if her style is a match. Just like with any other service practitioner, as the consumer it is important to find out if the provider will meet our base expectations before we buy.
#3 The sitter has specific expectations about the session.
Sessions come from a conversation between our higher selves, our God principal, or subconscious and our own inner knowing- we cannot possibly dictate to all of Them what we want as often They have their own ideas about that and that idea is to get the sitter to pay attention to certain known aspect of their lives.
#4 The current situation is emphatically more important, it is the lynchpin unlocking everything else.
That right there is a Spiritual Intervention, sure it’s all stuff the client knows but her Higher Self is so absorbed with looking at the current issue that She absolutely ignores the stated question. Her future lies directly within the resolution of a current scenario and her Higher Self is far more motivated in helping to resolve an urgent issue than alleviating anxiety about the future. An unscrupulous reader in this scenario would just give the sitter what she wants, “I see that in 6 months you will find the man of your dreams, he will be tall, he will be accomplished, he will love you, its coming for you!!!”
O, how much easier it is to be a reader to tell sitters what they hope/desire/wish to hear! So much more spiritual labor goes into being a conduit for truth, delivering the tough news, the news that will hurt and be unremarkable and necessary and needed and ultimately transform a sitter's very life. It is tough being the "bearer of bad news" or telling the client that the session will not be about what she was hoping for-- making people take their spiritual medicine is tough work! I get clients who have seen a string of readers before me, “But they said he will come back but he never did.” How hard it can be as a reader to state the obvious and the painful, “Darling heart, he is not. Let’s look at healing that heart of yours.”
Sometimes a reading that speaks to “what I already know” will be the most honest and profound reading a client has ever had… if she can check her assumptions at the door and open to the incredible mystery/ordinary that is a good Tarot session.
Gain the ability to consult the cards for just about any question you or your friends could think of. Knowing how to work Tarot is like always getting a sneak peek into the workings of the Universe... who wouldn't want to learn how to do that?!?
Tarot 101 One Day Intensive
September 14th, 2014 11am-4pm at the Cynwyd Station Cafe
Everything you need to know to jump start your Tarot skills with an info and fun packed day. This is the course you have been looking for! There are a lot of online Tarot courses but nothing beats doing this in real time with others face to face in a small group with the guidance of a master tarot professional. Join a small group (no more than 8 people) with highly individual help and attention as you are walked through each part of the process. Handouts are included. Sunday 10am-3pm (lunch will be an option or you can bring your own).
5 hours & $100 includes:
Ready to begin, darling?
Intermediate Tarot Class
September 28th 9am-Noon at the Cynwyd Station Cafe
Do you have the basic meanings down, are able to do small spreads and want to take your Tarot to the next level? This intermediate class will cover how to read many cards in combination to one another, master the Celtic Cross spread, Tarot card reversals and dignitaries, delve deeper into the court cards in readings, creating your own spreads and layouts, how to energetically open and close your readings, intuition tips and techniques and reading practice with a skilled Tarot professional to give you tips, tricks and tools for your Tarot Journey.
Ahh, I see the tarot Force is strong in this one...
Intermediate Tarot: Spreads Spreads Spreads!
September 28th 1pm-330pm at the Cynwyd Station Cafe
Are you mostly “off book” but want to learn a few more special Tarot spreads? Do you wish to have a bigger repertoire of spreads as needed for the situation? Tarot spreads can be predictive, problem solving or clarifying and choosing the right spread for the right question is half the battle. In this 2 and a half hour workshop we will cover and practice 4 spreads that will cover most of the question and situation types you will encounter. (Note this is not a beginners class, most participants should feel comfortable with having most of the deck memorized)
Watch out, Tarotista is on the loose!
Book all three classes and get $10 off!
This summer, I have been quieter than usual on my blog, newsletter and social media presence. This was because I was wrapping up the completion of my eBook:
Have Tarot Will Travel: A Comprehensive Guide to Reading at Fesitvals as a Tarot Reader.
It is now available on Amazon!
Writing Have Tarot Will Travel began last fall and took me about 9 months from conception to completion. It was born out of the dearth of festival work information for the Tarot professional.
I love reading Tarot at festivals and it was a brick in the road to building a truly comprehensice Tarot practice for myself. But there was not much out there in terms of technical information like how to handle clients of all stripes, how to deal with payments, what kind of set up works... all of that I learned through trial and error.
So as an addition to the field I created Have Tarot so that it may help and sustain other pracitoners. Not only that, it fits with my overarching goal of normalizing Tarot. I hope one day that one could get a Tarot reading in the same way we get a massage or go to a yoga class, a helpful session stripped of all the drama and stigma.
Creating this eBook was a true labour of love, the last push the final 3 weeks before publishing I was a hot mess, not eating until 2pm, living in yoga pants, hair up in a bun and unbrushed as I feverishly revised, typing into the long night. The last week I felt so exhausted but excited at the same time: you know when you first fall in love-- that delicious misery. I can also see how writers can get hooked, it is a heady feeling! I also got to feel the pure love of colleagues and mentors in the Tarot community, how amazingly generous and supportive everyone was for my project, a humbling experience with a heart bursting in gratitude.
I know many who read this blog are not Tarot (or would be) Tarot professionals so just know this is where I have been all summer. Laid up in my office in a pique of creative creationing. For those of you who do wish to become or enhance your practice, I truly hope this will be a help to you, guiding you as you build your practice.
I am an author! Happy dance! Bucket List CHECK!
I loved running the World Tarot Day Instagram Contest!
Participants snapped photos of 'Tarot in the World' people and things that look just like Tarot in real life. We know that Tarot is a mirror of the world but the world, interestingly, can often mirror Tarot. I was blown away by the creativity, sensitivity and gorgeousness of the folks who sent me snaps.
Want to find them all on your own? On either Instagram or Facebook search #queenofwandstarot to find the full selection. Below are the winners of the contest along with a few of my favorites.
First Place Winner
Sarebear830 sent me some lovely pics but this is my absolute favorite. A fool and his dog is a winner where ever you go. She also snapped a couple of other really great pics including the 7 of Pentacles and the Queen of Cups! Check those out on her instagram profile, above.
Second Place Winner
Eloy sent me this incredible Ace of Cups along with some others. I think he had a lot of fun coming up with pics, you can find his full submissions by #queenofwandstarot on Facebook!
Third Place Winner
Cindy of Rocky Mountain Tarot Sent me this lovely Strength pic! She totally gets 3rd place for snapping this little gem.
This was great fun and it was very difficult to choose who gets placement. Below are some honorable mentions that I also wanted to share with you!
I personally made many submissions throughout the day but this was my favorite of the group I shared. Everyone, meet Ace of Wands!
My only Lenromand contribution came from Katrina Wynne of Transformative Tarot Counseling. See what she did there? The sea and the tower? Lovely!
This is an incredible, and incident shot taken by Marcus Katz of the Tarot Association renown and highly regarded Tarot author shared with me his shot of 5 of Pentacles. The resemblance is very striking.
Eloy who won 2nd place above also made this stunning contribution of 2 of cups. It was hard choosing which of his many submissions were the winner!
To everyone else who contributed your time, skills and talent thank you for making World Tarot Day a success!
Happy Equinox & Mabon!
When I think about the Equinox, the time of perfect balance and equilibrium, I think about the tarot card Lady Justice.
Lady Justice is also known as Lustitia the Roman Goddess of Human justice with a lineage that includes even more ancient Goddesses who precided over fairness including Dike of Greek and Maat of Egyptian pantheons.
Justice's call is to maintain equilibrium, to make things fair, to be without bias and while we might feel that this balanced state is stable, it is actually a very interdynamic process needing a lot of care and attention to maintain.
So for today I have made for you a guided meditation to help you deepen your understanding and work around balance and also a little sweet, sweet divination, i.e. communication with the Divine!
The meditation is about 10 minutes and I hope you can join us as you recalibrate your sense of equanimity while our very planet suspends between movements. I would LOVE to read your experience with the meditation, please write about your experience and insights in a comment below!
Hey all! I am a guest blogger and I wrote a piece about the Moon Viewing Festival tomorrow, an ancient Asian holiday devoted to worship of Chang e' Moon Goddess. I also included a pretty badass (if I say so myself) Moon Phase Tarot spread to help you connect with Lunar energy.
This past weekend I spent my time gallivanting about at the New York Renaissance Fair. Now, if you have spent any time at a Ren fair you know that there are going to be at least a few psychic type readers on hand peddling their intuitive wares. From what I understand, these readers are usually well established because the competition is stiff to get a placement there.
I had never gone to this particular Ren fair before and was utterly astonished to see that this place had not one, not two but three…THREE alleys chock full of every type of intuitive reader you could think of. There were swami looking gentlemen, and hippy looking ladies, and gypsy caravans all squashed up against one another vying for your attention. Do you want juju work? Tarot? Palm? Bone casting? This place had it all.
So how do we choose the right one for us? Below is my handy dandy guide for finding the right Intuitive Professional for YOU!
Looks do not matter but professionalism does.
I have had astoundingly good readings from people who did not look the part, meaning they had perhaps office casual clothes, a scarcity of crystals and looks just like your neighbor across the street. Or they did look exactly the part of the stereotypical “gypsy reader” with kohl slashed around her eyes, a great mass of long black hair enveloped in incense; I have had great readings from all kinds of demographic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Largely, the wrapping does not measure the results you will get from a reading.
Being a professional, however does. Is the reader well-presented, is her phone off, is she on time, and is she present and actively listening to you? Is the place where you are getting your reading clean, nicely presented and was all communication leading up to the appointment professional? For some reason, readers often get a pass in areas that would not fly anywhere else; there seems to be a social understanding that psychic advisors are too flighty, less held by the bounds of Earth, or what have you, to be as professional as other people you pay. This is not true. Hold Tarot readers to the same standard that you hold anyone you hire.
Ask for qualifications, testimonials, history as a psychic, Tarot reader, clairvoyant
Did this person just start up last week? What has she done in her field and how has she contributed to it? What is her online presence and where are her reviews? What is her education and training in? What are her ethics and is there a refund process if you are unsatisfied? It is perfectly ok to ask or look for any and all of this information.
There seems to be another social convention that the best readers are the ones who are totally unlisted, who are only via word of mouth, and do not have a legitimate business presence. Hogwash, I say! While there are plenty of amazing intuitive readers who are found this way BUT that does not mean that those who do have legitimate businesses are not as good. In fact, the ones who are maintaining a legitimate business are paying taxes, contributing to business organizations and working very hard to create a professional business. All that hard work translates into investment in YOU, our beloved and cherished clients.
How do you feel?
As I was walking down one ally there was a reader at the end who was sitting at her table and despite the lines at other reader’s tables hers was a lonely one. She was sitting there with a scowl on her face giving off waves of negative energy. There was no way I was going to sit down and have a reading from her.
Listen to your feelings as you first meet your clairvoyant helper, are you put at ease or on guard? Do you feel you have a compassionate, sympathetic ear or do you feel you are just another walking dollar bill? Do you feel trusting or suspicious, how about comfortable or ill at ease? These feelings, those split second gut reactions are your own intuition letting you know if this is a fit.
Do not, repeat, do not ignore these messages. Feeling slightly uncomfortable does not mean that the magic is working...it just means you are uncomfortable and there is a reason for that, find out why.
Look at the Example
There are many readers out there who (to put it bluntly) lives are a hot mess. They find themselves attracted to Tarot reading because they are unable to keep a regular job, hold down a career or otherwise interact with mainstream society due to dysfunction or personal trauma. If your reader cannot keep her life together, how is she going to be able to help you with yours?
Everybody has ups and downs in their life and while your reader doesn't have to present themselves as a Bodhisattva (and if they do…run!!) they need to uphold what they preach. I am not going to see a dentist who has bad teeth, a mechanic with a jalopy, or a pet psychic with no pets, and neither should you.
A lack of fit does not always mean that the reader is bad
Let’s say you had a reading from someone who was professional, well-presented, and you had an initial great feeling but the reading was not helpful for you. This does not always mean that the reader in general is not a good intuitive. Just like with hairdressers, car mechanics, doctors; there needs to be a synergy between you and the person helping you and that synergy is often unique to each pairing. What is not right for you might be astoundingly good for another person and vice versa. If you felt the fit was not right, talk to your intuitive consultant about it and listen to what she says,she needs your feedback, too. She might even refer you to another reader who is a better fit. More communication is always, always better than less.
And there you have it, my quick and dirty guide to finding the right Tarot or intuitive professional for you.
Have you ever had a nightmare reader, or did you ignore your gut feeling only to regret that you did?
Juicy stories down here!
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Give Yourself Time to Process Initial Reactions
Having a Tarot reading is being open to a vulnerable experience. You are talking about things and asking questions about things that perhaps no one in your life knows about. You are baring a part of your soul with an intuitive who is guiding you through a process. Coming out of this vulnerable time and into normal space may feel disorientating so make sure that you ease back into the mainstream.
I cannot speak for all intuitives but I make an intuitive connection with each client, third eye to third eye, to enhance the intuitive session. When you leave the session, I make sure to close the connection but for some it can be disorientating, exhilarating, confusing or even a peaceful experience; each person reacts differently to this process.
Give yourself time to adjust back into normal space. Be gentle with any emotions that may arise or need to be worked through. Following an intuitive coaching session with a high stress work meeting is not a good idea. Give yourself a few hours if possible in a calm environment.
Allow First Impressions to Sink In
It is important to allow your short term memory and impressions take root into your conscious as they are naturally remembered from the experience.
Listening to the recording too soon will take the place of those important first impressions and powerful moments of clarity.
It is like remembering a photo when you were having your 10 year old birthday party rather than remembering the party itself.
Capture Your Initial Thoughts & Reactions
It is very helpful to journal or record first impressions and insights after the Tarot session. These first insights can often be the most powerful awakenings in the session.
If possible, take the next hour after the meeting and go somewhere quiet to capture these impressions; journal in your car if you have to. What were some big realizations that you made during the session? What connections did you make? What are you ready to move on from, or to?
Bonus points if you can make this a creative activity by drawing, painting or collaging your new understanding.
Create a Map of New Beginnings
Once you have got your insights down in whatever form you like best, it is important to continue the work with creating a map of new beginnings. A map of action steps to help the changes take hold helps support the momentum unfolded in the Tarot session.
Having a Tarot consultation and making new connections is only the beginning; your transformation needs to be strengthened by an action plan and a commitment to change. A client who only listens to the session, without further work on her part, will find that the work of the intuitive session unfinished.
After the First Week or Two, Listen to the Recording
After journaling your first impressions and insights, you may find that you have additional, clarifying questions; these questions are often linked to your own spiritual and personal growth. Write them down during the time between your first impressions and your first recording listen.
You may find that the recording will answer many of the questions you had after the reading. Listening to the recording later will round out and define the initial insights as well as give you some keys for greater growth and positive change.
Listen to Your Recording 3 Months after the Session
Listening to the recording 3 months after the session will help you identify if you are still on the path of radical transformation, identify places where you are still stuck, and remind you of the work that needs to be continue.
It is at the 90 day mark that it is said that new habits form into lasting habits so checking back into the reading at this time will help if there has been any slippage into old habits or back into old relationships. The three month mark is also a good time to ascertain whether the information is still relevant, useful, or if things have moved on.
At this point many clients book another reading to ensure they are on track with the message originally delivered or to see if outcomes have changed due to their own actions.
Taking these action steps after you Tarot session will greatly maximize the messages you received and their practical application into the changes you wish to make in your life. I highly recommend taking the time as possible to complete the steps above to vastly empower your deepening connection to the Source and to your own personal and spiritual development.
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