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Tarot Readings From Me


Happy Tuesday all!

I’m looking for some good topics/news stories to make some good blog posts about. )If you have suggestions or requests, let me know.) In the meantime, I have a question for all my lovely readers: If I began offering tarot readings for a reasonable fee (and maybe for free on occasion), would anyone even be interested in getting a reading from me?

If I get enough interest, I’ll set up details on a Tarot Reading page and look into payments through PayPal. To give your opinion, answer the poll in this post and/or leave a comment.

Thanks!

 

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When a Reading Isn’t Right


So many people take tarot card, oracle card, aura, and palm readings as absolute truth.  Somehow, it seems that when someone goes in for a reading, they are more likely to blindly accept what is told to them by the reader rather than think it over or question anything in the reading even when it isn’t really right.  I’m not the only one who’s noticed this tendency, either, and thank goodness for that, because otherwise I might have thought I were going crazy.

But no, other readers have noticed this as well.  Once you realize this, as a reader, you tend to become hyper aware of what you say to the client/questioner.  You realize that they could very well take you completely at your word, not question anything you say, and go off and do something stupid because they think you told them to.  And that’s fine, they can do that, and it’s their choice.  They chose to believe you without thinking over what they had been told.  However, that doesn’t mean the reader should just say anything that comes to mind and expect to be absolved of responsibility if the client does something stupid as a result.

Nor does it mean the questioner will or should take everything said in a reading to heart.  When you receive a reading–whether tarot, aura, or palm–oftentimes there is an element of intuition at play on the part of the reader.  There is an element of study as well, as I would expect that any serious reader would practice and study their craft a lot.  But for many, especially in tarot readings, the intuition plays a role for the reader in interpreting the results for the questioner.  That means that the results of the reading are fluid and open for interpretation.  Sometimes a lot of interpretation.

I recently had a tarot reading from someone I’d never met before.  She was very nice, and has been practicing readings for a while now, so I figured I would get a decent reading.  However, when the cards came up, I was very confused.  None of the cards made much sense to me for the placement they were in.  One or two cards didn’t seem to fit me at all.  I pointed out my confusion to the reader, and we worked to find the interpretation that fit–but in a reading like this one, if you have to work that hard to find meaning in the results, you’re better off starting over, clearing the deck, and scrapping the previous results.

When a reading doesn’t feel right, or doesn’t seem to fit you or the situation you asked about, then make sure you bring it up to the reader.  It may be that you’re misunderstanding the card, in which case, it’s easy to correct.  But it could also be that the reading wasn’t right to begin with.  If it’s a tarot reading and the reader had other clients beforehand, then perhaps they didn’t clear the deck well enough before reading you.  Or they put too much of their own energy into it and muddled the results.  Or, if in a gallery situation, perhaps the reader picked up on someone else’s energy and the reading was meant more for the other person than for you.  Whatever the reason, when a reading doesn’t feel right, then speak up and tell the reading that you think it doesn’t apply or that you’re confused about something.

Not only does that help clear up confusion for you, but it also helps the reader improve their skills.  Feedback is important in that kind of setting.  In my case from the reading I just had, the reading wasn’t really meant for me.  Thus my extreme confusion and why it didn’t seem to fit.  I believe the reading was actually intended for the person sitting next to me, and her energy and need overrode mine, unknown to me and the reader both.

And I usually tell people to take most readings with a hint of skepticism.  Not everything will turn out as the reader says it will.  Not all readings will be 100% correct, or even 50% correct.  Some readings will just not fit, and when they don’t fit, don’t just accept what the reader says and try to make their results mesh with your life.  Ask questions.  Find your own interpretation.  Listen to your own instincts.

An Experience with the Third Eye


Some of you may have read this post, Casting on Other People, and this post is related in some ways to that one, largely because it’s dealing with the same person I talked about in the previous post.

My issue this time is what happened during the event I attended.  I pretty much got dragged to it by my mom.  It was an event discussing the third eye/the sixth chakra.  The discussion leaders talked about the structure of the chakras, different psychic abilities (mainly clairvoyance), and ways to use or open the third eye.  But after the discussion, the man I had had a problem with last time, and whose ethics I still question, went around the group and was opening and clearing out peoples’ third eyes.

If you didn’t read the previous post or don’t remember it, this man claims to be an intuitive healer.  Fine, that’s all well and good.  My ethics question is, should anyone be opening another person’s third eye?  It’s one thing to help a person reach that stage on their own and give them the tools and the foundation to do this themselves.  It’s quite another to clear and open someone’s third eye for them in a group event and not question whether that person is ready for it, has the foundation to support such psychic activities, and can shut it down if needed.

In this case, the ethics are slightly less grey than the last time–these people did willingly allow this man to do this to them and muck with their psychic energies.  However, that does not entirely alleviate the question of whether the action is ethical in the first place.  I don’t particularly care if they asked for it or were willing participants–a child could ask for a knife, but you wouldn’t necessarily give a child a knife without some questions (I hope).  It may not be a perfect analogy, but you get the idea of what I’m getting at.  Just because someone is willing and gives permission doesn’t mean you should do whatever you’re going to do.

I highly disagree with actions like this.  Yes, as an intuitive healer, I would expect that this man would be more in tune with spiritual guidance and may in fact know on some level if this person is ready for their third eye to be open and that person is not.  I’ll grant that.  But I still question the actual act of someone opening another person’s third eye for them instead of providing teaching for that person to do so themselves.  Yes, the latter takes longer and doesn’t give an immediate payoff.  Yes, it can be frustrating and difficult and discouraging at times.  But the benefits are worth it, in my opinion.

I put forward the argument that it is not right for a person to do this sort of thing for someone else.  I very strongly feel that it is not proper or responsible on the part of the practitioner who’s working someone else’s energy unless they are also helping the person to understand how to shut down the third eye and help the person obtain a good foundation as well.

However, I also acknowledge that all of these people are adults and I am not going to stop adults from practicing or learning in whatever way they wish unless I see some kind of crime being committed.  I certainly don’t agree with the way this person is going about things and think that it’s wrong–but I also felt that I had no right to stop these people from allowing this behavior if they are consenting and willing and such.  I simply removed myself from the situation and did not allow him to do anything with my third eye, and, to his credit, he didn’t push it.  So while I may think it wrong and unethical, I also felt it was not right at that moment to question the ethics of the situation.

Protection During Readings


I know some people don’t think it’s necessary to protect yourself while you’re giving (or sometimes when receiving) a reading, which could include tarot or oracle readings, intuitive readings, and hypnosis.  I, on the other hand, disagree.  I think it’s important for the reader, at the very least, to protect herself.  It may not be quite as important for the person being read to protect themselves, especially during something like an intuitive or hypnotic reading in which it’s better for them to be more open.  Still, there are some precautions that I think every person going into a reading should take, whether they are the reader or the person being read.

It’s very easy for us all to pick up energy and emotions from other people and carry them around unless we take precautions to avoid such things.  All of us do this, even if we aren’t psychically open or empathic.  It happens naturally.  But do you really want to carry around someone else’s depression over having a bad day, or sadness at breaking up with their partner, or even their happiness over something you had no part in?  No one should really want to carry around someone else’s energy, which is why so many different traditions stress cleansing yourself and being aware of your aura and what you give or take with other people.  As a reader, you are then opening yourself up, not only to the other person but to the higher planes.  It’s not the higher planes that you need to be worried about, but if you’re just opening things up willy-nilly and not paying much attention to protection, you can come away from a reading feeling pretty drained and bad, or you could have inadvertently opened up to something else (unlikely, but possible) such as the lower planes.

During my hypnosis training, it was emphasized that as we put a client into hypnosis (and this really only applies to the spiritual hypnosis, because that’s where you have the potential to interact with lower planes and such while doing past life regression or entity clearing) we should also raise protections and call on the archangels or higher forces for protection during the hypnosis.  This is because the person’s defenses are lowered while under hypnosis, and they are in no state to protect themselves.  The reader has to do it for them, not only to protect the client, but to protect the reader!  I don’t want some entity latching on to me because I didn’t protect myself.  Granted, if it does that, then I didn’t do my job correctly, but still.

Even during a tarot reading or oracle card reading, I think it’s important to protect yourself.  Raise shields, if you’re good at that, or use stones or oils or whatever else that works for you.  Just protect yourself from absorbing some of the other person’s energy, or from being too open for other beings to get in.  It also works to keep yourself from being too drained.  A few times when I’ve done readings (not including the events with PSU, at which I read tarot for hours without a break—not highly recommended), I’ve felt so drained afterward, or I’ve felt like I was angry or sad when I didn’t need to be.  It was odd to me until I figured out that I wasn’t really doing very much to protect myself while giving these readings, and that made me feel that I was doing a disservice not only to myself, but to my client as well.

As for when you are the one being read, I think it doesn’t hurt any to create a shield or protect yourself in some way.  If it’s someone you trust, I wouldn’t erect a shield that would keep the reader out, but create something that would protect from any negative energy or negative beings that might be attracted.  The best form of protection I’ve found yet is to create a shield and then ask higher beings, such as your spirit guide or angels or whatever you like to come protect you, and specify that the only things that can influence you during the reading are the higher forces (and, in the case of hypnosis, the reader/hypnotist).

Thoughts on Tarot


This past weekend, I was out with my best friend and some other friends.  I had recently told my best friend (who is basically a sister to me) about my taking classes with a coven.  Religion never really comes up in our discussions, as it doesn’t play a major part in our relationship, but she was curious and asked me about my beliefs and such.  I mentioned that I read tarot and oracle cards, and offered to give her a reading sometime.

Her reaction surprised me somewhat.  “I’m kinda scared, I don’t want to know the future like that.”  She explained a little more, saying that she didn’t like the idea of cards being able to tell the future or that cards have power.  I started to smile.  I reassured her that most of the preconceptions she had about tarot are not entirely accurate.

It’s amazing to me sometimes how much stock a person can put into a tarot reading.  The day before the conversation with my friend, I had helped my old Pagan Student Union on campus do a tarot reading event (and by helped, I mean I sat in the back and offered moral support, since I was ill). But I got to observe and watch as people lined up at the door and waited their turn, and I watched the hesitation, the uncertainty, and even hints of fear on their faces.  Some of them clearly felt they were taking their lives in their hands almost, or felt as if we could tell them absolutes about their future.  People seem to think that because a tarot reader can see a possible future it means that we can see the future in the cards, and that’s just not necessarily the truth.

From what I’ve learned (and I grant you, I’m only at about intermediate level at reading cards), a good tarot reader will acknowledge that the reading is good for only about 3 months out.  3 months.  That’s how far a reading can “see” into the future before the future changes or branches off.  The future is also not absolute.  What people seem to forget when they get a reading is if they don’t like something they see in the cards, then they have the option to go try to change it.  Now, some things are more difficult to change than others.  But that doesn’t mean that if the tarot reading says you’re going to have a really bad breakup with your boyfriend that you have to have a really bad breakup.  Armed with information, you can try to end it more amicably or even try to repair the relationship before it breaks.  A tarot reading is not a certainty, just a likelihood.

I’ve been read by a professional, who was very good.  She was accurate on everything she told me, but her reading also went only 3 months into the future.  Everything after that was speculation on what might happen, and she stressed that fact when imparting that to me.

The fact that people react to tarot with either unthinking belief, fear, or outright denial is a result of a lack of education, lack of belief, or from superstition.  It seems strange that people don’t know more about tarot, given all the information out there about tarot cards, but it’s true—most people still think that the Death card in a reading means they’ll die, that the Devil means they’re possessed or wicked, or that the Tower is complete physical destruction like a personal apocalypse.

I see it as my job to be reassuring during a reading.  If a card like the Tower comes up, I’ll do my best to find any nugget of positive news that I can so that the person isn’t walking away with doom and gloom.  I also take the time (if I have it, which usually I don’t at an event like the PSU event) to explain the cards, give a little more information so that the person understands why I’m saying what I’m saying.  I also most definitely point out that my reading is only good for 3 months, if I’m reading the future.  That doesn’t apply for the cards that look into the past or present, of course.  Basically, I’m saying do as much as you can as a tarot reader to help the person you’re reading understand and not spread misinformation.  The more accurate information there is out there, the better people will react and the more open they’ll be when around tarot or when discussing tarot.