You may like to offer to read cards for your loved ones, friends, acquaintances, work colleagues, or strangers.
Some may also actively seek you to give them a Tarot reading.
Everyone has their own perspective and thoughts of Tarot, based on an infinite number of resources, so people have many different preconceptions and varying expectations of how Tarot works and what it can offer.
It is important to outline what your views of Tarot are and how you use it for people so that they can decided if your style of reading is suitable for their needs.
Please do not take personal offence if people don’t want you to read their cards for them as some energies are more compatible than others. If you feel that a querent’s energies are not suited to your frequency, you may like to refer them to another Tarot reader who may be able to help them.
Detachment as a Reader
In a similar way to becoming actively detached from our own emotions when giving ourselves a reading, we must detach ourselves from our emotional relationships with the people we read cards for. This is partly because they come to you as a reader to consult the Tarot, not for your direct advise specifically.
The other reason for making a conscious effort to be impartial is to ensure that your feelings about a person and their situation don’t influence the reading- it can be difficult to read cards for someone whom is currently experiencing a similar situation to you as there is a chance you could project your own experiences onto the reading.
You must also consider the current balance of your relationship to the querent- if emotions are strained or imbalanced between you, it is advisable to read their cards when feelings are more stable and neutral. Or if you feel that you are too involved with the situation to remain neutral, you might refer them to another Tarot reader or suggest doing the reading at another time.
When giving a Tarot reading to others, it is worth keeping in mind that you are presenting the cards to someone and then inviting them to share their perspective of the card. You might offer an explanation about a card’s general theme and the querent may say how it applies to them; for example, if you describe the Hermit as embodying solitude and independence, the querent could reflect that these are qualities they are currently needing to recognise and embrace, or they could open up about the loneliness or social isolation they are experiencing.
Trust is an integral part of Tarot reading- if people don’t trust you, they will be reluctant to open up and express their true feelings which can have a stumping effect on readings. People may reveal highly personal information about themselves and others which you must ensure stays confidential. Be sure you are aware of agencies you can turn to for advice if you have just reason to suspect a querent is going to do some serious harm to themselves or others, such as your local social services authorities.
Sensitivity is another critical sense for Tarot readers to hone. Many people seek a Tarot card consultation for comfort, affirmation, guidance or solutions when they are at a crossroads in their lives or faced with a dilemma, and could be emotionally vulnerable. Some people may not want to reveal the issues the cards present,and during their reading could deny any connection to a particular card, knowing its meaning to them but not wishing to discuss it with you. As a reader you must respect this- it is your role to facilitate the reading, not to understand it. In most cases the querent is likely to leave the reading pondering over that one card they claimed not to have links with.
What Tarot is & isn’t
Quite often, people seek a Tarot reader to ask the cards a particular question- How much money will they get? Who will be their true love? Should they leave their job? These are very closed questions, the answer they initially seek needing to be specific.
Tarot doesn’t offer approximate answers or provide directives. It is the reverse of the process of elimination- instead of narrowing down information to get one solution, Tarot opens up possibilities, explores options and reflects a number of outcomes.
Try refocusing the reading based on the broader aspects surrounding the querent’s issue; for example a wife wants to know if her husband is having an affair, so a reading looking at the relationship history and dynamics of the marriage may help the wife to reflect on the status of her relationship.
Tarot doesn’t offer specific, fixed solutions to people’s problems, nor can it predict a certain future. Tarot reflects to us the answers that are within.