From Ethony, 10 questions every Tarot Reader should answer.
I love this exercise, and I’ve tackled some of them before in my learning of Tarot, but it never hurts to re-examine them as you grow as a reader.
I’d love to hear your answers, and I’d love to take your questions too! What questions would you add to this and what else would you ask me? Share your questions and thoughts in the comments!
1. Were you mentored, or were you self-taught?
It’s been a mix of both. I’ve taken some courses and read some books. But one of the clearest messages that I’ve gotten all through my studies is that I have to trust my intuition.
2. Are you a psychic or a Tarot reader?
I am a Tarot reader. I think of myself as an intuitive reader, but I wouldn’t claim to be psychic. I let the cards speak to me and share the messages that I get. I like to invoke a deity or higher energy when I give a reading to ask that they help guide my ability so that I can offer the best advice possible to the person I’m reading for.
3. Are your predictions accurate, and is accuracy important to you?
In the majority of my tarot work I’ve dealt more with advice for situations and questions relating to what a querent needs to understand about a problem. The feedback that I’ve gotten has been overwhelmingly positive. The highest compliment that I hope for is that people found my reading useful and empowering.
4. Is there anything you can’t predict in a reading?
I don’t really read predictively. I sort of thing that trying to read that way takes the agency away from my querent. I can tell you what might happen based on the path you’re currently on, but the power always lies with you on your path. I want a Tarot reading to empower you to take hold of the reigns of your life so that you’re directing it. I aim to help you better understand yourself and your own power rather than trying to predict your future.
5. Do you use only Tarot, or are you multi-disciplinary?
I use mostly Tarot decks, but I am very fond of oracle decks as well. I’ve experimented a tiny bit with some runes and charm casting. I also believe that there are signs out there around us if we can only remember to stop and look for them.
6. Is the message in the cards, or in your head?
I think that the cards help me to receive the messages that I pass on to the querent. I think that Tarot reading can be a way to channel more divine or spiritual information if you take the time and space to open yourself to those things. I’ve also just sat down with my cards to sort of talk myself through something, relying on the cards to help me change my perspective or to recognize something about a situation that I’ve been missing.
7. Are you a priest/ess or a fortune-teller?
I guess I haven’t really thought of myself as either one of these. I feel like priest (or priestess) would be taking on too much authority (for myself, I’m not saying this for anyone else except me) that I don’t feel I hold yet. At this point on my path, anyway. And I feel like fortune-teller seems a little too gimmicky. Again, I am speaking for myself. If any of you embrace that label and want to share your thoughts with me, I would be honored to hear them. I love to learn from my fellow readers.
8. Are you a fixer or a looker?
I think I’m probably more of a fixer. I want to be helpful. I want you to get something useful and empowering out of my reading. I want it to bring you new information, to make you feel like you are better prepared to face the world. That’s my goal. To help. So I think I would rather think of myself as a Helper.
9. Do you read for free, or for fee?
Yes. 😉 Okay, less cheekily, I have read for friends and family for free. It depends on the situation. If I am offering a reading, unasked for and unprompted, then I am offering a reading free of charge. If someone seeks me out for a reading I would probably charge. Right now I am lucky enough that I don’t have to depend on this for my livelihood.
10. Is there anything you won’t predict in a reading?
I won’t try to predict the actions or mindsets of other people. Things like “Will they leave me?”, “Do they love me?”, “Where is X thing?”. I’ve actually never tried a Lost Object reading, so I wouldn’t know if that would work well. I won’t try to predict or read for something that I don’t think I could be helpful in. It would be dishonest and that’s not what I’m about.