In On Tarot

This post was shared on Twitter yesterday and I thought that it contained quite a few juicy questions that were worth answering. I’d love to read other people’s answers to this as well!

Find the original post here. And thanks to James Bulls for publishing it.

This post will be especially useful if you are considering getting a reading from me. By the end of it you should have a good understanding of what to expect when working with me.

Here we go…

Were you mentored, or were you self-taught?

I’ve never received a great level of direct mentoring for tarot reading. I did attend astrology classes for a couple of years as well as have a handful of great mentors who guided me in other ways within various other traditions – which has all been transferable knowledge.

I guess I’d have to call myself self-taught when it comes to the tarot though.

I’ve picked up a lot of what I know from a few good books, a few good websites, the online community, the cards themselves and also from trying to pay close attention during the readings that I’ve had from other people over the last decade.

Are you a psychic or a tarot reader?

I see my style of working as a blend of the technical and intuitive, and believe that the tools that I use are providing the data, rather than me picking it up from some mysterious channel. It’s overused now but I do see myself as intuitive rather than psychic, and I would always correct someone if they decided to name me as having any kind of psychic gift.

Personally I don’t think people with true psychic gifts need props/tools to access that ability, but that’s just my opinion.

Are your predictions accurate, and is accuracy important to you?

I don’t make hard and fast “real world” predictions per se, but I do think the nature of the tools that I use are symbolically predictive and that it can reflect past as well as future trends.

When I make my “predictions”, I’m often describing things in terms of analogy. As in describing a type of experience rather than an explicit occurrence.

People are sometimes floored by how I have pinpointed an event that has recently happened and assume I’m psychically tuning into their life. But I honestly see it as simply presenting an example of what I’m witnessing through the astrology/tarot/I Ching or whatever.

I’m observing the symbols (through the medium of the tool) and translating them into other symbols (words) to describe the context of what’s happening.

If something I say happens to be bulls-eye accurate, then that’s great and not something that necessarily surprises me. It demonstrates how well the tools can work.

But to be honest being ‘right’ can actually work against me in some cases. Because if I happen to say something that is super accurate straight away, then it can create certain expectations within a client.

In general, I consider poetic resonance to be more important than getting all the details right.

Is there anything you can’t predict in a reading?

Like I’ve already implied, I’m not the reader to come to if you want a hard and fast fortune teller style prediction about real world events. Ie. missing persons, stock market trends, or when you’ll die.

To be frank, in many instances I feel like I could probably have some success with these kinds of readings or at least determine how likely something might be to happen or a more opportune moment to undertake something might be.

…and I do think there are some people out there who can do this kind of work, it’s just not my preference.

Do you use only Tarot, or are you multi-disciplinary?

Yes I am multi-disciplinary, but it depends on the type of reading.

If it’s a short recorded reading then I’ll often do straight tarot, but I really do prefer to incorporate astrology as the combination of the tools provides me with the most profound insight into an individual’s particular context.

Is the message in the cards, or in your head?

This is a great question.

I consider the cards (and other divination systems) to contain the raw data and the potentials of answers, but that it needs artful interpretation to become meaningful and relevant.

I see the job of the reader as being to bring their own wisdom to the table as part of the reading.

By this I mean their own perspectives, their knowledge of the cards, and their general life experience and philosophies.

Otherwise there wouldn’t be any point in getting a reading from a particular person.

You could just throw the cards yourself or cast the chart and navigate through the meanings yourself and draw your own conclusions. (Which is totally fine.)

The cards have depth – every single one has layers of meaning.

The planets and signs and houses and aspects have layers of meaning.

But the job of the reader is to bring it all together into some kind of coherent message for the individual that they are reading for. To make it relevant and to provide some solid advice to help them on their path.

This next bit is tangential, and flies in the face of how we’re generally educated – but I also don’t believe that having a biased perspective is always a bad thing. I do however believe that knowing your biases is crucial..

Anyone who says that they are not bringing themselves and their philosophies to the table is either lying or kidding themselves.

So if you’re serious about getting a reading from someone then it’s important that you find someone whose value system is resonant with your own (beyond unicorn imagery).

Are you a priest or a fortune-teller?

In the notes about this question, the writer uses other terms including “divine mediator” – which is probably more in line with how I see myself.

Are you a fixer or a looker?

The way that my readings work is that I will “look” to determine the context of the situation for the person, describe it and then provide some advice based on that context. So it’s a blend.

I’m often asked explicitly for advice and the spreads that I currently use all have advice cards as part of the design.

Do you read for free, or for fee?

I provide free general astro-tarot readings on social media, but I charge for personal readings. You can visit my shop here.

Is there anything you won’t predict in a reading?

In addition to how I’ve described my approach to readings above, I will not directly discuss legal or medical matters (including pregnancy). I also do not read for third parties (by which I mean, reading your lover’s horoscope or determining if they are cheating on you, etc).

I really enjoyed answering these questions and hope you found them insightful too.

If you’re a reader, then maybe you’d like to take up the challenge of answering these questions yourself! You can find the original post here.

Maybe my next interview will be with someone other than myself! 😉



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