Getting a Tarot reading can be kind of a big deal, so you want to make sure you get the most out of your reading right? Maybe you’re a newbie to Tarot readings, or you just haven’t had your cards read for a while. Perhaps you’ve even had some bad experiences with readers who weren’t quite on your wavelength. Or maybe you just want to make sure you’re getting the biggest Tarot bang for your buck!
I get a lot of emails from people who’d love to have a reading but have no idea what type of reading to book, what questions to ask or what to expect. Hopefully this answers those questions for you and help you prepare for your reading.
Finding the Right Reader
There are so many Tarot readers out there to choose from. Back in the day you’d go to your local New Age shop and book in with the reader upstairs. But these days when you Google “Tarot readers” you not only have a choice in your area (usually, unless you live somewhere pretty remote!) but you also have the option of getting your cards read over Skype which means the whole Tarot world is your oyster!
So how do you find the reader that’s right for you?
First of all, think about the type of reader you want. Do you want someone who’s clairvoyant and talks to spirit guides? Or would you prefer a more practical perspective? Do you want your great aunt Mildred to come through from the other side? Or do you just want some action steps moving forward with your career?
Asking friends for recommendations is a great place to start. But keep in mind that just because your friend loved her reading doesn’t mean they are the right reader for you. Do your research and check out the reader for yourself too.
If Googling tarot readers only brings you Geocities websites that haven’t been updated in ten years try asking for recommendations on Facebook groups, check out hashtags such as #tarotreadersofinstagram on social media or head to YouTube and have a mosey around. Many readers these days make weekly or monthly readings so you can get a good idea of their style.
Once you’ve found someone you think looks interesting take a look at their website and social media and suss them out. Go with your gut. If someone looks interesting, explore, if they don’t give you a good vibe, close the window.
Some readers specialize in particular areas, so if you’re looking for love life advice or a past life reading make sure that this is something they offer.
If you’re still not totally sure if this is the right reader for you, send them an email and say hey and ask them any questions you still have.
Choosing the Type of Reading you Want
Many readers these days offer a variety of reading types. I offer Skype sessions, email and video readings. Some readers offer MP3 readings or other options too.
There are pros and cons to each of these, so go with what resonates for you.
Email is a great option if you want to stay a bit anonymous or like the idea that you can re-read your reading anytime. Email readings are usually a cheaper option too, so they can be a great way to try out a new reader.
Video readings are great if you want a more personal connection but can’t make a Skype session, don’t want the pressure of having to be there “in person” or if you’re a bit shy.
Most readers will offer you a chance to ask questions about the reading via email with these options.
Skype or in-person readings are the way to go if you really want to talk things through and have a more personal experience. This type of session also gives you the opportunity to ask questions during the reading and gives you the power to change course and add new questions if they come up.
What to Ask
Once you’ve found your reader and worked out what type of reading will work best for you, it’s time to think about your questions.
Your reader should tell you how many questions to ask.
Whatever you want to know about, ask.
Asking for a general reading when you really want to know why your boyfriend hasn’t proposed yet won’t (usually!) give you the answers you’re after.
Most Tarot readers are not mind readers. Even though many of us can and do pick up on things you want to know about without you asking, it’s always better to ask. That way you know you’re definitely going to get answers to the questions on your mind.
Specific open-ended questions work best, and your reader can help you form questions if you need some help with that, but generally, the more specific you can be with what you’re asking, the more specific your reader will be with their answers.
General readings can of course be useful if you just want to check in and see what you most need to know. But don’t be afraid to ask what you wanna ask.
During the Reading
If you are having an in-person or Skype session, it can be useful to jot down some notes, or even ask your reader if you can record the session. It can be hard to take everything in at the time, so having an option to look back at the reading later can be helpful.
During the reading, remember that this is your time and your reader is there to hold the space for you. If you want to change your question, ask something else, go off in a different direction, it’s your reading, so just let them know what you want.
If anything makes you feel uncomfortable let your reader know.
If you’re getting an email reading, wait until you are in a safe quiet place before you open it. Some info that comes through can be emotional and there’s nothing worse than crying on the bus! Make yourself a cup of tea, light a candle and create some sacred space. Same goes for video readings, watch them when you have some quiet time, not on your lunch break!
Trust yourself above all else
Remember that your Tarot reader is still just a human and that you should always trust your own intuition and feelings above all else. If your reader suggests you take action in a way that you disagree with, don’t do it!
Tarot readings can help you to make decisions, see situations clearly and bust through blocks and challenges, but what you do with the information received in a Tarot reading is up to you. If you vibe with the guidance and know it’s the right way forward, follow that path. If you don’t gel with what your reader has suggested, let it go. Take what resonates and leave the rest.
If you’d like to get a reading with Vix you can do that here: www.newagehipster.co
Written by Vix from New Age Hipster
Vix is an intuitive Tarot Reader, Angel Card Reader, Fairyologist certified by Doreen Virtue, and Celtic Reiki Mystic Master. An intuitive tarot reading with Vix is all about empowering you to take control of your current situation, grab life by the horns and move forward in the best direction for you and your life.