My friend Beverly asked for tips and techniques for reading for one’s self.
I’m not sure about you, but reading for myself can be an exercise in frustration. I used to throw down some cards, hoping desperately that they tell me what I want to hear, and look at them for a nanosecond and scoop them up with a heavy sigh, thinking “I have to do it again. I’m not centered enough (or I wasn’t clear on the precise wording of the question or some other excuse).”
Now, I have better habits for self-reads.
One of the first things I do to insure a good reading for myself (by good I mean useful not necessarily what I want to hear) is to commit to doing the reading. This means
Nancy Antenucci’s book Psychic Tarot is filled with great ways to enhance your connection to the cards and to spirit.
It is also filled with practical tips for each of the six steps or, as she says, principles of a reading.
For example in the chapter on Closure, Antenucci offers this gem:
“I suggest my clients refrain from making any decisions about the reading right away. Instead, they should let the dust settle over the next forty-eight hours, to see what new connection have been made.”
For me personally (and my clients as well), this is part of closure and a transition into integration (the final principle).
We are so used to thinking and also (although sometimes
Many times we ask questions of the tarot that only touch the surface of the true issue. Marcus and Tali give a technique that can help dig deeper and provide a fuller, more empowering answer. I like how they are able to pinpoint the word that is really the crux of the matter.
This book, Tarot Face to Face, is filled with many unique and interesting techniques for developing your skills with your deck, with questions, with querents, and with reading for groups or parties as well using tarot to engage life, enhance relationships, and encourage self-discovery.
From Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin’s Tarot Face to Face
Turn a Word into A Spread
If you are performing e-mail
Being able to do quick (around five minutes) readings is a great skill to have if you read for parties or events. With the holiday season approaching, many of you will find yourself in situations where the quick reading will be helpful, such as for events or at parties with friends. It is also useful if you are short on time but have a client or friend who needs a quick reading. Quick readings help you learn to see the main point of a situation, determine the best way to address that point, communicate the answer clearly, and set boundaries with your querent. Practicing these skills will help you be clearer and sharper when performing longer readings as well.
What Not to Do