After several years of sitting face to face with clients and reading their Tarot, I can say without embarrassment that sometimes the spread of the cards doesn’t make sense. At first. Other times, cards are pulled that do not align with the question a client asked, or there are such complicated spreads with various energies reflected at once that it is difficult to make sense of anything.
As a professional, what do I do in these situations?
First off, I don’t panic. Never has anyone walked away from my table without some knowledge, wisdom or clarity that they didn’t embody before they sat down.
Second, I don’t think about the cards too much. They will speak to me. They always do. Sometimes it is a matter of asking my client to share more about their current situation or asking them if the question they asked is the most pressing thing on their hearts. If someone asks about their job situation yet the cards reflect a relationship issue, I point them inward and ask if a relationship situation is on the forefront of their heart (above the job). The answer is always “yes,” and the client generally receives a rush of validation regarding a circumstance that they have tucked away in their mind, believing that other issues are more important.
When a client doesn’t divulge too much information or ask a specific question for guidance, and the cards don’t seem to add up to any particular message, I audibly go over each card and their meaning until something clicks for the person sitting across from me. At that point, the client opens up and we are able to receive clarity together.
Some people are so blown away by the directness of the cards that they don’t even care for me to finish going through the entire spread. Whatever I shared with them resonates so deeply that they just want to thank me and pay me while expressing gratitude for the confirmation or validation they needed. This is rare, but it has happened a handful of times.
Third, there are so many layers to the human experience, in the cards, and with where a person needs guidance that it is more revealing to listen to my intuition about a client than to refer to each card for answers. After a spread is pulled, I give it a quick glance, form an overall picture, and then open my mouth and allow the reading to flow out of me. Usually I will say the exact message that the client recently heard or I’ll hit a key word that hits them and validates the reading.
The more readings I do, the more the Tarot reveals its complexity and the more I tap deeper into my intuition. Lately I have been receiving clarity from the cards in such detail yet it doesn’t exactly add up to the meaning of each card. A card can offer several different messages according to its placement, and many times the cards speak to me differently than their definition in a book of Tarot meanings.
Don’t get me wrong, when I first learned to read the Tarot, I often referred to the manuals for direction, but over the years the cards have begun to speak to me uniquely. Take the Page of Swords for example. This card is usually defined as positive, energetic and someone who is ready to go forth with many ideas, but each time I see this card, I see an immature person who won’t let go of the past. They are also self-destructive and in heavy situations that need to be weighted out, the Page of Swords will cut off his nose despite his face.
When a client asks about a potential partner, and the Page of Swords appears, I warn them that the person may be immature. Each time I have offered this information, the client nods their head in total agreement. “They are immature,” the client might reply.
I’m convinced that when we open ourselves up to our intuition the cards will present different messages according to the client’s circumstances and according to the way a reader sees the cards despite their common meaning. Many of the cards have multiple meanings anyway, but they may suddenly puncture a message into my heart that I had never received before. Often I am blown away by this.
The other day, I did a reading for my partner and me. We were in a situation that neither of us could reason through. We had decisions to make, but logic wasn’t working. We needed to come to an important agreement, but there was a gap between our personal needs. It felt complicated, but something kept telling me, Don’t try to figure it out. Feel it out instead. I grabbed my deck of cards and both of us pulled five cards for a ten-card Celtic Cross reading. An overall view for clarity.
When I first looked at the cards, I was disappointed. There was a lot going on, and the last card indicated that we would give into immaturity instead of receiving clarity by working with and through our emotions.
A little background here: When we first came together last year, we wanted a “different” kind of relationship that reflected our healing instead of provoking our pain bodies (wounds). For the most part, we have been honest about our emotions instead of pointing our fingers and projecting our fears onto the other party, but we’ve also gotten lazy and distracted, so we haven’t been doing the work consciously.
In this particular Tarot spread, it was a reminder that we were not only on a spiritual and physical journey together, but we are on an emotional journey. The cards, though first complicated to make out, clearly stated that we were supposed to be going inward instead of thinking our way through our situation. Feel your way through… The outcome card (though disappointing) was indicative that one of us would cut off the flow of the relationship due to fears instead of going inward and weighing everything out.
The next day, a quick and painful decision was made about the relationship, but because I was clear about the message of the reading and clear that we were simply working through emotions, I didn’t buy into the rapid decision. We weren’t coming to a mutual agreement, so by cutting off the relationship for a few minutes, both of us were able to feel a lot more. We were both able to weigh out what we truly wanted and to see beyond the superficial layer of emotion. We both dropped deep into our true feelings and each of us received clarity about our deepest needs.
The end result was not a final decision, but a new fluid perspective. The entire time we were trying to meet halfway in the middle, we merely needed to shift our perspectives. It was an enlightening experience and I am grateful that I referred to the cards the night before and didn’t give into my fears of the moment, which swiftly passed. Even though a quick decision was made, it offered an opportunity to drop down into our true feelings so that we could weigh things out accordingly (instead of thinking so much).
Without a person to interpret the Tarot, it is merely a stack of cards with amazing imagery and symbols. It takes a person to offer an interpretation. It also takes another person who presents the need for clarity. The more I read for people, the less I pay attention to the general meaning of the cards and the more I listen and feel my inner self. The cards (for me) are a powerful tool which narrows down a complicated circumstance into something much more digestible.
Most people come to my table confused about something or someone, but when I have the cards for guidance, I am able to get to the core of the situation and to see beyond the obvious limitations into the greater reality that reflects the overall well-being of the individual. The Tarot guides me toward inner truth. Most people are bogged down by details and decisions and logic, but when I read the Tarot, I remind them to go inward toward what they truly “feel.”
We all have the answers inside of our own being. When I do a reading, I love directing people back to themselves. My greatest gift isn’t reading the cards, or giving someone clarity. My greatest gift is being able to remind my client that the answer was with them all along.
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