*Announcement* Live Reading Format Changing

Due to recent security issues with Yahoo and a change in their messenger service; I am no longer using Yahoo Messenger for live readings. Instead, those who book live readings with me will be given a link and password to a private chat room on my website. This helps protect the privacy of all my clients.

To be clear – my account and my client’s information was NEVER breached, this is a precautionary step on my part to provide the safest and most secure client experience I can.

Thank you!

Can Tarot Cards Lie?

This is a question I’ve been asked several times. The answer is “no” and here’s why.  The cards themselves are inanimate objects, fully incapable of consciously telling a lie to anyone.

So, if the cards don’t lie, why are readings sometimes inaccurate?  The answer here is the reader is lying, the questioner is doing cards for themselves and seeing what they want to see instead of being objective, or the questioner has chosen a different path or course of action.

Let’s look at these in detail.

Your reader is lying or misrepresenting things.  Unscrupulous readers who want you to become dependent or are in it just to make money may indeed lie to people they feel they can manipulate in order to extort more money.  If your reader ever tells you that “you’ve been cursed” for example, find the nearest exit, walk out the door, never return.

Your reader is injecting judgments into the reading.  All readers are human, we all form opinions.  What makes a Tarot reader excellent is understanding that our experiences and opinions are limited and we should not be using them to color our perceptions.  We haven’t walked in your shoes; you have.

Your experiences, thoughts, feelings are your own to have and your decisions are yours to make.  If a reader tells you what you “have to do” – they are not following this premise.  We can make suggestions, show possibilities, explore ideas – but your choices should always be your own, and you should feel empowered in your own decisions.

Lack of Objectivity

This is the most common reason the cards “lie” when people do readings for themselves.  I’ve seen many people ask the same questions over and over, but in different ways.  They will do this until they hear what they want to hear, or convince themselves that they are seeing the answer they want.

In order for Tarot to work; one has to have an open mind, not a rigid stubbornness.  If you are feeling defensive during readings, you are not receptive to the messages being offered and should take a break and come back when you are able to be more distant and objective.

Tarot is there to show possibilities, to illuminate new ideas, show you things you may not be perceiving fully and to help you engage in a well-rounded and meaningful thought process that engages all aspects of your mind.

When you approach it with openness and a desire to explore all possibilities it can open many doors.  When you use it as a tool to try to reinforce your already established notions, it will frustrate you.  It can be easier to blame cards than to accept that our judgment was off.



Is Tarot Hard To Learn?

is tarot hard to learn?

Anything worth learning takes time, effort and consistency to master.  If you approach Tarot with the right perspective, however, it can be easier to learn than you might think.

The problem most newbie and hobby readers run into is that they want to learn it by memorizing definitions and from a very “black and white” analytical type perspective.  This doesn’t work.  Tarot is very fluid and you need to learn to tap into your intuition and creative thought processes while learning it.

When I teach Tarot; I always have students start with a Tarot journal.  This is by far, the most effective way to internalize Tarot and make it a part of you, rather than some external thing with complex parts that you are always trying to sort out.

In mathematics, there are set answers and methods for solving a problem.  In other studies, thought and problem solving is more abstract and individualized.  Different approaches lead to the same result.  Think of Tarot as more fluid than rigid and you’ll have much better success with it.

If you start trying to memorize a bunch of symbols and vague “text book” type definitions of the images, without really looking at those images from your own perspective, you’ll find your readings lack substance and may lead to more questions than they answer.

You can look at 3 different Tarot books and there will be 3 different perspectives on the cards meanings – why? Because Tarot, despite having some common themes, is mostly subjective to the user.  There is no wrong answer – you are using the cards as a tool for your intuition and higher thought processes.  The answers are not on the images in the cards – they are in your mind/intuition.  That’s the part that new readers struggle to grasp.

If you open up to the idea of Tarot as a means to tap into your connection with the universal mind; it becomes much easier and definitely more meaningful.

I think most of us start out learning Tarot with the completely wrong approach.  We want to “know what the answers are”, instead of looking for the answers within and using the cards as a guide.  We put too much focus onto the cards themselves and not the messages they evoke from within.

How to Learn Tarot

The best way to learn is by doing.  Use the Tarot journaling exercises here.  After you have gone through your entire deck once or twice; then start doing readings.  It’s really as simple as that.  You don’t learn without practice and you have to keep at it.  This is one of those things, like learning to play an instrument, where practice is always needed and there is always room for improvement.

Tarot Inspiration for Positive Reinforcement

Tarot is useful for so much more than just Divination.  It can be a powerful tool to help reprogram the subconscious mind and can help you direct your energy in positive ways.   It gives you both a visual and a mental focal point and can help cue you to redirect your energy where you want it to flow.

It’s true that where our thoughts go, our energy follows.  Your emotions are a gauge to your thoughts.  We have millions of thoughts in our minds in a day, and with all that going on, it can be hard to really pay attention to what/how we are thinking.

An uncontrolled mind can be a dangerous place.  On the other hand, learning to recognize your thought patterns can help you shape them in ways that work to your benefit.

Here’s an example.  Let’s say Sally really wants to start her own business and break free from her 9-5 job that she really doesn’t find fulfilling.  Her mind may be filled with all kinds of thoughts both positive and negative.  The idea of her own business excites her, but she is quickly talked down by the doubts in her own inner dialogue.

Her mind may turn to anxiety if she fails, concern that others will ridicule her ideas, fear that she doesn’t have the skills she needs or talent, worry that giving up her day job will lead to a lack of security.  These are ALL legitimate fears – it’s very natural to fear things. It’s how our mind keeps us from doing stupid things that can actually hurt us.  Unfortunately, sometimes this protection mechanism goes into hyper-drive and we end up talking ourselves out of our dreams/goals and settling for what is comfortable instead.

Tarot Inspiration

Here’s where some positive Tarot inspiration can work to your advantage.  Let’s use Sally’s story again and help her to refocus her energy.  There are several cards that can work for this purpose.  Here’s a few off the top of my head:

Priestess:  This is an empowered woman who has great knowledge, is keenly intelligent and has a great blend of logic and intuition.  She is able to remove herself from the tangles of emotion and reach her silent center, where she can look at situations objectively.  She is independent, strong and well-balanced.

Three of Wands: This is a card of embracing the pioneering spirit.  The man sets off into the unknown wilderness, but he is not held back by fear, he is determined to enjoy the journey and reach the destination.

Eight of Pentacles:  This is the card that shows the man working diligently at his craft.  It is hard work, but it is hard work he feels connected with and enjoys, so it becomes profitable without feeling burdensome.  It can be a way to pull the mind back to doing what we enjoy and dedicating ourselves to it.

There are many other cards that of course would fit the bill.  Take a couple that apply to your situation and post them on a vision board, or in a journal with your goals (short and long-term) and when you feel like giving up or are overwhelmed, look at them and let them refocus your mind on being proactive.

Tarot Reflections the Ten of Pentacles

tarot lesson ten of pentacles

This card is a great one for building new opportunities and focusing on potential. This is a feel good card :). The man and woman meet in the middle of the village symbolizing unity. Around them dogs play and an old man sits watching, children run about. It shows how people coming together in the spirit of community and lifting one another up are a great blessing.

Often it seems as a society we have lost a lot of our openness. This card reminds us that all sorts of benefits come from connecting with others – even those with whom we may have differences of opinion etc. All kinds make the world go round and cooperation is always better than conflict.

The Ten of Pentacles/Coins

When the ten of pentacles comes up it talks about prosperity and abundance.  This card says it’s a great time to come together with others in the spirit of cooperation – which leads to growth and better opportunities for everyone involved.

This card also speaks of taking time to focus on what matters – enjoy time with your family or take a few moments to call on a friend you haven’t seen in awhile. This is a very social card – so take time today to value your connections with others. No need to be a lone wolf – today you may find someone who has just the answer you have been looking for.

This card also speaks of responsibilities towards community and being a good neighbor. Look for ways in which you can contribute something of value to society. Those positive actions bless and reward others and uplift the whole group. Charity and kindness also have a way of returning blessings and support to us in our own times of need.