Dealing with Difficult Tarot Readings

Tarot lessons by Christin Dealing with Difficult Tarot Readings

Tarot, when used properly is designed to help us look at ourselves and our situation(s) with honesty. Sometimes this can result in answers that are confusing, difficult to absorb, or that leave us with even more questions than before. How do you deal with difficult readings to gain more understanding?

Below are some situations that occur from time to time and how to deal with them.

You draw a card and it doesn’t seem to fit with the situation you asked about.

First, consider how you asked the question – was your question or area of focus clear and concise? Or was it somewhat scattered? Often when we are feeling anxious about a course of events our thoughts may be racing or we may be considering too many things at once. Try to narrow your focus to more specific areas of concerns. This may mean drawing one card for each particular facet of a question – or doing more than one reading.

Here is an example. Susie is getting ready to open her brand new business. She is very excited and also very nervous, so naturally, her thoughts are kind of everywhere. She has a ton of questions in her mind, everything from the location, to people embracing her product, to profitability, timing etc. As you can see this can be broken down then into multiple questions. Chances are if she chooses only one card, she may be confused by the answer or feel she needs more details.

In this case, she could first ask for clarification and draw a second card. If that doesn’t help and she still feels she has too many unanswered questions, the next step would be to sit down and write out all the questions that surround this particular subject for her. Then she could do a card or two for each question – or even a full spread like a Celtic Cross for example to gain understanding.

You see cards in your reading you didn’t expect or don’t want to see.

This can be difficult because sometimes answers are hard to hear at first. What you want in a Tarot reading is an honest assessment and when that honesty goes against what you presently believe to be true the first reaction can be “the cards are wrong”.

There can be the temptation to draw and redraw again and again until one sees more of what they want to see. For this reason, I always suggest making a record and focus on the first reading drawn, especially if it seems a bit contradictory because chances are it is providing you some much needed objective advice or pointing out some flaws in your current thinking or experience.

I have found over the years, that if you are tempted to ask the same question over and over again – it is likely because of a lack of objectivity or an unwillingness to hear a message. When this happens work to remove yourself a bit emotionally from the situation for a day or so and then go back to your cards and look at the spread again. Perhaps with a bit of time, the cards will make more sense.

If after that the answers are still unclear, do another reading or seek another opinion. There are times where even professional and/or experienced readers benefit from having a reading done by an objective third party.

Remember that there will always be those times in life where things may not go according to the plans we made or as we were certain they would. Instead of feeling defeated by this, choose to look at it as an opportunity to consider all the possibilities or open up to new angles you may not have considered otherwise. Every situation, even the challenging ones, provide us with opportunities to grow and learn if we seek them out. This is where Tarot, even the difficult spreads, offer us great personal development potential.

Daily Tarot Reflections for Personal Growth

Tarot can be a great tool to help anyone gain some focus and to start the day feeling connected and on purpose. When you approach Tarot as a psychological tool for personal growth and reflection; it can be a great motivator to push you forward. It helps you see the greater wisdom that lies beneath daily circumstances.

Even if you don’t read Tarot full time or really read them at all; you can still do these exercises. Purchase a deck that speaks to you and use it simply for your morning reflection. You can look at one card readings online and that’s great too – but there is something extra special about connecting with your own deck of cards.

Shuffle your cards, clear your mind and focus on a mantra or statement – something like “Share with me the lesson that will help me make the most of this day” or “What do I need to be most aware of today?” Whatever question or mantra you come up with is right for you. The key here is to focus on the now and to open your mind and heart to higher guidance.

Once you’ve focused on your questions and shuffled your cards; allow yourself to be drawn to one and flip it over. Look at the image – what is your first initial impression how does it make you feel? This can often be very telling in itself. For example, when I see a Tower – my initial response is usually to wonder what is going to fall apart or what have I maybe not built on a solid foundation. The lightning and collapsing building tend to suggest that I may have to deal with something unexpected and perhaps unwelcome at the time, but if I keep an open mind it will almost always never be as bad as I imagine it.

Once you pull your card and get a feel for it initially, look a little deeper.

What symbols are present? What colors? What are the characters or objects in the card doing? What does this tell you? Can you relate this to events in your life? Tarot is very flexible in interpretation and anyone can assign their own meaning to their own cards. Daily reflections aren’t so much about “fortune-telling” as they are about clarity of focus and living consciously.

Understanding Tarot The Magician

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learn tarot free | the magicianThe Magician is surrounded by all of the symbols of the minor arcana: wands, swords, cups, and pentacles. All of the elements are at his disposal and now he needs to figure out how to put the ingredients together. This card symbolizes the ability to pull all the elements together and use them for manifesting. The Magician speaks of creative energy and new beginnings, but also of empowerment and the need for clear focus.

The Magician card combines creativity, knowledge, wisdom, and determination. It speaks of focusing the will towards the highest good and manifesting ideas into a new reality that you actively create. Time to move forward, the action and drive behind the dream, the Magician card tells us to throw ourselves into our vision and bring it into being.

He is resourceful, energetic and determined – all of these qualities guarantee his success.

We can manifest on different levels: We can improve our health by focusing our energies on activities that cleanse/purify our energy on all levels. Often when we feel ill physically; there are underlying
emotional/spiritual blockages that need to be addressed as well.

The Magician tells us to focus on the whole of a situation and not merely one aspect. He is able to get multiple things accomplished because he uses all the elements at his disposal with one clear overall focus.

This card encourages us to use our drive, determination, and creativity to make positive changes. If you are feeling scattered, or unable to focus, Magician comes to you today to remind you to delve into those feelings, figure out what the blockage is and address it.

Questions for Self-Discovery

  • Do you need a clearer plan?
  • Perhaps you have too many things to do and it seems overwhelming so it stops you? In that case, perhaps brainstorming and organizing your thoughts and ideas may be a better approach.
  • What things can you do today to make yourself feel more focused and empowered?

Create a Tarot Journal

Create a Tarot Journal

If you are brand new to Tarot; I recommend the use of a three ring binder so that you can move pages around at will or add and subtract information in proper order later on. Each day focus on 1 or 2 cards and take 10 to 15 minutes with each card. If you have some experience, or want to use a Tarot journal for other purposes, you can purchase absolutely beautiful journals that will allow you to create your own special book.

At the top of your page write the name of your card and at first simply write down anything you see and feel. What are the first things you notice with that card? Do certain colors stand out? Symbols? Characters? How does the scene make you feel?

Next write a story about what is happening in the card. Describe the scenery and the characters in detail including their feelings, actions, what you believe they are experiencing. Make this a real story that you can begin to relate to other experiences you have had. How do they coincide with one another?

Your final part should be expressing what you learned from the card by comparing and contrasting it to your own personal experience(s). What does this card teach and what is the moral of the story being depicted?

This approach to Tarot allows you to become a good reader because now you are not merely looking at cards trying to remember interpretations you read in a book. This practice allows you to develop a relationship with your cards and to tap into your intuition (and creative center of your brain which is closely connected). It is easier to remember the stories and ideas that are uniquely your own and relate those to yourself and others than it is to memorize a bunch of random meanings without truly understanding why those interpretations came to be.

After you have moved through your entire deck creating your own interpretations and stories, then you can begin to look at books and interpretations of others and see how their ideas correspond to your own. Perhaps they will enhance your own interpretations or give you more food for thought, but if you want to be the best reader possible, develop your own interpretations first.

This will help you develop empathy with those you read as well because you will “feel” the cards in your reading and how they relate to those you are reading for. Tarot should not be an analytical process as much as it is an intuitive and emotional one. This is where many new readers get stuck.


Learn Tarot Card Numbers Tarot Numerology

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tarot numerology learn what tarot numbers meanHave you ever wondered what the numbers on Tarot cards mean? What if you have many of the same numbers or two or three of the same number in a row? Numerology does play a strong secondary role in the Tarot and this post will explain what that is and what the different numbers mean.

Every Tarot card has a number. The major arcana has roman numerals from 0 to 21 or from 1 to 22 depending on the deck you use. In the minor arcana, the Aces signify the number 1.

There are cards 1 – 9 and then four court cards. When looking into repeat numbers and multiple number patterns in a spread these tend to be the cards I pay the most attention to.

Let’s say you have a 5 card spread and in this spread, you have two cards with the number 3 on them. This means that the number 3 is dominant in that spread and you should also consider the numerology meanings of this number as well as the overall theme of the card itself.

Sometimes this will stand out ever further. What if you do a spread and draw three 3’s in a row? Not only do you have 3 of the same numbered card “3”, but also in succession. Wow, that doesn’t happen often, but it would be a definite clue that the number 3 is playing a big secondary role in that reading.

So, to further enhance your Tarot knowledge what follows is an overview of the numbers in Tarot and what they signify. Consider these meanings when you see certain numbers pop up in abundance.

I also have posts that cover each number in more detail.

I treat Tarot numbers as I do Numerology charts. In numerology, we break down a number until it is a single digit. So for example, say you draw the Devil card – his number is XV which is 15. In numerology, we would add the 1 and 5 together to reduce down to a single digit: 6. If you had the Devil card in your spread and a couple of the six cards from the minor arcana you’d also consider the meaning of the number 6.

Tarot Numbers & Their Meanings

  • Number 0: This is the absolute beginning “nothing” and “everything” all at once, the alpha and omega. Zero is the absolute place of potential where anything can happen and a course of action has yet to get underway. 0 is the individual as they are at the present moment, brand new, no expectations or preconceived notions – it just is. There is only one 0 in a Tarot deck.
  • Number 1: The number one represents the absolute beginning stages of a venture or process. It also symbolizes individualism, independence, and self-worth. One is the number of expressing one’s unique thoughts and ideas. Newness, potential, the seed of that which has yet to develop. Properly balanced this is a card of ideas and initiative and recognizing personal value, imbalanced it is a card of arrogance and difficulty putting ideas into action.
  • Number 2: Two speaks of choice, being at a crossroads, having to make a decision. Which path? Sometimes this number in abundance can indicate feeling confused or uncertain which choice will bring the most rewards. Two also represents polarity and learning to unite opposites. Properly balanced it speaks of finding peace and harmony a good blend. Imbalanced two’s speak of indecisiveness, victim mentality, and/or failure to make strong choices.
  • Number 3: Three focuses on communications, group dynamics, and expressing yourself in meaningful ways with others. Three is a card of multitasking and being well rounded through different experience. Properly balanced 3’s are social and great communicators, imbalanced 3’s can use others or abuse friendships.
  • Number 4: Fours speak of hard work, practicality, being in the “nitty gritty” phase of a project. Four is hands on, logical, analytical and sequential. Four is a very serious, matter of fact approach to problems. In proper balance they speak of hard work, dogged determination and perseverance. When imbalanced they speak of rigidity and being overly controlling or manipulative.
  • Number 5: Five is the number of adventure and changeability. Never a dull moment with five’s, but they are sometimes chaotic or scattered. Five speaks of loving attention and adventure and being impulsive and spontaneous. When properly balanced five’s are great adventurers and risk takers, when imbalanced they are reckless and impulsive.
  • Number 6: Sixes are conventional with a strong sense of duty to family and service to others. Six has a strong need to be needed and to prove themselves to others. Six tends to be more of a traditionalist number and sometimes overly simplistic or too “black and white” when improperly balanced.
  • Number 7: Seven is a number of wisdom, truth seeking, the subconscious. Seven refers to introspection and looking for what lies beneath the surface. Seven is a number of solitude, reflection, philosophical thoughts and ideas. Properly balanced it is wisdom, insight, and inspiration. Improperly balanced it can be a card of seclusion, becoming detached or reclusive, distrustful of others.
  • Number 8: Eight is the number of personal power, ambition, and being very goal oriented. Expansion, the “Midas touch” and ability to manifest wealth and prosperity. When properly balanced nothing will get in the way of an Eight. Eight can be overly ambitious and become self-centered and destructive of others when not properly balanced – must win at all costs.
  • Number 9: Nine is the number of the humanitarian, it is compassionate, idealistic and dreamy. Nine’s speak of a higher vision and purpose – moving beyond limitations and into new potential. A well balanced nine is a philanthropist and driven by the need to create a better world. An imbalanced 9 can indicate playing the martyr or being kind for selfish needs rather than purity of heart.

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