Tarot For Yourself

tarot for yourself

Learning to read Tarot for yourself can be a frustrating experience if you approach it wrong. However, if you have a truly open mind and want to expand your thought process or get to the heart of a matter; learning to do tarot for yourself can enrich your life in new ways.

First things first; you need to have an honest understanding of your own motivations.  Are you really looking for deeper insight? or are you merely wanting to hear what you want to hear? Are you asking to empower yourself or out of fear of loss or failure etc.? A quick way to discern your true motivations is evaluating your thoughts and feelings when you approach the Tarot.

Signs you may be using Tarot at the wrong time or for the wrong reasons are:

  • You are experiencing extreme feelings of anxiety
  • You are in denial about something and sense that, but want affirmation anyway
  • You feel compelled to ask the same thing over and over again in different ways
  • You aren’t taking time to take some deep breaths and detach from the emotion of the situation before drawing your cards.
  • The current course of events is not going as you wanted and you are feeling resentful, hurt or distrustful.

We all experience these things from time to time and it’s natural, but it’s not ideal for getting a true and accurate reading on a situation.

If you are going to do a reading for yourself, always do it when you are in a relaxed frame of mind.  Many people find that meditation first clears the mind of “racing thoughts” and anxiety.  Physical exercise until you are tired is another great way to release stress and anxiety that may block your objectivity.

When you are doing a reading for yourself, take a moment to take a few deep breaths and as you exhale, focus on releasing expectations (positive or negative) and focus on truth and insight.

Next, ask a clear and concise question.  Avoid “ever” questions for example.  Will I ever get the job I want? is a rather defeating question.  “ever” is a long time and remember you ultimately determine the course of your life path through your own choices.  Instead focus on a more empowered question like “Give me insight into how to land the (specific job) within the next (specific time).”

As a general rule I try to keep readings focused on the near future a few months to six months ideally, sometimes up to a year, but beyond that things can get really fuzzy.

Quick Tips for Great Self Tarot Readings

  • Clear the mind and calm the emotions
  • Take a few deep breaths, release expectations
  • Ask clear, concise questions
  • Stick to a short time frame
  • Use active and not passive questions  – “what can I do” vs “will I ever”


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.


How to do Accurate Tarot Readings for Yourself

tips for accurate self tarot readings

Can you read Tarot accurately for yourself? The answer may surprise you, but with the right mindset and application – yes you can.

Reading Tarot for Yourself

Can you read Tarot for yourself accurately and should you do your own Tarot readings? I believe this answer is entirely dependent on individuals and their ability to step back and be objective. I have done my own readings with great success, however, there are times where I find the objectivity of another reader helpful.

Simple spreads for general reflection or “what surrounds me” I find I can do easily for myself, however, there are times in life when we look to the cards for guidance of a higher order. Perhaps we are facing a life altering event or are under a period of higher stress than usual.  In those instances, you can do readings for yourself, but it’s important to develop the right state of mind first.

For me, I take a few minutes to clear my mind and focus on a mantra I developed.  I use the world “TWILIGHT” and each letter stands for something:  Truth, wisdom, inspiration, love, insight, guidance, highest good, trust.  My symbolism here is that I want all answers to be surrounded by Truth.  Twilight is the time of day where there is a transition taking place – not day, not night, but the period between.  It symbolizes neutrality, potential, and faith in the natural cycles of life and order.  Focusing and meditating on this before any reading (for myself or others) gives me the distance I need to be objective.

When emotions are high, or there is a lot of anxiety around a question, there can be a tendency towards tunnel vision or seeing what one wants or expects to see, rather than the truth. Tarot reading is a highly intuitive process and difficult emotions can cloud our judgment and inhibit our ability to truly connect with our intuition.

Other times, perhaps an answer is not clear or you want more insight into a situation. It may be best at those times to allow a third party to read for you because they may be able to see things that you are not allowing yourself to see.

My advice is if you are feeling compelled to ask the same questions again and again, it is a good indication that your emotions are blocking your ability to accurately interpret and intuit your own cards. Ask yourself, am I asking this question repeatedly because I truly do not understand the results being drawn? Or am I doing it because I am not hearing the message I want to hear? To do accurate readings for yourself, you have to be able to know when you are approaching your readings incorrectly.

In addition, if you are new to the Tarot and are not fully comfortable with interpretations you may find that doing your own readings yields inaccurate results. Perhaps seek a second opinion from a more knowledgeable reader or have a professional reading done with a reputable Tarot reader.

When doing your own readings be sure that you have a clear and focused question for the best results. It can be easier when we are drawing cards for ourselves to become distracted or let our minds wander away from the question at hand, which may yield inaccurate or unclear results in a spread as well.