Reading cards for others is incredibly rewarding. Seekers grant their trust to the tarot reader, who is ready to listen to their interpretations and wisdom. The reader has the unique opportunity to delve into someone’s life with their permission. The reading must be accurate, honest and stand up well to scrutiny to repay that trust.
An important aspect is that the card reading, whether it be tarot, angel cards or oracle cards, must be so good that the client returns for more readings in the future. The reading must be a balance of some qualities that answer the querent’s concerns and, just as importantly, intrigue her so that she is keen to repeat the experience. It is irrelevant whether the reader performs the reading in person, over the telephone, via email or video; include these card-reading elements for a more memorable experience!
1. Understanding the card system inside out
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The first requirement is that the reader knows the system with which they are working. If they have no deep understanding, then it is impossible to convey the correct message – and it will show. Do not experiment on your client with a new-to-you card reading system. It will take a long period of study before you can be ready to read for others. How long? How long is a piece of string? Some readers learn quicker than others, so only you will know that you have the confidence to put your skills out there.
Sure, there are many psychic readers out there who can give a full and useful reading without needing to study the cards. However, they are few and far between. The rest of us have to rely on our knowledge mixed with life experience, intuition and a dollop of common sense. Not having the first requirement in place so that you can deliver your interpretations almost without thinking will leave you floundering.
Having said all that, a skilful reader will never attempt to unload all their knowledge – the client’s eyes will soon glaze over in total boredom. You just need to impart the necessary to get your point across without giving a lesson on the history of tarot or a description of the job of every angel.
2. A Little Darkness…
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Goes a long way. There will be instances where you might have to deal with a darker aspect of a card reading or set of circumstances. These dark matters cannot be avoided so deal with it. Dress it up if you have to – most clients can appreciate what you are trying to say. Just try not to have the whole reading pivoting on a possible upcoming worrying health event, loss of a job or other downer. Mention these things if they are crucial to the reading, but don’t hang around them for too long. The client will probably want to return to them at the end of the reading, so be prepared to discuss them and even to draw more cards to clarify.
3. Non-judgmental Attitude
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It’s crucial that the client does not feel as though she is being judged. Your view of her situation must be one of neutrality, regardless of whether you think she has “brought it all upon herself”. We all make bad decisions at some point, and it is good to be able to talk about them with somebody who has no vested interest in the situation.
4. A Touch of Magic
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People love the mystery of the tarot or similar card reading system. A reading gives them the chance to believe in magic, even if only for the duration of the reading. It is your job to combine your card reading skills to produce this sense of universal magic. Remember that either stumbling over the reading or coming across as too slick will dampen the mystery – you have to know how to get out of the way so that the reading flows naturally. Light some candles and/or place a crystal on the table by all means, but understand they do not always add to the reading, and indeed, may make your client feel uncomfortable. A better plan is to encourage productive dialogue with your client; it will do a lot to get them immersed in the reading experience.
5. Lots of optimism
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Your enthusiasm for the client’s decisions and way of dealing with their problems is likely to be a source of pleasure to the client. There is nothing like being validated by another person to give the seeker confidence in themselves. Also, if the reading can be more optimistic than not, then that also makes life worth living. The client must know that s/he can get through this difficult time, that others have successfully dealt with similar situations and that, ultimately, it’s all temporary.
6. Good, Practical Advice
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It doesn’t matter whether the client’s question is more mundane than spiritual; it is important that your client leaves the reading with some tools to improve their situation. Most people request readings because they need help. Therefore, it will benefit them (and you) if you can offer some ideas on a practical level. These ideas may come in the form of meditation, written exercises, the suggestion of a book or a few online resources. Don’t be afraid to mention if any of these things helped you get through hard times in the past.
Encouraging your clients that they, alone, have the power to change their lives is probably the best practical tool you can give them. Giving them permission to make their decisions on their own is the next best. Explaining that there is hardly ever a wrong decision and that most can be done to be right with simple determination is also useful.
If card reading is your business, it makes sense for you to give the best you can. Persuade your client that it’s you, and only you, she needs to contact next time she wants a reading! If you are a client, then you’ll wish to feel that you are in good hands with someone who understands your situation. More than anything else, you’ll want to feel reassured and happier after the reading than before. Combining the qualities listed above will give both what they desire.