What is an accurate tarot reading and are you an accurate tarot reader? Most people who have readings will agree that an accurate reading is one that mirrors their circumstances, verifies some facts, gives a clue as to what may happen in the future and perhaps some advice how to navigate a situation. To improve your accuracy try these techniques.
How to Improve Your Tarot Accuracy
1. Know your cards. If you are serious about tarot reading then you won’t be content to look interpretations up in a book. So get to know your deck. Play with the cards. Read the deck creator’s book and website. Determine what the odd little details on the cards mean.
2. Frame the question. It’s good to have a specific question in mind. It’s also useful to know how to ask it. My theory on this is that it isn’t for the tarot – the cards are going to be whatever they’re going to be. However what it does is to make the client to focus on his or her situation instead of on the exciting prospect of getting a reading. In the equation of ‘focused energy equals an accurate tarot reading,’ this is a big deal.
3. The literal interpretation. You have to learn when to ignore the accepted meaning and take the image literally. For example, when doing a reading for a client, she pointed to the the Nine of Wands and said “He’s been planting beans and is exhausted.” Needless to say, she is a keen gardener and the reading began to make sense because it was about practical issues.
4. Intuition. As you do the readings, tune into your ‘secondary thoughts’. Usually, when looking at the cards, your mind is busily registering which card, what numbers, trying to match the card with the question. Underneath all that busy-mind, you might notice a memory trying to surface. A tiny whisper. That’s what you need to pay attention to. Often as I’m reading, I’ll be reminded of a situation I once found myself in, or maybe a reading I once did for another person. In almost every case, that memory is relevant to the reading before me.
5. The card before. This is always a useful technique. When dealing with a difficult card, i.e. one that doesn’t seem to make sense in the context of the question, think about the order of the tarot. For example, the Six of Swords appears and you’re having problems making it fit. In the order of the tarot it’s preceded by the Five of Swords, so in your mind, visualize the Five of Swords in relation to the question and you will be able to ‘see’ the situation that leads to the Six of Swords and its meaning of a slow recovery and moving to a better place. I find this technique useful when doing one-card readings. And, of course, you can always incorporate the card that comes after.
6. Get the client involved. Encourage them to comment on the images. Let them talk and ask more questions. Often as they talk, I’ll pull out another card and lay it next to the one under discussion. Sometimes it’s helpful, sometimes not, but I keep it in mind anyway.
7. Practice often. Offer to do one-card readings for free. Have a tarot ‘party’. Read for free on line. Do readings for news items and journal about it. Don’t forget to check up on how a situation was resolved. Reading for others is far more useful for becoming proficient than reading for yourself.
8. When your mind goes blank. It happens so don’t panic. Have a fall-back strategy when you can’t think of anything to say. For me, it’s the numerology connection. I’ll talk about what the number of the card means and that instantly kick-starts the reading again. Yours might be colors in the card, or you might simply pick out a detail and ask the client if it means something to them.
9. Be quiet. It’s okay to allow a short silence to fall during a reading. Close your eyes and feel your way. Let that tiny voice speak louder in your mind. Sometimes a moment’s silence is all you need to pick up the thread of a reading and reach a breakthrough.
10. Be open to possibilities. In some cases, while you are desperately trying to fit the cards in front of you to the client’s question or situation, know that perhaps the cards hold a different message to the one you’re after. Stop wrestling with the reading and tell the client you are simply going to run through the cards and say what they mean. You might be surprised when she says, “That’s my son!” or “Charlie’s involved in a new business.” Sometimes the cards know what the client is really concerned with and it’s not the question they asked in the beginning.
Additional Ways to Increase Your Intuition
Accurate tarot reading is based on the connection between three things: The question, the cards and your intuitive knowing what the card means in the situation. Therefore, refining and honing your intuition is of paramount importance when delivering an accurate reading.
Meditate with and without the cards. Spending time in meditation is never time wasted. A useful exercise is to soothe yourself into a receptive, peaceful, meditative state and visualize yourself entering a particular card. See yourself stepping right into the scene. Look around. What do you see? Who do you see? Try approaching any people and ask if they have something to tell you. When they have given their message, thank them and politely leave. Bring yourself back to the moment by counting backwards from five. Journal what you learned.
As you go about your day, mentally apply tarot cards to situations and people you meet or hear about. Think to yourself, “Oh that’s definitely a case of Two of Swords mentality.” In this way, you’ll be ‘living the tarot’; it’s one of the best methods of becoming a fluent and accurate reader.
Good luck with your tarot readings. May they always be accurate and useful.
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Rider-Waite-Smith cards – Public Domain, courtesy of Benebell Wen