: Where do we begin? .
There are several #steps
I take before drawing the cards for a reading, common to many another #tarotreader
. These are mostly in order, but there's overlap, and CONTEXT IS KEY.
1. Prepare oneself (#reader
). I like to listen to a song I can dance (or sway) to, on repeat until my mind is cleared and my body is grounded. For this reading, I got into my groove with @arianagrande
, which #givesmelife
right now. If I were reading for someone else, esp. in person, this would NOT have been appropriate. The ability to clear the mind and ground the body is what matters.
2. Ask the question. When reading for myself, I formulate the question while preparing. That isn't always helpful, but the day I'd had meant I needed focus—asking the question over & over forced a status check: could I articulate the question I wanted to ask? Sometimes clients can't, and they ask "bad" questions. But as a therapist can tell you, even those offer plenty to unpack. I usually ask for clarification, but if I'm stuck, I think it's okay to intuit an alteration that works.
3. Pick the spread. The question determines the spread. I know I chose the Cross, but I LOVE a custom spread (@biddytarot
has a great #podcast
on that). To begin #100daysoftarot
and my work online, I wanted to explore a large project with many unknowns. Simultaneously I get to prove my credentials as a reader, so Celtic it was.
4. Invite Fate. Life isn't predetermined, but the idea of #fate
is powerful, even #magical
, so I use it even if chance seems accurate. I shuffle the cards in several ways and, at the end, the querent cuts the deck, or I do. Sometimes I shuffle while preparing and asking and picking, but I always cut last. I've got some feelings on reversed cards (look out for a discussion in the future), but shuffling should allow them to happen if cards mean something different when reversed. .
X. Something I don't do: I don't pick a Significator. I'll explain why in the next two posts.