Is there something troubling you? Are you stuck in the same place in your life without seeing the way out of the situation? Then a Tarot reading is a perfect choice to bring more certainty into your life. A good tarot reader is more like an old friend waiting to help you gain more control over your life with the help of guidance from Tarot. Here is a quick guide to help you better understand what happens before, during, and after a Tarot reading.
How to prepare for a Tarot reading
Have an open mind
The best preparation you can do before your Tarot reading is to have an open mind clear from distractions. Many people who go to Tarot readers are very insecure about whether the reading actually works and how they can benefit from it. If you have these thoughts in mind, your energies will interfere with the genuine wish of your Tarot reader to help you. It will be hard for him or her to look into your situation.
Don’t be distracted
Another way your energies can obstruct the flow of information during a reading is when you are distracted. Living busy lives, we all have times when hundreds of things occupy our minds all at once. But those thoughts will be of no help in your Tarot reading. Before you get your Tarot reading, take some time to meditate. Remove distractions, stay clear and focused, and get the best out of your reading.
Don’t be anxious
If you are worried that your Tarot reader will ask you lots of questions – don’t. This is not going to happen. Tarot readers will ask you for some information, but just enough to be able to perform a personal reading for you. They might also ask additional questions during the reading once the cards start revealing the context around your situation, so they know that they are going in the right direction.
What to do during the Tarot reading
At the beginning of a Tarot reading, your Tarot reader will typically ask you to shuffle the deck of Tarot cards, then pick several cards to lay on the table. There are various Tarot spreads that your Tarot reader can offer you depending on your question or situation. The most common spread in Tarot readings is a three-card spread, where each card symbolizes your past, present, and future, or your mind, body, and spirit. It is nice when you can experiment with various spreads to see what works best for you.
A Tarot reading is like a dialogue between you and the reader. They won’t lecture you, but rather work with you, ask questions about your life situations, and help you find the answers you seek so desperately. Your reader knows the meanings of cards, but only together you can uncover what each card means for your specific case.
Do not be afraid of getting bad cards. Yes, cards like the Death or the Devil have a bad reputation, but it does not exactly translate into their meanings. When you are looking at the cards, know that even though they might carry a negative symbol, their interpretation in a spread is not literal.
For example, when you see the Fool card in your reading, this does not mean that you are foolish, or the Death card does not symbolize an actual death. Most of the cards in a Tarot deck deal with challenges, opportunities, and various changes in the flow of your life rather than with single specific events.
If you are getting your Tarot reading online, it might feel a little strange at first, because you cannot see how the Tarot reader prepares the cards. However, the process of reading is the same as in a face-to-face meeting. After shuffling the cards, the Tarot reader will lay them out in a spread. The more questions you have, the more cards will be involved in your Tarot reading and the more in-depth information you can gain.
What to do after the Tarot reading
Set your expectations
If you entered a Tarot reading session thinking you will have clear answers to everything in the end, you could not have been more wrong. The truth about Tarot cards is that they serve as guides, giving you advice, revealing the energies around your situation, and showing what opportunities and challenges there are. Your Tarot reader will surely tell you: the future is not set in stone. You create your own destiny, and readings are often not very specific, but they hold power, nonetheless.
Don’t immediately jump into action
Another thing you might experience after your Tarot reading is a desire to jump into action and transform your life. However, keep in mind that many aspects you learn about in a Tarot reading will not show themselves right away. In fact, even the answers you receive during your Tarot reading can seem unclear or even wrong. Keep an open mind – there is no right or wrong here – all things will reveal themselves in due time.
Don’t be overwhelmed
Many people see their first Tarot reading as overwhelming, and this is not surprising. Some receive so much information that they do not know how to sort through it, while others are frustrated if their questions remain unanswered. What you need to understand is that a Tarot reading depends a lot on your energies. You might have left the Tarot reading without an answer, but that is because the cards thought that you need something different in your life more at the moment. Or, perhaps there are several steps to take before the answer can reveal itself.
Knowing what to expect before, during, and after a Tarot reading will help you prepare for it better and get the most out of the information you receive. Remember that you can always change your fate, so do not get discouraged or disappointed if the cards showed something wrong. Instead, focus on overcoming the obstacles in your life with the help of guidance from the Tarot cards and the opportunities they reveal to you.