What I wish for every tarot reader who’s struggling with these doubts is this:
Tarot is contextual.
Whatever question or concern a querent is bringing to the session can play a huge role how the cards are interpreted – it’s not always just about “seeing what comes up.” It can take time to learn
how to put tarot cards into different contexts in order to answer various questions and spread positions.
Taking the time to learn how to put tarot cards into different contexts can be one of the most important things you do as a tarot reader. The more possibilities you can see with a tarot card, the more confident you become as a reader. Because eventually, you’ll feel ready for nearly any kind of question.
That being said, not every question is appropriate for tarot. Not every tarot spread is right for every reading, and not every question needs a spread. A tarot reader has to be able to determine how to best focus a question and how to approach the reading, and that means developing common sense and good judgment along the way. And then trusting yourself to apply that judgem
ent when the time comes.
The images on tarot cards are where I take my information from when I perform a reading. I don’t let my own passing thoughts come into play. I look at the cards and whatever messages I deliver come straight from what’s on the table. This takes off the pressure to provide a “psychic” experience to the sitter. It also helps the reading stay grounded in tangible imagery that I can show to my querents to help them understand where my answers are coming from.
If you’re feeling like your tarot readings are uneven, or you’re sometimes grasping in the dark for insights with your cards, I hope my words here offer a helpful reminder to keep going, as well as some tips about what to focus on when you feel stuck.