When Psychics Use Tools: What To Expect During a Tarot Card Reading
It’s difficult to know what to expect during a tarot card reading if you’ve never had one, and while you’re probably looking forward to it, it can still be a little nerve-wracking. Not knowing the outcome of the reading is part of the fun, but not knowing what to expect? Maybe not so much. So let’s take some of the mystery out of the mystic and look at what tarot cards really are and the basics of what you can expect.
Tarot cards originated in the 15th century as regular playing cards in Europe, and are still used today in the same fashion in many European countries. There are actually a couple of different types of decks, ranging from German decks with 36 cards, to Italian decks with 78 cards. There are also decks with 62 and 64 cards.
The original tarot deck, and the one we’re concerned with, has 78 cards. Similar to the playing cards you’re used to seeing, there are four suits with cards numbered one through ten, and four (rather than three) “face” or “court” cards – the King, Queen, Knight, and Jack.
There is also a fifth suit, which has 21 cards, and a suit-free card called the Fool. This fifth suit is the trump suit, and in different games, the Fool card can either be the ultimate trump card or used by a player to avoid following suit. In the U.S., tarot card games are virtually unheard of, and the cards are pretty much used strictly for divination.
When the cards started being used for divination in the 18th century, some new terminology specific to this use came into being. The first term is Major Arcana. It means “greater secrets,” and refers to the cards of the trump suit and the Fool card. The other term is Minor Arcana, which means “lesser secrets,” and refers to the suited cards. Some of the suits have various names, but they are typically called swords, wands, pentacles, and cups. The Major and Minor cards have different influences and sometimes different meanings, depending on where they land when the reader deals the cards.
When you arrange for a tarot card reading, remember that card readers are just people. Some totally set the mood with a mystic atmosphere (which can be a lot of fun) while others go for a more simple setting. It’s also important to know that anyone can learn to read tarot cards, regardless of whether or not they have any psychic abilities. Personally, I prefer to have my cards read by someone who is also clairvoyant, because they can give me a more detailed reading. What’s important is that you are comfortable with the person and their ability to accurately read and interpret the cards.
A reading can either be focused on a problem or issue you want to have addressed or it can be an open reading, which is basically a general request for guidance. Before you go for your reading, decide what kind of reading you want, and what issues or questions you want to focus on. A reading won’t answer “yes or no” questions, but it will give you guidance in terms of options you may have available. It can also provide you with a different perspective on a situation and help you understand what you’re facing and how you can approach different solutions.
When you sit down with the reader, you’ll be asked what kind of reading you want (if that wasn’t already established). If the reading is going to look at multiple subjects, you’ll be asked which one you want to start with. Be sure you don’t give too many details in your answer. For instance, in the last reading I had done, I simply said that for my first topic I wanted to look at my career path. I gave no information about what kind of work I do, how long I’ve done it, what my plans are, or anything else. You want the reader to tell you what they see, not figure out what you want to hear (fake readers do this all the time).
Whatever your question or issue is, you’ll want to keep that idea at the front of your mind while the cards are being shuffled and dealt. The reader may shuffle the cards, or you may be asked to shuffle or cut the deck yourself, while focusing on your question.
After the shuffle, the reader will lay out the cards in a specific pattern. There are several different layouts, and the reader will choose the one that best suits them or the situation being read. Then the fun begins.
You’ll spend maybe a few minutes in silence while the reader looks at the cards and interprets their meaning. If they’re clairvoyant, they’ll also be receiving psychic impressions. Then they’ll start explaining each of the cards, what they mean and how they’ve been interpreted. At this point, you can give some additional input and ask questions about what you’re being told. If your reading is being done over the phone (I’ve had this done and was really quite impressed), you’ll most likely just be told what the reader sees. You probably won’t be told what cards came up unless you ask.
Some of what you hear might not make sense right away, and that’s to be expected. In the first reading I ever had done, I was given some information that made absolutely no sense to me at the time. One piece became crystal clear about four months later, and six months after that (after I got married, moved across the country and had been working for quite some time at a job in an industry I hadn’t even known existed), another piece fell into place. My most recent reading, on the other hand, indicated some pretty big changes coming in the very near future.
The thing to keep in mind is that a tarot card reading won’t tell you what you should and shouldn’t do. It won’t tell you a future that’s set in stone. The future is in a constant state of flux and depends on the decisions you make. A tarot card reading will give you insight as to what’s most likely to happen if you stay on the path you’re currently traveling. It can help you see possible options and provide you with a deeper understanding of what’s going on in your life.
My suggestions for a successful tarot card reading are to go into it with an open mind, either record the session or take notes for future reference, and have fun!