Why You Should (and Shouldn’t) Get a Tarot Reading

Thinking of getting your cards read, but find yourself sitting on the fence? Here are a few reasons why you should and a few why you shouldn’t get a tarot reading.

Should: You're Looking for Honest answers

Tarot is a wonderful tool to look into all different areas of your life. It can help you see new paths forward, figure out what’s holding you back, and empower you to start taking action. A reading can (and should) be validating, motivating, and empowering. 

That said, tarot is also like a mirror. Sometimes what we get in the cards is a reflection of what we’re trying hard to avoid. It shines a light on what we’ve buried in the darkness. And we don’t always get to hear the outcomes that we’re hoping for. However, if you’re open to the messages brought up in the cards, they can always show you a way through; a way to get you where you want to go.

The best way to approach a reading is with no expectations. At the very least, you’ll have an interesting experience to regale to your friends at a later date.

Shouldn't: You're Looking for a specific answer

Specific questions are great! I love knowing exactly what my querent wants to dig deep into. However, you’re cutting yourself off short (and not allowing the reader to do the cards justice) if you go into a tarot reading expecting a specific answer.

I’ve done a lot of readings where someone wants to know if their ex is coming back or worth fighting for. A few readings come through with a yes, but more often than not, the message is they’re not the right one for you. It’s not an easy message to deliver, nor is it an easy one to hear. But if you’re going into the reading expecting a resounding yes, why bother asking in the first place?

No tarot reader is right 100% of the time. But don’t get a tarot reading if all you want is someone to tell you what you want to hear.

Should: You Want Clarity, Guidance, and Insight

Having difficulty making a decision? Or feeling stuck and not really sure why? If it’s clarity on a situation or relationship that you want, guidance on how to make the best decision, or insight into how you can get where you want to go – then yes! Go and get yourself a reading!

Sometimes tarot brings up more questions, but these help us get to the root of the issue. It’s not always a quick fix solution, but at least you’ll know what road to take.

Shouldnt: You Want A Pass on Accountability

Tarot cards are tools, not minions. They can’t make decisions or take action for you. You’re in the driver’s seat. If you’re looking to pass responsibility onto pieces of paper or the tarot reader themselves, you’re probably not in the best place to get a reading.

While tarot can be so beneficial, it’s not a substitute for professional mental health, medical, legal or financial advice. Want to know if you’re pregnant? Take a test or go to the doctor. Don’t ask the tarot cards.

Should: You're Curious

Maybe you’ve seen tarot around here and there, or you came across a new reader that you’re interested in trying out. One of the best reasons to get a tarot reading is because you just want to see what it’s all about!

I’ve had a lot of people see me at a market and decide to try  reading and see what it’s all about. I’ve been at parties where people thought they might not want to go at all, but the curiosity got the better of them. I’ve even had a couple open-minded skeptics who figured, why not?

There’s nothing wrong with being a little nervous at what’s going to come up. However, each time someone approaches a tarot reading with an open curiosity, they always get something worthwhile out of it.

Shouldn't: You're Too Scared or Overly Skeptical

There’s nothing wrong with being nervous about what messages may come up in the cards. And there’s nothing wrong with some healthy skepticism. But no one benefits from a reading when the querent is closed off.

Tarot readings are an exchange of energy. Shutting the door and locking it behind you doesn’t facilitate that exchange. If you’re not in a good headspace to receive a reading, approach it at another time. If your goal is to “test” your reader or you think the whole thing is phony baloney, save both you the time.

Should: You Feel Good About the Tarot Reader

Look, there’s nothing in the world that’s saying  you have to get a tarot reading. But if you’re genuinely looking forward to the prospect, and have found a tarot reader that gives you good vibes, then what are you waiting for?

Even if you’ve had a bad experience in the past, finding the right reader for you can make the world of difference. Don’t be afraid to ask potential readers questions to determine if you like what they offer. I always say, there’s a tarot reader for everyone. Sometimes it’s just finding that right connection.

Shouldn't: The tarot reader feels off

No one is everyone’s cup of tea, and there’s nothing wrong with spending some time finding the right tarot reader for you. If something seems off about the reader you’ve selected, don’t go forward. Do your research before committing, and know that it’s okay if you don’t click with someone.

Whether in person or online, trust your gut feeling. Remember, no ethical tarot reader should ever tell you that you’re cursed and ask for more money to remove said curse. They shouldn’t tell you when you’re going to die. Nor should they scare you into needing more cards or a longer reading.

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