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Ask a Tarot Reader: Why didn’t my reading come true?

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This is another post in the “Ask a Tarot Reader” series. If you have a question for me that you’d like to see featured here, please email me at tarrytowntarot@gmail.com, Subject line: “Ask a Tarot Reader”. Please specify how you would like your name to appear or if you wish to remain anonymous.


 

Some readings, we’re really into the nitty-gritty, and I’m flinging tarot cards and speaking truth: yes, I would even say I’ve been on fire with my predictions. Predictions (the type that are out of left field, bold of lightning moments) happen occasionally, but truly, that’s not my style of reading normally. I’m much more of a “holding the mirror up” reader than incense wafting and long-buried secrets revealed reader.

Other readings? It’s more like this:

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Well, at least it FEELS that way. (and more along the educated guesses rather than using stereotypes to “predict” the future… thanks for feeding into the mythos of the charlatan reader, Dave Chappelle! *annoyed look*)

Thankfully the “Educated Guess Line” feeling doesn’t happen often, because what is there to guess? My job is to read the cards that come up. No guessing necessary. Yes, I’m oversimplifying the complex art of reading tarot, but truly, isn’t that what tarot boils down to? “Read the damn cards,” as my friend and fellow reader Courtney Weber would say.

While it’s a rarity, the question of “Why didn’t my reading come true?” has been asked of me and of my fellow tarot reading colleagues. It’s normally asked as a hypothetical question, or asked of me from someone that went to a different reader than me, but still… it’s asked, and I’m here to give answers. Being asked this question is not the reason that I shy away from the word prediction… it just simply isn’t my reading style, most of the time. There are several reasons why a predictive tarot reading doesn’t pan out. I have listed them here from most likely to least likely. You may be surprised by the answers… Continue Reading

A Tarot Bitchslap: Take Care of Yourself!

The Empress reversed from the Enchanted Tarot and the 4 of Swords from the Mystic Dreamer Tarot: 2 different cards, 2 different decks, telling me the same thing!

The Empress reversed from the Enchanted Tarot and the 4 of Swords from the Mystic Dreamer Tarot: 2 different cards, 2 different decks, telling me the same thing!

 

I was supposed to do 2 email readings the other day. When I sat down to Source [different from meditation, see here] before them (to get myself in the tarot reading state), I hit that wall of tiredness with nothing left to give right afterward. Usually, Sourcing makes me feel energized and ready, centered and calm. But last night, that wasn’t the case. I pulled a few cards to be sure, truthbombs and tarot alike, and got the same answer from all of them: you’re depleted. You’re not going to do your best work if you do the readings now. In the form of the truthbomb: “Admit to what you feel greedy about. It will point to your most tender desire.” and the Empress reversed in the Enchanted Tarot deck and the 4 of Swords in the Mystic Dreamer deck. 3 different sources and cards, but the same answer kept ringing through.

This is, what I like to call, a tarot bitchslap. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I listen. No tarot reader is immune.Continue Reading

Reality Check – What It’s Really Like Working as a Part Time Tarot Reader

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Theresa Reed and I are doing a joint venture on our blogs where we give a little peek on the truth of what it means to do this work – full time or part time. Be sure to read Theresa’s take on Reality Check: What it’s really like working as a full time tarot reader.


 

There was a time when I hid the fact that I had a full time job (other than tarot reading) from my clients. I thought it was shameful and somehow unprofessional that I wasn’t doing tarot full time; that I was less of a reader for it.

Then, it would somehow come up in conversation that they or someone they knew was looking for an editor, and I would say, “Oh, I do that!” … and consequentially have to explain that tarot was not the main squeeze I had purported it to be originally.

Let’s just say it’s easier to be honest up-front about my part time status rather than do an awkward backtracking.

Here’s a dirty little secret for you that I’m bringing to light, right here and now: I am in fact the norm amongst tarot readers. Most tarot readers are NOT full time. Those that are are the rare exception.Continue Reading

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