Anonymous said: i have a tarot question...i'm an aspiring reader who just got my first deck. i learn better in a hands-on way, so i'm going to be reading my friend a lot. what's the best way to read though? like should i list the card meanings in the position separately and then do the overall message, or the other way around? or just do one and not the other? i'm so confused!
I’ll be the first to say that I’m probably one of the worst choices for asking about divination. I’m not all that great at it, and I never trust the results (or don’t do anything with them) and most anyone that’s tried to read me has either missed the mark entirely, or it’s like their deck just gives up and goes to die in a hole without us XD
That being said, in the past I found that working with my own interpretations was important. I’d often use singular key words to represent a card, and I’d use the imagery or gut feelings to figure out the rest. I use a mixture of prefabbed spreads and spreads I’ve made myself. Sometimes I feel like cards are in the wrong position, or that they are answering a different question than what the card’s slot dictates, and I sorta… gut feel my way through things from time to time.
And sometimes I’ll just pull a card or 5 and not worry about the specific card slot meanings, and instead focus on the whole message the cards are conveying.
Or in other words, I just sorta make shit up as I go and let each spread dictate to me what it needs or wants. Which… may or may not work for you, and since I am not the best at divination, idk how much of my experiences should really effect what you do XD
So if someone with more experience and a better track record has input, feel free to hook this anon up.
Someone with tarot experience here :D
I tell the querant the meaning of the position as a draw the card, then tell them what the card means and how it relates to the position. Then I look back over each card drawn so far and how it affects the meaning of the card that I just pulled.
So in effect each; step I review the whole reading. Using the the whole spread always improves the quality of the information presented by any single card and works to clear up cards which were too cryptic when first drawn. This gives me the confidence to move on from a card if I don’t feel it has a clear message, knowing I can come back to it later with a better understanding.
The reading takes up to 30 min, the querant usually likes a nice long reading.