Talkin’ Tarot With Biddy Tarot

by Theresa Reed on June 6, 2012

Talkin’ Tarot With is a monthly feature designed to introduce my readers to different tarot readers from our wonderfully diverse community!  Each month, I’ll be asking various tarot readers 3 questions about their tarot philosophy and style, plus pointing you to their websites and blogs so that you can learn more about them!  I like to hand pick tarot readers that I feel are talented and interesting.

One of my favorite online tarot resources is Biddy Tarot.  Blogger, tarot reader and writer Brigit (Biddy) Esselmont has created one of the most thorough supplies of tarot information that you’ll find on the web.  It’s no wonder she gets over 120,000 visitors a month!  You’ll find everything you need on her site: tarot card meanings, tutorials, the tarot circle, and her weekly newsletter.

Biddy’s mission is to help people to learn to read tarot with ease.  After having her cards read by another person at the tender age of 18, she felt inspired to start learning  on her own. Since that time, she became adept, put up her website in 2000 and has been growing her business and skills ever since.  And now she passes on her knowledge to seekers through her site as well as her ebook, The Ultimate Guide To Tarot Card Meanings.  I have been a big fan of that ebook for a while now and recently blogged about it.  If you are a tarot fan, this is a resource that you’ll turn to again and again.  It’s perhaps one of the most detailed and complete guides on the market today.

Biddy’s site isn’t limited to teaching – she also offers readings via email.  So whether you are looking to learn tarot or to seek her wisdom through a reading, she’s a real live “one stop tarot shop”.   I don’t know how this busy mom of two manages to do all this – but wow.  She’s an inspiration to us all!

You can find her site at: Biddy Tarot

Check out her answers to my questions below:


1.  What is your philosophy about tarot reading?

I am a strong believer that a Tarot reading should be empowering. By empowering, I mean that a client should be able to walk away from a Tarot reading with a clear idea of what to expect and how to respond in a way that will help create the outcomes they want. A Tarot reading should be practical and actionable. It is one thing to ‘tell it like it is’, but you don’t want your client to leave the reading in a cloud of doom and gloom. Instead, they need to know what strategies they can put in place to either minimise the ‘doom and gloom’ or avoid it all together.

I am also a believer in free will. We have the power to create the future we want by being proactive and focused. That said, I do also believe we have predetermined life journeys or paths where, over the course of our lives, we are destined to learn something or contribute something to the wider Universe. But on a day-to-day level, we can make positive changes to our lives to steer it in the direction we want.

2.  How do you feel a client might get the most out of a reading with you?

Ideally, I like to be able to partner with my clients and have a conversation. Yeah, pretty funny coming from a Tarot reader who mainly does email Tarot readings! But typically, I find that we get a much more insightful and meaningful Tarot reading when the client can provide a bit more detail than just, “A general reading please”, and we can have an email conversation after the reading to confirm how the Tarot reading aligns with various aspects of their situation.

I love it when, after a Tarot reading, a client comes back to me to tell me more about their story and it deepens the messages of the Tarot cards even more. It really begins to bring it alive.

3.  What is your best piece of advice for an aspiring tarot reader?

Never give up. When I first started to teach myself Tarot, I was so overwhelmed by having to learn 78 Tarot card meanings. But, through a process of journal writing, drawing a Tarot card a day and connecting with other like-minded people via the internet, I built up my knowledge of each Tarot card. Learning anything new can be daunting. So, break it into parts. Start with just one Suit and get to know it inside and out. Then move to the next Suit, and so on. You’ll start to feel that sense of achievement as you get to know smaller chunks of the cards. And eventually you will realise that you have all 78 Tarot cards down pat!

Of course, knowing the Tarot card meanings is only part of the puzzle. So I also recommend getting as much practice as possible. Practice reading for friends or complete strangers. Then also draw one card a day and apply it to everything that happened during that day. Start to see the world through the eyes of your Tarot cards.


Big hugs to this busy lady for taking the time to visit with me.  Learn more about Biddy at Biddy Tarot.



© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2012

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Frances June 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

Great interview!

Brigit | Biddy Tarot June 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Thanks Theresa for having me as part of your Talkin’ Tarot series. It was an absolute pleasure!

Leelahel June 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I really enjoyed reading this interview. I have read this blog for a couple of years now!

I added your blog to my bookmarks. There is so much wisdom herein!


Sonja June 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Dear Bridgit,

Just when I needed it, I see this article. Off-late, I’ve been experiencing a very demotivating approach towards tarot. I lay the cards out and don’t understand anything. I concentrate more on the theoretical meaning than the intuitive. My intuition is not yet developed. A met this professional Tarot reader, who drew a card to understand If Tarot is meant to be in my life and she drew the Moon. The she added, that The journey has begun but your intuition isn’t developed yet. And she also added that the only way i can develop it is through Practice. Sometimes I get really intimidated. However, after reading this post of yours, I am motivated and inspired to practice with my cards again. Keep up the brilliant work dearie.

Much love.


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