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 three 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.
A few years ago, I taught a photography and tarot workshop in beautiful Costa Mesa. The weather was funky, a few people had to cancel, so there was a small, intimate group for the class. One of the participants was Meg Jones Wall, a tarot reader and photographer. I quickly realized her talent in both areas as we worked through the exercises. Meg’s interpretations were deep, insightful, and incisive. Her photos were breathtaking. I was instantly smitten and knew I had to keep an eye on her world.
Since that time, we’ve been friends (our yearly dinner in New York with fellow badasses Mecca Woods and Jeana Kadlec is one of my most-anticipated events of the year), and I’ve been a fan. Her gorgeous Instagram tarot spreads, thoughtful blog posts (one recent fave was Tarot Spreads for When You Need the Cards to Gently Drag You), and super-smart Queer Tarotscopes always catch my eye – and keep me informed. Meg’s 3am.tarot site is quickly catching fire because other people are noticing too. She is a modern tarot reader with a compassionate voice, an ace photographer, and an all-around awesome human.
This talented tarot pro is blowing up fast in the metaphysical world. My advice to you, my dear readers, is to get in Meg’s world and get a reading now. I’ll predict that you’ll become an instant fan too!
Meg (she/her) is a queer tarot reader, photographer, and writer based in NYC. After growing up in a deeply conservative religious home and attending an evangelical liberal arts college, it took Meg quite a few years to come out as bisexual, leave the church, and begin to carve her own path forward. Buying her first tarot deck in the summer of 2016 was a major turning point, evolving into a daily tarot Instagram account and eventually leading to writing about tarot for Autostraddle, launching a Patreon, creating an e-book, and pursuing tarot writing as a career alongside photography.
For Meg, tarot serves as a bridge between intuition and action, allowing readers to find empowerment, strength, and personal magic while creating daily rituals and unique, personal understandings of each card. Her reading style is one of both tough love and empathy, allowing the cards to speak frankly while also encouraging clients to explore personal meanings within the cards and use tarot as a tool for deeper understanding. She is currently working on her first book proposal.
Check out Meg’s answers to my questions below:
Q: What is your philosophy about tarot reading?
Meg: My philosophy about tarot reading is that tarot is for anyone and everyone that is open to understanding it. This tool is something that can be utilized in so many ways, from daily reflections to deep personal exploration to an opportunity to gain fresh and unexpected perspectives. I don’t use tarot predictively, and I don’t personally see the cards as holding their own power – but I do believe that using tarot can help us find personal magic, that the cards can reveal incredible insights and help us find support, guidance, and clarity in unique and important ways. Tarot has helped me find so much confidence and internal power has given me so much freedom and creative expression and has opened me up to new opportunities and experiences that I may never have found otherwise. I feel that even if someone doesn’t believe that they have any particular spiritual gifts, or call themselves a psychic or a medium, tarot can still be a beautiful and empowering way to dig deeper within, letting anyone who’s willing to do the work discover rich wisdom and deep inner magic.
Q: How do you feel a client might get the most out of a reading with you?
Meg: I always ask my clients to come to me with a sense of openness, while respecting what the cards can and cannot do. I prefer to keep my readings focused on the client that is present with me, rather than reading about the emotions or intentions of people that aren’t involved in the reading, so clients that are ready to dive deep and listen to what the cards have to say will absolutely get the most out of readings with me. I don’t mind doing general readings but find that most of the time, people have something specific in mind when they seek out a reading – so when clients trust me enough to be honest about what they’re looking for, it allows me to read the cards in a much deeper and more personal way. I do in-person readings sometimes but really love offering written readings, which allows me to pull together the messages from the cards in a more complete way and also leaves my clients with something they can refer back to time and time again. I love having a record of my readings, so being able to offer that to my clients is an important part of my business.
Q: What is your best piece of advice for an aspiring Tarot reader?
Meg: Stop worrying so much about doing it “correctly” and instead begin building tarot readings into your regular routines. There are so many amazing resources out there for beginning tarot readers, and taking advantage of the wisdom shared by people with more experience is a wonderful practice – but the truth is that when you start reading every day, pulling cards and writing about them and exploring personal connections within each archetype, you’ll eventually be able to read intuitively, which to me feels so much more empowering than having to constantly rely on the interpretations provided by other people. Find people whose work resonates with you and utilize the resources that they provide, but don’t be afraid to read by yourself too. You’ll find that it’ll help you learn to believe in yourself, trust your intuition, and form a much more personal relationship with your cards that will expand your personal readings and help you find the confidence to start reading for other people if that’s something you decide to do. Learn to trust yourself completely, and you’ll be amazed at how much magic and power you find within your cards.
Super love to Meg Jones Wall for making time to chat with me about tarot. Get your sweet self to her site and grab your reading now.
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2020