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.
One of the qualities that makes someone a great tarot reader is compassion. TeriAnne Tarot might be the most compassionate, caring person I’ve ever come across. I’m not alone when I say this. Other readers know that TeriAnne is made of the kind stuff. She’s a great friend to other members of the tarot community, always wiling to lend an ear and a nice word. She has been there for me when I needed support too.
It’s no surprise to me that her specialty is relationship readings. After all, she is a Libra. Most of the Libras I know love to fix romantic issues. They’re good at that. But there’s another part to this: TeriAnne Tarot is a survivor of domestic abuse. She knows what it’s like to be in an unhealthy situation – and how to get out. This is another reason why she’s such an understanding reader: she’s been there, and she’s not going to judge you. She’s going to help you. If you’re trying to find peace in your relationship – or want to heal after a split, she’s your reader.
I also want to add that she’s funny as hell. After all, she is the “Sassy Southern Tarot Reader!” She may be tender but her wit is sharp!
In a world full of Negative Nellys we need more TeriAnnes. Be sure to check her out and get your reading right here.
In TeriAnne’s own words: Mom was fascinated with anything magickal and mysterious but kept pretty much to herself. My paternal grandmother was a palmist and performed handwriting analysis for friends and family, but she never went professional with it. We basically kept our “alternative interests” on the down-low.
My younger years were challenging, to say the least. I was thought of as moody, having an attitude problem, and anger issues. The words “empathic” and “sensitive” weren’t used, and so were never considered as the culprit. I’m so grateful times have changed!
I studied Tarot on my own, in the proverbial closet, for more years than I like to count. It wasn’t until my divorce that I actively began reading for others, and another 10 years after that before I started reading professionally, as my sole income. Besides Tarot, I also read Witches Runes and am an eclectic Witch livin’ in the Bible Belt. My addiction to Tarot decks is a lost cause, right along with books, candles, crystals, and making dream catchers. Oh, and I love to dance!
As a survivor of approximately 28 years of abuse, it may seem ironic that I specialize in relationships. It is what it is — I don’t have an explanation for it. I truly believe I was meant to help others in this area. I love making people smile and laugh. There’s not enough laughter in the world. It’s why I started posting videos. There are some who watch me every day because they feel like I’m talking right to them. I might be the only live being they have any connection with the entire day. So, I let them see the real me. When I’m giving the reading, if a song pops up in my head, I’ll sing a few lines. Let them see and hear what I’m feeling.
What brings me the most joy is guiding someone towards a happy and secure relationship, even if it’s with themselves. Or letting just one person know they’re not alone, and they can get thru this. Offer peace of mind. By doing that, all the trials I’ve survived were worth it. It’s all good.
Check out TeriAnne’s answers to my questions below:
Q: What is your philosophy about tarot reading?
TeriAnne: My philosophy has grown by leaps and bounds since I picked up my first Tarot deck, and continues to grow daily. Learning traditional meanings is the first step. Allowing your intuition the freedom to come into play is the second, and I believe the most important, step. Have confidence in yourself and what you feel, and everything else will fall into place.
What I will hold in my heart forever is the feeling that Tarot accepted me as much as I accepted the Tarot. I don’t know if I can even explain this in words everyone will understand, but I’ll try. When I hold a Tarot deck, I feel like I belong. I can cry, laugh, breathe, live, simply by shuffling. When I read for a client, emotions may overwhelm me. I can find myself apologizing because I’ve suddenly realized tears are running down my face. It can be intense, and I love it.
Q: How do you feel a client might get the most out of a reading with you?
TeriAnne: By being honest about what they want to know, and openminded about what they receive. Understand that it generally takes time for their likely outcome to evolve. Many times, a client will expect the answer to come knocking at their door, and soon. That would be great, wouldn’t it? Unfortunately, it generally doesn’t work that way. For example, if you want to know why you haven’t met your “soul mate” yet, ask yourself what you’re actively doing to attract someone. Are you putting yourself out there? Making an effort to strike up a conversation? Do you take care of your appearance? Personal hygiene plays a big part, ya know. The cards can guide you, but you have work to do, as well
Q: What is your best piece of advice for an aspiring tarot reader?
TeriAnne: I can’t choose just one thing! There are so many things I’ve learned that I’d love to pass on. I’ll take the easy road and let you choose what resonates the most with you… 😉
If Tarot reading is your dream, then follow it. Never give up. Continue to study and take classes. There are amazing resources and teachers available, and no such thing as knowing too much. Learning the traditional meanings is important (it’s my personal opinion the Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot deck is best for this). READ THE LITTLE WHITE BOOK, and then let your intuition lead the way. Trust yourself. Feel the cards, and the messages they share.
Be honest. Don’t blow smoke up your client’s ass because you want to make them happy — give them only a “good” reading. Your client is putting their trust and hard-earned money in you, and you cannot disrespect them by skirting the truth. Just be sure you are kind as you deliver the message. Don’t leave them with a horrible outcome. Try to come up with some options they might attempt if they choose to.
Understand that you won’t always be right. There’s no such thing as the “perfect reader”. Like I say on my website, if you know of a Magic 8 Ball that really works, don’t keep that puppy to yourself! Do me a solid and share the love.
Sometimes, a client won’t like the cards received and guidance given. When that happens, try to remember that old saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” It’s the same principle here. You can do your best to guide your client, but you can’t force them to listen. And that’s okay. It’s called “free will”, and they’re enacting it. We must respect that. Leave your personal feelings at the door. There’s no room for bias, judgment, and prejudice in Tarot.
Practice, practice, and practice again. Reading for family and friends is great, but even better is doing practice readings with your peers. You can learn so much from a fellow reader. They may have a method or style you haven’t considered before, and you might decide to incorporate some of their approaches into your readings. Maybe they have a ritual they perform before and/or after readings that sounds ideal for you or a spread they prefer that sounds interesting. As I specified earlier, there’s no such thing as knowing too much.
DO NOT let anyone tell you that you need to become certified to be considered a “real” Tarot reader. That is a total crock. It’s just a way for someone to line their pockets, and line them well. Read books on Tarot, practice with the cards, take classes with different Tarot teachers so you can learn various methods of reading. From there you can develop your own style.
It’s a lot of work, but the rewards are AMAZING. And remember, laughter really is the best medicine.
Big hugs to TeriAnne for sharing her wisdom with my audience today. Get to her world and book a reading right here.
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2021
image from TeriAnne