The 3 things to do when you doubt your tarot reading

Ever experience one of these situations:

You needed guidance on a situation so you laid out a few tarot cards. Yet, for some reason, you’re having trouble trusting the information that came through.

Or maybe you decided to visit a tarot professional. Instead of walking away with clarity, you’re not confident about the reader’s interpretation. You’re full of doubt and wondering if perhaps they were wrong.

There are many reasons why you may feel doubt after getting a tarot reading. Perhaps you’re new to tarot and are not sure what you’re doing or if your interpretations are accurate. Maybe you’ve come to the reading with an agenda – or you’re too emotionally invested to be objective.

Or, in the case where you’re working with a pro, it may be that you don’t have a bond established. In that situation, you may be leading with your skepticism instead of trust. It’s also possible that you may not gel with the reader.

And sometimes…through no fault of your own or the other person involved, the reading just doesn’t make sense.

If you’ve ever experienced this, you might not be sure what to do next.

Here’s what I recommend:

One: Check yourself first. Did you come to the tarot table with an open mind? Were you emotionally invested in the outcome (meaning: wanting to hear a particular forecast)? Were you grounded or full of anxiety? These are all things that can impact a tarot reading – or make you feel uncertain about the information. Start by looking in and seeing where you might have set yourself up for a less than stellar experience.

Two: Get a second opinion. If you feel that you cannot trust the information you received, go see another tarot reader. A different perspective might help. This is especially true when you’re doing your own reading and having trouble being objective. 

That being said, if you go to two different readers and get conflicting information, do not go back to the original reader and freak out on them. Instead, take both readings into account and see which one makes the most sense for you. Also: while a second opinion is a wise idea, don’t go from reader to reader to reader just to get the answer you want. Tarot doesn’t like that and this is a surefire way to guarantee you’ll end up with more confusion.

Three: Sit with the information. File it away for a few months and then come back to it. Does it make sense now? Oftentimes, a bit of distance will bring clarity. However, if the reading still doesn’t add up after some time has passed, let it go. (Side note: I had a client who came back to me years after her reading to let me know that it worked out but took a few years longer than originally anticipated! I’ve had that experience too and wrote about it here.)

Look, not every reading you get – or do yourself – will make a whole lotta sense. But if you approach every reading with openness, calm, and curiosity, you’ll stack the odds in your favor for a clear, helpful reading every time.



© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2018

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