The Hit List - More curious tarot questions

Every so often, I get curious questions about tarot. I thought I’d answer the latest batch here.

Q: Does the querent need to shuffle the cards?

A: Nope. In fact, many tarot readers won’t let the querent handle the cards. They might view the tarot cards as an extension of their spiritual life – or they may not think it’s necessary. Also, many tarot readers today work via the phone or email, which eliminates the need for the client to shuffle.

Q: Do I have to read reversals? Will I be missing out if I don’t?

A: Nope. Reversals are a matter of preference. Many talented readers do not use reversals. Some use other systems such as elemental dignities. The best path: experiment with reversals. See if you like them. You may discover that you do…or don’t. It’s all good.

Q: Do you have any special rituals you do before reading tarot?

A: Not really. Some readers like a ritual but I’m pretty simple. I light a few candles and a bit of incense – and I’m good to go. Other readers may say a prayer or invocation, others may have a more involved ritual that they do with the querent. Every reader has their own thing. You might discover that a ritual gets you in the right mindset. Or,  if you’re like me, you may find a rather simple set up works just fine.

Q: Are most tarot readers witches?

A: Nope. There are tarot readers from every sorts of spiritual backgrounds. You might meet readers who Pagan, Left Hand, Christian, Buddhist, and every other spiritual philosophy you can imagine.

Q: Do you tell only good things?

A: Nope. Readings run the gamut from positive to challenging. Life is full spectrum – not everybody gets a positive read nor a negative one either. I always say: if you’re doing something you’re not supposed to be doing, don’t expect lollypops and unicorns in your reading!

Q: What happens if the cards are all bad?

A: A good, effective tarot reader will tend to look for options to see how best to work with energy, no matter what the cards say. Remember: you’re in charge of your life. If the cards are reflecting a not-so-rosy future, you can turn things around. It’s always up to you.

Q: What is the difference between the Five of Swords and Seven of Swords? They feel similar.

A: They both carry an element of deception but the Five of Swords is hostile while the Seven of Swords is sneaky. If you look at both cards, you’ll see the difference. The Five of Swords carries an element of pain while the Seven of Swords is just trying to get away with something. That’s the difference.

winter trees

Winter is here.

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The backstory: How the Religious Right Broke Into Americans’ Bedrooms.

Love tarot? Enjoy photography? Join me + photographer Danielle Cohen for this amazing day-long tarot and photography workshop: Through the Tarot Lens.

Liz Smith’s complicated relationship in the closet.

Word: Ta-Nehisi Coates has an incredibly clear explanation for why white people shouldn’t use the n-word.

Love this: Why We ALL Need to Be Activists Right Now.

Amber Tamblyn created this cool t-shirt line with My Sister.

Super stoked about the Spolia Tarot!

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Escape Through Death: the story of undertaker Henrietta Duterte.

Wish I could go to the Grey Gardens yard sale!

From Hello Giggles: Actually, yes, gun control is a women’s issue, and we have to start thinking of it that way.

The Deuce was SO good. I am so pumped it’s been renewed for another season!

Reader’s Digest is writing about tarot? Cool! Each Zodiac Sign Is Related to a Tarot Card—Here’s What Your Card Wants You to Know.

Awful: Hollywood Harassment: I Was Fired from a Hit Show and Intimidated By Lawyers.

This is an excellent post from Alexis J. Cunningfolk: Herbal allies for tarot readers.

I adore Bri Saussy’s Astro Rx 2018!

Wow: This Housewife’s Scandalous Sex Memoir Was Banned by the Supreme Court.

Wanna go here: The Secluded Restaurant In Minnesota That Looks Straight Out Of A Storybook.

Colin Kaepernick is GQ’s citizen of the year.

I wonder if these Foreo Luna cleansing brushes are any good.

I LOVE this chair.

OMFG I want this: Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking.

I miss Obama. Guess I’ll have to settle for this book: Obama: An Intimate Portrait.

Good idea: Easy Soups from Scratch with Quick Breads to Match: 70 Recipes to Pair and Share.

This looks great: Secrets for the Mad: Obsessions, Confessions, and Life Lessons.

The Tarot Coloring Book is the perfect foundation for your tarot studies.

I just finished my series, Breaking Down the Celtic Cross. You can read the whole shebang here.


What I’m Grateful For:


My vet

Hot soup and tea

New books in the mail

My team

Soundtrack for 11/18/17:

Rockstar by Post Malone



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images from Danielle Cohen and personal collection

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