When you start hanging out with tarot peers, you quickly realize that we tend to be a pretty opinionated bunch, especially when it comes to tarot. Ask any professional about how tarot “should” be read and you’ll get a range of answers…and every single one delivered with absolute certainty.
“It’s only for introspection. No one should try to tell the future.”
“Tarot is great for divination!”
“Tarot can’t see the future. Avoid readers who claim they can.”
“People come to me to see the future. They don’t want therapy.”
“There should be an agreed upon set of ethics for every tarot reader.”
“No one should enforce ethics.”
“You should never read for people who aren’t present at the time of the reading. That’s spying.”
“In some cases, it’s perfectly fine to read for people who aren’t present.”
“I use reversals. Everyone should.”
“I don’t use reversals. No one needs them!”
And so on. Can’t we all just get along? Seriously.
So what’s the the truth here? What’s the right way to read tarot?
Here’s what you need to hear: there is no right way or wrong way. There is only YOUR way.
If you want to foretell the future, go for it. Don’t like that? Then don’t. Wanna use tarot for psychological purposes? If that makes sense for you, absolutely do it. Only want to read for yourself? That’s fine too.
In other words: read and let read. Or: do your thing and don’t try to push your method down other tarot reader’s throats. Because your way may be right for you but it may not be right for someone else.
That’s the beauty of tarot: ultimately it becomes a part of you. Which means it’s unique to you. So why on earth would you want to tell anyone else what they “should” do?
Be the Light. Join me + Shaheen Miro for this free virtual event to honor International Peace Day on September 21st. Totally free. Totally peaceful.
Go for it: Tarot cards for Packers season.
Ah memories: The Sears Portrait Studio Aesthetic Is Back, Baby.
From Feministing: What backlash against “political correctness” is all about.
I need to make one of these Iron Thrones for my cats!
Teen Vogue is on top of it: Stacey Abrams Wants You To Know That Politicians Are Trying To Keep You From Voting.
Meanwhile over at Vogue: What’s Co-Star? Meet the Astrology App That’s Intriguing Millennials Everywhere.
Did you get the brand new edition of Tarot For Yourself yet? You should!
This looks cool: Queen of the Moon Oracle: Guidance through Lunar and Seasonal Energies.
The Tarot Coloring Book is a for tarot-curious people who need an experiential way to understand the cards.
Tarot For Troubled Times is a tarot handbook but so much more. It is strongly focused on self-care and activism. If you are looking to change yourself and the world, you might want to check it out.
COMING SOON: Astrology for Real Life: A Workbook for Beginners (A No B.S. Guide for the Astro-Curious). This is an intro to astrology for people who are intimidated by all those fancy astrology words.
October 4th, 2019: ASTROLOGY FOR REAL LIFE BOOK LAUNCH PARTY! Where: Where: Free Spirit Crystals in Butler, Wisconsin. What time: 7 PM. Cost: Free!
October 6th, 2019: Astrology for Total Beginners. Where: Eye of Horus in Minneapolis. What time: 1 PM – 3 PM. Cost: $30.00.
October 12, 2019: Crash Course in Tarot. Where: 22 Teachings, Los Angeles. What time: 12 PM – 2 PM. Cost: $40.00. All the details are here.
October 13, 2019: Crash Course in Astrology. Where: 22 Teachings in Los Angeles. What time: 12 PM – 2 PM. Cost $40.00. All the details are here.
November 16, 2019: Q&A and book signing at Ascended Gifts. Time: 5:30 PM. Books will be available for purchase. Where: 6728 W. Morgan Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53220. FREE! Call 1-414-321-0801 for details.
May 10-16, 2020: The Tuscany Tarot Intensive. Where: Italy! A full week of tarot immersion. The only live tarot class I plan on teaching next year. Spots are limited.
What I’m Grateful For:
Do not disturb
Gray skies and drizzle
Soundtrack for 9/7/19:
Pick U Up by Foster the People
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2019
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