29 Aug 6 Times You Should Not Read the Tarot
Hi Tarot Tribe, it’s Ethony and I wanted to share with you some of the times that I would advise against picking up your Tarot cards. This is just my opinion, you have to decide where your line is with when you are going to read your cards or not.
Like everything I share, take what resonates with you and leave the rest.
Tarot is my profession and I have worked when I have not been at 100% feeling well and have had to create space and focus when things are currently crazy in my life. So not all of these are hard and fast rules, they are more like suggestions.
If you read the cards and any of these things are in play, you may not get a clear reading, you may pick up other people’s energy, or if you are reading for someone else, your Tarot cards may read you instead of your client.
1. It Crosses Your Line
If a reading crossed my ethics line or is a subject that I am not comfortable with I don’t do it. I have spoken about ethics a few times on my blog here are some posts if you want to learn more about my ethics and tarot opinions.
2. You Are Sick
Tarot readings for me are a ritual. I create sacred space and work with my Spirit Guides. Usually, after a full day of Tarot readings I am pretty tired, so when I am sick readings are out of the question. I don’t want to have to fight through a foggy mind and sore body.
There is, of course, a difference between feeling a little shitty, and being so sick I can’t move.
3. Shit Is Crazy
You know when you are having one of those times in your life when you would prefer to be looking in the face of a T-Rex?
I have found in my experience a lot of people come to the Tarot when they are in crisis or confused. They have tried to find the answers themselves and often feel like they are out of options.
Holding space for people who may be in crisis is a great skill for a professional Tarot reader. However, it can be hard for people to really hear what is being said when they are frazzled.
Allowing some space to breathe and get some calm is often a very good idea before consulting the Tarot. This way you (if you are reading for yourself) or your querent can be more open to the reading.
4. Too Close, Babe
What is too close?
This is something you will have to determine for yourself. Maybe it is that the person you are reading for is too close to you and you don’t want to be blamed for anything. I have an old post about reading for friends and family you may want to check out.
Or, maybe the situation is something that is too close to what your you are currently healing in yourself?
I read for my friends and family but I do know where my lines are. I also know that I need to put my personal opinions about the situation aside and be a reader, that is what they need from me in that space. Not my regular sassy Gemini self.
5. You’re Tripping Balls or Channeling Patsy Stone
I will not read for someone who is off their face. They aren’t going to remember it anyway, which is simply a waste of my time and energy and while I have no problem slinging cards pretty much wherever I am needed, I treat them as a sacred tool.
Likewise, if I am drunk (which is very, very, very rare) I am not going to read someone’s cards. That is just me and I must confess, I am pretty straight laced. I rarely drink and mind altering substances hold very little appeal to me.
I would actually like to hear from anyone who has read under the influence of something (I am not inviting you to get wasted here) – did it affect your readings?
6. Burn Out City
When the tank is empty and there is nothing left to give, it may be better to focus on recharging than expending your energy. I find when I’m a resident in burn out city readings are rather taxing on my body.
This, of course, is not going to be the case for everyone. Some people can sling cards all day and not feel tired at all. For me, it is ritual so it takes energy for me to hold space. So I don’t like to read when I am burnt out.
It is always better to prevent burning out, but it is not always an option. Readers and healers need to take care of themselves too.
So that’s my list of times I would take a moment and reflect before reading your cards for yourself or other people.
Did I miss something?
When are the times you feel it is best to leave the cards? Any exceptions to the guidelines above?