As a tarot reader I often get questions about my background, experience and practice. Recently I stumbled upon a blog post: 10 Questions Every Tarot Reader Must Answer by the Left Hand Path, and wanted to share my answers. Have a watch and read through and get to know me a little more!
1. Were you mentored, or were you self-taught?
When I purchased my first Tarot deck at 15 I was completely self-taught. I read a lot of books about the Tarot and read the guidebook for the Mythic Tarot many many times. I also used my intuition.
I found my mentor in 2005 and that was when I took on a more structured learning program with the Tarot and I also studied more structured psychic development as well with her that same year
I found having someone to ask questions of and to be able to share my experiences with extremely useful. Having confirmation that I was on the right track and that it was something I was good at helped give me the confidence to read for others.
2. Are you a psychic or a Tarot reader?
I also rely and use my Clairvoyance, Clairaudience and Clairsentience in my readings. These are the three psychic abilities that have come the most naturally to me. I talk about my abilities as a child in my video – My Tarot Story.
I am empathic, always have been. I have honed and learnt to control these abilities. I do believe that everyone can access these energies but I also feel that some will come easier than others to people
3. Are your predictions accurate, and is accuracy important to you?
I have predicted things in a Tarot Reading that have been spot on.
I have predicted things in a Tarot Reading that have not come to pass.
I have predicted things in a Tarot Reading that have come to pass but not in the time that I saw it. Either after or before.
I personally don’t believe that any reader can be spot on 100% of the time. No one in any profession is 100% correct all the time. Giving my Clients clarity and getting them to ask the right questions about their lives so that they can have the most positive experience possible is more important to me than having something not come to pass on an exact date.
The Tarot is a divination tool but it is also so much more than that. Some readers read only in a full predictive style. I read in a more holistic style. If you want to know about something happening like a house sale in a certain time, then I will totally answer you. If you want to know how to navigate a tricky situations, I will give you options.
4. Is there anything you can’t predict in a reading?
Most of the time I don’t feel it is a matter of can’t, rather than I won’t.
I have been asked about the location of missing people.
I have been asked about missing items.
I have been asked about lotto numbers.
I won’t answer these questions and I don’t believe it is my area of expertise.
I have also been asked a lot of things around hexing people being a witchy woman and I certainly will not do that.
I believe that our sphere of influence plays a part in our Tarot Readings. Sometimes we aren’t meant to know things or the path has not been set yet because a choice has not been made and let’s not forget that we all have that magical thing. Choice. Other people also have choice.
I feel that when I do a Tarot Reading it is taking a snapshot of what is the most likely outcome and what is most likely to happen based on the information available, the energy around the situation or people involved. The fears, hopes, environment and a bunch of other factors.
5. Do you use only Tarot, or are you multi-disciplinary?
- Oracle Cards
- Spirit Guides
- Tea Leaf Reading
I am probably missing things here. A lot of this I have done with my training as a Witch but Aura-Soma I spent two years learning and becoming certified.
6. Is the message in the cards, or in your head?
Both. Catching the theme here?
I am drawn on the symbols and artistic interpretation that the Tarot cards allow me to tap into. One of the reasons I love lots of decks as all of the decks have something new to say.
I know what the cards mean as well. I do connect to my Spirit Guides and I do use my intuition. The message has to be in the cards though, this is the jumping off point for me. The intuitive information connects to the cards.
7. Are you a priest or a fortune-teller?
I believe that everyone is a priest or priestess, we all have the connection to the divine. I am a priestess but I don’t believe that makes me more special than anyone else. I also diviner.
I take my work as a Tarot Reader, coach and mentor extremely seriously and am very honored every time I work with a Client. Reading Tarot is a ritual, a healing session, confirmation, and inspiration. It is my jam.
8. Are you a fixer or a looker?
The only person who can ‘fix’ their own life is the person whose life it is. I use the Tarot to look a the situation from a different approach, to give options and shed light from an unbiased perspective. The greatest gift though that I believe a Tarot reading can give my Clients is to get them to a place where they are asking the right questions for their life.
I can and do also use the Tarot for divination, as I have mentioned before but I don’t think that the Tarot is a band-aid.
9. Do you read for free, or for fee?
For a fee, most of the time. I do some free readings every now and then but reading Tarot, writing and coaching is my full time gig.
10. Is there anything you won’t predict in a reading?
I mentioned a few things in the ‘can’t’ answer but anything that feels morally wrong or like down right spying I am not going to answer. I won’t predict things like election outcomes or world events. Not that people ask, thank goodness. I won’t predict death of people or animal kin.
These questions have been very interesting to answer. What do you think of the list? Is there anything missing? Would love to see your answers if you have done this too. Comment below or tweet me @ethonytarot