Hi Tarot Lovebots! Today I am going to be sharing some of the things that I believe make for an Excellent Tarot Reader. These are my views and I am sure I have not thought of everything either. So take what resonates with you and leave the rest. This can be true for Oracle Card readers, Angel Card Readers and energy workers of all kinds. We often vibe on the same frequency anyway!
You do not need to be a Witch to be a Tarot Reader.
You do not need to be psychic to be a Tarot Reader.
You do not need certification from a particular place to be a Tarot Reader.
A genuine passion for what you do with the precious time you have in life, whether it is your job, hobby or general interest is a wonderful start. Passion is not measurable and passions can change. However, if you have passion for the Tarot, chances are it is going to always be there on some level. Passion encompasses an emotional connection and enthusiasm. If you look at the Tarot and have a desire to want to know more, then you are on the right track.
2. Thirst for knowledge
I am a total bibliophile. I love to read and write. I want to learn about everything and this is something I feel makes for a wonderful Tarot Reader. Curiosity means that we are going to look beyond what we see on the surface. We are going to ask questions and look at things differently. Beyond this personal thirst for knowledge, A constant desire to learn about the Tarot and your understanding of the Tarot are excellent, as the tarot itself is always evolving. So is your understanding of the individual Tarot cards. This can be through a personal experience which is related to one of the cards, or through reading other people’s interpretations or artists’ representations of the Tarot Archetypes.
I would like to add to this: a deep desire to know yourself. The Tarot is a reflection of human and spiritual growth. The more we learn about ourselves, the more we can go deeper with our knowledge of the Tarot.
If you want to read the guidebook that comes with your deck, do it. If you want to write notes all over the book and keep it on hand as your little Tarot Grimerior, do it. If you don’t ever want to look at it, then don’t. Reading the book and then putting it aside is a common practice. It gives you a good base knowledge and then lets your intuition take charge. Do whatever works for you.
3. At Least One Tarot Deck That You Vibe With
I have said many times before that you do not need to have a monster collection of decks to be an excellent Tarot reader. Nor do you need only one deck to be one either. I have recently heard that some people state that you should use one deck and that is it. What works for you is all good but, it’s not a hard line for rule for everyone. As long as you have one Tarot deck that you connect to and vibe with then you have the only Tool you really need to excel in this field.
Beyond what anyone else thinks of your choice of Tarot, as long as you love it, it will work for you
4. A Desire to Help Others
I guess you can boil this down to the question of motivation for becoming a Tarot reader in the first place. If your reason for becoming a reader is to make it rich, I suggest you pick another profession. I put a desire to help others on this list, as that is what I want to do with my tarot practice and business. From the Clients that I have the pleasure to connect with, to what I do with my money in the real world.
Most of us in the field want to help others. I would even go so far as to say that most people want to help others (I can believe that Humans are inherently good right?). Using that desire to help others with a transformational Tool like the Tarot is pretty amazing.
I am not saying we all have to be healers and spiritual as fuck to be amazing Tarot readers, you don’t you could be all about dropping truth bombs and walking away with little care for what happens in the aftermath. However, I have not met too many of these Tarot readers who last. If the corporate and political world have taught us anything, it is that you can be a total prick and be good at your job too.
If you are authentic, you will be more successful with the Tarot. You will have your own style of reading and you should embrace that. Don’t try to be someone else. Don’t jump on the latest bandwagon because it is trending. Don’t try to copy someone else’s style, web copy, ideas and services. A lot of Tarot readers will offer one question readings or love readings of some sort for example, but it should still be aligned and delivered in a way that is authentically you.
I am silly, loud and a total geek. I swear, sing and get super excited about a new Tarot deck or the new Wonder Woman trailer. That is me. If people visiting my site or watching my videos don’t like it, they will book with another Tarot Reader and that is okay.
Reading the Tarot is like any skill or muscle – you don’t use it you lose it. If you don’t have anyone to read, offer free readings for testimonials via your favourite social media avenue. Or read for fictional characters or your stuffed bear. Offer to do free readings at an event. Practice on yourself. Practice one card draws, combinations, new Tarot spreads, no Tarot Spreads, reversals, not using reversals, Major Arcana only readings, Court Card only readings (go on I dare you!). It all helps and it can be wildly fun.
This goes a level deeper when you start to get a good understanding of the kind of Tarot Reader you want to be. If you want to be an intuitive reader, practice your intuition skills. If you want to be a healer and more of a tarot counsellor, get some counselling skills and qualifications. These are all ways to strengthen your Tarot muscles and grow as a practitioner and person.
7. Listen and Be Open
We don’t know everything, nor should we. Listening, really listening is a wonderful tool for a Tarot Reader. Listen to your clients. Sometimes, while listening to a client, my Spirit Guides have already started to show and tell me things. I will very, very rarely interrupt a Client when they are being vulnerable and sharing with me.
People usually don’t book with a Tarot Reader for no reason. Be there for them. Be present, be all about them. Be like you are on a first date with the person of your dreams. Turn off the phone and get rid of distractions. Show up!
Openness is also multi layered. Being open to what other people believe, experience and view as valuable, is important when you are a Tarot reader. Sure as the sun is going to rise tomorrow you are going to come across clients who have some points of view that you think are completely WACK. You can still be respectful (unless they are a skinhead. In that case wrap it up and say bye, bye).
Be open to the Tarot possibly showing you something new about a specific card, or a situation that you would not have seen or even agree with. I had a reading recently with a client who was telling me about an ex that they wanted to get back together with. Now if this was my friend and I was just giving some real world advice, I would have said something along the lines of ‘look forward, not backwards and move on’. However the Tarot showed just the opposite. I had to put what I thought aside (another aspect of being a great reader) and deliver the message for my client as the Tarot and my Guides were saying. I had to tell my ego to calm your farm and be a professional.
Openness to ways of thinking, feeling and being are pretty great qualities anyway.
8. Communication Skills
We are connectors and communicators. That is at the heart of what we do. If you find that you struggle with your communication, then there are so many resources you can access, most of which are free. Join a local toastmasters group. Practice speaking your readings outloud (that will help you get more confident with delivering the messages of the Tarot). Get some feedback from a friend or trusted mentor about your reading style. As I said before about being authentic, you don’t have to change who you are. You can choose email readings if you don’t like to talk. But even those who write their readings, need to communicate.
9. A Good Mentor
This is optional but I have found, over my many years of being a student of the Tarot and a Tarot Reader, that having someone I can talk to, in confidence, has been invaluable. It has helped me grow and I don’t feel so isolated. Trust your gut when you choose someone to work with on that level.
10. Rebellious Heart
Fuck the rules, fuck the books, fuck haters, fuck people who say there is only one way to do things. If you are a Tarot nerd, lover, collector, reader or student, chances are you are a little rebellious at heart. Embrace it.
So that is my little list for what I believe makes an Excellent Tarot Reader. Did I miss anything? What do you think it takes to be a kick ass reader? Let me know!