I found this set of questions from Two Sides Tarot, although it’s definitely been around for some time, and I’m just late to the party! Anything that helps potential clients further understand how I work and operate, and figure out if I’m the reader for them, is something I’m always up for.
Let’s jump right in!
1. Were you mentored or self-taught?
Technically self-taught, but it’s a little impossible in my opinion to get into card reading without some level of guidance, whether that’s from resources and research online, or from an actual mentor working one on one.
I read a lot of books in the beginning, and got my hands on whatever guidebooks I possibly could. Different authors and resources have different things to say about the cards and how to read, so I wanted all the angles in all the ways. The second main way I learned was from practice, giving free readings for anyone who would listen, and getting feedback.
My main thoughts on tarot certification and classes are that if it’s something that will help you, definitely go for it! But tarot is something so personal, and the way you read will largely depend on your own preferences and style, so keep that in the center of your readings regardless of schooling.
2. Are you a psychic or a Tarot reader?
By “psychic” people usually do mean clairvoyant. I am not clairvoyant, and I am not an empath. I am highly intuitive, and claircognizant. Whether or not this means “psychic” to you is up to your discretion. I do believe everyone has the capability for psychic ability, and that to different degrees have certain innate gifts that we would tend to label as psychic.
However, I am most certainly a tarot reader!
3. Are your predictions accurate, and is accuracy important to you?
When I do make predictions, accuracy is of course important to me. However, I feel like there’s a lot of misconceptions of what predictions are, and what their purpose really should be.
Let’s say, for example, I tell you that I’m feeling like if you continue as you are right now, you’ll end up feeling super down, lost, and confused. I’ll likely try to tell you what steps will be good to avoid this circumstance. And now, lo and behold, you find yourself later feeling not down, lost, or confused.
Or, let’s say that there’s some sort of difficult period coming up way outside of your control, like a family issue or a difficulty at work. I can’t exactly tell you how to avoid something like this, but I can tell you what I think is a good way to handle it or prepare yourself for it. That’s what “predictions” are for me at their most productive state.
I believe fully in the power of free will. Most of the time I am telling you the most likely outcome of your situation based off what I see.
That said, predictions are not my main area of expertise, and it’s not exactly why I read cards. I will always advise you to consider the importance of the present before getting too reliant on figuring out the unknown. The unknown is so beautiful, so exciting, and so underrated. So always keep it… y’know, unknown, to a degree.
4. Is there anything you can’t predict in a reading?
I most definitely cannot predict anything about the actions of people completely unrelated to you and your situations at will. I can guess, just as a regular person could, but it’d be as good as your own guess. (See more about predictions at #10).
5. Do you only use tarot or are you multidisciplinary?
I am multidisciplinary in the sense that I use oracle and lenormand cards too! I also delve into astrology more so as a hobby, have dabbled in some pendulum readings, and have a great interest in learning about scrying.
Tarot was my first love, though, and it was for a good reason. It has the perfect balance of flexibility and structure for my liking, and I instantly connected with the practice.
6. Is the message in the cards or in your head?
The message is always in our heads, but cards give us the voice, affirmation, and visuals to express them. There is a reason that the same card we saw a few days ago will seem to have a different connotation when we pull it today. The universal meaning of the card hasn’t changed, of course, but cards are so versatile that we can find different areas of focus for the situation or question at hand. I always like to use the analogy that my cards are to me as what running shoes are to an athlete. Can you run without your shoes? Absolutely, but they certainly do help you do what you’re trying to accomplish.
7. Are you a priest or a fortune teller?
I would never use either of these terms to describe myself, although “fortune teller” is something friends will jokingly call me, and I will always vehemently deny it. If I had to pick, I would say priest is closer to what I do due to the spiritual, often meditative feelings and associations I have with tarot.
8. Are you a fixer or a looker?
I will never fully “fix” your situations; I want you to fully maintain your free will and make decisions on your own. I look around, I convey the information I see, and it’s up to you what you want to do with that information. So in that sense, I’m much more of a looker.
However, I do tend to almost always offer my two cents in a reading, even if it involves a clear choice. I’ll always make it clear when it is that I’m advising and what thoughts are coming from me as 3rd party viewer vs. me just conveying the situation to you as I see it. Clients do tend to want me to tell them what I think, so I’m always happy to share. However, it’s still always up to you to do what you believe is best, and operate under your own free will and choices.
9. Do you read for free or for a fee?
10. Is there anything you won’t predict in a reading?
I generally say no to the 3 classic D’s: death, disease, and divorce. The reasoning for those is that they are often something that happens for a reason, and my telling you about it is likely going to do more harm than good.
My relationship with reading the future is overall a tricky one. Some readers will opt not to look into the future altogether, and I do see why! It’s fickle and ever changing. So long as I believe looking ahead will provide you with more benefits and comfort than harm, I will always be willing to make predictions, and I make sure to leave out anything I don’t think you should be hearing.