My First Tarot Reading: 5 Lessons Learned

I’ve been playing with tarot cards for a few months, trying to do my own readings using the books that come with the card decks. Unfortunately, I am very, very good at interpreting the cards to match my desires. Fortunately, I know about that about myself. And fortunately, I found an excellent tarot reader living less than an hour’s drive from me. So last Wednesday, off I went for my first tarot reading.

My first tarot reading takes place in a beautiful room just inside the front door of Freya’s house. The room is a library/office filled with books and sunshine. We sit opposite each other at a card table covered in a gorgeous midnight blue velvet cloth decorated withΒ  astrological symbols. Freya is dressed in casual pants and a summer blouse. There isn’t the slightest hint of the woo-woo of which I am often so skeptical. The reading lasts an hour and costs $60 Canadian. I learn so very much, and not just about myself, but about tarot. We’ll start with those learnings.

5 Lessons Learned About Tarot

1. The Reader/Querent Relationship

My experience with Freya isn’t at all like my experiences with Lucy, the psychic. Lucy had to prove her psychic abilities to me every time we met. I never made it easy.

Tarot reading is an art based on intuition, interpretation, and perception.

Nikita Dudani

Tarot is different because the cards tell a story that can be interpreted in a variety of ways depending on what’s happening in the querent’s (client’s) life. From the beginning, Freya and I are collaborators in interpreting how the cards apply to me.

2. A Specific Question Helps

Many tarot readers will use card layouts that give a reading for an entire year of the querent’s life. Freya asks instead for a specific question, an issue that is front of mind. This focuses the reading and makes it much more useful. At the same time, the single question doesn’t feel constraining. We can still venture into other areas of my life as needed.

My question is — “Should I write another book or not?” It has been bothering me that I’m now three years into retirement and still waffling.

3. Pay Attention to Cards that Jump from the Deck

When Freya is shuffling the cards, one falls from the deck. Some tarot readers treat jumping cards as a moment of clumsy shuffling and ignore them. Others, including Freya, set them aside as important messages that apply to the entire reading.

In my case, the card is the Devil which is one of the Major Arcana. Major Arcana cards are super significant. They are archetypes belonging to the collective unconscious (Jung), and they represent where you are or will be on your spiritual path.

Freya jokes that if the reading had been about relationships, she’d be interpreting the Devil as “hot sex.” In my case, however, an interpretation I find in a book after the reading makes the most sense for me. The Devil is a fear card, representing being stuck in some destructive patterns of self-defeating behaviour.

4. The Choice of Tarot Deck Really Does Matter

In the past I’ve read, and dismissed, the argument that the best tarot deck for beginners is the Rider-Waite deck. Named after its first publisher, the Rider-Waite was developed back in 1910. It was a major departure from earlier decks because it used human figures and scenes rather than patterns of symbols.

priestess card from Thoth, Voyager and Llewellyn tarot decks
Priestess card from Thoth, Voyager and Llewellyn tarot decks

I own three tarot decks. The Thoth deck, one of the oldest, uses symbols. The Voyager deck is modern-day symbols assembled in collage.Β  And the Llewellyn deck has human figures and scenes based on Welsh myths and legends. I like all three and assumed they were equally useful for my readings. But now I want a Rider-Waite deck. That’s what Freya uses and I instantly see how much easier it is for me to understand the symbolism.

5. A Tarot Reading is About Connections

Novices like me interpret tarot cards by looking up the card’s meaning in a guidebook. Since there are often a dozen or more related meanings, it is tempting to pick the one that feels best. That leads to the problem of ‘bending’ the meaning of a card to fit my preconceptions.

Experts like Freya examine the relationships among the cards. For example, are characters in one card heading toward or away from the characters in an adjacent card? Is there a change in the landscape across several cards, suggesting movement from one form to another? Is there a predominance of men or women? How about of different suits? Repeat imagery? Freya points out a meniscus (infinity symbol) in two adjacent cards, explaining that it’s a symbol of balance. But because of the overall meaning of each card and their relationship to each other, the message for me is lack of balance.

I come away from my first tarot reading determined to learn how to read the cards properly. I have a book that I know will help –Β 21 Ways to Read a Tarot CardΒ  by Mary Greer – but won’t be getting into it until at least September (see my metaphorical road trip post).

My First Tarot Reading — in Five Parts

my first tarot reading card spread
My first tarot reading

Freya gives my reading as a sustained narrative. I’m arbitrarily sorting it under five headings for this post.

Past

My work was my calling. I loved what I did, but was exceptionally hard on myself and lacked any kind of balance in my life.

Present

I am in a time of transition from one chapter of my life to another. My new life is germinating.

Obstacles

My mind is very strong, but it is going a thousand miles an hour and I need to calm it. I want to pursue too many things, am carrying too much. The pervasive exhaustion I am feeling is, in part, from focusing on other people’s needs and wants, from not being able to set limits and boundaries. I’m stuck in some destructive patterns of self-defeating behaviour.

Future

I am at a crossroads, a place where I can choose. My choice is between more burnout and exhaustion, even a breakdown, OR a golden future of feeding my mind soul and senses, of living an abundant, creative life close to inspirational sources.

Actions

This is a time for emotional rest, for going within, conserving energy to rejuvenate and revitalize. I need to slow down, focus, and meditate deeply to discern what one thing is right for me to pursue. Then, once clear, I need to move slowly, trust that I will be guided, and deal with any issues with a combination of tenacity and a sense of humour.

My first tarot reading has broadened and enriched my summer plans. You can read about that in this week’s companion post, 10 Keys to Your Metaphorical Road Trip.

Have you ever had a tarot reading? If yes, what was the experience like for you? If no, is it something you’d like to try?

 

 

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72 comments

  1. Hi Karen,

    I’m happy to hear that you had a professional tarot reading, and that you got so much out of it!
    My first pro reading was done over the phone, by another blogger, and I got a lot out of it as well. The Queen of Wands introduced herself to me in that reading and she has become an important symbol for my life, ever since.
    I’m sorry to hear that you are still experiencing/susceptible to burn out. I hope that your road trip will provide some answers/direction to a life that avoids that particular (and particularly LARGE) pothole. I heartily endorse your exploring and living the writer’s life (from your road trip post). To me that means a life of noticing, dreaming, reflecting, and inspiration…not really a life of “doing”, but so much more satisfying.
    Here’s to your golden future!

    Deb

    1. Hi Deb,
      I like the characteristics you’ve given for a writer’s life. I’ll have to do some reflecting about those and maybe change the acronym I developed.. before I write that post. My writer’s life characteristics are good, but yours are so much more gentle. Really nice., Deb.

      I’m glad to hear that the Queen of Wands continues to be important to you. I’m looking forward to hearing more about that.

  2. Obviously I read this post with a great deal of interest. When you said Freya was an hour’s drive away, I had hoped it was in my direction, not the other way. The reading I had earlier this year left me rather unsettled. It sounds like Freya would be worth the 2 hour drive.

    I had a lot of experience with tarot readings in my youth. I had a very close friend, much older than me, who used a regular set of playing cards – a skill learned from her grandmother. She helped me learn a lot about myself … a boon to a young person filled with angst and self-doubt.

    Now I’m a much older person, still filled with angst and self-doubt, but it is now a finely polished jewel and I’ve learned to respect it.

    Linda also used to talk about the cards from their relative position and relationship to one another. She saw them as a holistic picture rather than individual characters. Now that I’m thinking about it, there may be a message in that – that we need to look holistically at our lives in woven-pattern kind of way.

    The idea of being in transition sounds exciting to me and I hope you feel the same way about it. It implies a sense of possibility. Karen, I don’t know you very well, but I suspect your imbalance comes from a resistance to listen to your heart. You’re trying too hard to ‘control’. Your current plan to reflect and mentally ‘let-go’ sounds wise. Some people need to be nudged into action, while others – perhaps you? – need to reined in and ‘given permission’ to just be. That’s how I interpret this post – and now I’m off to read about your metaphorical road trip!

    1. Hi Joanne,
      I really appreciate your interpretation. Are you sure you’re not an intuitive? You’re spot on.

      That’s pretty amazing that your friend was able to use a regular set of playing cards. There’s so much in the images to interpret, so much life to them. I can’t imagine being able to do justice when looking at patterns of spades and clubs and such.

      Maybe we need to get you to Freya? I’m sure we can make that work πŸ™‚

  3. Given my background steeped in Catholicism, tarot readings have never been high on my list — but that’s not to say I haven’t been curious. Not sure I’m ready to ‘allow’ anything outside of myself to influence my self-understanding just yet. We’ll see….

    1. Hi Janet,
      Jung was a big proponent of tarot. If you’re into the hero’s journey at all or the idea of archetypes of the collective unconscious, tarot is a natural fit. I don’t see it as contradicting God’s law or anything like that – not that I really know very much about it yet. My understanding though is that the images are representations of stages and significant events in our lives and the reading of them is a gentle way to consider things in our lives that may not be in our direct awareness.

      1. Karen – I also don’t see tarot cards or any other form of psychological or spiritual discovery to contradict God’s law — just that for many years I sought my guidance from specific Christian sources. I dug into Jung for a while during my Master’s studies and appreciate the archetypes and the collective unconscious and dream work. Perhaps I’ll travel that direction again….and visit tarot readings along the way.

        1. Thanks for clarifying, Janet. Just shows you how little I know about this stuff, especially about the various reasons why people might or might not find tarot of interest.

  4. Hi Karen! I’m in awe. Two (great) posts in one week. I’ve been so distracted I’ve barely managed to put one together for this week. And this is such a great explanation of Tarot and its benefits. I’ve had a reading several times but never as good as yours. But completely agree that the biggest benefit is that it serves as a jumping off board for a deeper understanding of yourself, as well as serve as a guide for possibility in the future. We can assign as much (or as little) meaning to it as we want. And the card reader is just another person facilitating our growth. In so many ways, if you take away religious connotations, it is like seeing a good counselor or “priest” as a confidant and guide. Of course you always want to make sure you pick a good “guide” just like you want your counselor or priest or any confidant to be skilled and have your best interests at heart. It sounds like your reading gave you LOTS to think about and when you get around to learning about the cards and working to be a reader yourself…you’ll have to give me a reading! ~Kathy

    1. Hi Kathy,
      I was distracted too this week- thanks to you! No, seriously, thank you. I just finished Stephen Cope’s The Great Work of Your Life and loved it. I’ll be returning to the post you wrote about it and leaving a more detailed comment so we can hopefully have a bit of a conversation. What an amazing book. Thank you so much for the recommendation.
      As for tarot, if I ever get good enough to give a reading I’d love to do one for you! And by the way, totally agree – a good tarot reading feels a lot like a good session with a therapist or very knowledgeable and caring friend.

      1. Oh I’m so glad you liked the book Karen. I found it very good — until a certain point. Did I mention that in my blog post? I can’t remember without going back and rereading it myself. I will be very curious to learn what you thought about it. And many of your books on your road trip sound interesting. It’s good to share what books we like because there is so much out there. ~Kathy

  5. I have no experience with Tarot. it is interesting- and for me would be another rabbit hole to go down. I will save it for another time! You said, ” I need to slow down, focus, and meditate deeply to discern what one thing is right for me to pursue. ” I feel that deeply as well. I am trying a number of things right now, seeing what I love and what will stick. I am pushing myself a bit too hard, but I also know that I am sifting and winnowing and looking for the right pieces to make the next part of my life the life I choose!

    1. Hi Michele,
      You’re wise. Tarot is really fascinating and it absolutely is a rabbit hole. I’ve read three books about it and barely scratched the surface. We could disappear forever.
      It sounds as if you’re currently living your life as a series of experiments, much as Thoreau did and Gandhi. You’re in good company, and wise enough to know that you’re not going to keep all balls in the air indefinitely.

  6. After I graduated from art school, my best friend and I took a road trip to New Orleans. While in the French Quarter we had our first (and my only) Tarot reading. Her face was quite disfigured from a birth defect. Children were afraid of her and she was mercilessly teased. Her cards told her she would always do well financially but would be unlucky in love. Mine said the opposite. I would always have love but never money. Of course, that’s the simplified version. I took it with a grain of salt. She took it very seriously and became terribly jealous. She always wanted approval and love. She felt I took it for granted by dismissing what the reader said. Within an hour, we were heading back to Minnesota 2 days early. That’s how fired up she got. The ride home was miserable! I didn’t speak to her again until 2o years later when Facebook emerged. She tracked me down and we caught up. She had married a wonderful man and had a family. She was successful in her field. I was going through a messy divorce. The Tarot reader was right that I would never have much money. It was an interesting experience, to be sure. I think we must have been very immature to let a few cards affect our friendship to that degree. I found what you said about reading them in light of what’s happening in your life, interesting. That isn’t so likely to happen on the street in the French Quarter. I’m glad you had a good experience.

    1. What an experience, Heather! Under the circumstances, it’s hardly surprising that you’ve never had another tarot reading. It’s a shame that the reader wasn’t more skilled. I think that’s the thing that scares people most about tarot – a reading that negatively affects how they see themselves and the possibilities for their lives. It was really mature of you, especially at a young age, to be able to take the reading with a grain of salt. I’m afraid that I’d pretend that was the case but it would bother me. Hopefully not enough to cut short a trip or to lose a friendship.

  7. I dug into Tarot for a while–something my daughter was interested in during high school. She and I actually took classes together. But, when she moved on, so too did I. Not without warm feelings about what I had learned. I can see how this would grab your interest, Karen.

    1. What a good mom you are Jacqui, to encourage and support your daughter’s interests. I’m definitely finding it all quite fascinating – am thinking of buying a book called Tarot for Writers where we’re encouraged to use elements from the cards in our own writing – but I’m holding off until after my road trip. As Michele said above, it’s a rabbit hole to disappear in forever once I get started.

  8. An interesting post, Karen, and I learned a lot from the comments, too. I’ve had only one tarot reading, about six years ago. I’m not sure which deck the reader used. I thought she would just deal the cards out, but she instructed me to choose a few. I don’t remember a whole lot about the rest of the process or what she told me, other than it seemed generally applicable to my life and wasn’t too scary πŸ™‚ Looking back, I wish I would have kept better notes!

    1. Hi Jenny,
      I neglected to say it, but I had to choose a few cards too, Jenny. Selecting those cards felt really significant. At one point she asked me, before we turned the cards over, if I was happy with my choices. I put one card back and selected another – and have wondered ever since what it was that I returned to the deck!

      I was afraid I’d forget everything so I took a notebook and pen into the reading with me and made some jot notes as we went along.

  9. Hi Karen! I’ve never had a tarot reading done and don’t know anything about them really. Your tarot reader appears, from your account, to be ‘the real-deal’ rather than a charlatan. I have never felt comfortable about going to a psychic though my friend visits every year. Perhaps it is time for me to open my mind to new possibilities. What an interesting few weeks you have had. xx

    1. Hi Sue,
      I encourage you to give tarot a try. One great thing about it is that lots of tarot readers aren’t psychics. They’re people who have really learned the cards and their relationships to one another so they can, along with your input, guide you to read the cards as a story from your life. Lots of books and online courses provide instruction that will let you learn to read tarot for yourself and for other people. That’s not to say that some tarot readers aren’t better guides than others, or that you don’t benefit from a strong, intuitive sense if you’re a tarot reader. But I’ll bet you’d have a very interesting experience. If you’re interested, just check online for “tarot readers near me”, read any reviews and check out any websites. That’s what I did and if they were too woo woo, too mystical, I rejected them.

  10. I’ve been to a psychic before and she impressed me on my first visit, but after that not so much (I think I went twice, maybe 3 times? – it was many, many years ago). I’ve never done Tarot, not really for me. I’m much more of the belief that we make our own destiny (more of a karma-esque approach to life).

    1. Hi AJ,
      When you have time, I want to encourage you to do a bit of reading about tarot. It has a lot that would appeal to the writer in you. In fact there’s a book called Tarot for Writers that encourages us to use the stories that are in every card in our own writing. Tarot cards cover every conceivable human quality. They are really the story of the hero’s journey.
      And I agree with you completely – I believe that I make my own destiny. There’s no way I’m giving that over to a psychic or a tarot reader. If that’s how they’re presenting, they’re lousy at what they do. The good ones function as guides to help you dig deeper into your own insights.

  11. Hi Karen! I have never delved into Tarot. I think I’m just too analytical and skeptical by nature to accept β€œreadings” that come from a deck of cards. That being said, I also know that there isn’t a completely rational explanation for everything. I also believe that we all need guidance in our lives, and I’m glad that you have discovered one that helps you.

  12. I have the motherpeace deck and delve into it at odd times – sometimes I might wish an insight into a situation in my life and I will have ‘ a play’ with the cards – they never fail to offer me something- they are a tool like morning pages like meditation like talking thru things with a friend like studying our dreams – nothing hokey about them, merely a guide in symbols and pictures to listen to if we choose. there are so many beautiful decks and often in circle work/ ceremony we will use them – each of us drawing a card looking/feeling into it and speak what it says to us. it is interesting in a group how canny and precise the readings are. think of them as spirit guides – centre yourself breathe ask and feel what is shown to you – no right no wrong – a candle light in a dark tunnel – not to be relied on not a religion but useful and beautiful in their own way.

  13. I am glad you had a good reading and got a lot out of it Karen. I can totally see how it would be easy to interpret the cards to suit what you want to see since there are multiple meanings for each card. Freya sounds like she not only reads them in relation to each other but focussed around you and your life to personalize any messages they may hold for you.
    I am not into tarot cards myself. I think I mentioned in another post of yours, in regards to tarot, that my stepson has decks and reads them. I can admire the cards from an artwork standpoint but beyond that, I am not inclined to look into getting a reading done personally. I am more into prayer and reading scripture in order to work out what I need to be doing or where I need to be going. Even my visit with a psychic years ago was before I moved up north and began searching and found Christianity. I am happy with what I found and it works for me.

    1. Hi Susan,
      Did you happen to read Sandra’s comment just above yours? Not that it will or should sway you, but I do like the way she explains that tarot is not religion and that the two are not mutually exclusive. Still, as you say, if what you are doing works to give you insights that’s perfect. If it ain’t broke, there’s no need to fix it.

      1. Hi Karen,
        Yes, I did read Sandra’s comment just above mine (I always read the comments of my fellow tribe members because I care what they think too.) πŸ˜‰ I do appreciate the way others look at something may or may not be how I look at that same thing and I totally accept that. You are right, though, if it ain’t broke I am not needing to fix it. πŸ™‚ Like I said before, I am glad you had a good reading and got a lot out of it – it is just not for me. πŸ˜‰

  14. Thanks, Karen, for sharing your lessons learned from your first Tarot reading and what you’ve got out of it. I don’t know much about Tarot and have never had a reading. I’m open to learn more about it.

    1. Thanks, Natalie. I’ll share more when I learn more in a few months. The readings are really very interesting – if you get a good reader. That’s a big if. I did a lot of reading of reviews before I found Freya.

  15. I had a Tarot reading many years ago and was very impressed. You are correct, Karen, it is interpretation which is why you need someone who is not a charlatan – and there are many of those. After reading your post, I’ve tried to remember what my Tarot reading was about and the only thing I can remember is that she told me I would move to many countries; she was correct. After living in Venezuela, I moved to the United States and now, back to Canada. Perhaps it’s time I had another reading……..

  16. Karen, what a fascinating reading! I need to find a professional tarot reader near me and try one. The personal tarot reading I did myself, reading about the cards and looking for the “story, might have been swayed by my own desires, but I’m not sure. I was trying to let the cards “speak” to me. I didn’t look as much into the visuals on the cards and their relationships though…. interesting build.

    I’m understanding more about your need for emotional rest right now. And off to read about your “summer road trip”.

    1. Thanks, Pat. I so wish you lived closer – not only because Freya was terrific for me, but because then we could sit and talk…and talk…and talk.
      Mary Greer’s book that I’m going to get into in September is all about really focusing on the visuals. I think it’s going to be really helpful as I try to learn to read the cards myself.
      Yup, emotional rest – the watchword of the summer. It has only been a few days, but so far so good.

        1. Yup, that would make sense. They’ll be oracle cards – they usually have a word or a phrase on them so they’re a lot easier to work with than tarot. I have lots of sets of oracle cards. Doreen Virtue is the queen of them and her decks are readily available through Amazon if you’re interested πŸ™‚

  17. Hello Karen
    You’re a brave soul. I’ve wanted to have a psychic reading for many years. A Tarot Card reading hadn’t entered my mind until now. Interestingly, there are both within 5 miles of my house. Hmmmm.
    Have you ever done a psychic phone reading? This has been tempting me lately.

    I’d love to read a book about three or four women who find themselves in some sort of mischief or intrigue after a Tarot reading.

    Thanks for following me
    Laura

    1. Hi Laura,
      What a great idea for a novel! If I decide to write again and my next book is fiction, I may be back to you to ask if you’d mind if I picked up on your idea.
      While this was my first tarot reading (and I really did love it), I’ve had lots of lots of readings with a psychic including, once I got to know her well, a bunch of phone readings. Here’s the post where I talk about that -https://profoundjourney.com/curious-skeptic-land-woo-woo/
      My best advice is that if you feel tempted, you should go for it. Just read some reviews first and try to find someone who isn’t a charlatan. As I’m sure you know, there are great ones out there and then there are the not so great or even the downright awful. I’d hate for your first experience to be a negative one because then you might not try again.
      All the best, and if you do go for it, I’d love to hear what you think. You can write here or contact me directly at karen@profoundjourney.com
      Karen

  18. Tarot cards have always been a bit off my radar Karen (which is why I didn’t comment earlier) but I read an interesting article on them yesterday that was talking about how mainstream Tarot reading is becoming and how they can be used more intentionally (rather than with the hocus pocus that has previously been associated with them). I’ve always struggled with the negative imagery (the Hanging Man etc) but when I realized that it’s more about how you can use them to clarify your own thoughts (a bit like vision boards?) it makes a lot more sense now.

    Visiting from #MLSTL and to let you know I’ve shared this on my SM xx

    1. Hi Leanne,
      It wasn’t until I read your comment and others, Leanne, that I realized my understanding of tarot cards has changed quite radically and quite recently. Somewhere down the road, that will be a good topic for a blog post.
      The gist, however, is exactly as you’ve said you learned from the article you were reading. Tarot doesn’t have to be hocus pocus. It doesn’t compete with Christianity, it doesn’t direct our actions. The way I’m embracing tarot is as another form of self-discovery, where the richness of the images helps me make associations to things that are going on in my life.
      Hanging Man threw me too the first time I heard of it. Interestingly, though, the image of the hanging man is the guy hanging upside down by his ankle. He’s relaxed, even happy in that position, his arms crossed over his chest or behind his back as if he were laying on a beach somewhere instead of upside down. I got the hanging man card in my tarot reading and for me, where it was relative to all of the other cards and relative to the story that I told myself, the hanging man simply represents my enthusiasm for the quest. As much as I say I want to choose a path and stick to it, I’m actually ambivalent about that. I love the journey too much!
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Leanne. They helped me see where I need to go next when talking with people about tarot.

      1. I’m so glad you could see where I was coming from Karen – as a Christian, a lot of this stuff is still very borderline for me (and probably not something I would be open to) but at the same time, I’m learning that there can be more to a subject than what was instilled in me by the church. It’s all about what you’re comfortable with and what can help you on a journey of discovery – whilst remaining true to your core values. It’s been interesting reading the comments on this post to see how others view tarot.

  19. This title caught my eye.
    I have had a couple of readings done ages ago when I was feeling not wonderful and was seeking some reassurances.
    I have a few apps that do a reading too.
    I like the ideas of the readings and the interpretation but not enough to make life changes because of them.
    I like to think it is good to have some interest in the spiritual side of things…whatever that might mean for each of us.
    Denyse #MLSTL

    1. Hi Denyse,
      I find I use the cards as a confirmation of the things I’m already thinking about changing in my life – positive things like getting consistent with a meditation practice.
      Do you like the apps? I don’t know that I’d enjoy them as much as tangibly handling the cards.

  20. I’ve never done a Tarot reading because I’ve mostly always been wary of charlatans and the hocus pocus that can surround them. I was intrigued with the details of yours however which seems to have been done by a professional. It will be interesting to see how you move forward with what you’ve learnt for the future – another blog post maybe?

    1. Hi Jo,
      I’m using my tarot reading as just another piece in my quest for greater self-awareness. The ‘messages’ from the cards confirmed a few things I’d already been thinking about so I made a plan and am on my metaphorical road trip for the rest of the summer- https://profoundjourney.com/10-keys-to-your-metaphorical-road-trip/
      One week in and so far so good!
      By the way, the charlatan thing turns me off too. Flowing robes, dark rooms, purple velvet, and long polished fingernails – those are the associations I’ve always made to tarot. It’s great to have the time to do the research and see that all of the nonsense is just that – nonsense practiced by wacky or dishonest people.
      Thanks for visiting and commenting, Jo.

    1. Hi Victoria,
      Thanks for the honesty of your comment. Your thoughts echo those of a few other people who have written, and I’m realizing that I need to do more research, more thinking, and more writing. I think of tarot as something more akin to reading a thought-provoking quote of the day than to something that forecasts or directs our lives.
      You’ve given me lots to think about. Much appreciated.

  21. I have not done a Tarot card reading – but it does interest me. After reading your post, I am even more intrigued. I will pin to my #MLSTL board for future reference (and I may purchase a deck of Rider-Waite cards to experiment πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Molly,
      I experimented by myself for several months before my first reading. I also read several books. One that may be of particular interest to you is The Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin. It’s a wonderful and very approachable way to work with tarot for writers, artists, creatives of all kinds.

  22. I loved your post!! I got my first deck 30 years ago. (Although I don’t use them regularly and oftentimes it’s years between even opening them up. Something I’ll work on changing after reading your post!) I know how long ago I got my 1st deck because I just turned 60. I remember when I got my deck, I was driving home from the metaphysical store, about a 30 minute drive. The whole way home, all I could think about it “My dad would have a fit…my dad would have a fit…I’m 30 years old and I’m cringing about what my dad would think if he knew I bought a deck of devil’s cards…” And, even though I was buying a deck of tarot cards, the church influence still had a stronghold on me and I bought a deck of ‘herbal cards’, because they seemed ‘safer’ than the others. Gheesh! Is there a point we ever totally outgrow our parents influence??
    #MLSTL and sharing on SM

    1. Loved your story, Trisha Faye. And in response to your final wondering, I’d ruefully have to say, “Probably not!” My dad has been gone for five years and he still influences me. Sometimes that’s good and fine and sometimes, like now, it’s something I’m working on changing – like you deciding to look at your tarot cards again. I hope you have fun!

  23. I thoroughly enjoyed your description of the experience and the interpretation of the cards. I have not had a tarot card reading, but am intrigued. I’m not sure if I believe in the reading itself or the introspection and the discussion that result. Either way, the results are the same–helping you to know yourself better and guide you down an intentional path. On the other hand, I am not dismissing the power of the tarot reading itself. I’m certainly open to all possibilities. #MLSTL

    1. Hi Christie,
      I tend to believe in the introspection and the discussion. But as you say, either way the results are the same and they’re positive. After reading so many different perspectives via people’s comments, I think I really need to sit down and put my thoughts about tarot in print. Your comment helps to frame those thoughts, so thank you, Christie.

  24. I never had a tarot reading, but I’d be curious to try it, whenever I am in the right mood, see advantages about it, and am willing to spend the money.

    It sounds like you had an interesting, informative and satisfying experience with Freya. As far as your future is concerned, picking between “more burnout and exhaustion, even a breakdown”, or “feeding my mind soul and senses, of living an abundant, creative life close to inspirational sources,” the answer seems easy and straightforward, but I realize there is more to it than just picking the right path. The implementation and meaning of it all goes much deeper.

    Enjoy your road to successful and unbiased tarot reading!

    1. Thanks, Liesbet. When we meet, maybe I’ll be good enough at tarot reading that I can read your cards for you. It wouldn’t cost you a dime. You could be my test case. πŸ™‚

  25. Karen, I have compiled your Tarot learnings into a found poem.

    MY READING

    Past: hard on myself, lacked balance
    My new life is germinating.

    My mind is very strong
    Calm it.

    I want too many things
    Am carrying too much
    Pervasive exhaustion.

    Stuck
    Destructive patterns
    Self-defeating
    Behaviour.

    A crossroads, I can choose
    Burnout, exhaustion, breakdown
    OR
    Feeding my mind, soul, senses
    Living an abundant, creative life.

    This is a time
    For rest, for going within
    To slow down, focus, meditate.

    Move slowly
    Trust
    I will be guided.

    Jude

  26. Thank you so much, Jude! What a delight it was to open my email and see this poem. I’ve printed it out. It’s a definite keeper. Much appreciation, Jude, for taking the time to do this for me.

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