The first thing you need to do once you begin your journey with the Fool is be certain that you want to. There is a great deal of responsibility that comes with the path of the reader regardless of the tool you use for it. Whether you are reading for yourself or others, you must be flexible and willing to listen to your intuition. There must be an understanding that the meaning of the cards can change as you feel it. Listening to your inner voice is the first step in learning to be an effective reader.
Secondly, you must realize that as you read for others, you are unintentionally counseling them. You are responsible to ensure that the person you are reading for understands that they maintain power over their lives no matter what it says in the reading. For example, if the reading shows illness through addiction (7 of swords in combination with the Devil card) “You would then say to them, the devil card is self doubt, self destruction and often it shows addictions, coming with the 7 of swords, this is illness resulting from that addiction, but you can control that by changing your choices and taking control of your lower energies.” As a psychicbitch.com reader, I am not a fan of sugar coating and fully support telling it like it is, however, giving harsh information in plain terms is not the same as stripping someone of their power. Ultimately, your goal should be to plant seeds of healing to your client, not seeds of further dependence and fear.
Thirdly, I think it is really crappy when a reader ends a session deliberately with unanswered questions, to ensure a return visit. Abide by the time, yes, but don’t bait your client. A reading is also good for about 3 months so encouraging weekly readings is also, in my opinion, unethical. When people are in a space of fear or grief, they are going to look for any comfort they can find and if your gift is mediumship, connection to their lost loved one is the ultimate comfort. To exploit this for your profit is wrong and it is the kind of action that gives all readers a bad name.
Which leads me into my final soap box point for this article, making the choice to charge for readings should not be taken lightly. There are many spaces that do not allow it so be sure that it is legal to charge for a reading where you are. You also need to be certain that you know your craft before you begin public work. Think about that, how would you feel if you paid 20 or 30 bucks for a reading and the reader was dependant upon the little book that comes with the deck? I would be highly upset myself. If you have a client who is too broke to smile, bartering is a wonderful tool, use it. Bartering is a great way to bring things into your life you might not otherwise have. I have a client that is a massage therapist and we trade Reiki for massage. That is a wonderful gift that I would not otherwise afford for myself. The amount that you charge is between you and your guides.
For a long time I was opposed to the clock, but I am now finding that it is a necessary tool to prevent you from being taken advantage of. It also ensures that all of your clients receive the same amount of time, leaving no one to feel slighted.
If you have a deck then you already know that it is divided into two sections. The Major Arcana, which is the Fools journey through life and the Minor Arcana which covers the many emotions and situations that the Fool will encounter during that journey. To understand this journey, you must first understand the symbolism that comes with the tarot and to support this a bit of its history.
When and where did tarot develop? That is a great question on which no one seems to be able to agree. In this instance the distant history, in my opinion, is not as important as the contemporary history. Most every deck that you pick up today carries the influence of two men. Arthur Edward Waite and Aleister Crowley. A.E. Waite initiated the drift of tarot symbolism from a deep Christian influence to a more approachable one. The artistry of Pamela Coleman provides the framework for most artistry in all decks. Here we see the addition of many of the symbols that we will discuss later on. The Waite deck also places more emphasis on the details in the minor Arcana and brought us the basic numbering system we use today. Aleister Crowley, being a twisted but darkly brilliant man, incorporated Egyptian symbolism as well as blatant subconscious dream like references into tarot. The Thoth tarot is brimming with Egyptian references which should come of no surprise since Thoth is an Egyptian God.
Finding the deck that will resonate with you is a very personal act. I do not aspire to the thought that the only way a deck will speak to you is if it is gifted to you. Your friends energies will be different from yours so there is no one better to choose for you than you. For me, picking a deck to work with is much like choosing a new stone for your energy work. It not only has to feel right but also needs to be asthetically appealing, allowing you to connect with the symbolism of the card.
Storing your deck is also up to you. You will find advice from the very formal and ritualistic, to the laid back and non challant. I am more of the second variety. I keep all my cards jammed into the same wooden box with a few sage leaves and a moonstone. My guides know that I just don’t have it in me to be planned and organized so they work with me. You need to trust that your guides will work with you as well. No worries. The trick to Tarot as well as any divination path is to find what works for you, not what someone tells you should work for you.
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