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How to Perform a Powerful Tarot Reading

Updated on December 27, 2019
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Shaloo Walia is an astrologer and tarot reader. She is an Art of Living teacher and also an ardent Krishna devotee and a follower of ISKCON.

The tarot is a pack of playing cards, used during the Renaissance period in various parts of Europe for playing games such as Italian tarocchini, Austrian Königrufen and French tarot, of which many are still played today. In the late 18th century, some tarot packs began to be used for divination in the form of tarotology and cartomancy. Tarot cards deck consist of Major Arcana (greater secrets) that has 22 cards and Minor Arcana (lesser secrets) that has 56 cards.

When you perform a tarot reading, do you light incense and arrange sacred gems? Do you wear a turban as low-volume sitar music plays and spread your deck out on a majestic, hand-painted sari? While you do not want to be over-the-top, setting the mood for your reading will make it more powerful and meaningful for everyone involved. Of course it is important to study each card’s meaning, but here are some hands-on steps you can take right now to bring out the magic of tarot in your readings.

Angel Tarot Cards: A 78-Card Deck and Guidebook
Angel Tarot Cards: A 78-Card Deck and Guidebook
Angel Tarot Deck is a more positive and safe re-imagining of the traditional Rider-Waite deck. The card’s meaning is written on the bottom. This makes it a perfect deck for those not familiar with tarot. I especially like the artwork of these cards which is both beautiful and intriguing.
 

First off, the beginning of your tarot reading sets the mood for the rest of the experience. People say first impressions matter, and they do. Ancient Egyptian magic rituals often began with ceremonies summoning muses or powerful creatures then channeling that strength into the magic feat they hoped to perform.

In your tarot reading, begin with a simple ritual such as reading a few lines of an enigmatic poem aloud. If you are performing the reading for someone else - let us call this person the listener - you might gently hold hands. You might also ring a bell or hold a moment of silence. This gives you an air of mystery and sets a serious tone for the reading which makes you trustworthy.

Next, if you are doing the reading for a listener, get them involved. You can ask the listener to shuffle the tarot deck for you, funneling energy into the cards. This makes the listener personally invested and more willing to share personal information later on. If you are performing the reading on yourself, lay out some intimate objects of yours such as a photo of a loved one, diary, or item of clothing.

At this point, ask the listener to think of three questions or wishes, to tell you two of them, and keep one private. Questions keep readings focused, and if you run out of things to talk about, you can always ask the listener to reveal the third question. It also helps you put an interesting spin on each card pulled and personalizes the reading.

Divination is the quest to understand more about the past, present, and future. In other words, Tarot readings are an attempt to understand ourselves better and discover how we might live better in the future.

— Theresa Francis-Cheung, Teen Tarot: What the Cards Reveal About You and Your Future

Often people want the medium to do all the work, but this is a mistake. Do not be afraid to ask the listener to expand on personal issues in a gentle manner to help you unfurl an accurate and more detailed reading. Just as a doctor inquires about a patient, a medium gains important information by being sensitive to the listener’s needs and state of being, as well as any thoughts on the listener’s mind that could be important to address.

As you reach the end of your reading, treat the closing with just as much importance as you did the opening. Vulnerable energy surfaces during divination, and if it is not channeled in a careful manner, it could cause disturbances to either party involved. To close the reading, transform negativity and anxiety that may have arisen into positivity. Successful methods include bowing, blowing out candles, silent reflection, or even something as simple as a hug can do wonders!

Magical practice and tarot give you the tools and opportunities to cultivate, explore, and expand that world, and its boundaries are infinite. Just like you.

— Sasha Graham, 365 Tarot Spells: Creating the Magic in Each Day

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Shaloo Walia

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    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      19 months ago from India

      Thank you Eric for taking such keen interest

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      19 months ago from India

      Thank you Devika. Tarot cards are indeed very intriguing and fascinating.

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      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Swalia I sit as a not a handsome country boy. Too many broken noses. But worked up to a doctorate. Learning any culture deserves my attention and you provide. Just in humility.

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      Devika Primić 

      19 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I heard of Tarot reading it is interesting to know more from you. Beginners as I is an informative video. Tarot reading is fascinating!

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