Question & Advice

Question on do-overs/re-dos

I saw this question in a Facebook tarot group and thought I’d answer here as well. Of course it’s just my opinion. When it comes to tarot the short answer is always: Do what feels right to you

The question was basically “Sometimes I do a reading and I have a hard time reading the spread. Is it ok to reshuffle and try again?”

This happens to me on occasion. Here are solutions I personally use and others I haven’t tried but have heard about and recommend:

  1. Take a photo or note down the cards in the spread and revisit it later.
  2. See if the cards mean anything to your sitter. This may mean explaining the position of the cards and such, but maybe it’s meaningful to them.
  3. Sure, reshuffle and redo the spread! Maybe even remember what you had before, maybe the 2nd attempt will play off the first one.
  4. Rephrase the question and do the spread again, or maybe a different spread all together.
  5. Consult a book, website, or friend. Nothing wrong with getting outside insight.
  6. Pull some clarification cards for each card you’re stumped on. I actually just recently learned that this was a Thing that readers do (oh, the perils of being isolated in a hobby). I’ve heard of people using the same deck, a different deck, or even an oracle deck to help them understand a card better.

Since I’m mostly reader for myself I’m able to do #1 with no problems and it’s not awkward to pull out a book to try to jumpstart more ideas.

There are obviously going to be other ways to deal with this situation. What do you do? Comment below!

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Question & Advice: How do I get back into Tarot?

I found another question that I felt like I should respond to, especially because it’s totally the right timing for me right now. It couldn’t be any more relavent.

The Question

The person in question has not used their cards for awhile and wants to know if they need/how to bond to their cards again.

Answers

There are at least two ways you can look at this and I’ll go beyond just bonding:

What did I do to bond myself the first time, and do I feel like I want to do that again?

This is totally a great way to get started/bond yourself again. 

For myself, I didn’t do anything special before, I just carried them almost everywhere in my purse with me, put them in a special bag, flipped through them a lot, and used them quite a bit.

I never really stopped carrying them, just mostly stopped using them. So I could just pick them up and get back to reading like nothing has changed. But I have changed. I’m in the middle of moving, looking for an apartment, working on a personal style, refining my beliefs… so I figured I’d get back into Tarot in a different, new way…

Do I want to approach Tarot in a different manner so maybe I need to do something different?

This is great to think on if you’re starting something new in your life, like you’ve moved or you got married, or you’re starting something else big and meaningful.

There are any number of ways to connect to your deck, first things to do, etc. I’d actually like to make an entire post on this sometime so I’ll just talk about what I did for myself.

I’m living out of a motel so I’m not doing anything fancy. No moon crystal baths or sage clenses here. All I did was a deck interview spread!

I’m so glad I did it. It really got me feeling recconected. It was like talking to an old friend again and realizing that you still get along. It was quite insightful. I’m still pretty excited about it.

So I highly reccomend if you get a new deck or you’re getting back into tarot, do a deck interview or something similar! It’s like you’re “meeting” your deck and getting to know each other and I think that’s the perfect way to get to know someone.

I hope this will be helpful to someone! I got a little excited that someone else posted about getting back into the tarot. What about you, are you just getting back, or what are your experieces in conneting with your deck? Are you interests in posts like that?

 

Question & Advice: Daily Draws?

Again a question from Reddit and in good timing. It reminded me to do today’s card and got me thinking about it in depth.

Several years, for a few months, I did a daily draw. You’ll have to pardon my shitty memory on this but I think it’s all coming back to me.

Benefits of a daily draw:

  • It can become part of your morning/evening routine and for people who like routine this is a good thing.
  • It can help you learn about the tarot in general/the specific deck you’re using. Newbies really should do it!
  • It’s a good way to get into journalling and for me it was worthwhile journalling which was very important.
  • It lets you take a step back and examine your life and spot patterns.
  • Its fun, kind of like a daily horoscope.

There are different methods you can go about doing a daily draw and which ever one you do is up to you. Feel free to mix it up!

Again, I have shit for memory so I’m having a hard time remembering exactly what I did. I know I played around a bit until I found my perfect routine. I think this is roughly what I did:

  1. Blindly pick a card in the morning and set it aside
  2. In the evening look at the card, study it, etc.
  3. Write down the impressions the card have on me, how it related to me on that day.
  4. Look the book up in a favorite book or two and write, very briefly, what the card means.
  5. Sometimes I’d leave it at that, or add one last step: Sit back, ponder, meditate on what I wrote down, then possibly write some more about what I learned overall.

Another method is after you pick your card in the morning, look at it and write what you think about it, then at night see what you wrote about it, compare it to your day, possibly even compare it to book definitions.

So that’s my thoughts on the daily draw with tarot. I may do another post later if I remember other details. I’m trying to get back to daily draws so maybe I’ll come up with something else!

What do you think, do you do a daily draw? Are you going to start doing it?

 

Question & Advice: "One of my cards is damaged! What do I do?"

can you see the crease? it’s much more obvious in person.

This was a question not posed to me directly but to /r/tarot and I thought it would be good to address it here.

The other day I realized my 15 year old RW deck had a dent in the upper right hand side, if it were facing upwards. I freaked out for a bit, worried about the pristine condition of my cards and, oh shit, what if it affected my readings? What if I noticed the dent during a reading and I remembered (subconsciously or not) what the card was and that swayed things?

I made myself forget about it for a couple days as I was busy with other things. Then I saw a similar question come up on /r/tarot and that reminded me of my problem and I immediately had the answer(2):

1. This person on Reddit was new to Tarot. If they could afford it they could simply order another deck as they just got it so they could just set it aside (or throw it out/give it away) and make sure not to use it for serious reading efforts. They could use it to help learn the tarot until they got a new deck, especially if money and time is an issue. If it feels right to get a new deck, they should do it.

2. Don’t worry about it, change they can their reading habits if they can. When I do a reading I don’t actually look at the deck when I draw from it. I just place the card into position, immediately face up. The other issue is that I might feel the crease in the card… but in my case the way I handle the cards, I don’t think I’ll touch it very often if at all.

3. If you’re an intuitive reader anyway, does it matter? This might be a topic for another time but it is an interesting one. I go by feely thoughts and such, not by the book or anybody else’s’ rules. Seeing the dent on a card and knowing what it is before I even place it? Probably not much different from not having the dent there. This is just a hunch, though. I haven’t tried it yet. I’ve been too busy and chaotic to sit down and do any readings.

4. If you’re not an intuitive reader, and as long as you’re not doing a visual “pick a card, any card” reading, it also probably doesn’t matter. A dent on the card means it’s the 6 of Cups as much as looking at the front of the card means it’s a 6 of Cups. If you’re not flipping your cards in a reading over immediately, is there a difference? So you know a card ahead of time in a spread… will that really make a difference?

Those are all the possible solutions I can think of at the moment. Keep in mind that I am an atheistic and intuitive reader so it may be that none of this applies to you. If you have a different idea of what this querent can do, leave a comment below!