If you’re thinking about getting your first tarot reading, you may feel a little nervous or confused about how it works, wondering what you need to know before getting a tarot reading. That’s OK! Getting a tarot reading for the first time can feel daunting, especially if you’re unfamiliar with spirituality.
But tarot cards are nothing to be scared of! In fact, they can be an incredibly powerful tool for divination, connecting to your intuition and becoming your best self. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, read on for five tips on how to prepare for your first tarot reading.
How to prepare for your first tarot reading – remember Every reader is different
It might sound obvious, but no two tarot readers are the same. One of the beautiful things about tarot is that every reader brings their own personality and interpretations to the cards. So when you’re getting your first tarot reading, finding somebody whose energy feels safe to you is essential.
There are no fixed rules for tarot, some readers may ask you to shuffle the cards, and others will not allow anybody but themselves to touch them. Some readers have multiple decks, and extra tools/practices they bring into their readings like runes or astrology. Some will read purely with their intuition, others with the help of angels or guides.
With the increased use of social media platforms like TikTok, Instagram and Youtube, it’s become possible to connect with more readers than ever before, so finding one that you vibe with is easier than ever!
you Can change the outcome of your tarot reading if you don’t like it
Sometimes, (not always) being told we aren’t going to get something is precisely the drive we need in order to do it. Ultimately we are in control of our destiny, and most readers will agree, that tarot and other forms of divination give you a glimpse into the energy of the present moment and what potential the future has based on that. So, while some readers may offer insights into the future, if you feel disheartened or frustrated by the outcome of your reading, then you have the power to change it if you want to.
That being said, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes the cards expose hard truths we either couldn’t see or didn’t want to see. If you’re able to and comfortable doing so, feel free to ask the reader to pull some clarifying cards to give you more understanding of the situation if it’s not the answer you’re looking for.
Think about what questions to ask your tarot reader carefully
When you’re looking to prepare for a tarot reading, it is incredibly important that you carefully think about what question you’re going to ask. While it might be tempting to ask all of your burning questions about what people really think about you, or whether your relationship will work out, be prepared for the answer to be something that you were not expecting.
While it is by no means the case that the outcome of the reading is fixed. The cards can often surprise us, and sometimes once they have exposed something to us it can become incredibly hard to un-see, so make sure that you think carefully about the questions you ask.
when you ask your question, don’t hold back
When asking a question to a tarot reader, some may feel like testing the reader’s ability by withholding information. However, that almost always results in a lacklustre reading. Generally the more information and context you give to your question, the more detailed the answer will be. In the same way that if you were getting a survey of your house and you only let them in the front room, you’re not going to get the value you’re looking for, it’s similar with tarot. Contrary to popular opinion, most of us AREN’T mind readers, so if you ask us a vague question, you can probably expect a vague answer.
If you want some tips on how to phrase your question, check out this great blog from Labyrinthos!
Don’t be scared if you get the Death card
While some of the names of the cards may sound scary. The reality is that the cards represent energies that exist in every one of us in some respect. Hollywood may lead you to believe that pulling the death card means actual and literal death is on its way, but that’s not the case (most of the time). The death card, instead, represents endings and beginnings.
Similarly, the devil may seem like some kind of scary demonic force out to get us, but it actually points towards the shadow side everyone has that we try to avoid. However, avoidance doesn’t make something cease to exist, and sometimes we need to be reminded of the areas in our lives that control us, so we can start taking back that power.
Ultimately, tarot is an incredible tool for self-discovery and one that can provide you with an incredibly deep pool of wisdom and insight on how to live your life. If you’d like to book a reading click below.