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3 Ways to Know You're Ready to Read Tarot For Others

I remember when I first started reading Tarot, I recall looking at all those cards and feeling equal parts fascinated and intimidated.

All those cards, all those symbols, all those meanings. My fascination was only rivalled by my sense of inadequacy. How the hell does anyone ever learn all of what Tarot has locked within its 78 cards?

Probably won't surprise you when I say that I had far more questions than answers when I started my journey. Bar none, I have to admit that my biggest question was how do I know when I'm ready to read the cards for someone else? Because let's face it I've always been very enthusiastic about doing stuff that excites me.

After a few years of experience reading the cards for myself... I was ready to start reading for other people. At first, I felt like a little kid whose training wheels were just pulled off their little pink bike for the first time. I felt wobbly and unsure, none the. There are several factors that let you know when you're ready to read for others. So, I thought I would share them with you... after all this forum is about learning.

1. You know how to trust your impressions and intuition. This is the one that I think most people struggle with at one point or another. You pull a card and look at it... you've memorized the meaning but for some reason, it doesn't totally fit the question. What to do, what to do? To me, this is where you have to lean on your intuition. Every card in a traditional or standard deck has a meaning that is universal, but that doesn't mean it is singular. As a good reader, you will need to know how to adapt the meaning of the card to answer the question. This is where you let your intuition kick in and do its job. Take what you're sensing and use the card as a framework to help you uncover the answer to the question. With some practice, you will get stronger at this. Just understand that it is the practice that helps you become more confident.

2. Confidence I'm not saying that you need to be confident that you have every meaning both subtle and obvious committed to memory flawlessly to be confident. While it doesn't hurt, it is for sure NOT a requirement. The kind of confidence I'm talking about is the kind that allows you to make mistakes and survive. Over my career, I have made countless mistakes... like the kind where you're even surprised at how badly you've mangled a reading. Oh yeah been there a few times. But here's the thing, I'm human. Therefore it's to be expected that I will goof up. Or I'll have a day where I'm speaking clear gibberish... like everything comes out as awkwardly as possible.

The trick here is to adapt. If you know you've messed up or feel things are going in the ditch. Just be honest. You are HUMAN, as well as intuitive. The more honest you are about your reading the more confident you will become. Which will inevitably lead to being more comfortable. Not to mention, if and when you make a mistake, your recovery will be faster and your confidence will stay intact.

3. Develop your own style Just like every other art, reading Tarot has standards that were born in traditions kept generation after generation. Learning the fundamentals either on your own, in a course or with a good mentor is only part of the equation. I recommend learning from several sources, teachers and mentors. Read many books and practice often with several kinds of decks. You will surely find that after the standards are learned, and you have seen many methods of using the cards, you will start to feel out what works for you and what doesn't. You will have your favourite spreads, cards and even ways you begin and end readings. Developing your own style is important for your comfort, confidence, intuitive abilities, and uniqueness and most certainly it is important if you plan to go professional. Don't forget, Tarot is a tool that evolves with you. This is perfect because what works for you now may not even come close to what works in 5 months or even 5 years.

I hope that helps!

What do you think is important for people who are just getting ready to read for others? How did you know when you were ready?

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Alysa is a professional mystic, who teaches and works with spiritual seekers from all over the world. Her dynamic personality and passion for the mystic arts are infectious. She loves to bring her wealth of metaphysical knowledge and depth of experience to her clients and students through providing intuitive and spiritual services. Known for her ability to blend fun with professionalism, Alysa offers nearly 3 decades of esoteric experience which includes the co-creation of the Sirian Starseed Tarot & the Seekers Oracle.

In her professional practice, Alysa is a master tarot reader & teacher, second-generation traditional western astrologer, numerologist, certified professional past-life regressionist, Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Life coach, published author, artist, and founder of North Star Mystic Academy which opened in 2019.

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