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When is a Tarot reading a No Go?

One of my FAQs is, “How often should I have a Tarot Card reading?” While there is no right answer to this, It depends on your purpose– what type of reading you are having and the way you are using it. If you are looking for some indication about what is happening in general in the future, then you could have a reading every six months or so, or perhaps every year.

A forecast reading tends to involve a bigger “spread” or “layout” with more cards in it. This allows a broader view of trends that may be coming into play around you. It usually tells me whether you are in a time of change or of relative stability– whether new stuff is going to happen or if things will remain very similar to how they are now. You don’t need this kind of reading very frequently. It’s “big picture” stuff and tends to change slowly.

If you are looking at one issue at a time though, such as if you are going to get a new job soon, you can ask that question with a smaller spread. A few cards or a spread that is used for a more specific or focused question will be fine and will tell you what the possibilities are in that situation. The reading might tell you if you need to add to your skills and head off in a new career direction or search more thoroughly for a job than you are currently doing.

If you asked about moving to a new house it might say that moving would be disruptive at this time. Tarot is always more than just “Yes” or “No”. Which is one of the many reasons I love it. I always tell my clients and students that Tarot gives you the full picture. It can show you the problems as well as the remedy in nearly any situation. It nearly always gives you clear and strong advice or insight as well.

With a reading based on one specific topic, you can ask whenever you like as long as the topics are different. It’s no good asking the same thing many times because the answers just become confusing and often merely reflect how you are feeling that day. Additionally, you may just get the same answer as the first time you asked the question, and for some people, this can just become frustrating.

I always discourage people from becoming dependent on divination. Asking the same question, again and again, trying to nag the cards into telling you what you want to hear is not healthy. Sometimes life doesn’t

give us what we want and we have to accept that and get on with things as best we can. Using reading to help you work through a problem is great. Using reading to get a "sneak peek" into the future can be very exciting as well as calming. Using a tarot reading to decide whether you should have oatmeal or eggs for breakfast is just not useful, nor is it supportive of your wellbeing.

It’s better not to ask trivial questions. I have found that the Tarot works best when you’ve thought out your question carefully and put it in a sensible manner. When you have an answer to a question, then it’s a good idea to go away and reflect on it and see how that answer can help you with your problem. That is one of the strengths of the Tarot – guidance. It can help us to see solutions for ourselves.

By using the Tarot wisely, it becomes like talking to a good friend. The answers often open up new ways of looking at our lives that can help us bring out the best for ourselves in the future. Like all good friends, it responds best if you take notice of the answers it gives.


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.

Alysa lives and works in Ontario, Canada


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