Congratulations! No seriously, if you've decided to invest in your personal development and maybe even face some fears around getting a tarot reading for yourself, I do believe it's beneficial decision.
Tarot is a form of divination - divining information from the Source of the Universe, the Angels, the Akashic Records, and of course, from the spiritual tools used such as tarot and oracle decks, crystals, dice, bones and other magic. Together with the divine gifts of intuition and clair senses (clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairaudience, claircognizance, clairalience, clairgustance) of your reader and also of yourself, tarot can allow messages to reach us on this earthy realm so that we may use them to our advantage of healing, decision making, action taking, acknowledgement, appreciation and overall awareness.
“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.”
A tarot reading, then, is a meeting between souls in a field of vibration, and for this energy exchange to be as effective and impactful as possible, there are a few things that you can indeed take responsibility for doing before, during and after the reading. This is not an exhaustive list as I could talk forever on this topic (and I do), but my hope is that you truly take these considerations onboard and have the most positive and profoundly transformative experience you can, no matter the topic of the reading!
PREPARE & CENTRE YOURSELF
Just as much as your tarot reader is preparing themselves to be a conduit for clear messages from spirit to you, so to must you centre yourself in order receive the messages. Start by finding a quiet place you can be alone, or at least get some headphones so you can tune out the noise of the world. Whether you're receiving a psychic reading in person or via a recording, it's important to take several deep belly breathes and plant your feet firmly on the ground, focusing on opening your heart space. These two things alone go a long way to reassuring your perhaps timid inner self to feel safe and ready to hear, feel and know (see discernment) what's for you to come through.
“Magic is what happens when the blueprint of who you are comes into the alignment with the expanding energy of the universe.”
Messages from a reading can come not just what the cards themselves say, but what the medium says or feels and expresses from their intuition; from what your intuition tells you when you see or hear certain things within the reading; from feeling in your body, or even from synchronicities that happen during the reading.
You might see a card with a pink rose and be reminded of your late Grandmother, for example, and trust that she is with you and watching over you in that moment. You might feel giddy, or butterflies in your stomach at the mention of a certain lover coming forward, which you may translate as this event is happening soon. If the sun card comes out and the sky through your window is suddenly illuminated with sunshine itself, you'd likely be filled with a sense of warmth regarding the situation at hand.
Looking up to see the clock at a certain time, the reader mentioning a song lyric you were just listening to, someone calling your phone right after with a message similar to one mentioned in the reading...these are all beautiful 'coincidences' that affirm your experience. When you feel calm, grounded, and open, you become a sponge to all the vibrations of the exchange in the most supported and beneficial way.
“Illumination is the essence while darkness is the matrix.”
OFTEN IT'S GENERAL OR COLLECTIVE ADVICE
Understanding the common disclaimer for tarot readings and any spiritual guidance is imperative. Most readings on social media are for the collective, whether they involve pick-a-card scenarios or zodiac based reads for a specific period of time. These readings are often viewed by many people and so the intuitive reader is unlikely tapping into your one specific energy - this includes on live stream as well. Unless specified that a message is directly for you, it's vital to remember to only take what resonates and leave the rest.
USE YOUR DISCERNMENT
We never want a reading to take from you your hope or other emotion or understanding of a situation through the information we put out there. Tarot is subject to interpretation and is a prediction not set in stone. You have free will and make choices daily that affect the flow and energy of your individual life. All readers will assume no legal liability for any damages, losses, or other consequences of any client or viewer decisions, subsequent to, or based on, their readings and divination methods. As divination is not viewed as an exact science you must accept that all readings - even privately - are provided for personal development purposes at best.
Please acknowledge Tarot is not a form of a medical, legal, financial, or business advice. It does not replace consultation from a medical professional such as a doctor, psychiatrist, or legal consultant. I personally also state that I reserve the right to decline readings for gambling, spying, children, pregnancy, death, ill health, dark magic, or anyone under the influence. I simply accept that if someone doesn’t like my vibe, they will take their energy elsewhere and find another tribe!
“The cards tell a story...but you write the ending.”
YOU HOLD THE POWER TO CHOOSE WHAT'S NEXT
Immediately after your energy session has finished, sit quietly for a moment and just breathe. Some of what we hear can be confusing, overwhelming, or deeply moving and it's a beautiful time to allow that space to be inside, outside or around you. Wash your hands, dive under a wave or take a shower soon after to cleanse and wash away remaining energetic cords, trash thoughts, and revitalize your body. Drink plenty of water, get a good night's sleep, and don't feel pressured by anyone to divulge every last detail unless or until you feel ready to.
The most crucial part of learning anything is so that you can apply it and use it to better your life in some way. The same goes for the information revealed to you from a message from the divine. I often advise my clients and viewers to take notes on the pieces of information that stand out to them during their reading - words said, words heard in your mind, feelings, colours, numerology mentioned, and so on. If you're looking 3 months ahead in a reading and your keep those notes nearby over the course of the next 3 months for example, it's interesting to note what you notice, what unfolds, what continues to reappear as a theme in your life at that time.
As you absorb the contents of your reading, heed the advice that fits for you and even try to adopt some of the suggestions you might be most reluctant to try. If starting your day with journaling or ending it with a guided meditation has been recommended but you've never done either, try it and it see what happens. Often our angels, spirits, guides, ancestors and especially our higher selves come through such portals to continue the conversation well after your reading is over. Trust your own inner guidance above all else, but most of our divine connectors are well intentioned and want to help you navigate through various stage of life with peace, love, joy and courage. Align your heart and mind with this and the practices to keep the lines of communication open become second nature.
DO THE WORK, TAKE THE ACTION
“The cards give you images and symbols to focus your vague intentions and transform them into action. Your will is the magic. In other words, you are the magic. If you can create something in your heart and then act on it to make it happen, that is magic. Very simple, very straightforward—no witches, no spells, and no broomsticks.”
As you go about your life, setting intentions and manifesting your desires, remember to always add the grit behind the grace. Put in the steps and the sweat to transform your body; the smart decisions and savings to hit material goals; and, most often, you actually have to do something to meet the love of your life too! Enjoy the serendipitous moments that just seem to magically happen, absolutely, but don't ever that energy flows where focus goes - internally and externally!
Know that all the blessings you deserve and are destined to receive are here - past, present and future - and that we are never really given something we cannot handle in this lifetime. We all have vastly unique situations but we are all connected to love in the cosmos. Remember how miniscule a moment can be but paradoxically how monumental your moves effect the course of history.
Keep co-creating with the Universe, because the biggest secret of all is that you are the Universe.