Tarot Guidance In 4 Words

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“Put your foot down.” #tarotguidancein4words – Tarot Nova

There are many fun and creative ways to connect with the tarot and develop your reading skills, and here’s a little Tarot game you can play.

Let’s play Tarot Guidance in 4 Words – #tarotguidancein4words

How it works:

Shuffle your deck and pull a card.

Come up with a meaningful message in just four words that relates to the card. It should be a phrase or sentence, not just a set of keywords.

You can also apply this reading method to spreads, and in order to demonstrate it, I have used the Celtic Cross:

  1. Present Situation – The Tower: Break down, break through.
  2. What is crossing it – King of Cups: Be kind to yourself.
  3. Heart of the Matter – The Emperor: Put your foot down.
  4. Past influences – Knight of Pentacles: Persevere despite slow progress.
  5. Attitudes and Beliefs – Seven of Swords: Watch out for dishonesty.
  6. Near Future – Three of Swords: Heal your broken heart.
  7. You as you are – Ace of Cups: Embrace love around you.
  8. How others see you – Five of Pentacles: In need of help.
  9. Advice – Two of Wands: Take a new direction.
  10. Outcome – The Empress: Create your dream life.

Have a go and see what you come up with.

Share your ideas on social media (works great on Instagram) with #tarotguidancein4words and tag me @cosmicfaery

You can also use your oracle cards #oracleguidancein4words

Let’s play and offer some guidance along the way Laughing

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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How To Supercharge Your Daily Tarot Card Draw

Random Questions To Supercharge Your Daily Tarot Card DrawWhen you start learning the Tarot, most books and more experienced readers recommend pulling a daily tarot card in order to familiarise yourself with your deck and the images.

At this stage there is no pressure to come up with a relevant interpretation; just record the name of the card on a sheet of paper together with a note of the day’s events to compare.

The next step is to ask a question before you draw your card, such as “What do I need to pay attention to today?” 

Quicker than my more detailed one-card reading approach, the random question technique offers you new insights every day.

Asking a question will help you focus and make your daily draw a little more specific. Even better when you ask a different question every day.

For this purpose, I have compiled a list of questions you can ask at random:

  1. What do I need to do differently today?
  2. What do I need to embrace?
  3. What do I need to avoid?
  4. How can I invite positive change into my life?
  5. What will be my strength today?
  6. How can I tackle a challenge today?
  7. What new opportunity do I need to look out for?
  8. How can I be more positive today?
  9. What new potential will be emerging?
  10. How can I nurture new growth?
  11. What do I need to let go of that prevents new growth / opportunities?
  12. What can I be grateful for today?
  13. How can I nurture myself?
  14. How can I help others?
  15. What can I let go of without losing anything?
  16. How can I simplify my life today?
  17. How can I increase abundance in my life?
  18. What can I do to have a good day today?
  19. What lesson will I learn?
  20. What is happening in my life that I am not aware of?
  21. What step can I take today to reach my goal?
  22. How can I raise my confidence / self-esteem today?

Over time, you can add more questions to this list to expand your self-exploration.

And here is a cool way to choose a random question to answer each day:

Make your own question cards! Here’s how:

Use old greeting cards you received (e.g. Birthday, Christmas, etc.) and cut them into mini size cards (mine on the image above are approx. 45 x 75 mm). Write a question on the back of each card.

Mix the cards and lay them face down. Pick a card and hey presto, you’ve got your question for the day.

As I mentioned before, you can extend your card set when you think of new questions you would like to add.

Take a look at what I have created:

Random questions are a great way to add variety and depth to your daily tarot card draws, and hopefully you are inspired to create your own set of questions cards Smile

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Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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Going Pro: Magickal Ingredients of a Tarot Email Reading

professional tarot email readingAs a professional Tarot reader I have written nearly a thousand email readings, and as a Mentor for TABI have worked with many readers to help them hone their email reading skills.

I think I’ve seen it all: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Writing a quality Tarot email reading sounds easy, but it does require some special ingredients to make it worth the money you wish to charge.

If you are an aspiring Tarot professional, here are some tips on which magickal ingredients you need to add to make your readings stand out from the amateurs:

1. The Essence of a Reading

The three essential components of an email reading are encouragement, reassurance and inspiration.

When you write up your reading, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have I encouraged the querent to think for themselves, face and overcome their fears or take action?
  • Have I reassured the querent without giving false hope? Have I aimed to boost their confidence?
  • Have I inspired the querent to embrace change, to move forward and to take responsibility for their lives?

2. Positivity

Being positive doesn’t mean avoiding reality or the truth. If a relationship is over, it’s over. But even bad news can be conveyed with a sense of hope and optimism. Talk about the new beginnings and opportunities ahead. Always end a reading about a painful issue on an upbeat note.

3. Keep it simple

How often have I seen über-long, confusing sentences, irrelevant card descriptions and repeating messages?

Yes, we’re talking sentence structure and occasionally losing the plot. Nobody wants to read Ulysses-style sentences, but when you are in the flow of writing the reading, it can easily be done.

For clarity’s sake, less is often more. Avoid duplications and unnecessary waffle.

Ask yourself: Have I made my point clearly and succinctly? Have I answered the querent’s question or been too vague? Is the information easy to understand?

4. Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation

For some Tarot readers spelling has proven to be a major hurdle in delivering professional email readings. This also applies to grammar and punctuation.

If you have issues with this, you will need to brush up your writing skills seriously. Nothing is worse than charging for a reading riddled with typos, over-usage of apostrophes and grammatical errors.

5. Compassion, Empathy and Objectivity

Tarot readers are by nature sensitive souls. When a querent contacts me for a reading, I can often sense the turmoil going on when reading their question, and I wish I could give them a proper big hug.

But it is important for a professional reader to combine compassion and empathy with objectivity and a certain level of detachment.

On behalf of the querent, you are looking at the bigger picture and connecting the dots without judgement and without dragging your own personal issues into the reading.

Make sure the reading is about the querent and not about you.

Many years ago, a well-meaning Tarot reader wrote in a reading “My mother always used to say to me…” 

Trust me, this is inappropriate, and your querent doesn’t want to know what your mother said.

Don’t include your personal experience in a professional reading, even when you sympathize or even identify with the querent.

To sum it all up, writing a professional Tarot email reading with a magickal touch isn’t as easy as it first seems. It’s a skill that needs to be developed.

That doesn’t mean I’m infallible. Far from it. Over the years, my readings have evolved, and yes, the odd typos and grammar howlers sneaked in on some occasions.

And with hind-side I felt some readings weren’t good enough in some way. That’s because I’m human and not a Tarot app…

What’s important though is to put the effort in to add all those magickal ingredients to your readings to make them the best they can be for your querents. This way you build your reputation as a truly professional reader.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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Using the Tarot to Communicate with the Dead

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Bohemian Gothic Tarot 1st Edition (c) Alex Ukolov and Karen Mahony, Baba Studio 2010

Samhain / Halloween is fast approaching, a time when the veil between the world of the living and the dead is at its thinnest.

So it comes to no surprise that if you wish to make contact with dearly departed, this is the perfect night to do so.

I am no spiritual medium and therefore no expert in making contact with dead people, but I do feel it is possible to have a conversation with them through the Tarot.

Many years ago I tried to make contact with my mum, who had died the year before, and even though nothing spooky happened during the reading, I did have some interesting dreams on several occasions afterwards, some of which where astounding to say the least.

This year I intend to make contact with my Dad, who passed over in July this year, so while I’m still going through the process of coming to terms with it, I have the need to reconcile with him in some way.

I do believe that making contact with a departed loved one can help to bring some closure and therefore contribute to the healing process.

So, my advice is only to communicate with the dead, if your intention is reconciliation, closure and healing.

The Ritual

1. Questions

Before you begin, think about the questions you would like to ask your loved one. Write them all down, so you won’t forget during the reading.

Although it’s always worthwhile wording your questions wisely, you can ask anything you like, because you are trying to talk to someone you once loved (and still do), and they loved you too, so they won’t mind!

Questions like “How are you?”, “Are you at peace now?”, “What’s it like?” are perfectly okay. You don’t need to censor yourself. In addition you can also ask your loved one for advice just like you used to when they were still with you.

2. Timing

Do your spirit reading later in the evening on the 31st October. The best time would be around the witching hour. Make sure you won’t get disturbed by anybody, like those pesky trick-or-treaters or whoever lives with you.

3. Sacred Space

Set the scene with seasonal decorations, candles and crystals (see also Halloween ideas).

For this kind of work I love using my Black Obsidian Skull. The energetic vibrations of carved crystal skulls are said to make a mental connection with your brain, thus helping you to be more receptive to messages from the spirit world.

4. Grounding

Start with your usual grounding ritual and include a request to the spirit world, such as “Spirit world, please open up to me, so (insert the person’s name you wish to talk to) can talk to me.”

It also helps, if you have a personal item from your loved one you can hold whilst asking him/her to come forward.

5. Reading

Once you feel you are ready, or you may even feel the presence of your loved one, you can begin the reading.

Shuffle your deck while thinking of your loved one. For each question you have, pull a card. The messages you receive from the cards may be from your loved one.

I say “may”, because they may also be from your own subconscious, which knows the answers all along and has the desire to reveal them to you, so you can heal.

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Either way, this reading can contribute to your healing process by helping you feel connected to your loved one and getting some answers you need.

If you are planning to do a reading that is focused on self-exploration, then you can try out the spread in the box on the right.

And last but not least, head over to my journal blog to download my free Manifesting Change printable healing cards.

Samhain Blessings,

Christiane

 

PS: You can find more Halloween Tarot spreads and journalling sheets in my ebook Tarot for All Seasons.

 

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What If Cards Drawn Don’t Make Sense?

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The Star, Angel Tarot (c) Doreen Virtue 2014

I have recently started pulling a card for the week ahead again, which is a great way to practice mindfulness and focus on any issues that I may encounter.

Last Sunday I drew The Star, a positive card, and yet I had some very upsetting news this week.

When this happens, it’s easy to wonder why such a card comes up, when reality turns out to be the opposite.

If this has happened to you and left you feeling confused and thinking that the Tarot doesn’t work after all, then take another look and bear in mind the following:

1. Cards may not exactly tell you what is going to happen, but they may well advise you how to deal with the situation.

In this case, after hearing about my friend’s daughter being diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma, The Star is a gentle reminder to have hope and stay optimistic despite the odds.

I am hoping for a miracle, and perhaps The Star is an early indication that this will happen.

Sometimes cards make sense much later.

2. A card that doesn’t seem to make sense can also ask you to look at a situation from a different perspective.

For example, you draw The Sun for the week ahead, but during that week you lose your job.

Surely you should have drawn the Tower or any such negative card to prepare you for what’s coming, but no.

Instead, The Sun may want to tell you that what’s happened may well be a blessing in disguise. It may also suggest that you should take time out and enjoy life despite what’s happened, and now isn’t a good time to feel sorry for yourself.

3. The Tarot (or any Oracle deck) wants to make you think and go deeper.

Forget about drawing the obvious cards and getting clear answers. If it was that easy, there wouldn’t be any personal development and growth.

On reflection during and after the week has passed, you can reassess how to apply the positive aspects of the card to what has happened. You can also explore, what the card is asking you to avoid or improve.

Draw a card for the next week and see how your story continues. After a while, you may notice a pattern, repeating messages or even things falling into place.

And to do this effectively it’s so important to record your readings, so you can look back and learn to read the hidden messages of the cards.

Enjoy your weekly draws!

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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How To Survive and Thrive as a Phone Psychic

how to survive and thrive as a phone psychicThe most straightforward way to turn your Tarot hobby into a paid occupation is by becoming a phone reader for one of those numerous online psychic phone companies.

The advantage is that you don’t have to build your own website to promote your services, and these companies invest a lot into marketing, so your chances of earning a regular income are good.

Assuming you have passed the ‘psychic phone test’ (reputable companies have a vetting system to ensure they hire quality people), here are some tips on how to survive and thrive as a phone psychic, once you are listed on their site and available to take calls:

1. Most companies offer free minutes to their callers, usually between 2 – 5 minutes at the beginning of the call. Be prepared that many hang up within that time period.

Don’t take this personally. It’s not you. People just try to get some free advice. You will need to grow a thick skin.

The trick is to open up the conversation in such a way that makes them listen a bit longer. More on that later…

2. The best time to work on the phone is evening and weekends. If you only log on while your kids are at school, then you are unlikely to make a reasonable living. It also really helps, if you are a night owl and enjoy evening work.

3. Be prepared to answer any question, including if boy is cheating on girl etc., but ensure you abide by the company’s rules (most don’t want you to answer questions on pregnancy, health, financial and legal matters).

Avoid replying with “I don’t answer this kind of question”, if you merely don’t like the question. But you can learn to answer any question in a way you feel comfortable with and without making your caller feel bad about themselves.

4. Don’t expect your callers to ask for empowering readings. Most of them really just want straight fortune-telling answers. Think about how you can give them what they want without losing your integrity.

5. Be prepared for rude callers, especially when you don’t give them the answers they want to hear.

Again, don’t take this personally. Keep growing that thick skin.

6. It is best to ask your caller for a specific question, so you can give targeted and useful answers. General readings, such as “what’s in store for me over the next six months”, are impossible to complete within 2 – 5 minutes.

Also, if someone is asking for a general reading, they tend to phone for fun and are likely to hang up within the free minutes period.

7. When you get questions about timing, such as “when will I find true love?”, offer a time scale depending on the cards you’ve drawn rather than being too specific.

Be prepared for your caller to reply to your answer with “but another psychic told me it would be next week!”

Think in advance how you would handle this call. Some callers do phone many different psychics for the same question over and over again, but you don’t know that, when they call you.

8. I mentioned before you need to develop the skill to keep callers on the phone a little longer than their free minutes allowance to make money, but don’t be tempted to waste their time by shuffling your deck for a minute after they’ve asked you a question.

Instead, have your deck already shuffled and a card laid in front of you, so you can think in advance what answers this card may offer to your caller (this can help you avoid reader’s block).

Give as much helpful and useful information as possible. Engage your caller with a question or encourage feedback.

When you have a lot to say, your caller is more likely to listen, if they can resonate. This is where your knowledge of the Tarot comes in handy Laughing

9. Ensure you talk clearly at a steady pace. You may want to tame your regional accent to ensure callers from different parts of the country / world can follow you.

10. It is normal to be nervous when you first start working on a psychic phone line. You’ll make some mistakes, experience reader’s block and perhaps get disheartened by unfriendly callers.

The trick is to persevere and learn from what goes wrong. Keep pushing yourself, and it will get easier in time.

Also consider some professional phone coaching. One session can help you accelerate your skills and become more confident by working on specific issues you are trying to resolve.

I worked on psychic phone lines in the past and experienced the good, the bad, the ugly, the bizarre and the ridiculous.

I made mistakes, but I also learned to be diplomatic, tactful and assertive (despite abuse) and about taking a gamble with certain answers.

Nowadays I no longer do phone readings, because evening and weekend work just doesn’t suit me, and I spend more time mentoring and doing email readings.

If you would like to practice and enhance your phone reading skills, book a session with me. I’ll be your best and worst caller on the phone to challenge and help you, offering you more specific advice, tips and tricks along the way to become a successful phone reader.

Learn how to handle those difficult calls, take advantage of my experience and learn from my mistakes, so you don’t have to make the same.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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Going Pro: You Cannot Help Everyone

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Image: Bohemian Gothic Tarot, 1st Edition, (c) Magic Realist Press 2010

“But what if a reading didn’t seem to be helpful to a client?”

My students keep asking me this question, as they are anxious to deliver accurate readings with a big dash of wow-factor Smile

I have written about this kind of insecurity before, but here I pick up on people’s intricate nature, and my answer is as follows:

You cannot help everyone. Even the most qualified and capable psychologists, doctors and counsellors experience limitations to their knowledge and skills.

For example, cognitive therapy is supposed to help people overcome phobias and depression. It’s a useful therapeutic tool, but doesn’t always work.

It’s not because you lack knowledge or skill per se; it’s because we deal with the complicated workings of the psyche. What goes on in a client’s mind is complex, and it’s not always possible to untangle the web in one or two sessions. Sometimes even 20 sessions won’t help.

When certain issues are ingrained deeply, it can take years for someone to unravel and overcome them. It’s not your job as a Tarot reader to do this for your client in one sitting; you offer them guidance, but it’s up to them to be determined to make a change and take action.

Remember that clients sometimes have unrealistic expectations of Tarot readings; they hope for them to be like a magic wand, providing the answer to all their questions and taking all their problems away.

Your job as a Tarot reader is to offer insight by making empowering suggestions based on the cards drawn; your client has to do the work afterwards. Not you.

But it is only natural that as a compassionate and empathic soul you want to help your client resolve their issues, so it sucks when sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way.

When this happens, ask yourself, if it was down to you, e.g. did you communicate clearly, was there a misunderstanding, or did your client have unrealistic expectations?

Here are some tips to help you limit these situations:

1. Be clear and realistic about what you can achieve with your readings.

2. Set your boundaries. In advance of the reading, communicate clearly what you can and cannot do.

3. Ask the client what they are hoping to get out of the reading.

4. Be aware that not every question can be answered in one sitting.

Trying to answer “big” questions, such as “I want to change career, but don’t know what I could do” are hardly ever resolved with one reading, and your client is likely to walk away still pondering. That’s normal.

Sometimes a reading is just a stepping stone on a long journey, but in most cases each stepping stone is useful, even if the client isn’t aware of it at the time or doesn’t openly appreciate it.

And with experience and acquired wisdom you will learn to handle those big questions, offering glimpses of illumination before you even look at the cards, but knowing full well that your client still has a long way to go when they leave you:

“I’ve just turned 40. Is this it? What do I do with the rest of my life?

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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