Frequently asked questions
WHY USE TAROT?
Despite popular belief, tarot is not magic, nor is it practiced (only) by witches. In fact, psychologists started using it on a larger scale more and more lately, as a bridge to build communication and facilitate insights with their clients. It is also frequently used by life coaches and yoga trainers in their practice.
Tarot cards have always had deep roots in psychological applications. Psychoanalyst Carl Jung explained that the cards were an easy way to represent the ‘archetypes of mankind’ - or universal traits like strength, ambition, and passion - in psychology, making them ideal tools for therapy and mental health. For more info about that, I recommend Robert Wang’s „The Jungian Tarot and its archetypal imagery.”
Nicolle Osequeda, a Chicago-based therapist, said she “supports the use of any safe methods that her patients find helpful.” New York psychologist Jonathan Kaplan said that if “someone is pursuing psychological evidence-based therapy while meditating with crystals while Mercury is in retrograde, I’m fine with that.”
Let’s put it like this: tarot is like a map of your mind and potential outcomes. It’s a useful way to find a new perspective on the situation you are dealing with or see yourself from a bird-eye view. If you’re feeling stuck or struggling with a decision, a tarot session might give you insights on how to better handle the problem you are facing. All in all, even if you see it as just a game (and not an occult practice), it’s a fun way to relieve your anxiety and gain clarity over a specific situation you are dealing with.
HOW DOES TAROT WORK?
Tarot decks are made of 78 cards, each with multiple meanings. Some of them (the major arcana) represent major lessons, karmic events or things that are out of our control. The minor arcana can depict emotional states, situations or persons in your life, as well as your energy. From a broader perspective, each card is a short story that, connected with others in a spread, creates a complex puzzle regarding the client.
This is why it is often said that tarot was made for storytellers. Without great communication skills, chances are that the message won’t get through.
Second of all, tarot is best practiced by empaths or highly intuitive people, as they are more prone to connect to other people’s energy and connect the cards with the client’s situation. So, in other words, no matter how smart you are or how well you memorize the cards’ meanings, it won’t help you if you interpret them strictly from an intellectual point of view.
Again, this is not hokie-pokie, new-age mumbo-jumbo. I myself am a skeptical person and I want everything to be backed up by facts or science. So, from the pragmatic point of view, it’s like this – I don’t do magic to connect with you, nor do I invent stories based on the cards and hope they match with what you’re going through. My sensitive nature, along with regular meditation sessions are the factors that facilitate the sessions. The outstanding effects of meditation on the human psyche have been deeply researched during the past years, so feel free to get extra info on it if you are curious.
Moreover, according to quantum physics theories, we are all energy, interconnected, constantly transmitting information through an infinite field. By practicing meditation and staying grounded, it is easier for me to tap into your energy and take upon information from the field. It often happens to me to experience feelings, use certain expressions or words that clients used, without knowing that in advance.
CAN TAROT PREDICT THE FUTURE?
Yes, but with a disclaimer. It shows potentialities, as the future is not set in stone. You are the key in creating the future you desire. Moreover, it’s best to think of time as a weather report. The longer the period you are asking about, the chances of it happening decrease. This is because we work based solely on current energies, therefore it does not have control over people’s free will or external variables.
It is best to ask questions that spread over a one-year time frame, max. The ideal ones are for 3 months max.
WHAT IS THE ACCURACY OF TAROT?
That really depends on the Tarot Consultant, before anything else.
I have kept a record of over 300 sessions throughout the last year and had a 93% accuracy (confirmed events, changes, relationship dynamics etc by clients).
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE TAROT SESSION?
After booking the session, I strongly advise my clients to send me in advance all the questions that they have for the tarot. This way, we can see if rephrasing is needed to make them as clear and specific as possible. The clearer the questions, the clearer the answers. Furthermore, this will help me better understand your needs, challenges, and blockages. Last, but not least, this will save us some time that we can properly use during the session for the answers and post-spread discussions.
If you want, you can also offer me a bit of context regarding your questions - as much as you feel comfortable. Things such as: what is currently happening in your life, why are you asking these questions, what are your fears and hopes regarding the situation etc might help me so that I don’t start the session in the dark.
HOW DOES A READER PREPARE FOR A TAROT SESSION?
Every reader has his own preparation ritual – some might not have any at all. It really depends on his or her personality and ability to immerse into the world of tarot.
As a highly sensitive person/empath, I generally have a few things that I do, which help me be more grounded and present during the reading. I usually take an hour before the session to meditate, do a cleanse for the area where I will do the spread and sometimes I exercise to ground myself.
HOW IS THE SESSION HELD?
To each his own
This works just as well as face-to-face readings, if not quite a bit better, as it’s the best way I can focus and gather the messages I want to give you, without the time pressure or interruptions.
How it works: you send me the questions via email, we discuss and refine them, make sure they are crystal clear and specific. I do the readings on my own (if additional questions come up, I usually clarify them with an extra reading or address them in my follow-up) and then send you a full, extended written report along with the pictures of the spreads.
I find this to be very useful for my clients, as well, as it gives them the opportunity to return to the report whenever they feel the need and go over the messages again.
I usually get asked if not being face-to-face (or even online during the session) will affect the accuracy of the reading. The answer is no – sometimes, it’s quite the opposite! 😊 I never let my clients touch the cards during live sessions, either, so no worries. If we click and connect, we will do it anyway.
WHY NOT HOLD AN ONLINE TAROT SESSION?
Many of my clients ask why I don’t do online (Zoom) sessions. Well, it’s because:
With all this pandemic, I am literally sick of online meetings. If it’s not face-to-face, I’d rather not do it at all.
Weak internet connections and connection failures make the session really difficult and it usually stops me from doing a great reading. In order to get the maximum from the spread, intense focus is required, so any interruption affects the flow of the session.
I find online meetings to be very artificial and impersonal, with no added value to the interaction. Call me old-fashioned – cuz you would be right!
WHAT KIND OF QUESTIONS CAN I ASK IN A TAROT SESSION?
Well, let’s put it this way. I can’t tell you the lottery numbers, but I can tell you whether or not you will win if you play.
Generally, you can ask “YES or NO” questions (but just a heads-up: you’re missing out on some amazing insights that the tarot cards might give you) or open questions.
I advise people to ask open questions and make them as clear and specific as possible.
For instance, “When will I be happy?” or “What is my love situation?” are very general and with little potential to offer you any insights.
Questions such as “what is the current dynamic between me and my partner?” can lead to a spread that will offer you details such as: what is each of us feeling towards the other? What comes across in our behavior from those feelings? Are our feelings and behaviors aligned at this point? What are the blind spots – what am I missing? What are the next steps in our relationship based on this dynamic?
Other specific questions might sound like: What can I do to improve our communication? What is holding us back from evolving? What are my assets in this relationship?
The purpose is to ask questions that put the focus on you and help you improve your situation now and in the future.
IS TAROT JUST FOR LOVE MATTERS?
Not at all. Actually (this is even very surprising for me, too!), most of the queries I get are business-related. So questions such as:
How do my managers/coworkers/employees perceive me?
How can I improve my work relationships?
What are the obstacles that are keeping my business from growing?
Should I expand my business or wait?
How is my business going to evolve throughout the year?
When can I expect major events for the company/for my job?
What will my emotional health look like throughout the year? What can I do to improve my emotional wellbeing?
How will my financial situation change? What can I change about myself to increase my profits?
Are very valid questions that can be answered through Tarot.
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