When you are first starting out as a reader, either professionally or as a hobby, it is easy to get stuck, nervous, feel that your mouth is dryer than the sand in the desert and, in a nutshell, feel that you are completely inept to deliver a decent reading. I’ve been there, and in fact most of us have! So these are my tips to avoid this awful feeling as much as you possibly can, and give the best Tarot reading that you can possibly give!
1. Prepare for your reading with time.
What you want to achieve with this is drawing a line that separates the Tarot reading from the rest of your day. The activity that you choose, whether it is meditating or doing your hair, should be something that allows you to prepare your mind for what is about to come, and that puts you in the right mindset!
2. Don’t fight the nerves.
Yes, I get it, every time you are about to perform a reading you are probably feeling anxious. If I am entirely honest, it is something that happens a lot and that takes a while to go away – if ever! – so be patient about it and know that you are not alone. Many professional Tarot readers acknowledge that after many years in the practice, they still feel nervous when reading for a new client. It is your fear of failure speaking! And trying to make it go away is only going to feed on that fear.
In this case, there’s no way out, but there’s a way through! Take a deep breath and jump into the pool!
3. Manage your clients’ expectations.
You will feel way more confident if you know that you and your client are on the same page in regards with the reading. Have a little conversation about what are your clients’ expectations and what is that you can realistically cover in one session. Once you both are clear on this aspect, make a little plan of action listing the things that you are going to cover and how. This is how you set the foundation for the best tarot reading experience for you two!
4. “Attack” the reading from many angles.
If you want to give the best Tarot reading you can give, you need to have an “arsenal” of points of view so you know what to do if you go blank. You can’t for the life of you make sense of a particular Tarot card combination in a reading? Start speaking about its elemental influence in the reading, compare the amount of cards of each suit in the reading, the Major Arcana / Minor Arcana ratio or perhaps repeating numbers. You can still get information while your block goes away!
5. Close the reading on a positive note.
This doesn’t mean that you have to tell your client that everything will be sunshine and butterflies! However; There’s a difference between ending a reading saying “I give you three months at your brand new job” and “This might not be a long-term career opportunity, but it will serve you to improve your skills and this will help you land in a more stable position in the future.”
6. Celebrate your success.
When your reading ends and your client leaves, take some time to acknowledge your good job and take notes of what you are particularly proud of and the things that you may want to improve in the future! After all, giving the best Tarot reading is always a work in progress.
Do you have any tips for giving the best possible tarot reading? What do you do to get in the mood? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!