When to Consult the Tarot

Pam from Hamilton Beach asks:

Do you have any suggestions or learning ideas to help me use the Tarot in other ways than just traditional Celtic Cross spread? I have also heard that you are not supposed to read for yourself, but how can I avoid this if I am trying to learn how to read the Tarot cards?

Marin responds:

I am frequently asked, “Is it unlucky to read Tarot cards for myself?” The “rules” to the Tarot are actually quite the contrary! The origins of this myth are unknown, and in fact, an intimate bond with the Tarot manifests from personal use and reading for yourself.

For those wanting to tap into Tarot’s wealth of information, there are countless books available, and thousands of decks now in publication to suit your special interest. You will find several books that concentrate on the interpretation of the cards, while others choose to focus on the psychic connection while handling the Tarot. A devotion to studying the Tarot will certainly reward you with a greater understanding; however, you may wonder: When do I consult the Tarot? How do I use the Tarot for myself on a regular basis? How can I use and increase my connection with the Tarot when I am not in a situation where I can read for others?

What follows is a list of suggestions for when you may want to consult the Tarot:


Draw a Tarot card each morning, upon waking, to start your day with a special message and indication of what the day will bring. This is also an excellent learning tool for those less acquainted with the Tarot. After drawing the card, ask your guides to teach you about the meaning of the card throughout the day’s experiences. At the end of the day, look up the meaning of the card and compare the accuracy and application of the meaning of the card to the day’s events.

New Year Readings

For New Year readings, I suggest that you pull one card for each month, making note of the energy of each month and what to expect in the year ahead. Make sure to write the reading down on paper, including any emotional reactions or psychic hits so you can refer to your notes as the year progresses.

Birthday Readings

I always encourage other Tarot students and enthusiasts to give yourself a reading on your birthday. As with any significant reading that you will want to refer to, note the cards and their placement in the reading to see what you are encountering on your personal journey and what the Tarot reveals as important highlights for the coming year.

On the Go

As a busy mom, I am always on the go, and always in my car! So what did I discover? That a traditional size Tarot deck fits very nicely into my car’s cup holder! When I am stopped at a red light, and a thought crosses my mind or I am feeling anxious about a particular situation, I reach over and pull a single card to get a quick answer. I’ve also noticed that when I have a passenger with me, they too are drawn to the cards and will either comment about the cards, or will pick a card and inquire, “What does this card mean?”

Consulting the Tarot About Lifestyle Decisions

These types of readings are performed most frequently, as the occasion arises, concerning the main issues in our lives; love and relationships, career, money and health. The Tarot can be used as a compatibility assessing tool and a source of comfort during the beginning of a relationship when emotions prove too intense to gauge its longevity or reality. In our difficult economy, it can be comforting to consult the Tarot about the future, including aspects of financial security, job advancement and even material purchases. For health situations, the Tarot can be used as an intuitive guide, and maybe even a first response that something just isn’t quite “right,” but never to diagnose or replace a visit to the doctor!

Spontaneous Readings

I always keep a pocket size deck in my purse. I have been asked for a reading in the most unimaginable places, including alongside a football game, at restaurants and coffee shops and, more commonly, at social mixers. It is amazing how fun a party can become when the guests realize there is a Tarot reader in the house, and you may be fortunate enough to bring home a little extra cash from tips! This is an excellent source for those wanting to expand on their skills or for new readers considering building a private Tarot-reading business.

When You Don’t Like What You See

Occasionally, consulting the Tarot for lifestyle situations can shed some light during difficult times, but it can become an obsession. It is best to work with the Tarot on a variety of different aspects of your life, and accepting the answer or insight you are given the first time. If you do not like the information offered, there can be a tendency to repeat the reading, hoping for a more positive outcome. Albert Einstein commented that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. Repeating a reading on the same topic over and over again will simply lead to nonsense… or insanity!

The sacred Tarot is a mystery in itself. There are theories about the cards’ origin, and occasionally a historical reference presents among Tarot scholars, but the true origins remain uncertain. Regardless of their foundation, the Tarot deeply resonates with many of us, drawing us closer, wanting to be unveiled to reveal a deeper sense of wisdom and a source of guidance in our lives.


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One thought on “When to Consult the Tarot

  1. Corrine Ext. 5194

    Hey, this is how I’ve always done it, and it has far exceeded many of the local tarot readers accuracy. I’ve always laid out the cards in what I feel is the right positions for the cards, for example a pyramid for my Egyptian IBIS deck and a horse shoe for my other deck. You don’t even have to lay them out just pick out random cards. You can read own cards if your a fluent medium or you can connect with people on the other side. They can tell you if your reading into something to much or not at all listen to your gut. A trick I’ve always used is to read people around me, ex. my husband, mother, friends. I can recognize the messages made for me in their cards. If you read yourself too often like a few times a day or week you’ll be totally lost, just constantly reading something different.

    You don’t have to have friend, mother or husband with you either, that’s not how it works. You can read the cards of anyone in question by focusing on their name, energy and visualizing him when you shuffle the cards. It’s not required for anyone to be present for it to work.

    When I read for myself I do it about once every 6 months. That’s all I need right now at a max I recommend no more then once per week for yourself.

    Don’t even care to memorize the meanings as they’re pretty generalized and could apply to anyone. Interpret each card as if it was an art piece, what emotion does it convey, what calls out to you about the card, is it the cup in the middle or hand on the left hand side. What direction is the hand pointing or which card is the hand pointing to. Like just look at all the little details in the art and understand the meaning behind the artwork. Understand how all the pictures tell a story and how the pictures make specific details stand out. Like I’m at the point where I can get the hair color, star sign, eye color, etc of a person. If you look reeeealy close and you pay attention to your gut you can even get names of people. Like Jasper, I got that the other day for a caller…. I don’t use the cards when I read anymore as I really don’t need them but man did I scare people as a kid with all the little details I could pick up.


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