Can you do Tarot readings for yourself?

October 4, 2019 at 23:09 (UT/GMT)
(Leo) merasmus
Can you do Tarot readings for yourself?
I´m very new to tarot so I don´t want to do readings for other people yet, and I´ve mostly just been practicing on myself but I´ve recently heard people say that you shouldn´t do readings for yourself at all. Is this true?

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October 4, 2019 at 23:31
(Aries) ram_goat
yes totally.. why not?
October 4, 2019 at 23:57
(Aquarius) Leo Moon
Of course You can! That’s how to learn.

I like using them to examine a situation more than as a predictive method.

No one knows us like we know ourselves so I find tarot and astrology readings are great tools for self examination.

Oh....a and You can buy Your own deck.

That’s another myth.....about only using tarot cards that are gifted to You.
October 5, 2019 at 22:26
(Taurus) IIyyaarr13
Someone will put their energy into your deck thinking it is a playing card deck. :21:
Where you leave it will also influence it´s energy. :20:
Past life users of the tarot are bound to be way ahead of you and might have real contempt if they knew you asked Astrologers and Astrologists for advice! :39:
October 6, 2019 at 00:08
(Leo) merasmus » IIyyaarr13
But this subforum is tarot related so I figured only people with experience reading tarot would respond
October 6, 2019 at 01:08
(Aries) ram_goat » merasmus
so how did your self reading go?
October 6, 2019 at 08:08
(Aries) ram_goat » merasmus
But this subforum is tarot related so I figured only people with experience reading tarot would respond

most people see this post in the "latest posts" list, which shows the latests posts from all the sub-forums, so it appears like a general question.

Not a big deal, but every yahoo here can see it, and will comment. Some don´t like tarot or whatever.
October 6, 2019 at 12:49
(Gemini) stigmí
I do readings for myself and also for others if they really want.
Most important thing about readings is to learn how to ask. Its very important part of this process, because it proofs your intentions and leads to self-knowledge.
October 6, 2019 at 15:45
(Leo) merasmus » ram_goat
I did a reading for myself a couple weeks ago and ended up with this. I had asked what I needed to work on within myself in order to find love, and I used a 3-card spread I found online. The left card was where I am now, the middle being what´s hindering me, and the right being the supposed outcome. I know what each card means individually but it was hard to interpret them all together lol
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October 6, 2019 at 17:10
(Aries) ram_goat » merasmus
7C be honest clear, grounded, and methodical about what you want in love/partner

don´t get lost in "pie in the sky" feelings or thoughts about love. put some work into knowing what it is you really want so that you can pursues it once it comes along..

like the old saying "if you don´t know where you are going, any road will take you there.."

know in advance what it is you seek and are looking for.

the other cards I think have pretty obvious meanings..
October 7, 2019 at 09:15
(Libra) SweetupBaaby
I read tarot for myself all the time. However, please be cautious when doing this. Make sure you know who you are calling upon for insight, always protect yourself, pray before and after your readings, sage your area and belongings frequently and do not become so indulged that you lose track of everything else in life.

This happened to me when my bf was tragically killed. I became obsessed with tarot and would communicate with ´him´ everyday. I became a very diabolic individual during this time- short tempered, mean, cold as ice, numb to everyones feelings (I´m an empath so that was very out of character) and had just a general dark energy to me. I had a massive epiphany one night and instantly knew that I was not communicating with my late boyfriend, but with a malevoent energy that had exploited my grief and was masking themselves for their own gain.

This is an extreme case, but it happens all the time when people are naive and negligent. This shit is nothing to play with.

I have the gift of claircognizance/clairaudience and have the ability to discern between higher/lower vibrational spirits. I was blindsided by the shock of his death and was desperate to have any means of communication with him. That was one of the worst mistakes I ever made..I still experience psychic attacks to this day, although I´m better equipped to handle them now.

Sometimes you open doors that cannot be closed.

That being said, sure..why not read for yourself? But you really and truly want to get to know the Tarot in and out before reading for other people. It´s great to practice on friends and family- they love it too. But its beneficial to understand astrology thoroughly before thinking of creating a client base for paying customers.

Hope this helps,

blessed be xx
October 8, 2019 at 16:25
(Sagittarius) DoveBird
Tarot is a way of tapping into the energy of the day, and of any given situation or query you have. You can read for yourself! Spirit gives us all free will, so if you see something... it could give you a heads up to avoid the situation. I do daily reads on YouTube for all my viewers. It’s like setting the vibe for the day. But again, it’s all energy, and you can guide yourself with insights to make the most of the energy... Leo Moon said it perfect about it being a myth like how you can’t but your own deck.
October 12, 2019 at 06:59
(Sagittarius) TamuTamu
I do a readings every morning. And during the new and full moon. But also like you I´m new to readings and do not want to do others. You have to practice and yourself is the best choice.
October 13, 2019 at 05:58
(Leo) Patrickat » IIyyaarr13
Interesting comment about asking astrologers for advice with regards to tarot. I am out of practice with tarot but a group I knew in Austin who studied both and theosophy used an astrological tarot reading, has anyone heard of it? Twelve cards are laid down two rows across, six each with one extra card to the side. As you learn the meanings of the cards from whatever source, a teacher, book or your own intuition, you apply the astrological meanings, aspects and placements of cards. The first house is the bottom left, read across then the seventh house is top right, read back across ending at top left, the twelfth. As in astrology, the first house is the subject, the self, the physical environment, second is possessions, opinions, and so on with the extra card setting an overall tone, or special message. Overlay your natal chart or an horary chart of the time of the deal, you can get some interesting insights and cross relationships of mystical languages.
October 13, 2019 at 06:02
(Leo) Patrickat » merasmus
If it is not generally published on the posts, read my reply to IIyaar ? on Oct 5th, I mentioned astrological tarot reading. I saw it being used back in the 70´s, (I am an ancient!), don´t know if it is used very widely nowadays.
November 10, 2019 at 18:32
(Aries) CrescentKitKat
I would consider myself very proficient in reading tarot, not an expert, but definitely experienced enough to read with confidence for myself as well as others.

When I was starting out, I think reading for myself was more difficult. If you have any friends interested in tarot or open to a reading, you could ask if you can practice reading for them.

There are some exercises that have helped me to learn tarot and I´ll post them here. I might just make another thread later on my own tarot journey, cuz why not. lol

DAILY DRAW:
Consistency is key with this particular exercise. Every day, draw a tarot card and study its meaning. You can ask a question for the day, like ´what energy is around me today?´ or really any question that can be embodied through a one-card draw.

Then, you can write a journal entry delving into the meaning of the card. I would try not to look at the little white booklet that generally comes with a deck and examine the imagery of the card and look at those piece by piece. For instance, the Fool, in the Sun and Moon tarot deck is rich with esoteric symbolism. There´s a butterfly, a crocodile, a tiger, a staff. What do they symbolize? How do you personally interpret the imagery and flesh out the meaning of the card?

TWO CARD COMBOS:
When you feel you understand the 78 cards individually, you can move onto two card combinations. A good strategy for learning to interpret multiple cards in a spread is to pick two and practice. For this exercise, shuffle your cards, split them into two piles and flip the ones on top. Interpret the first card and then the second card separately. Then, tell the meanings between the two cards. What do they share or oppose in one another? Tell the story.

You can use key words and string them together for a combined meaning.

Numerological associations for the pip cards is pretty easy. You can look at how cards 2-4 are earlier stages of a cycle, 8-10 are later stages of a cycle, etc.

Symbolism/Imagery: look at what these two cards have in common vs what they oppose, how they complement, their synergy, etc.

People interactions: do they characters in the cards look towards each other or away? Do they face forward to the reader or something else?

***I have a lot more I could explain, but I´ll start with this. Let me know if you have questions or want more explanation!
November 10, 2019 at 18:46
(Aries) ram_goat » CrescentKitKat
And the tarot thread breathes again..

odd what a dead subject tarot is in here..

love tarot..
November 10, 2019 at 18:56
(Aries) CrescentKitKat » ram_goat
I’m a big fan of tarot too, personally.

I made a thread on Astro-tarot associations but no one seems interested lol
November 10, 2019 at 21:46
(Aries) ram_goat » CrescentKitKat
open a thread giving free readings though... and watch it fill up.

we can have Tarot duels!
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November 11, 2019 at 01:22
(Aquarius) Leo Moon » ram_goat
I see a profitable pay per view event there Ramgoat.

All those settlements cost the Catholics money, they could make up ground with this idea.
November 11, 2019 at 01:29
(Aquarius) Leo Moon » CrescentKitKat
Interesting, I find reading for myself much easier.
Mostly because I know what is going on with myself.

When reading for others, especially strangers, I have a hard time finding a cohesive pattern in the cards .

I have found tarot invaluable in exploring my own mindset and addressing problems through examination of the archetypes represented.

I don’t think they have ever predicted anything that my intuition and observation hadn’t seen coming..

I should do some readings for others I know in order to learn.

So I am interested in Tarot.
November 11, 2019 at 01:49
(Aries) ram_goat » Leo Moon
When reading for others, especially strangers, I have a hard time finding a cohesive pattern in the cards .


That is their job, not yours. How can you know them better than they know themselves?
You are just a guide.. a channel...

"I have found tarot invaluable in exploring my own mindset and addressing problems through examination of the archetypes represented.

I don’t think they have ever predicted anything that my intuition and observation hadn’t seen coming.."

Exactly..cards work with what is or is not present already.. and for some this means that
reads are useless. It´s a funny business..

no "woo" involved.. either you got it or you don´t.. and you can understand the message or you can´t. As with everyday reality.. there is no pressure there, but consequences apply just the same. The question is, what is the level of your understanding of these things.

Sometimes the cards surprise me and predict things I cannot know... but you can´t rely on that 100% of the time. When it happens it happens. If those odds don´t suit you, then go play blackjack, or slots, or just stay away from tarot. Energy is always in flux. If there is one message Tarot teaches, it is that...

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November 11, 2019 at 05:35
(Aries) ram_goat » Leo Moon
or maybe a "Saw" movie with pedophile priests..
November 14, 2019 at 02:10
(Aries) CrescentKitKat » Leo Moon
Whoops sorry! I meant to reply a while ago.

I find that reading for others provides a means of exploration of another´s psyche. I´m not entirely set on a definition of ´self´, but I think looking through others´ perspectives has proven useful in my own self-discovery.

Tarot is interesting to me as well. I don´t find it useful for prediction necessarily, although I tend to view the process of self-discovery as more a process of self-transformation. The patterns and stories within a tarot reading are useful in catalyzing self-development, imo.

I think a lot of my psyche is ´submerged´ so to speak and oftentimes tarot reading can sort of ´fish´ for aspects of my psyche and reel it to the surface so to speak.
November 14, 2019 at 02:41
(Aries) ram_goat » CrescentKitKat
yes 100%

I find that reading for others provides a means of exploration of another´s psyche.

the problem I find is that other people are:

a. stupid (as in low IQ)

b. don´t want to take the advice if it is not what they are expecting/want to believe already

c. are looking for mechanistic answers (same with astrology..)
and certainty in a mathematical sense, so they can throw up their
hands and take zero responsibility for their role in outcomes

d. see a.

e. they "game" the system by withholding information or details, i.e.
asking you what will be the outcome of something they already did last week.. like why are you asking me now? it doesn´t matter anymore.

It can be frustrating..
November 14, 2019 at 02:48
(Aries) CrescentKitKat » ram_goat
I don´t generally do predictive readings. I do the equivalent of a natal chart reading via tarot. I look into the psyche of a person, perhaps their past a bit, etc. I prefer the person gives me 0 info and I don´t like to read for people that I already know. Cold readings with strangers are my favorite.

I also don´t like to give advice. If I have to, I give options.

I find it interesting though, using tarot to see into the underlying mechanisms or psyche of another. Regardless of whether I read for myself, I still end up learning about myself. Immersing myself in another person´s perspective is useful for my own self-development.

Tarot is like a practice in empathy. At least that´s how I try to use it.
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