The Open Tarot Reading

A Step-By-Step Procedure

Here are the steps for a tarot reading you do for yourself that is not based on a question. (See lesson 10.)

  1. To begin, have ready:
    1. your tarot cards
    2. the layout for the spread you have chosen
    3. the card and spread information pages, if desired
  2. Setting the mood
    1. Prepare the environment according to personal preference.
    2. Sit down with some empty space in front of you.
    3. Relax and still your mind. Breathe deeply several times.
  3. Making your statement
    1. Remove cards from container.
    2. Hold cards cupped in one hand. Place other hand on top.
    3. Close your eyes.
    4. Say on opening statement out loud, if you wish.
    5. Say a general message of intent.
  4. Shuffling the cards
    1. Shuffle the cards until you feel ready to stop.
    2. Keep your mind free and open while you shuffle.
  5. Cutting the cards
    1. Place cards face down in front of you with short edge toward you.
    2. Cut the deck in one unplanned action as follows:
      1. Grab some number of cards from the complete pile.
      2. Drop this smaller pile to the left.
      3. Grab part of this second pile. Drop this third pile to the left.
      4. Regroup cards into one pile in any fashion.
  6. Laying out the cards
    1. Hold cards in your hand with the short edge toward you.
    2. Turn over the top card as you would turn the page of a book.
    3. Lay out the cards according to the spread you have chosen.
    4. Turn reversed cards around if you are not using them.
  7. Responding to the cards
    1. Note your responses to individual cards.
    2. Note your response to the whole pattern of cards.
  8. Analyzing the cards
    1. Analyze individual cards:
      1. Find the information page for the card.
      2. Read over keywords and actions.
      3. Look for actions that hit home.
      4. Write down thoughts and feelings, if you wish.
      5. Consider card orientation - upright or reversed?
    2. Analyze card relationships.
    3. Use principles of interpretation.
    4. Note additional insights.
  9. Creating the story
    1. Tell your story spontaneously out loud.
    2. Tape your story, if you wish.
  10. Writing the summary statement
    1. Think about the theme or message in your reading.
    2. Write a summary statement of 1-2 sentences.
  11. Finishing up
    1. Write down cards and their positions.
    2. Clear the deck.
    3. Gather cards together.
    4. Hold cards cupped in one hand. Place other hand on top.
    5. Close your eyes.
    6. Say out loud what you have learned from the reading.
    7. Express gratitude to your Inner Guide.
    8. Put cards back into container.
    9. Restore environment, if necessary.
  12. Using what you have learned
    1. Let the message of the reading guide you in a general way.
    2. Later, relate developments to what you learned in the reading.

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