The Uninspired Tarot Reader

I’m trying to get back into the groove of blogging after vacation, and man, let me tell you–it’s hard!  So I’m going to get this down on (virtual) paper before I lose my focus yet again.  I decided on a topic that seemed appropriate since I’m trying to get back into my blogging groove: what to do when you feel uninspired as a reader.

It happens to all of us.  There are times when you just don’t feel “on.”  The cards just sort of stare up at you blankly, looking like so many pretty pictures whose mysteries are still hidden.  Colors and shapes sort of blend together into a mish-mash, and you sit there trying to make sense of it all.  What do you do, especially when you have a client sitting across from you expecting you to help?

When I feel that initial, terrifying block, the first thing I do is to start describing the card.  “If you look at the card, you see a beautiful woman, blind-folded and bound, surrounded by a cage of eight swords.  There are cliffs around her, and the water is rising at her feet.”  Almost immediately after I begin to describe a card, the words will begin to flow and the meanings start popping.  The spread begins to make sense and the cards tie in together, allowing me to complete the reading.

What do you do when you aren’t in a client reading, but are feeling uninspired generally, however?  Well, that’s another ballgame.  One of my favorite go-to’s is to just pick a card and journal away.  I think you can tell from earlier blog posts that journaling is a very important part of my practice.  I rely on it a lot, and I think it makes me a better reader.

Another method is to pick up one of your favorite tarot books and start reading.  There are so many good books out there.  A couple of my favorites are Tarot, Plain and Simple by Anthony Louis and Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen.  There is so much good information out there that can get that spark going again.

Finally, if you are feeling uninspired, it might be a sign that you need to take a break.  There’s nothing wrong with putting down the cards for a while.  Sometimes we all need a vacation.  Don’t feel guilty for taking some time off!

I hope this blog post has inspired you with some new ideas on how to handle it when you are feeling uninspired.  Blessings!


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