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4 Tarot Questions From New Tarot Readers, Answered (Pt 1)

Hey, Bestie, stepping into the tarot world can feel like a lot. All those cards are staring back at you, each with its maze of meanings, symbols, and secrets. You're not alone. I've walked countless new tarot enthusiasts through this very dance, and it's expected to have those butterflies. Remember, every expert reader was once a beginner, fumbling through their first deck, just like you.

So, here's the deal: take it one card at a time. There's no rush, no race to the finish line. The cards aren't going anywhere, and they're not keeping score. They're your friends, waiting to share their stories at your own pace. And you? You have this innate ability to connect with them and hear what they're whispering about your journey and the lessons along the way.

Now, let's ground ourselves before diving in. Please take a deep, steady breath, hold it for a moment of peace, and let it out, releasing all that apprehension. Here's an affirmation to carry with you:

'With each breath, I invite clarity and connection. My intuition is a guiding light, revealing the wisdom of the tarot. I am open to learning, growing, and embracing the journey. The cards and I are allies in discovery, and together, we will unlock the stories they hold.'

Feeling a bit more centered? Great. Now, let's tackle those burning questions you've got. We'll start with the top five I always hear from tarot newcomers. Ready? Let's turn that curiosity into knowledge and that hesitation into confidence. Here we go!

1. How do I formulate a question for a tarot reading? Are yes-or-no questions off-limits?

When formulating questions for a tarot reading, open-ended questions that allow room for exploration work best. Questions that start with "how," "why," "what," or "in what way" open up more possibilities in a reading. For example:

  • What lessons can help me on my spiritual path right now?

  • How can I build more meaningful connections in my community?

  • Why am I feeling blocked from achieving my goals?

  • In what way can I find more fulfillment in my relationships?

Yes or no questions can limit the guidance and insight that tarot can provide. The cards reveal underlying energies, themes, and tendencies rather than definitive yes or no answers.

However, yes/no questions aren't completely off-limits. They can be used judiciously in certain situations, especially when seeking confirmation or clarity on a specific decision. Remember that a "yes" or "no" response doesn't release you from personal responsibility or discernment. Consider rephrasing to elicit a deeper perspective:

  • Should I accept this new job offer?

Could become:

  • How would taking this new job serve my highest good?

  • Will my business succeed?

Could become:

  • What steps can I take to bring success to my business?

When formulating open-ended questions that allow the cards to provide meaningful wisdom and insight, yes or no questions can be used sparingly if phrased carefully but aren’t for tapping into tarot's full potential. Focus on self-discovery over definitive answers.

Here are a few examples of how to carefully phrase a "yes or no" question for a tarot reading to tap into the cards' full potential:

  • "Will taking this new job align with my highest purpose now?"

This asks for guidance on alignment rather than a simple yes/no about the job.

  • "Is now a good time to move forward with this relationship, or are there lessons I need to learn first?"

This seeks insight about timing and personal growth rather than just a yes/no about the relationship.

  • "Would pursuing this creative passion project of mine bring fulfillment, or would my energy be better spent elsewhere?"

This aims to reveal what's most fruitful rather than just a yes/no about the project.

  • "Am I on the right path regarding my spiritual development and life goals, or are adjustments needed?"

This seeks perspective on alignment over a simple yes or no.

  • "Would reconciliation with this person be our highest good, or is it best to remain apart?"

Looking at the highest good rather than just yes or no about reconciliation.

The key is to phrase "yes or no" style questions in a way that invites deeper reflection and invites the cards to share their wisdom.

The Takeaway

How you formulate your tarot questions carries power. Consider your phrasing an extension of setting the intention for your reading. Ask questions from genuine curiosity, self-inquiry, and desire for self-discovery—open-ended questions access tarot's full potential for sacred wisdom. Occasionally, yes or no questions can provide clarity if artfully crafted to invite contemplation over definitive answers.


2. Is memorizing all the card meanings necessary, or can I rely on intuition?

Each tarot card is filled with symbols, stories, and secrets. When you start, it's like skimming through the book, catching the main themes and characters. You don't need to memorize every detail right away. Instead, focus on the big picture—what does each card generally represent? What feelings or thoughts does it evoke in you? This approach helps you build a personal connection with your deck, making your readings more authentic and powerful.

As you continue your tarot journey, you'll naturally start to remember more details about each card. It's like repeatedly listening to a song; eventually, you'll know all the words without trying. The same goes for tarot. The more you practice, the more familiar the cards become. And here's the kicker—your intuition grows stronger with this familiarity. You'll start to see patterns, make connections, and interpret the cards in a way that's unique to you. That's the beauty of tarot—a personal journey that evolves with you.

There's no one-size-fits-all in tarot. Some readers thrive on detailed knowledge of each card, while others let their intuition lead the way. The key is to find what works for you. Experiment with different approaches. Let's start with a few cards at a time or focus on a particular suit or theme. There's no rush. The tarot is a lifelong companion, always ready to reveal new insights and perspectives.

And here’s a lil bit of tarot tea – even seasoned tarot readers don't have every card memorized to perfection. They're constantly learning, growing, and adapting their understanding of the cards. So, permit yourself to be a beginner. Embrace the learning process. Every reading and card you pull is a step forward on your tarot journey. Trust that you'll get where you need to be in your own time and way.

"Feeling overwhelmed? That's normal. Remember, learning tarot is a journey, not a sprint. You don't have to memorize every card overnight. Start small, go at your own pace, and let your curiosity guide you. The cards will speak to you in their own time. And when they do, you'll realize you've been building a deep, intuitive understanding. So, take a deep breath, shuffle your deck, and know you're exactly where you need to be. Your tarot adventure is just beginning, and it will be amazing.

The Takeaway

Your tarot journey is YOURS. Each step in your tarot journey brings you closer to understanding the cards and yourself. It's okay to feel lost at first; every tarot reader has been there. Embrace this with an open heart and mind. Let the cards speak to you in their language, and trust that your intuition will translate their messages. With time, you'll learn to interpret the card’s meanings easily and confidently. So, keep shuffling and learning, and let the magic of tarot unfold in your life.


3. What do I say if someone asks for a reading but I don't feel comfortable doing it?

Listen, setting boundaries is spiritual self-care 101. If you're not feeling it, it's okay to say no.

Navigating the request for a tarot reading when you're not in the right headspace or don't vibe with the asker can be tricky. But remember, your comfort is paramount in a practice as intimate as tarot reading. Here's how you can handle this gracefully:

  • Acknowledge Their Interest: Start by thanking them for considering you for a reading. It shows appreciation for their trust in your abilities.

  • Be Honest: There's no need to concoct elaborate stories. A simple "I'm not feeling the right energy for a reading today" or "I'm not comfortable providing a reading under these circumstances" is honest and direct.

  • Offer Alternatives: If you're up for it, suggest another time that might be better for you. Alternatively, if you know other readers you trust, you could refer the requester to them.

  • Set Boundaries: If you're consistently uncomfortable with giving readings in certain situations or to certain people, it's okay to set that boundary. You might say, "I've decided to only do readings in a more formal setting, not on the spot."

  • Stay Firm but Kind: If they insist, remember that "no" is a complete sentence. You can reiterate your stance with a gentle, "I understand you're interested, but I won't be able to provide a reading."

  • Reflect on Your Practice: Use this as an opportunity to consider why you felt uncomfortable. Was it the person, the setting, or your energy levels? This reflection can help you understand your boundaries better.

  • Educate Politely: Sometimes, people must know that tarot reading requires the right environment and mindset. Feel free to educate them on what goes into reading and why it's only sometimes possible on demand.

  • Offer Resources: If they're keen on reading, suggest books, apps, or websites where they can learn more about tarot, which could satisfy their curiosity until you're ready to read for them.

  • Check-In with Yourself: After declining, take a moment to ground yourself. Declining a request can stir up emotions, so ensure you take care of your energy.

  • Remember Your Why: Your practice is yours, and you do it for specific reasons. Stay true to your mission and the type of energy you want to bring to your readings.

By tactfully and with compassion, you honor your boundaries and the other person's interest in tarot. It's a delicate balance, but one that's essential for maintaining the integrity of your practice and personal well-being.

The Takeaway

Girl.... you don't have to do a dang on thing if you don't want to. If you don't feel comfortable performing a reading, you express that, and you're still getting pressed.... that person is a bitch and needs to get out of your circle. I said what I said, and NO means NO!!!


4. What should I do if I pull a "scary" card like Death or The Devil?

First, don't panic if you pull a card like Death or the Devil! Cards with a spooky aura often freak out us tarot newbies. But these cards have nuanced meanings beyond the creepy imagery.

Death signifies transformation, transition, or closing a chapter - not literal dying. It's helping you embrace necessary change and growth.

And The Devil can point to areas where you may be giving away power or feeling restricted. It's prompting deep self-reflection around potential entanglements.

So next time you pull a seemingly ominous card, recognize it as an opportunity to examine where shifts might be needed for your highest growth. These cards highlight areas for introspection, not doom and gloom!

Now lemme put you up on game. When I started reading tarot, I removed the "scary" cards from my deck. That's right! I customized my deck and skipped cards I wasn't comfy with yet. Ain't no shame in that game while you build confidence.

When I eventually reintroduced the cards, I did a mini-exercise each morning that helped me understand them better. I'd pull a card I was uneasy with and lay it on my table. Then

I'd draw another random card and create a mini-reading, interpreting how they connected.

This daily practice stretched my skills and showed how these cards offer insight versus horror. I encourage you to experiment with similar exercises tailored to your comfort level.

The key is not to fear the cards but to lean into understanding them at your own pace. With time and experience, their wisdom and nuance will be revealed. For now, know that no card is purely negative - it's all about perspective.

So breathe easy, and embrace tarot as a tool for self-empowerment. You got this! With an open heart, even the most challenging cards become teachers, not tormentors. Trust in the process.

Before You Close This Post:

I want you to know.... you did it, bestie! We just tackled common tarot questions with big-boss energy. I hope you're starting to feel more confident and excited to keep exploring this magical art.

Trust that the cards want to connect with you just as much as you want to connect with them.

They're guardians and guides holding centuries of insight to illuminate your path. Don't let fear dim your light - you were born for this and you already have all the tools

Stay curious, stay open, and know you're in. The tarot is simply reminding you of your inner magic. Each reading is a sacred ritual of self-discovery.

So breathe deeply, spread those cards, and let intuition be your bridge to meaning. The journey has only just begun! With an open heart, you'll uncover depths, mysteries and truths you never imagined.

And remember, I'm with you every step of the way. We're in this together, bestie. If you stumble, I'll lift you,. If you're in doubt, I'll remind you of your gifts. Your community is here to champion you.

You've got this.


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