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How to read court cards as couples

Everyone finds the court cards tricky, right? I know it’s not just me. I get asked regularly how I work with these cards and I know other tarotists do too. On a forum I belong to, experienced tarot readers often post questions and answers about how to learn and read… Read more

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OPEN THREAD: How can we make time for tarot when we’re super-busy?

In my recent survey, I asked you what was the main issue that you felt held you back as a tarot reader. Read more

A tarot spread for moving forward

A tarot spread for moving forward

My previous post described an exercise where I mapped out a story surrounding one card drawn at random from the deck. What this also meant was that I had begun to create a spread. The numbers of cards in each ‘section’ or position had come about s… Read more

Create your own tarot spread

Create your own tarot spread

[First published on Autostraddle] You don’t have to be an experienced reader to create your own tarot spreads. In fact, I think it’s good to practice creating your own spreads right at the start of your tarot journey. Crafting spreads builds confidence and helps you to remember that you’re learning… Read more

Mapping the Six of Swords

I wanted to see if I could group cards around the story of one – draw out the reasons, the influences, the backstory and the positives and negatives that surround one card in order to get a fuller interpretation of its meaning, and how it might tr… Read more

Your favourite tarot books

I asked community members for their tarot book recommendations. Here’s what they said. Read more

Find your missing element – an exercise

Working with the four elements is all about getting the right blend at the right time. Knowing just which parts of yourself you need to bring to into play when – effectively playing to your strengths, but in a very deep and personal way. There’s no such thing as ‘achieving perfect… Read more

OPEN THREAD: How can we build our confidence in reading tarot for other people?

As in, like, real people. Sitting in front of you. Live. If that thought terrifies you but you’d love to make the leap, get in here and let’s talk about it. Read more

Lots of great free resources for learning tarot

There are lots of awesome people out there, who know a lot about tarot. Some of them share their work, so we can all learn from them. Sweet! Here are some of my favourite free resources for anyone who works with tarot and wants to learn more. Print your own tarot… Read more

A digital mystic in your pocket: eight+ tarot app reviews

And so to tarot apps, about which I’m very conflicted. So tell me – what are your feelings about digital tarot decks? Read more

Getting shit done – trying out the Procrastination Conversation spread

In which I’m gonna test-drive two spreads I’ve recently been working on. They both need a more work, but in the spirit of moving the darn things forwards (and putting a couple of little ticks on my list!!) I’m gonna post this now. It gives me a wa… Read more

How to sort the courts part 3: Stories of the modern day queen

Siobhan shows how we can write new origin stories for the tarot’s queens, reclaiming them for ourselves. Read more

The Moon: All is not what it seems

It is scary to see what is normally tucked away inside, out in the open, using its voice. But it is liberating, too, to give space to that untamed, unsocialised nature. To let your wolf howl. Read more

What to do when your tarot reading confuses the heck out of you

We’ve all had those moments when a tarot reading seems to make no sense at all. Liz Worth shares some helpful tips to tackle those confusing cards. Read more

The Tarot and I: What I believe about tarot

It’s World Tarot Day (TM), so I thought I’d give it a nod by thinking about what tarot means to me, and why I practice it. It’s possible to be both skeptical and spiritual, I realised recently, when I came across this great blog…and, although of… Read more

Begin now, with what you have: A simple tarot spread

  “Begin now with what you have”: A tarot spread for building towards a goal. OPTIONAL: Before you start, look through your cards and choose one to represent your goal. (For example, if you want to bring more balance into your life, you might choose Temperance. If you’re looking for a new career,… Read more

A forest menagerie – the court of the Wildwood Tarot

I think my favourite thing about the Wildwood Tarot is the court cards. Like many people it seems, I’ve always struggled a bit with the courts…and it’s hard to say why. I’ve had my favourites – like friends, I feel I know them inside out – but w… Read more

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Why I don’t ‘do’ reversed tarot cards

In various online tarot communities I belong to, people regularly ask each other how they approach reversed (i.e. upside-down) tarot cards in readings. There are plenty of different ways you can interpret reversed tarot cards – for starters, I outlined a bunch of them here. Mary K Greer has also… Read more

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What’s your element?

Earth, air, fire or water? Each of us is made up of these elements – we are a constantly-changing blend of all four. But sometimes, to make something happen, move forwards, press pause or manage our lives, we need to bring in a little extra of one or another. That’s… Read more

What does ‘outcome’ really mean?

Lucky me – I got to do a reading for a friend last night! When you’ve got used to chuntering along in your own mind, interpreting the cards whichever way you damn well please, it’s a totally different thing interpreting a set of cards for someone … Read more

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Six brilliant tarot blogs

When you practice tarot as part of an online community, it’s all about learning from each other. Picking up ideas for spreads or card interpretations from other tarotists, learning from the professionals how to deal with tricky clients or set boundaries, finding out how others approach the cards, what other… Read more

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How to sort the courts part 2: Foundational layers

Part II of How to Sort the Courts: A guide to sorting and understanding the Tarot’s ‘people’ cards, the court cards. Read more

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Springtime assessment – a dark moon tarot spread

Firstly – a big credit for this spread, which I found via Melia Suez’s wonderful blog. Thank you Melia! xx Secondly – what and when is the ‘dark moon’ time? Also known as the “dead” Moon, this is the time when there is no solar reflection, leaving… Read more

Howlin’ at the Moon – a full moon tarot reading

An evening to myself, and a full moon? I couldn’t resist seeking out a suitable spread, and came across this lovely one by Chanel Bayless. It’s called ‘What’s Howlin’?’, and it’s based on figuring out the message you are communicating to the world… Read more

Reading the tarot court cards like a soap opera

So, like many people, I struggle somewhat with the Tarot’s court cards – the queens, kings, pages and knights. To help me get to know them a little better, I thought I’d brainstorm a little – mapping the cards to explore the relationships between … Read more

A polyamoury tarot spread

When your love life involves more than one partner, it can be extra-helpful to know who you are, what you’re bringing and how you can best deal with the issues that can arise from loving and being loved by a number of people. Read more

REVIEW | Kitchen Table Tarot: Learn tarot…with a big side of sass

Melissa Cynova’s brilliant book for tarot learners demystifies intimidating symbols and helps you get to grips with your tarot cards. Read more

Your key tarot challenges…and some helpful resources

Some of the most common tarot struggles you shared in my reader survey, and some tips for tackling them. Plus new plans for 2017! Read more

New course! A Card a Day to learn tarot…one card at a time

My brand new email course teaches you tarot in just five (or more) minutes each day. Read more

New book! Little Red Tarot Spreads: 21 original tarot spreads + worksheets

It’s here, at last: My first book! When I asked you, ooh, some time ago now, whether you’d prefer a book of tarot, or a book of tarot spreads, the answer was overwhelmingly “spreads”. Your wish is, as always, my command! Little Red Tarot Spreads: 21 original tarot spreads Little Red Tarot… Read more

Not a full deck #2: Removing triggering tarot cards as an act of self-care

What if a tarot card represents a trauma you’ve experienced? Or a perpetrator of abuse? It can be an act of self-care to remove triggering cards from your deck. Read more

Simple ways to bring astrology into your tarot reading

If you’re a tarot reader looking to bring a little astrology into your tarot practice, here are the resources I use to inform and develop my approach. Read more

Four ways to use playing cards for simple decision making

“I’ve been reading playing cards for almost two decades and I believe they can be used to answer any question from deep spiritual issues to mundane questions about the weather.” Read more

Five tarot spreads for new year readings

New year is a great time for tarot reading! Here are five tarot spreads to ring in the changes. Read more

Elemental truths – interviewing the Mary-el Tarot

The Mary-el Tarot, by Marie White, is a mammoth of a deck – stuffed full of mythology, ancient symbols, graphic realisations of life and death, creation, birth and destruction. I’m falling for it big-style, but it’s gonna take me a very, very long… Read more

Understanding the tarot court cards

I want to talk about the ‘people’ of the tarot. The pages, knights, kings and queens that make up the tarot’s ‘court’. These sixteen court cards are notoriously tricky to interpret, with beginners and seasoned readers alike often struggling to understand their meaning in tarot readings. Read more

The agony and ecstasy of choosing a new tarot deck

“Even if you see a deck you absolutely must have, you can still have some concerns, and finding a deck that “speaks” to you can be trickier than it sounds.” Elisabeth explores a common dilemma. Read more

Not a full deck #1: Removing ‘scary’ cards from your tarot deck

If you’re reading to entertain people – at a party, for example – should you remove the scary-looking cards from your tarot deck and keep things light? Read more

The two-card cross: A super useful, super short tarot spread

Never mind long, rambling tarot spreads – here’s a quick, dirty, two-card spread that takes just a minute or two, and provides loads of insight and clarity. Read more

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Tarot for relationships

A commonly-asked tarot question is ‘does XXX love me?’ Me? I turn these questions down. It’s against my policy to read (and darn impossible) for anyone who has not consented to a tarot reading. But if you feel differently, or better still, you have the other person/people present, here’s a neat… Read more

Beyond Kings & Queens: Renaming the tarot’s court cards

There are many different ways to rename the court cards in tarot, and each system teaches us something new about these characters. Read more

The Hanged Man: The art of allowing

“We are so used to leaping right onto a situation and dealing with it quickly – it is an act of bravery and strength to simply hold back.” Read more

A little numerology: Find your tarot birth card!

One of the simplest ways to incorporate numerology into your tarot practice is to find your tarot birth card. Here’s how. Read more

Do you read reversed tarot cards?

Upside down cards can really throw your reading out. Here are some ideas on how to approach them with confidence! Read more

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Tapping into your confidence – a tarot spread

I recently received a question from a querent who wanted help to tap into her confidence in order to start a new job on the right foot. I looked at all sorts of spreads – things about moving forwards, SWOT analyses, the ‘personal compass’ spread and so on, but nothing… Read more

Your top ten tarot cards

“It is the card I have always resonated with the most. It is my heart and soul. And also, the card that terrifies me the most. Because I repeatedly refuse to live up to my own potential.” Read more

You, Me & Us: A relationship tarot spread

Sometimes it’s fun to do tarot in pairs! So here’s a spread for exploring the energy between two people in a relationship. Read more

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A distant reading

A friend in a far-off land asked me for a reading. He texted me the question and the deck I should use. The question was: What does the coming year hold for me? Sheesh. I’ve never done one this big-feeling for someone else (and none at all for som… Read more

A Touch of Magic: Crystals with your Tarot Cards

A guest post shared by Ariel. Tarot is a multifaceted thing, and it means different things to different people. Some people use it to tap into forces that are otherwise unavailable; some of us use it to get to know our own sense of intuition. I can be used for… Read more

Q&A: “It’s barely a tarot deck”

Last week, I received this question from a reader: I’ve had my deck of tarot cards for only a month, but I saw the Wild Unknown deck on tumblr and fell in love with it and ordered it as a “help get through the semester” sort of thing. The owner of the… Read more

15 exercises for your tarot journal

15 exercises for your tarot journal

[Published first on Autostraddle] Got a brand new notebook for tarot journalling? Here’s a bunch of tarot exercises you can try out with your cards and write up in/on your journal: Daily draw This makes a really nice, simple morning routine which you can do over a cuppa. Pick a… Read more

Birthday reading with Mary-el

*Long post warning…* I’ve been needing a self-reading since new year’s eve, so, with my 31st birthday tomorrow I’ve snuggled down with a brew to find out what the Mary-el Tarot has to say about my life at this time. The snow is thick outside – I… Read more

Which cards make or break a tarot deck?

When I’m pondering a new tarot deck, there are a few specific cards I like to check out first. Read more

Where to start if you’re a tarot newbie

If you’re new to tarot, here are some tips to help you get to know your tarot deck and build your card-reading confidence. Read more

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Magic wands

So! 2013. A year I’ve decided will be characterised by hard work, being even more broke and still having a lot of fun. Awesome. Without wanting to go into detail here and now, there’s a big project brewing – perhaps not huge by other peoples’ stan… Read more

Tarot as witness

Sometimes the most important thing is simply to feel seen. Read more

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A new year tarot spread

I love new year. Whilst a new beginning can take place at any time and I feel my own personal annual renewal coming through me in autumn, there’s something about this collective moving from one year to the next and all of the accompanying reminisc… Read more

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The integrity of self-reading

7th May 2011 Dunragit, Galloway, Scotland. Midnight. Emily lays curled into her tail, her small furry body rising quickly and falling with fast little breaths, the occasional cat-snore or dreamy moan. In the bedroom, my love lies sleeping deep. Th… Read more

Helping or harming? Understanding the Knights in tarot

The knights can be relied on to go a tad OTT. Here’s an approach to help you understand each of them. Read more

How to read the card on the bottom of your deck

The card hidden away at the bottom of your deck can bring interesting perspectives to your tarot readings. Here are some approaches to try! Read more

Can you do tarot wrong?

There are as many ways to ‘do tarot’ as there are people to do it. In your hands, those cards tell your story – a story that is completely unique. Read more

What do you call your court cards?

Most of us are familiar with the Page, Knight, King and Queen cards in tarot This ‘royal family’ makes up what is traditionally known as the ‘court’ – and they are often seen as the trickiest cards to learn. They are the characters in tarot, often representing ourselves or the people in… Read more

Planning backwards tarot spread

Over 40 exercises for tarot blog inspiration

Do you write a tarot blog or journal? If so, the Alternative Tarot Course is just made for you – it’s packed with over 40 exercises and tarot spreads you can use to explore your cards. Read more

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Tarot aces = opportunities

I find Aces relatively easy to interpret in a reading. The key word which springs to mind with all of them is ‘opportunity’. Like the hand from the clouds on each of the Waite-Smith Aces, something is reaching out and offering you an opportunity r… Read more

Queen-of-Swords

You don’t always have to chop with the sword of truth. You can point with it too.

– Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird I love this quote – a succinct way of explaining the power of swords, of air. Swords represent knowledge and wisdom, truth and justice. As we go through life, we gather scars. We are hurt by people, by this world. We become more cynical,… Read more

Get to know your strengths as a tarot reader: The reader’s tarot reading

Here’s a simple six-card tarot spread that’s all about you/me as a reader and your/my special skills. Read more

Snow and green shoots – an Imbolc tarot reading

Here’s a simple Imbolc tarot reading I did to welcome spring…despite the snow. Read more

How I do email tarot readings

I do most of my tarot readings by email – which surprises many people. Here’s how I do it. Read more

Q&A: Oracle decks and how to use them

A few suggestions for working with the magic of oracles. Read more

A simple tarot spread

I found out this morning that a distant friend of mine has started her own tarot website…and it’s wonderful! As well as reveiws of a small portion of her eighty-something decks and many books, there’s also a brilliant tarot cast, with a single c… Read more

Want to read tarot at an event? Here’s my advice

If you’re planning on reading tarot at an upcoming event or party, here are my tips to help things go smoothly. Read more

13 unconventional ways of reading tarot card reversals

[Guest Post] “Reversals changed my life. Now it’s your turn.” Read more

The elements of the year

As we move from summer into autumn I feel myself becoming more aware of seasons – both external and internal. I feel more sensitive to the changes taking place around me, but also within myself. The joyous bounding around and fiery energy of summer is fading with the warmth of those… Read more

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Mercury Retrograde – tarot cards to get you through

I’m no astrologer. However I am an avid consumer of astrological gubbins, information, readings, symbols-and-structures-I-don’t-quite-understand and this totally qualifies me to write about such things on my blog. I have a wonderful friend who demystifies the celestial bodies for me, and a favourite set of blogs in which I love to lose myself when… Read more

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Good cards, bad cards

First published on Autostraddle It’s common, especially when you’re learning tarot, to see certain cards as ‘good’, meaning only happy things for the querent, and others as inherently ‘bad’, so that the sight of them is enough to totally freak you out. Life’s a bitch and then you die –… Read more

Tarot decks for beginners

Choosing your first tarot deck can be a minefield! Here’s my advice for what to look out for, what to consider, and a few decks that might inspire you. Read more

Why I Am Totally Awesome Tarot Spread

The ‘Why I Am Totally Awesome’ Tarot Spread

Valentines day. The time when tarotists, astrologers, ball-gazers and fortune tellers et al the world over make like a herd of sheep and cash in on the (possibly)  global obsession with finding ‘the one’. You can order your valentines day tarot reading, hear what the planets are doing to your… Read more

How the heck to read your tarot cards if you haven’t a clue

Even as a seasoned Tarot reader, sometimes I just get a spread as I’m reading my own cards where I’m like, “WTF?” Here are some helpful tips for those moments! Read more

Taking a leap

So! I’ve finally decided to start doing paid-for readings. Having been getting such lovely, positive feedback on my readings for some time now, and actually struggling to fit them all in, I’ve thought yes, I’ve thought no, and I’ve been through th… Read more

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Lead us not into procrastination

Guess who got distracted. Read more

What I learned from two days of tarot workshops

Um. A lot. Where to start? Last weekend’s Northwest Tarot Symposium – the first of this now-to-be-annual Portland tarot conference – packed a LOT into the two day schedule. From storytelling with tarot to the psychology of the major arcana, consciously living each card to a publishing panel, the NWTS… Read more

Reframing the Emperor

Though the Emperor represents society or ‘the system’, it necessarily contains within itself the potential for something better. Read more

REVIEW | Learn the major arcana with your children & King Billy

Even if you don’t have kiddos in your life, King Billy and the Royal Road will help you to dive deeper into your own tarot practice. Read more

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A different view – tarot card reversals

Everyone seems to take a different approach to reversed cards. Some people learn 78 whole new meanings, whilst others read them as a blockage of the card’s upright energy. For some they point to an opposite meaning, whereas for others it’s a corru… Read more

Five do’s and don’ts for tarot beginners

New to tarot? Liz Worth has some tips to help you find your path. Read more

Tarot cards for protection and boundaries

Whether they intend it or not, other people have the power to hurt us. ‘Hurt people hurt people’, as they say – and there are times when it’s neccessary to protect ourselves from the pain of others. There are plenty of ways to do this. For the magikally inclined, spells,… Read more

Spring Cleaning tarot reading

A spring cleaning tarot reading

Is that spring-like sunshine which through yonder window breaks? OMG it is. At last. And I’ve realised just how dirty yonder windows are. Time for a spring clean! If you’re anything like me, you’ll find that as the days grow longer and the sun grows shinier, you’re emerging, blinking, from… Read more

What ‘sacred’ means to me

Are tarot cards sacred? Not out of the box, not mass-produced in a factory, not packed and shipped from an Amazon warehouse, as so many are. The cards themselves are… just cards. Read more

Which tarot course should I take?

Here’s a quick guide to my two popular tarot courses, A Card a Day and the Alternative Tarot Course. Read more

10 ideas for your tarot blog or journal

Hit a rut with your tarot blog? Nothing to write in your journal? Pick one of these prompts, and get scribbling! Read more

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Alternatives to ‘outcome’ cards in tarot spreads

I don’t like ‘outcome’ cards. As a non-predictive reader, I have a pretty big, and pretty self-explanatory, dislike of the traditional ‘outcome’ card in many tarot spreads. As Teresa Read aptly points out, “the cards tell a story, but you write the ending”. I don’t think you can believe in self-determination… Read more

Using tarot cards to predict or plan the future

Whether you use tarot to predict the future, or love using your cards for planning and decision-making, here are some techniques to answer ‘when…?’ questions. Read more

Fun tarot activities to keep you busy over the festive period

Grab your cards and keep yourself occupied over the holidays. Read more

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A tarot spread for balance

I found this spread in the companion book for the Shadowscapes Tarot – it’s designed to help look at the different things you’re balancing – whether they are creative projects, work, commitments, emotional things… and identify the different fact… Read more

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Grounded

‘Grounded’. Well, it means several different things doesn’t it? As a teenager, it’s downright deprivation of liberty. I remember being grounded for buying tickets for a Gorky’s Zycotic Mynci gig when I’d already been told I wasn’t allowed to go. B… Read more

Your own personal compass

Everyone needs a compass – something that gives their lives direction…or if it doesn’t do that then at least lets them know in which direction they’re heading, and where to go next. This tarot spread seeks to answer that need. Read more

Two cards – the ‘challenge’ spread

After much pondering about two-card readings, I treated myself last week to a new book – The Heart of the Tarot by Thompson, Mueller and Echolls. It’s based around one two-card spread – the ‘challenge’ spread – as the very heart of the Celtic cros… Read more

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Alternative approaches to the Ten of Cups

Daily draw – 29th April 2011 Traditionally representing family as the ultimate achievement of emotional fulfillment, in the Waite-Smith Ten of Cups card, we see a ‘husband and wife’ couple, two kids and a cute li’l red-roofed cottage all under a g… Read more

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Three little cards

Every question can be examined from three aspects. Every action, for example, usually involves three choices: your current position, a new possibility or opposite action, and the integration of these in a new way. […] The three-card spread is a … Read more

Building blocks – a three-tier tarot reading

I drew three cards to understand just where I’m at right now. There are many things swimming in my head – a hangover from hard times several years ago. I need to sort the wheat from the chaff. Six of Cups – a sense of nostalgia, harking back to in… Read more