What do you actually need to do a tarot reading?
A tarot deck, nothing more. Perhaps you’d also add a notebook, or laptop if you’re emailing readings or recording stuff digitally, a mobile if you’re giving phone readings.
I have all of those things right here in my handbag, so it follows that I can do tarot on the go.
Right now, I’m on a mammoth journey. And I have readings to do. But it’s not a problem.
In an ideal world, I’d have a lovely big table, a clean, uncreased cloth, some oil burning, a candle for my querent. In my studio I’d set this up over on my little reading table, away from my computer and papers. Or in my boat, I’d do something like this.
My studio, the day I moved in.
But all that stuff is extraneous nice-to-haves.
They make tarot reading more pleasant, more professional, cleaner, neater, but aren’t neccesarry for me to deliver a great reading. I’ve read on trains and in aeroplanes, in quiet cafes and busy bars, on the floor of a youth hostel dorm, in fields and car parks, on buses and in cars. I can lay this soft, crumpled, travel-worn scarf across my knees and squeeze anything from a five-card bridge to a Celtic cross or a spring cleaning spread on my lap, then read those cards just as well as I could in a more serene setup.
By the pool in a Clackamas hotel
And the dynamic, ever-changing energy of being in perpetual transit brings something different to my readings. A curiosity and clarity that I don’t get in my studio. The sky is there, all around me, the weather is so…immediate, so elemental.
There is motion in the foreground and stillness on the horizon, a sense of time speeding up and slowing down at the same time.
Reading for myself in the car park of a truck stop in Wyoming
I hold the querent in my mind and thank them for trusting me. Shuffle the cards slowly and deliberately and lay them on my lap. Photograph them and scribble initial thoughts in my notebook. Then pull out my laptop and write it all up.
Simple and beautiful.
With love from the road,
I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.
I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.