My Tarot reading space, my process, and details on how I read the cards
My Reading Space
Here’s my reading space: a perfectly-sized black armoire desk that closes–perfect for preventing kitties from stealing crystals and whatnot. I appreciate the shelves, drawer, and space for books and notebooks since functional organization makes me happy. Most of my decks live nearby, in an over-the-door hanging shoe organizer with clear pockets.
My 3 favorite decks are stored inside the desk above the drawer, the 78 Tarot Nautical, Bohemian Wild Lenormand, and the Universal Mind Oracle. I clean off and close the desk when I finish what I’m working on, so I always start with a clean slate. This is also where I sit to journal and to thoughtfully plan my weeks using my Desire Map Planner.
Setting up a Sacred Space
Because I start clean each time I set up for a reading, there’s no distracting clutter. I enjoy the whole process of setting up–keeping the question in mind as I do so. I lay out my Tarot cloth, choose crystals and other beautiful items that support the reading, and light a candle if desired.
Some days set up is simpler than others. I choose my deck(s) based on the reading topic and what feels good that day. Taking the time to lay out everything carefully prompts me to take a few relaxing deep breaths.
Choosing the Cards
I begin my readings by holding the deck in my hands while I focus again on the question(s), then I shuffle twice, and cut the deck twice. I tend to like larger decks and I can’t shuffle in the traditional riffle or overhand styles. Instead, I take half the deck in each hand, spread them apart (keeping the tops and bottoms aligned, sort of like fanning them, but holding the cards in a straight line), then slide them together into a single pile.
You may choose to shuffle and/ or cut the cards differently–use the way that works best for you. This is simply the way that works best for me. Next, I fan the cards out and choose the number needed for the reading. I take the cards that catch my eye first or slide out of the deck the easiest.
Doing the Reading
How do you set up for a Tarot reading?
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