Tarot Readings


How the cards work remains a mystery. However, perhaps we are given a clue from Carl Jung who had a theory of synchronicity which claims that:

All events occurring in a certain moment of time exhibit the unique qualities of that moment of time.

Our perception of the outer world is reflected in our inner world and vice versa. The Kabbalists say "as above, so below" and the Buddha said “It is our mind that creates the world”. This is why the Tarot can be called the mirror of the soul. The images of the Tarot can truly help us to understand ourselves as they reflect the world, and our place in it, back to us.

How to read the Cards:

The following procedure is simply the one I use. Other consultants may use a different approach. For anyone intending to learn the Tarot, this is offered as a starting point:

1. You may like to have some quiet time before the reading and light a candle and/or incense.
2. Choose a quiet, comfortable place to do the reading. It is traditional to place the cards on a silk cloth, avoiding direct contact with the table top.
3. Ask the client to think about what subject they would like clarity on, or if they wish to look at life in general. They can keep this to themselves.
4. Ask the client to give the cards a good shuffle while they think about the issue. It is a good idea to remain silent at this stage so they can put their energy into the cards without interruption.
5. Deal the cards in the pattern of the spread you have chosen to use.
6. Record the reading if requested to do so. Turn the cards over and begin.
7. Relax, go slowly, and go on what the cards are saying, not on how the client may seem.
8. As each card is turned over, reflect on its meaning with reference to the position that it occupies in the spread. Feel with your heart and be open to what comes into your mind from the picture on the card and trust your intuition. You may notice different nuances at different times. The more cards in the spread, the more detailed and in depth the reading will be. The overall balance of the spread can also be noted. Is there a predominance or absence of a particular suit or type of card?
9. When you have completed the reading, ask the enquirer if they found the reading relevant to their issue and if they would like to share any more details.
10. You might like to add a little more of what you can see pertaining to the issue.
11. In most spreads there is an advice card or cards relevant to the situation and an affirmation can be added for the person to take away. They can also make up their own. These should always be in the present tense and in the positive. e.g. not “I shall not be late” but “I am always on time”.
12. When the person has left, gather the cards and re-shuffle them ready for the next reading.
13. Declare this special time over. Blow out any candles and put out any burning incense.

Recommended books:

(Each image below is a clickable link to the corresponding book page on the Amazon website)


The Tarot
by Alfred Douglas
(includes the journey
through life)

The Mirror of the Soul
by Gerd Ziegler
(good for

Key Words for the
Crowley Tarot

by Hajo Banzhaf &
Brigitte Theler
(explains the symbolism
of the cards)