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Ask Brigit: How to Read Tarot for Yourself…Objectively

By April 30, 2014 February 15th, 2022

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Most aspiring Tarot readers first start reading Tarot for themselves. I mean, why wouldn't you? You've learned how to read the cards and now you want to be able to gain insight into your own life.

But what many Tarot readers struggle with is how to read Tarot for themselves, objectively. Are you really tuning into your intuition, or are you just seeing what you want to see? And are you desperately searching for Tarot card meanings that fit the picture of what you want, rather than just listening to the messages you receive straight away?

Today's Ask Brigit question is from Teresa – one of just many people who have written to me over the years to ask about How to Read Tarot for Yourself… Objectively.

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Video Transcript:

Hi, I’m Brigit, Founder of Biddy Tarot – the place to be if you’re an aspiring Tarot reader and you want to transform your life and others’ with Tarot.

And this is a special Ask Brigit video post where I answer your questions about the Tarot.

Today’s question is from Teresa:

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“The biggest challenge for me has been to not let my own wishful thinking, or desired outcome permeate my interpretation of the cards. I want the cards to tell me all the right things, but often what they are telling me is something different. How do you know that you are interpreting a card correctly when it can have so many different variations on a theme? And most importantly for me, how do I not put my own spin on it??”

You’re not alone, Teresa. One of the hardest things about reading Tarot for yourself is how to do it objectively. That is, how to do it without reading into the cards what you want to hear.

Here are my three tips on how to read Tarot for yourself objectively.

Tip #1: Treat Yourself Like a Client

Pretend as if you are reading for a client… who just happens to be you. Set aside a specific amount of time for your Tarot reading and then create the perfect environment – make a cup of tea, put on some nice music, burn your favourite aromatherapy oils, and so on. Clear your mind by meditating before you start the reading. Then, clearly articulate your question and what you want to know from the reading. Choose a simple Tarot spread and then do the reading. Record it as you might with a professional reading. And give yourself time and space to do the reading.

So many times we just throw a few cards for ourselves and end up rushing our way through, without treating ourselves or the cards with the respect we deserve.

Tip #2: Limit Yourself to One Tarot Reading Only

It’s easy to get confused when you’re reading the cards repeatedly on the same issue. So make a commitment to yourself to read once only on your topic. Wait at least a month or until something significant changes before consulting the cards again.

Tip #3: Get a Second Opinion

If you’ve got a friend who also knows how to read Tarot, ask them to look through your Tarot reading and share what they see. Or share your reading on a Tarot forum or Facebook group.

You can also go to a friend who may not be familiar with the Tarot but who knows you well. Simply share with them what you picked up in the reading and ask if it seems consistent with what they know about you and the situation. Oftentimes a good friend can be a helpful mirror to what you might not be able to see yourself.

Tip #4: Don’t Shop Around

These days, it’s easy to jump online and look up Tarot card meanings. The trouble is, you can soon find yourself shopping around for the best interpretation that you most want to hear. So resist the temptation and stick with what you already know (or choose just one favourite website).

I hope this helps, Teresa.


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