How I Read Tarot Cards
I learned to read tarot through the “wild
woman” of all decks, the Motherpeace Round
Tarot. In their unbridled femininity, the
Motherpeace cards evoke intuition like a Full
Moon. This deck was a fit for me in the ‘80s,
when I was learning that my own lunar overdose
was too much of a good thing waiting to be
transformed into an asset.
Because the Motherpeace literature suggested
it, I began reading the cards, as a first step,
without guidance from the classic meaning.
Eventually, that led me to a three-step routine
when reading for clients:
1. Client Take - Ask the client “what do you
see” or “what stands out for you” for each card
in the layout. Do this one at a time. Encourage
her to go with her first thoughts or feelings. In
doing this, she is connecting her subconscious
with the images.
2. Reader Take – Next, I’d take the card and
add what I saw or what stood out to me in the
card. This would often enhance or differ slightly
from the client’s take. This added my intuition
to the client’s, connecting both with the images.
A very personalized message would begin to
unfold. Often, I could see things the client was
“too close to.” Her first reactions would often
cue me into the most personal side of the
archetypal images, so important because it is
the client’s reading. It isn’t important that I
prove I’m psychic; it’s more important to have
a waking dream experience we can interpret
together in a way that is meaningful to the
3. Classic Meaning – Lastly, when
necessary, I’d include the classic meaning
of the card. Often, by Step 3, we didn’t
need it. We’d already defined the message in
much more personalized terms. Looking in the
book or literature provided with the deck is
always a fun, final check.
As with most oracles, over time you’re unlikely
to need a reader/interpreter. Read the cards
for yourself in the same way. It doesn’t matter
which deck. Just use the one that appeals to
you. If everything green stands out for you,
perhaps you’re in a period of growth—or envy.
Listen even to the most ridiculous things that
pop into your head. They have been the key
to some of my best readings! Just like
everything you’ll find in the Dreamwork
section, it’s a matter of learning to access
your own response to the mirror of the tarot
I like to say a prayer or affirmation beforehand
to bless any reading. Set your sacred space,
and the dialogue will be divine.
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