Tarot is a remarkable tool that can provide us with valuable insights and clarity. However, there are some common mistakes that so many of us make, which can lead to inaccurate readings and confusion. Whether you're a beginner reader or a seasoned practitioner, it's easy to fall into these traps without even realizing it. That's why I've put together a list of common Tarot mistakes and how to avoid them so that you can get the most out of your readings.
Misinterpreting the Cards
Interpreting Tarot cards can be challenging, especially when a card appears to be out of place or irrelevant to the situation at hand. Each card can take on multiple meanings that are highly dependent on the context of the reading. To avoid confusion and misinterpretation, it's essential to approach each card with an open mind and to consider the bigger picture that's emerging from your spread.
Always remember to consider both the individual meaning of the card as well as the overall theme of the reading. By evaluating both angles, this will help you to discern which interpretation is most relevant and helpful in the current situation.
While it's important to have a solid understanding of the card meanings, it's equally important to trust your own intuition and personal connection to the cards. Tarot readings are highly personal experiences, and oftentimes your intuition will provide insights that may not be apparent from traditional meanings alone. Don't be afraid to follow your instincts when interpreting a reading and be willing to explore the various meanings and messages that may arise. Each reading is a unique experience, and you never know what insights or messages may come through.
Pulling Too Many Clarifier Cards
Clarifier cards are additional cards pulled to provide further insight or clarification on a particular card that has already been drawn. This can certainly be helpful, but pulling too many of them can quickly muddy the waters and confuse the interpretation. Tarot is great for guidance but it is not meant to provide all the answers or dictate your future. By pulling too many clarifier cards, you may end up with an overwhelming amount of information that is difficult to decipher.
Another mistake is reshuffling the deck in hopes of getting a more favorable outcome or answer. While it's natural to feel nervous or uncertain when using Tarot, constantly reshuffling can disrupt the energy and flow of the reading. It's important to trust the cards and the intuition that comes with them. If a particular card or answer doesn't seem to resonate with you, take a moment to reflect on why that may be. The cards may be showing you something that you need to address or work through, even if it's not what you were hoping for. Remember that Tarot readings are meant to offer insight and guidance, and sometimes that means confronting uncomfortable truths or facing challenges. Trust the process and allow the cards to speak to you without constant interruption or reshuffling.
Asking Yes/No Questions
While it can be tempting to ask yes or no questions, Tarot isn't well-suited to provide clear-cut answers in this way. Each card in the Tarot tells a story, and attempting to distill that story down to a simple "yes" or "no" can often lead to confusion.
Instead of relying on yes or no questions, it's much more beneficial to ask open-ended questions that allow for more nuance and depth in the reading. Open-ended questions provide an opportunity for the cards to reveal the underlying emotions, motivations, and insights that can help guide you towards a better understanding of your situation.
Ignoring Reversed Cards
Reading reversals is not mandatory and in fact many readers choose not to do so, however there is still much value in understanding their meanings. When a card comes up reversed in your reading (or even upright in a negative position) it can have distinct meanings that differ from its upright counterpart. Disregarding these alternate meanings can lead to incomplete readings and missed opportunities for insight.
It's ultimately up to you to decide whether to incorporate reversed cards into your readings, but I definitely recommend that you take the time to study and understand their meanings regardless. Doing so can offer a more nuanced and comprehensive understanding of the cards and provide additional layers of insight to your readings.
Forgetting the Importance of Self-Reflection
Tarot has an obvious reputation as a divination tool, but it also offers us an excellent opportunity for self-reflection and personal growth. Take the time to reflect on the insights and guidance provided by the cards and consider how you can use them to improve your life.
In addition to reflecting on the insights provided by the cards, it can also be helpful to journal about your experiences with the tarot. Writing down your thoughts and feelings after a reading can help you gain a deeper understanding of the messages that came through and track your progress over time. Additionally, regular journaling can help you develop a stronger connection to the tarot and your own intuition, allowing you to receive even more powerful insights and guidance during readings.
Hopefully by bringing your awareness to these common pitfalls and taking steps to avoid them, you can ensure that your Tarot readings are accurate, meaningful, and helpful. With practice and mindfulness, you can unlock the full potential of the Tarot and gain deeper insights into your life's journey.
Until next time,
P.S. - What are your thoughts on this topic? Have you tried this technique? I would love to hear from you!