Whether you’re just starting out with learning to read tarot or you’re a professional tarot reader, reading tarot for yourself is a lovely way to connect with intuition and continually expand on your tarot learning journey.
I’ve been reading tarot professionally for about 6 years now and reading tarot for myself is something that is a large part of my spiritual practice.
So I thought I’d share a few tips I’ve picked up along the way about reading tarot for yourself.
Before we jump in I want to send a huge shout out to my lovely patrons for choosing this topic!
1. Build Trust in Your Intuition
One of the biggest challenges when starting out with tarot is building trust in your intuition and this can definitely pop up when reading tarot for yourself.
Often intuition is met with raised eyebrows and generally a bit of skepticism. Even when nurturing intuitive messages for yourself it’s easy for that doubt to creep in.
So my first tip is to really focus on connecting with your intuition while reading tarot.
If a spark of intuitive insight or a message pops up and comes to mind while you’re reading the cards, listen to this. It’s easy to dismiss it before you’ve even allowed the message to be heard. Instead, practice taking a pause and let the message that you see taking shape in the cards or the spark of insight that popped into your mind, come through.
It’s a simple step and yet over time this can help you strengthen your intuitive connection with spirit. At the same time it also builds trust in your abilities to interpret messages in the cards for yourself.
2. Take Your Time
When approaching reading tarot for yourself, take some time to sit with the cards for a while.
In the hustle of daily life, it’s all too easy to put self care, and intuitive tarot reading for yourself as part of this – at the bottom of the to-do list
When you’ve carved some time out for yourself to read the cards, take a breath and don’t rush the messages. Spend a few minutes or the time you have available to you sitting with the messages and just see what pops up.
If you’re in a rush, leave the cards out somewhere for the day where you can come back to their messages and reflect for a few moments at a time.
As you spend more time with the cards you might find that different layers to the reading pop up.
3. Start a Tarot Journal
Another way to continue working with the messages and dive deeper is to journal about the cards.
There’s no right way to go about this. If you love pen and paper then spend some time writing about the reading, alternatively you could type it up in a doc with a picture or even share a post of the reading on Instagram, or start a blog.
In my practice, I find that typing up my reading messages is something which fits well. My phone is often at hand so I’ll journal the messages in a doc with a picture of the cards I can refer to later.
I’ve also shared Instagram posts of cards I’ve pulled for my practice as well, as another way to create something of a picture journal of the cards.
This can also be handy if you’d like to take a look at the cards throughout the day but won’t be at home where you can easily see them.
4. Pull a Clarifying Card
If the message is being a bit sticky about coming through and you’re not quite sure about it, consider pulling a clarifying card.
A clarifying card doesn’t replace the card in your reading with a new message, rather it adds to it.
It can provide context to the card or spread which is causing confusion. Like a second opinion or a friend offering their insight, except it’s right there in your tarot deck already
When drawing a clarifying card, I would recommend sticking to one or two clarifying cards at most. Otherwise you might start pulling out a whole secondary reading alongside the first one you’re interpreting.
5. Seek Insight in a Tarot Book
When reading tarot for yourself as well as drawing a clarifying card, a tarot guidebook can also provide insight.
This doesn’t mean you need to take the book’s meaning as the only ‘correct’ or ‘right’ interpretation. Rather consider the guidebook as a reaffirming reference to expand on your intuitive reading
Approach reading the guidebook like you would having a conversation with a friend about your reading.
This can add to the context of your reading, by giving that second layer of insight added to your own. If you’re learning the meanings of the cards, this can also be a great way to reaffirm as you learn.
6. Consider How You’d Read it For a Friend
When reading for yourself one worry which can also pop up is whether you’re reading what you’d like the reading to say – or what it actually says.
One way to move past this worry is to approach the reading like having a cup of tea with a friend. If you were chatting about the reading over a cup of tea with a friend – what would you tell them?
This can lend a bit more objectivity if you’re worried that your perspective is a bit too close to the reading.
Keep in mind that you don’t need to separate empathy and your unique perspective from the reading. You might be reading just the way spirit calls and anxiety or worries are what are prompting this doubt to pop up.
The idea of a tea with a friend is simply another way to approach clarifying the messages in your reading and taking a step back for additional perspective.
7. Work With Crystals
Crystals are a lovely compliment to reading tarot for yourself. Three I’d recommend for connecting with intuitive insight in a tarot reading include:
- Amethyst – a highly intuitive stone
- Sodalite – for clarity in communication
- Rose Quartz – to lend compassion and empathy when reading for yourself
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