Tarot Thursday Three: January 26, 2017

Phew!  Like others have noted, where does the time go?  Wasn’t it just last Thursday?  I suppose between last Thursday and this Thursday we live in an entirely new world with you-know-who’s inauguration and all the ensuing political and social justice fallout…… *cough* Anyway, that’s another topic that I have been, and will continue to, explore on this blog.

But now, the fun stuff!  Another #tarotthursdaythree, hosted by Julia with questions from Vanessa (links at the end).  As I was reading the questions I couldn’t help but notice there are eight this week instead of three (hehe).  Here we go!…..

1.  What was your first time like giving an in-person reading?  Where were you?  How did you feel?  Spill the deets!

Well, the first time I read for someone other than myself, I read for one of my best friends.  I read for Hilary, who I met my freshman year of college — we lived on the same floor.  She was visiting for the weekend and had seen me and my cards on Instagram and asked for a reading.  I was armed with my trusty The Wild Unknown, crystals, and, like Vanessa, my guidebook.  I hadn’t been reading for very long at this time, but I was keen to try it out with friends (and now, typically, I do a reading for each of my besties when we’re together).  Anyway, that experience wasn’t that great (nerves!!  awkwardness!!) but it was fun and my friend seemed to get something out of it.  Though I’m still pretty terrible at in-person readings, I’m working on it.  The photo below is from that day — the 7 of swords and 5 of swords in one reading?!  To this day, two of my least favorite cards to interpret.  Oh, and since Vanessa asked, we did this reading in my bed (if that wasn’t already clear :)).

2.  Have you ever had a negative client response to one of your readings?  How did they react and why?  How did you respond back?

I have not.  I mostly do my readings online and, like others, have received no feedback at all, but haven’t had anyone disgruntled.  One person asked for further clarification, and, when given, was perfectly happy.  When reading in person with my friends, it’s more back-and-forth, conversation-like, so we hash out anything that doesn’t make sense.

I will say that since starting to read for others, I realize how valuable feedback is.  I’m one of those people that just kinda forgets to send feedback, or would send something like “oh that really resonated, thanks!”  But now I understand how helpful and validating feedback can be, so I’ve been making more of an effort there.

3.  Have you ever been challenged by a skeptic regarding tarot?  What was your experience like?

Hmm, not really.  My mom doesn’t super support tarot, so we just kind of don’t discuss it.  After seeing my Instagram for the first time, my coworkers will sometimes ask “so what’s this tarot thing?”  Like Dianna, I explain primarily how tarot is about archetypes and themes, and avoid the other woo-woo stuff.  My partner was uninterested for the longest time, but recently asked for a reading (his first!).  So, generally, everyone’s a skeptic, in my opinion, just because they don’t really know/understand what tarot is all about.  But I haven’t encountered any nasty behavior because of tarot.

And that’s it!  Make sure to check out these other posts *at the time of publishing*…





Did you answer these questions?  Did I miss your post?  Let me know below.  Otherwise, feel free to answer in the comments.  Until next Thursday!

exploringly yours,
Alaina x

Author: Alaina

writer + explorer

10 thoughts on “Tarot Thursday Three: January 26, 2017”

    1. Well, it was a 4 card reading and 2 court cards turned up….so a little awkward-ish. The query wasn’t really something for him to take actionable advice from, but he said that it gave him some new ideas to think about.

      Took 100% of your advice! Whoa. Must have been a good reading ;), don’t know if my partner would ever take 100% of my advice hahah.

  1. Gosh, I dread when the 5 and 7oS come up! It’s hard to serve news that can be negative, especially during a first reading. And in-persons can be a touch awkward but I love the fact a discussion can occur – interpretation can be discussed and the client can provide further insights to grow and deepen the conversation.

    My dude is usually uninterested as well but will accept a reading once in a while. Wish he took the cards’ advice more!

    1. I dread when those cards come up in my own readings because they can just be so awkward to interpret! But I really love the discussions, and especially with my close friends, I can give them a bit more direct insight, like how a card falls in to what’s happening in their life, etc. I try not to read that way, but it’s fun to with my besties 🙂

      Yeah, I know what you mean. I think my partner could benefit from regular readings for reflection and what not, and maybe he will more now that he’s done one :).

  2. That’s the cutest photo ever (the one from your first reading)! Also agreed that everyone’s a skeptic until they actually put minimum effort into understanding tarot, or get a reading – suddenly turns out it’s not that stupid and useless 🙂

    1. Thank you! I thought it was too 🙂

      Yes! Everyone has the “fortune teller” view of tarot, I think, at first, but I really love how you always about tarot from a psychology point of view. I definitely agree with you there.

  3. The biggest “curve” for me with in-person readings was the pressure (a combination of self-pressure and the excitedly expectant person receiving the reading) to give an amazing, well-worded, in-depth explanation of the cards the moment I turned them over. I could easily spend long moments in silence reviewing them, considering them, etc. But then the other person would just sit there staring, almost as if to say, “Hello? What do they mean???” Eventually it does get easier 🙂 Awesome that your partner asked you for a reading!!

    1. Exactly. I spend a lot of time with my online readings taking notes, looking stuff up, editing etc. so to go from that to BAM TELL ME SOMETHING NOW is, yes, lots of pressure haha. I’m happy I have my close friends and partner to practice on!

  4. You’re friend looks just as excited as I image you were to share your reading!

    I too wish my hubby would take my advice haha, maybe one day.

    Giving and getting feedback is great, even if it’s just “that really resonated”.

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