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!