I’m embracing tarot as a lifestyle at this dark moon in Pisces.
What does a tarot reader bring to a session with a client? These seven ideas were curated with a professional scene in mind, but they work for informal sessions as well.
Wrap your deck in a spread cloth to keep it from getting damaged during your travels or to keep it free of dust while not in use. I collect scarves from the Goodwill bins. It’s fun to have a variety, but a trusty favorite also works well. Spread this same cloth between the cards and the surface to maintain sovereignty.
Note: If reading for yourself, you may choose to wear the spread scarf afterward to take the magic of the
reading with you in a powerful way.
Keep crystals rotating through a charging bowl that lives in the sun and moonlight and take some palm-sized ones with you to sessions. They’re ideal for giving to nervous clients or for holding in your own palm for grounding energy and power.
I like to wear sunglasses after a reading, so I can put a cap on my energetic output for a while. My senses become heightened and I’m more vulnerable during and after sessions, and I look people in the eye which can be draining depending on the interaction. Dark glasses let you gently shield yourself from some types of stimulation while out and about.
A mini hourglass lets you begin readings with luxurious meditation sessions where you and your client can keep time without disturbing the other – or looking at a phone or clock. This habit shifts the energy of both participants from ‘flight or fight’ to ‘chill’ while allowing a clearer energetic opening for messages from the universe during sessions. A ten-minute hourglass is my favorite.
Sometimes a reading space needs a touch of doctoring. A tea light and holder casts an amazing glow, while a stick of incense creates a reverent vibe and calls the ancestors.
One’s grimoire is an excellent place for keeping notes about clients. Do not try to decide whether you think they’ll become regulars or not – you never know! Jot notes about each reading after sessions. I like to take five minutes to myself (often in my car, in the sunglasses) to jot notes and feelings to myself. It’s quite a soothing exit from the potentially heightened energy of readings.
A fabulous satchel
This might sound corny, but I like to imagine Mary Poppins as I’m packing for readings. She’s the kind of professional I aspire to be. My costume, my entrance, my scent, my vibe, etc. – it’s all part of the ritual. As a healer, it’s my job to show up having already stepped into my role as an energetic leader. I do so first with my presence and presentation, and this includes an excellent bag for pulling tarot cards and other magical surprises from.