Tonight on a very special episode of easy tarot lessons, Iris and Sharon reveal their tarot superstitions and how they overcame them. Really!
We had some fun talking about what superstitions we fought with while trying to learn tarot - those we discarded and those we kept. We talked about why we kept some of them due to personal reasons and why we discarded those that interrupted or impeded our readings.
Learn about gypsy secrets, pet beliefs, and baseball mitts! This covers a plethora of beliefs and gives you the ability to understand what superstitions harm your tarot skills.
Iris was having a problem interpreting the Aces. She had a hard time getting past the static image of a large hand holding something smack in the middle of the card. She was also stuck on the traditional meaning of "New Beginnings". We discussed how to get past the giant hands and really take a good look at the background. We also looked at the elemental and astrological aspects each card contained.
This podcast is a MUST for anyone! We demystified the Aces and made them user-friendly. Be sure to take copious notes! This lesson goes in depth to help understand the Aces in ways you would never have expected.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I am here to help. Thanks for being here and learning
One of the biggest problems with tarot readings people get is that the clients are unsatisfied with the results they get. If they were as thrilled as we all like to think our clients are they would be coming back again and again. Repeat clients are the ONLY WAY to make a real living reading your cards and the only way to get REPEAT CLIENTS is to give them information so valuable, precise, and accurate that they come back and demand more.
To get this level of detail and precision you must ask better questions. This presents the problem of knowing what makes up a great reading and what it takes to get there. Your clients have not been trained. Fortunately, you have been. Your clients have been programmed by bad movies and bad advice from non-tarot readers, and even bad readings by amateurs. They are not experts in knowing what to ask and how to get the most out of their readings. This is why we made this specific podcast.
Spend an hour with us and think about the concepts here. This is not a note-taking lesson: this is one that requires you spend some serious time contemplating the nature of your job and your interaction with your clients. If you do this: if you take some time alone (often) and really dig deeply into your interaction with your clients you will master a skill so few readers ever do—and one essential to being a god among mortals. You will learn to hear what people are saying behind their words and how to get people to open up so that you can better help them find the answers they need to their dilemmas.
Iris wanted to know where to find people to practice reading on, as her family "does not believe in all of that rubbish" and she does not live in a major city. So I sat down for 78 minutes (wow! That is like "forever!") and we went over the psychology of getting people to read for, how to do it, where to do it, and then after that we went on for another 20 minutes on even more about where and how and why this all works.
This is MUST KNOW information and easily worth the cost of a private lesson (currently $90 for an hour), but because it is free you should grab a pen and take COPIOUS notes on all of this. Plenty of highly detailed analysis of why this all works and explicit instructions on how to do it. That and a few really crappy jokes but we couldn't help laughing. DO THIS. Then write me and tell me what you have questions about. Thanks for being here.
How can you trust your intuition when using your cards? how do you know that you are *right* and not just making things up? This is one of the most pressing questions every serious tarot reader asks themselves at some point in their studies, and the smart readers ask this often.
Blind faith in intuition to magically make everything work is a recipe for disappointment and disaster sooner than later. Your intuition needs to be developed and shaped with practice and experience, just like your hands, arms, and legs. No one is born knowing how to walk and talk. We learn by trying and doing, and those of us who have a TEACHER or a coach (think gymnastics here please) end up a hell of a lot more skilled than people who try to figure everything out for themselves. This is why I have a course, and this is why I give away free lessons. No one should try this at home untrained.
In this lesson I sat down with a lovely student (Iris) and we discussed the various things that need to come into play for you to be able to reach the point of trusting your intuition when you are out there in the real-world giving real readings to real people who expect accuracy and detail. Forget any crappy readings you have had in the past. This lesson is where the rubber meets the road. THIS is what separates the charlatans and amateurs from competent tarot readers. Best of all we get this done in around 30 minutes. Please let me know if you have any questions. I am here to help. Thanks for being here and learning
Significator cards are an important part of great tarot readings but there are things you need to know in order to make them work for you. We spent about 40 minutes today on this topic (it was only supposed to be 15 minutes but there was more to discuss than we thought). You don't always need to use significator cards in your tarot spreads but they are incredibly helpful when you don't have a solid connection to the thing you are reading about (your spread protagonist for example) or you have to give a complex reading on a situation involving several parties.
In today's lesson we cover (in great detail) how and when and why you use significators and how to get the most value from them. We also uncover a few pitfalls most readers hit at one point in their experience. This is a super-important lesson so I hope you will take notes and try all of these techniques out for yourself. If you have NOT signed up for ALL of our free tarot lessons please sign up now and start learning at no cost here: easytarotlessons.com. Just sign up for our email list and you will get two complete lessons by email every week. Quit at any time.
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Sharon sat down with me again today and we yapped about pre-spread mental walkthroughs and how they transform ANYONE from an amateur reader into a real professional. Blind readings were invented by the devil (a stupid, arrogant, lazy devil) and you should never do them. The PSMW (by Dusty White is the remedy for whatever ails you.
Full instructions on the PSMW (what it is, what it does, how to do it, why and how it will make you better than any other tarot reader you ever meet) are in Advanced Tarot Secrets. Seriously: if you do not have that book you are stuck in the primitive "stone age" of tarot reading techniques with the other cavemen and women.
Anyway, this lesson is an overview of what it is and why it is essential for you to understand what you are asking about for your client and exactly how to get them exact, specific, highly detailed, ACCURATE answers. And it is free!
Let me know if you have any questions at all. Thanks for being here.
Clients withhold information from us all of the time, but should we withhold information from them?
During a reading we often see things that we do not like. This is personal bias and should be treated as such. Your opinions have little to no place in a reading. When we are having a chat with a friend or gossiping about someone we can be as biased and opinionated as we are (or are not) every day. But when we are reading for a client (or a friend, family member, etc.) we have a responsibility to tell them what we see.
In today's lesson we confronted a real-life reading by an unnamed student because it made for a great object lesson. How would YOU have handled this situation? It is easy to sit on the sidelines but when we are facing a client and our cards are revealing information we would rather not share we have to decide if this is what we want to do for a living or not. If we were doctors and we did not ever tell our patients that they had cancer, or a bad kidney (or whatever) we would be sued for malpractice. If we were a mechanic and we told our customers that their cards were "just fine" and they broke down at night and got robbed at gunpoint the next evening we would be blamed.
In today's lesson Sharon and I talked about whether we should give the whole answer, even if it was a hard one (i.e. someone cheating) and about how we don't have to answer questions we are uncomfortable with or for people we don't "click" with. This is an important lesson you should listen to and draw your own conclusions. Please comment if you have ANY questions on this at all.
Every tarot card in your deck has a "sign" and in today's lesson we show you how to find out what that sign is and how to understand it in the context of a reading. Lori sat in on today's lesson and helped out. We looked at the basics of astrology (qualities and elements) so that we could better understand WHY and HOW each of your tarot cards has a special and unique meaning. Nowhere else (that I know of) is the astrological value of each tarot card laid out in simple, factual, and carefully verified detail.
All of this comes from The Easiest Way to learn the Tarot—EVER!! at the back of the book, and if you ever have any questions you are always welcome to email me and ask. I will do what I can to help you master all of this.
Understanding the astrological sign of each card in your deck is super easy once you know how (listen to today's lesson) and it involves looking at the image and understanding what the action is that is taking place in the image. Think of this as "additional information" to add depth and rich detail to your readings. It does not replace your intuition: it enhances it. Thanks for being here
Let me know how I can help make this even easier for you.
The Celtic Cross spread is an overview spread that shows you all parts of a situation in ways that smaller, less coordinated spreads can't. When you learn and master this amazing spread (and all of its hidden spreads, patterns, and themes) you can get 3-5 times MORE INFORMATION than you normally could. This is three to five times more info than any other tarot reader you meet.
Also, you can VERIFY the accuracy and poignancy of the CC spread *before* you open your mouth and start making predictions. This saves you time, sanity, and your reputation. I sat down to discuss all of this with Andrea today. We went 30 minutes, which was a bit longer than the new format, but it is good, solid information and a reminder to learn and use the Celtic Cross for most of your spread questions.
This starts a new series of podcasts designed to help you stretch and grow your abilities in anticipation of professional training. Thank you for being here with us. I am ALWAYS here to answer questions. Just email me.