I am excited to announce that I am now a Certified Angel Card Reader (CACR)! After attending Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine’s Certified Angel Card Reader workshop in Vancouver on Monday, I now get to put the letters CACR after my name…it kind of makes me sound like a medical professional or something really serious 😉
This course has given me tons of ideas and shifted my perspective about a few things, which I will be sharing over the next few weeks via my blog. But first I want to give you the scoop on what it’s like learning from Doreen Virtue – what I loved, didn’t love and my biggest takeaway of the day.
The day started off with Doreen covering some reading basics like clearing your deck and preparing yourself for a reading. I actually missed this bit as I arrived late due to a ferry problem. After running a few city blocks from the bus stop, I was drenched in sweat, hyperventilating and all stressed out (not in a good intuitive reading space!)
Luckily, I had already listened to the online version of this course, so I didn’t really miss anything. Radleigh then talked about the structure of Tarot – the Major Arcana, Minor Arcana and Court Cards. After that we paired up and did readings on each other for a few minutes.
An interesting tip that Doreen gave was that everything that happens during a reading (like noises, things happening outside, smells, feelings, thoughts) is part of the reading and as a reader it is your responsibility to share that – uncensored – with your client.
Doreen calls this technique “bleh” – as if your just vomiting out everything that comes to you, without holding back. She says that our egos try to get in there and censor things, so we should ignore the ego and speak without censoring.
I don’t 100% agree with that. I think I would do more harm than good if I just said everything that popped into my head during a reading – I am always putting the intuitive information I receive into a positive and empowering frame for my client – and this requires a certain amount of re-interpreting – so is this censoring? Is my ego meddling with the reading?
Throughout the course, Doreen did emphasize the importance of delivering difficult information in a safe, empowering way and she gave some wonderful demonstrations of this during the readings she did for audience members.
Some of the other topics that were covered during the course were:
- How to give readings for specific issues like life purpose, relationships and health
- Reading with the Celtic Cross spread and doing multi-deck readings
- How to avoid reader burnout
- Starting your Tarot/Oracle reading business (how much to charge and how to promote yourself)
What I loved, loved, loved about this course was how uplifted and excited it made me feel about doing readings! Both Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine do a wonderful job of inspiring confidence in their students and this alone made the course worthwhile.
My only complaint about the course is that it is only just scratching the surface of doing Tarot and Oracle card readings. It is a wonderful introduction to doing readings for others and it whets your appetite for more in-depth information and training. But I would not consider it to be a super-comprehensive course that really truly prepares one to do professional readings.
I feel like most people need lots and lots of real life practice before they step out into the professional realm, which is something that a one day course just can’t provide. However, this course is an excellent starting point.
The Certified Angel Card Reader Course is also available as an online course. Having listened to the online version as well as attending the live course, I kind of preferred the online classes (Introvert Alert!). I just tend to absorb information more easily when I am not surrounded by hundreds of people.
UPDATE: The online version of this course is now a video course and it looks like there’s a bit more info in it than the first audio version of the course that I did in 2012.
But my biggest takeaway of the day was this: I don’t have to have everything all figured out in order to give helpful readings to others. When Doreen said this, I felt so relieved! She said that this is just ego getting in the way again – it’s more important to simply be aware of what our issues are.
Awareness, not mastery, is what is needed in order to be a guiding light for others.