Interactive Tarot Reading: An Ultra-Juicy Reading Method!

I am so excited to tell you all about “Interactive Tarot Card Reading” and how its totally changing how I look at doing readings. In my humble opinion, this reading method is the Bees Knees. Not everyone will agree. Some will say “that sucks” or “that’s cheating.” You be the judge!

This is part one of what will be a three part series of blog posts all about this edgy, creative and daring way of reading the cards. So hold onto your hat!


What is Interactive Tarot Reading?

When you give an “Interactive” Tarot Reading, you will ask your client lots of open-ended questions and get them involved in the reading as much as possible. In a way, you are kind of coaching them on how to read for themselves.

Interactive Tarot reading works best when you are reading in-person, but it can also be done via Skype or telephone. It can be done when you are reading for yourself or another person.

Here’s an example of how an Interactive Tarot Reading might go down:

Let’s say you get The High Priestess. Before you rattle off the meaning, you may ask your client “what do you notice first when you look at this card?”

high priestess tarot card meaning
Universal Waite Tarot Deck

Client: the ocean in the background

Reader: and what does the ocean represent to you?

Client: fear! I am terrified of the ocean. I always worry about what might be lurking beneath and it always seems so deep and so vast and so dangerous. And I never learned to swim.

Reader: Is there any area of your life where you feel fearful and over your head?

Client: Yes! My relationship with my boyfriend. In fact, they way I feel about the ocean parallels how I feel about commitment. The deeper I get in my romantic relationship, the more panicky and unstable I feel. In the past I have ended relationships because of this.

Reader: Interesting! When you look at the woman on this card, what comes to mind?

Client: She seems really calm and powerful, like the fear that I just mentioned would never plague her. She seems above it all.

Reader: Have you ever risen above your fears?

Client: Lots of times! Just last Summer I conquered my fear of flying and got on a plane to Hawaii.

Reader: That’s amazing! How did you do it?

Client: I listened to a self-hypnosis meditation before boarding the plane and I used positive affirmations for weeks leading up to my vacation.

Reader: Have you tried using affirmations for your relationship fears?

Client: No, that has never occurred to me. What a fabulous idea! I am going to give that a try. Wow, your brilliant!

At this point in the reading, the you may opt to tell your client the meaning of The High Priestess and then interpret it in the light of the information she has just given you. For example:

Reader: The High Priestess often symbolizes an awakening of psychic energies and an initiation into working with the “mysteries” – including the subconscious mind, which is what you were doing with your affirmations and self-hypnosis! It feels like now is a great time to claim the role of High Priestess in your own life, particularly in relation to managing your fears. Whenever you feel afraid or out of your depths, it can be helpful to picture this image of the High Priestess sitting there all calm and powerful and ask “what would she do in this situation?”

So, as you can see, and interactive Tarot reading is all about bringing out the innate wisdom of your client and then adding your two cents as well.

As I mentioned earlier, you can also do an Interactive Tarot reading on yourself. Take your time pondering each card, ask yourself questions and go outside the box by letting go of the mainstream Tarot meanings. I teach you how to do this in my free audio tutorial, so if you haven’t listened to it yet, do it!

So why bother reading this way? What are the big benefits? I am going to give you 5 smokin’ hot reasons next week in part 2! So stay tuned!

Read Part 2: Five Reasons Why You Should Try Interactive Tarot Reading


In the meantime, I want to hear your thoughts on this – have you ever dabbled in Interactive Tarot Reading? Can you think of any pitfalls of this type of reading style? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

21 thoughts on “Interactive Tarot Reading: An Ultra-Juicy Reading Method!”

  1. Kate, thanks for sharing a very practical example. You would love Katrina Wynne’s book, “Transformative Tarot Counseling” which is available as a Kindle on amazon. She outlines a very similar method, drawing upon counseling techniques to, as you say, effectively coach the client. She calls this ‘following’ the client, rather than leading the client. So, ask your client to open up to what they see in the cards, rather than telling them directly what you see in the cards.

    1. Brigit, I loved your review of Katrina’s book – I don’t have a kindle or e-reader, so I am hoping it will come out in paper-book format – I still love physical books more than anything! I like that idea of “following” the client and not “leading” them, and there are so many ways that counseling and Tarot reading overlap, I am glad there is a book on this subject πŸ™‚

  2. Adding this empowering interactive method should also increase implementation of ideas and solutions that they ‘saw’ themselves, Kate. πŸ˜‰ Thank You and looking forward to part 2…

  3. maurice connell

    I think the “interactive method” is great! I have been using it since I started doing readings (about a month ago when Skyping w/a friend of mine I met online. It is really fascinating what people reveal when the “free-think” in the manner we’re talking about with this “interactive method.” So, thanks for sharing and caring enough to let us know about it. Blessings.

    1. Maurice, I agree! The more I experiment with this reading method the more I realize how insightful it can be. That’s wonderful that you are trying this kind of reading as well – I am finding it so much more fun than how I used to always read Tarot in the past πŸ™‚

  4. Very nice how you describe the way you can do a reading, however, I always do it that way! I think this interactive way is a very good way to give a client insight into him-/herself. The client touches deeper feelings and will get more out of a reading. And that is what is all about, isn’t it?

  5. Kate,

    You are seriously a genius. This comes at JUST the right time for me. I’ve been wanting to step up my reading skills–both for myself and with others–but the teacher I studied with last year has gone underground, and I didn’t know how to move forward.

    And now I do.

    Thank you so much. I look forward to the rest of the series on this.

    1. Yay – so happy to have inspired you! If you try this out, let me know how it goes, Jamie. Its definitely a different way of reading, thats for sure.

  6. I’ve done this for myself but I haven’t tried on a client. I tried it with a spread and it was just awesome. I may try it out on my client tonight. Let’s see how it goes. Thanks!

    1. Erica, if you do try it out, let me know what it was like for you. I usually read for myself in this way anyhow, but doing it while reading for someone else was totally different!

  7. Ps. Totally beside the subject. But OMG my Crystal Visions deck has arrived. I am mesmerized, I am in love. What a gorgeous deck is this. Those vibrant colors, So much more alive than you can imagine when you look at pictures on the net. Thanks Kate, for you are the one who has put my attention on this beautiful deck. Perhaps this will become my β€œGo To” deck to. ( I like that expression) πŸ™‚

    1. Ellen,

      Kate alone must be responsible for doubling the sales of that deck! I got it after “watching” her read with it a few times–and had my doubts. But (after a serious trim job) I love it! It’s kind and warm and wise, I think.

      (Kate, I think YOU should be getting a little somethin’ somethin’ on the side. Just sayin’.)


      1. Jamie, I doubt my power of influence is that great! But I do get a little somethin’ somethin’ – if you order it through my amazon affiliate link I make about 10 cents πŸ˜‰

    2. I am so glad you like the Crystal Visions deck, Ellen!!! It is one of my favorites – I use it all the time and I don’t think I have ever had an “off” reading with it. Its kind of like my good luck deck. I hope you enjoy it for a long time to come πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, it really does! I think this method would be extra extra powerful when reading with your deck, the Cosmic Tarot.

  8. I will definitely try this out. I think it is a very good way to shut up those “written in stone” book meanings, who want to blurt out as fast as they can. (Don’t know if that is correct English)
    Looking forward to part 2

    1. Yes! It is – I know I still sometimes get tempted to blurt out the book meanings especially if I am a bit nervous reading for someone who I don’t know and who seems really serious and this method forces me to slow it down.

  9. Hi Kate, I have tried a type of interactive tarot reading for some people, as I feel we each see in the card what we need to at that time. It definitely means more to the person if the “answers ” or at least some of the ideas, come from them.
    I think it is an excellent way of reading the tarot.

    Have a lovely day.

    1. Denise, that’s good to hear. I find some people are very responsive to this and sometimes not so much. But yes, its definitely more meaningful, I think πŸ™‚

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