July 2013

5 Reasons to Try Interactive Tarot Reading TODAY!

Last week I told you all about Interactive Tarot Reading – what it is, how I love it and how I think its a total game changer. If you missed that post, click here to read it.

This week, I want to fess up and tell you exactly why I am into this style of reading so much…

5 Reasons to Start Doing Interactive Tarot Reading TODAY:

1. Its easy!

Reading in this style is actually much more relaxing than the more mainstream/traditional way of reading Tarot cards, where the reader is doing most of the talking and interpreting (like a performer) and the client sits back and observes (like an audience).

Stop thinking Performance and start thinking Collaboration. Performance style reading lets your client off the hook too easily, whereas collaborative reading rightly assumes your client has valuable insights into their own life.

If you have ever felt drained after giving a reading, try incorporating some interactive techniques into your reading. Reading in this style actually gives you energy!

 

2. You can shed the heavy cloak of “responsibility”

In a typical reading, the client asks questions and the reader answers them. If you are the reader, this puts a lot of pressure on you. What if you say the wrong thing and your client gets upset? What if your wrong? What if answering their question is actually unethical? Ugh! All this crappola can give you a headache!

When you read Tarot in an interactive style, you eliminate the burden of responsibility. Of course you are still responsible for asking the right questions, steering the reading in a positive direction and helping the client feel safe, understood, empowered, etc. But you no longer have that pressure of coming up with accurate predictions, impressing your client and all that 1990’s Miss Cleo infomercial claptrap.

 

3. It’s fun!

Interactive Tarot reading is 1000 times more fun than what I now call old-school Tarot reading.  Traditional Tarot reading can be hard, like working as a chambermaid in a Mexican resort with no air conditioning. Interactive Tarot reading is like being a guest at the hotel and playing tennis or ping pong while hot bartenders serve you drinks and pat your brow with ice cold towels.

Maybe that’s a weird analogy, but when there’s an equal sharing of effort as you interact with your client (like in tennis), things are kept fun and energizing.

 

4. Your client will love it!!!!

Interactive Tarot reading is empowering. It helps your client discover their own blocks and create their own solutions. Yes, there will be some people who say shit like “But your the Tarot reader, aren’t you supposed to tell me what to do?” This can be avoided by explaining how you do your readings before the reading starts.

Best of all, your client gets to talk about themselves waaaaay more than in an “old school Tarot reading”. And I find that most people love to talk about themselves!

 

5. Interactive Tarot readings are POWERFUL!

They get to the root of an issue and because the client is so involved in the process, the reading is that much more memorable and transformational.

While many people claim that they just want to be told what to do, most will not actually take your advice. Just look at how many people start diets and then fail. Being given a set of instructions hardly ever leads to transformation. As Tarot readers, we must go deeper.

 

But does Interactive Tarot Reading really fly with people?

Don’t they get pissed that you aren’t doing all the work and telling them their future? Next week, in part three of this series, I will share my personal experience with trying out this reading method….. juicy deets coming your way! Get ready.

Read Part 3: My Adventures in Interactive Tarot Reading

 

Body over Mind ~ The Two of Pentacles

two of pentacles tarot card
Cosmic Tarot

Today’s card the Two of Pentacles is all about following your heart, treading carefully and balancing your life.

You may find yourself juggling more than one responsibility today and it can be tempting to jump into your head and try to figure things out and organize yourself. But don’t do that!

Instead, let your heart and intuition guide you so you can remain in the zone throughout the day. Don’t think about your next step – feel it and then just do it. Be in your body, not your head. Do whatever it takes to get there – get a massage, do some yoga, eat a good meal or do some meditation.

Are you balancing two important things at once? Do you feel more of a need to ground and center yourself? Feel free to share in the comments below!

3 of Swords ~ Snap Out of Your Pity Party!

3 of swords tarot card
Intuitive Tarot by Cilla Conway

Your head and your heart are intimately connected and the Three of Swords Tarot card wants to remind you of that. Your thoughts deeply effect how you feel about yourself and how you relate to others right now.

The Three of Swords usually comes up when you are causing yourself unnecessary emotional pain. What kind of thoughts are running through that head of yours today? How are they are making you feel?

You may be taking things a little to personally right now – like reading too much into something someone said and then playing it over in your mind and feeling all sad and glum. Slap yourself out of this funk! It is a waste of time!

 

Wheel of Fortune ~ You Are the Captain of Your Ship!

wheel of fortune tarot card
Tarot of the Dream Enchantress

You are the captain of your own ship! That is the main message of this Wheel of Fortune. Don’t fall prey to the belief that you have no control over your circumstances, because you do.

However, if you don’t realize that its you at the helm, life will feel chaotic, random and confusing. But its time for you to take the wheel and steer your ship into sunny harbors!

Today is a good day to be deliberate in everything you do. Where do you want to sail to? Write it down! Make a plan. Be conscious of every choice you make today – what you choose to think, eat and do. Who you choose to interact with and how you choose to feel. And begin to recognize yourself as the captain of your life.

Judgement – Busting Through Your Blocks Today!

cosmic tarot judgement
The Cosmic Tarot

Today’s card is Judgement. When you hear you true calling, you know its time to bust though your blocks like cardboard boxes!

Sure you have things standing in your way and holding you back – like fear, crummy beliefs, blah blah blah. But when you are called upon to do important work that aligns with your life purpose, those blocks don’t seem so insurmountable anymore.

Today you will make some headway toward overcoming a certain fear or taking a big step forward in the direction of your divine life purpose.

Ask yourself this: What will help you take that giant step forward? What do you need to do, know or understand?

Five of Pentacles: Don’t be Afraid to Lead…

five of pentacles tarot card
Tarot of Mermaids

You may feel an urge to help someone today, but a voice in your head will say but I’m no expert or I’m not qualified or some nonsense along those lines.

You don’t have to be miles ahead of someone to help them on their life path – you only need to be two steps ahead. The Five of Pentacles suggests you are needed in a helping role, but worry that because you struggle with the same issues as the person your helping, you could make matters worse.

Your life experience lets you relate to others with similar challenges. This allows you to be compassionate and understanding – so don’t kid yourself and think that you aren’t good enough to be a valuable role model. Your experience is needed today.

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!

Knight of Cups: Bust out Your Paintbrush and Pack Your Bags! (Friday)

knight of cups tarot card
Robin Wood Tarot

Its time to get artsy fartsy! The Knight of Cups is all about following your heart and honoring your inner creative.

Get your feet wet and do something arty – go to a dance class, make a collage out of magazine clippings or, if your really crazy, paint a mural on your bedroom wall. Don’t be afraid of making a mess today.

In romance, this Knight of Cups encourages you to wear your heart on your sleeve and just go for it. You may regret it later, but not as much as you will regret holding yourself back.

If you have the opportunity to travel or go on some kind of adventure this weekend, do it! It will help you charge full steam ahead toward a life that enchants and thrills you.

 

The Devil shows you how to swap bad habits for good ones (Thursday)

the devil tarot card
Shadowscapes Tarot

The Devil is today’s Tarot card and he prances by to tempt you with your secret desires, the fulfillment of which will not bring you the freedom that you are truly craving.

The Devil represents those addictive behaviors that are comforting to you, but ultimately keep you stuck in a negative pattern. Like boredom snacking, binge eating, smoking, procrastinating, shopping or a million other so-good-their-terrible-for-you activities.

Become aware of what these kinds of habits do for you (on a positive level) and then get crafty in finding ways to get those things in a different, more healthier way.

For example, if you like snacking on candy because perhaps that is the only tasty spot in your day, try creating more tasty spots – like eyeing up sexy young joggers at the park while you eat a healthy lunch. Or opt to go for an after dinner gossip fest/walk with a friend instead of watching TV. What juicy new habits will you be bringing into your life this week?