Tarot Bytes Episode 203 – How to read tarot when you’re not in the mood

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Tarot Bytes Episode 203 - How to read tarot when you’re not in the mood

Tarot Bytes: The Podcast

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Created by Theresa Reed, The Tarot Lady

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Episode 203How to read tarot when you’re not in the mood

Here’s the deal: sometimes you’re not in the mood to touch the tarot. You pick the cards up but the feeling is meh. Maybe you’ve been doing too many readings. Or perhaps you don’t like the question or the person sitting at your tarot table. Other tarot mood killers could be a vicious hangover, sickness, or preoccupation with some drama.

If you’re doing a reading for yourself, it’s quite simple: if you’re not feeling it, leave it alone. Really, that’s it. 

But what if you’re a tarot professional and you have an appointment scheduled – or you’re sitting at a psychic fair and not feeling it? What do you do then? 

First of all, if you can cancel, I’d say go ahead and do it. Rather than trying to muck your way through a reading, especially if you’re under the weather, it’s better to take a pass. But there are going to be times when you don’t get to do that – like if you’re booked for a big event. Canceling at the last minute is not pro. 

There are two things I recommend if you seem to be blah and need to shuffle anyways:

  1. Get a different deck than your usual workhorse tarot cards. Sometimes a new set of cards will jump-start your intuition and get you right back in the mood. I find that has worked like a charm for me.
  2. The second piece of advice is to have a daily ritual that sets the mood and tells your brain “it’s time to read tarot.” This could be as simple as lighting a candle and burning some incense, saying an invocation over the cards, or a short meditation before you begin. A daily routine, much like anyone has for their job, will create the right vibe for you to keep on shuffling and delivering helpful, compassionate readings.

These two tips have always worked for me. Try them out and see if they help you keep on keepin’ on with your tarot practice. 

Grab your favorite deck, put in your earbuds, and dive in!



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