Format / Spreads
Each reading is a little bit different. I work untimed (usually the sessions last about 1-1.5 hours) and I start with a discussion. Based on where you are and what you desire to gather from the reading, I'll choose a spread or offer you some options. Some readings will contain multiple spreads, some will just contain one. I seek collaborative energy with you when deciding which spreads to use, and when the reading is complete. Sometimes less information actually provides a much clearer and potent message. Other times, the material coming up will be intricate and detailed, with lots of follow-up questions.
Structuring our Questions
I follow the school of thought (*see more info below about sources and teachers) that Tarot is a way to process what we feel happening in our present but aren't one hundred percent sure how to weild. I don't work with the cards for their predictive powers... though sometimes they can feel "predictive" when we make effective contact with our whole self (especially the unconscious/intuition) and any guiding energies or entities that are around us. Tarot can help us isolate and select from the options and pathways that are clamouring for our attention; it can help us organize and name sensations we are feeling; it can help us develop better relationship to the parts of life (or the parts of us) that we fear or desire to avoid, or help us flesh out parts of our identity that are trying very hard to grow. The way we pose the questions, can really impact the tone, depth, and clarity of the answers we get.
If you don't have a specific question - that's fine! In that case, I usually start with a single-card pull to let us know what realm we'll be working in. From that first card, we'll be able to build follow up questions and choose the appropriate spread.
If your material is presenting itself in lots of yes-or-no questions, that's quite understandable. However, in order to maintain connection with my cards and give a useful reading, I will gently try to expand the question into something that is going to get us a richer, more potent answer. This doesn't mean diluting the directness of the question - it's more like expanding the range of possible answers, so that we are not limited to a feedback loop of what we think our solutions are. The questions that are most effective leave room for answers that our conscious mind couldn't make up or imagine. An example would be: am I going to meet someone when I go out tonight? translated into, what can I do to work with this intense desire I have to meet someone tonight? The second question is going to get us much more depth to move forward.
*When I say "school of thought" I'd love to clarify a few sources so that they can be followed back: I was introduced to tarot as a tool for reflection (rather than prediction), via a book by Jungian psychoanalyst Paul Quinn called "Tarot for Life." I was able to gather a few other resources with a similar lean... but it was really the work of Lindsay Mack (creator of the Tarot for the Wild Soul podcast and Soul Tarot School) that graduated this basic understanding, and introduced me to a much greater potential and depth for this work. Her educational resources provide an extremely unique and compassionate perspective for working with the Tarot, and are very accessible. I will continue to add resources/influence here as they feel appropriate.
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