Once in a while, someone will call or email me to request a tarot session right then or on that day, preferably within the hour. Their partner/spouse has just walked out, their kid has been tossed out of university, they’ve just been diagnosed with a medical condition they weren’t expecting, their court case is coming up that afternoon, or their stocks have suddenly gone belly up. “Can I see you right now for a reading?” My firm and gentle answer is, “No.”
My “no” is a compassionate one. Anyone who is in a flap will not benefit from a tarot consultation. Panic and attachment to specific outcomes will render them unable to engage in the interactive process I use and unable to hear what their inner teacher needs to tell them via the cards. In my practice, there is no such thing as an emergency tarot consultation. To say “yes” would be a disservice.
A tarot consultation provides time and space to slow down and contemplate questions and symbols in a conscious manner. It’s an opportunity to gain insight, discover options, wonder how one might evolve from a situation, and receive suggestions about what one might do or not do. This type of reflection is not possible if both client and practitioner are frenzied. Both parties will infuse the session with their most fearful and hopeful scenarios, often ignoring simple and helpful messages.
I often suggest that we can book a tarot consulation one to three weeks from the present time in order for them to calm down, gain perspective, come to at least some acceptance, and, in many cases, for the situation to at least partially resolve itself. The time between making the appointment and the actual meeting allows both of our psyches to do their homework and helps us both to prepare more attentively. When the client and I actually meet (or Skype or call), we can focus on what’s important for them to know and learn from whatever has occurred. The person has a more fruitful tarot experience and I can be more present for them as we engage in our exploration.
My “no emergency readings” policy is not meant to be a slam of the door, but rather is an act of kindness to the client, to myself, and to the process so that the best good of all is served through the delicious and sacred work of the tarot encounter.
Images: The Tower and The Star from the Morgan-Greer Tarot.