Recently, a brief discussion arose on ComparativeTarot about scam-artist-style “psychics” who use bodily cues and facial expressions to go further with their “amazing revelations” about a person. My response was:
For those of us not professing to be “psychic readers”, but rather “tarot counsellors”, the use of body language, subtle cues, and so forth are clues to go further with our questioning based on the cards and the conversation with the client. They can be used not only in a “con-artist” manner, but also in a manner which honours the client’s body as a sacred mirror and path to wisdom.
For me, everything that takes place during a tarot consultation is food for the session. If a person excitedly leans foward, I want to use that excitement and energy to help hir move into hir knowing. If a particular sound outside captures the readee’s attention, I want to know what story that sound carries for the client. If the querent feels fidgety in hir legs, what might that have to do with the card under discussion at the moment? For me, a tarot counselling session is a process of holding council with the person, the tarot, Wisdom/Life, myself, all of the beings, energies, and physical cues. All are participants in the conversation. It’s not about amazing anyone. It’s simply about being present with them and inviting their wisdom to step forward.
This evening, I’m hosting a deck and book swap in my home. I hope some of you will join me.