Each of us, whether offering mantic/insight services to others or doing it for self and friends, has a style. I have a way of looking at life and thinking about it. You have a perspective on what makes life tick. We’re both right. How we interact with the world and with the tarot is just as individual. Teachers and mentors can guide us, but ultimately, our tarot sessions (or astrology consultations, or rune readings, or therapy sessions, or dreamwork explorations) take on the flavour of our personalities. What works for one practitioner isn’t the next one’s cup of tea, and vice-versa. I’ve found that there are five basic sections to a consultation and that it helps to know what you do in each. Your readings will be cleaner and clearer and your readees/clients will appreciate the natural flow. Here are five things to reflect on, journal about, or have conversations about with colleagues:
- BEFORE THE CONSULTATION. How do you set up the space? How do you centre or otherwise prepare yourself? What needs to be in place before the readee comes into your room or calls you? Props? Plain? What do you wear?
- AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CONSULTATION. What welcomes the readee? How do you begin? What ritual or practice, if any, delineates the start of a session? Once the person is in your space or on the ‘phone with you, what tells both of you and the universe at large that “it’s tarot time”?
- THE BODY OF THE CONSULTATION. Is this free-flowing? very structured? a combination of both? Do you lay out the cards one at a time and talk about each? Do you like the entire layout in front of you from the start? Whole picture or card by card? a combination of both? How much interaction occurs between you and the readee? How do you and/or the readee synthesise the story of the session?
- AT THE END OF THE CONSULTATION. How do you wrap up the consultation? What tells you, the readee, and the universe at large that “tarot time is done”? What ritual or practice, if any, delineates the completion of the reading?
- AFTER THE CONSULTATION. How do you unwind, ground, or centre yourself after the person leaves or hangs up? What happens to the space once the session is over the the readee is no longer with you? What reminds you to return to everyday life once the interaction is done?
Please share with us. We can all learn from one another. Thanks in advance!