I recently posted an invitation on Facebook for people to write to me about the tools and processes I use in my work, especially (but not only) related to the tarot and to circle process. Here’s the first note I received, followed by my response.
I’m curious about long-distance tarot readings by phone or Skype. Do they work? How do they work? Are they as effective? Doesn’t the person you’re reading for need to touch the cards to get their energy into them? Thanks for answering these questions.
JD, Brampton, ON
Thank you for your note, JD! I do many tarot consultations by Skype and by telephone. For me, a tarot session is simply a form of conversation, so any mode of holding a conversation with another person will “work”. My way of using the tarot with other people is very interactive — the client asks questions, I ask questions, the client makes statements, I make statements, etc. — whether in person, by phone, or on Skype. There’s a lot of mutual feedback, so as long as we can hear one another, the other person and I can talk about the card images and concepts and relate them to her/his topic of exploration. It’s less about energy and more about having a clear intention and staying on track with the topic and questions. Some people have their own tarot deck, so they’ll pick cards on their end and I’ll match them up with the same deck on my end. Other people don’t have a tarot deck, so I’ll simply pick cards here and show them the pictures if we’re on Skype or briefly describe them to the client if we’re on the phone. The main thing to remember is that we’re holding a conversation that helps him/her tap into his/her inner wisdom, so there’s no need for a tarot client to be in the room with me; s/he can be anywhere in the world and have a helpful, constructive tarot encounter. I hope that answers your questions, JD. Please feel free to keep in touch!
Image: Seven of Coins from the Karma Tarot by Birgit Boline Erfurt