I recently received a fresh batch of questions about my work, tools, and processes. Here’s the first in the new series.
“I’d be interested in reading about how you help a client feel ‘at home’ with the tarot during a reading, if they are perhaps very new to it (but intrigued).
~ BCC, Birmingham, UK”
Thank you for your enquiry. I help a client feel “at home” with the tarot and with the process in a few ways. First, there’s initial contact and an intake process during which I get to hear about them and their issue or topic and they get to hear about the ways in which I employ the cards (and the ways in which I *don’t* employ them). So, dialogue and feedback come into things from the get-go. If a person comes to me in person, I show them three or four different tarot decks, then invite them to choose one that they like. It’s important for me that they’re comfortable with the symbols and scenes on the cards and they notice that their comfort is important to me. If the client is someone with whom I’m working on Skype or on the phone, either we use the deck they have on their end (many, but not all, of my long-distance clients have their own decks) or I simply use what is to hand on my end. I’m very clear that their power is not being usurped, that the power lies within them rather than in a set of pasteboards, that the session will simply be about gaining insights, strategies, and awareness of options so that their sense of having choices is enhanced. This is very reassuring because there’s so much bunk about “fate” and many “ooky-spooky” superstitions out there about the tarot. I remind them that it’s simply a tool, a springboard for a helpful conversation. I hope that this response to your query is useful, BCC.
Image: Two of Water from the Osho Zen Tarot.