A look into the future


Or maybe it’s the power of suggestion, a positive reading giving you subconscious cues to change your attitude and behavior, telling you what you already know, giving you the incentive to make it come true.

I’m an amateur amateur (yes, I meant to type it twice) at Tarot. I don’t do any type of card readings for anyone but myself. I haven’t yet worked up to the Celtic Cross spread. I still prefer my oracle cards, particularly Les Vampires, featuring the art of Jasmine Beckett-Griffith. Vampires are one of my favorite things. I find the Les Vampires oracle cards pragmatic, comforting, and a pleasure to the eyes.

But back to the Tarot. I have three sets: a no-frills Rider-Waite deck I bought in middle school, The Victorian Fairy Tarot, and The Green Witch Tarot. I like a lot of lush imagery that creates a storybook world when looking at decks. I’ve had the Green Witch deck longer and used it more than the Victorian Fairy deck, and I’ve found the Green Witch deck to be accurate more than half the time.

Twenty-some years ago, I had a past life reading by a friend of a friend. I had never had a professional Tarot reading until last night.

Professional readings seem expensive until you’ve had one and understand how much time the reader spends interpreting each card. Almost all professional Tarot readers offer choices of spreads. You can choose a three card spread, a Celtic Cross spread, or one of many others depending on the reader. The more cards in your chosen spread, the more expensive the reading.

Last night, I was lucky enough to see that Sister Spell Binder on Twitter was offering $4 one card readings. I saw her tweet that the special offer was open for 30 more minutes. It took me 15 minutes to sign up to her site, but I got my request in and she contacted me via DM shortly after. She’s very nice, and she took enough time that I felt she really sat and gave the card she pulled a lot of thought. The card was in the suit of Pentacles. I immediately felt positive about that because I’m a Capricorn, an earth sign, and Pentacles are the earth suit of the Tarot deck. I found the reading very relevant to my life in multiple areas. I read it aloud to someone who isn’t at all familiar with or “in to” Tarot, and they were surprised at how personal the reading was. Sister Spell Binder sent me a scan of the card along with the reading. I forgot to ask her what deck she used; I’ll do that later today. The art on the card contained a lot of personal symbolism to me. I was more than pleased that I took a chance on the reading. It gave me some hope and motivation. When I can afford a more in-depth reading, I’ll go back to her.

If you’d like a professional Tarot reading but don’t have much money or want to see how you like a reader before you invest in a full reading, try a single card or three card spread, or follow a reader who interests you and see if they offer a special. It’s especially worth it if you’re a beginner at Tarot to get readings from others because that helps you in your study of the cards and preparation for giving your own readings.

Les Vampires


I have half a dozen decks of Tarot and oracle cards. I’m no expert, and at this point I wouldn’t feel comfortable giving a reading for anyone else. If I had to recommend one, it would be Les Vampires by Jasmine Becket-Griffith (art) and Lucy Cavendish (guidebook.) I just did a reading for myself and it was frighteningly accurate. I brought up underlying issues that weren’t part of my question.

Treat your cards with respect. Keep them in a neat place. Use a special cloth to cover the surface where you will lay out the cards. It doesn’t have to be expensive or occult-themed. I use a navy blue nightstand cover that I bought at a chain store. You could use a piece of fabric that’s important to you, like an old quilt, or you could buy a small table cloth. Some spreads take up a lot of room.

You can light a candle if you like when you’re reading your cards. You should turn off the electronics so you won’t be distracted. And you should keep a journal, recording the dates of your readings, the decks, spreads, cards, and note if a card was reversed. Reread the guidebook interpretations over the next few days. Study the cards. There are hidden meanings in the interpretations and the art. If one card in particular speaks to you, set it up somewhere that you can see it every day, and leave it until you do your next reading.



I finally got around to trying a Past-Present-Future reading with my Vintage Wisdom Oracle. I think that the cards were unnervingly accurate in regards to the question I posed. I got basically the answer that I expected. I keep getting it with other decks, with slight variations.

I have a small cloth that I use for all my readings. I rarely do the big spreads. The friend who awakened my interest in Tarot and oracle cards told me that she doesn’t read reversed cards. At first I was shocked. Since I bought my first deck of Tarot cards, I’ve read the reversed meanings of the cards. It seemed wrong, somehow dishonest, not to acknowledge those cards that turn up upside-down. This deck’s guidebook, like the guidebooks for my other decks, mention reading reversed cards but state that it isn’t necessary, that they can be read as right side up. This is still confusing to me, because reversed cards can indicate a blockage in the subject’s life that needs to be addressed. I’m not sure about my Tarot cards, whether they specifically mention choosing to interpret reversed cards. I honestly have been in such a state of anxiety/panic/depression that I’ve hardly touched any of my cards for months.

That’s going to change. I’m at least going to draw a card every day. Then I’m going to work up to the more intricate spreads. And I’m not reading reversed cards.

The Past/Present/Future spread for today ended with a reversed card. The meaning of the card really doesn’t change reversed or upright. The reversal indicates difficulties/longer time in reaching the desired outcome. These delays and problems can be considered while reading the card upright.

To me, it’s a psychological block to encounter a reversed card, particularly as the outcome card in a spread. I get a sense of dread that keeps me from considering the spread as a whole. I focus on that one “wrong” card.

Until I learn much more about Tarot and about my oracle decks, until I’ve been studying card-reading for some years, I think that I would be better off thinking of a reversed card as a card with more in-depth information for me than the rest of the cards in the spread. Maybe focusing on that card and studying it will help me discover the answer to my question.