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.
From the Goddess Guidance Oracle by Doreen Virtue