To be honest with my readers, I find that I stray from reading tarot for myself. Not because of negative things that could happen, but because it feels as if the reading will ruin the surprise for me. I have learned to take undesirable circumstances as life lessons and reminders that I need to push forward to accomplish my goals. To me, those undesirable circumstances are just part of the process to get where I want to go. They are not final unless we accept them to be so.
Sometimes it is better to accept the element of surprise, simply because it keeps things interesting for me. I find that if I were to suspect things before they happened, I wouldn't enjoy them as much or anticipate them. It's true that mystery keeps us motivated.

However, you're reading this because you want to read more accurate tarot readings for yourself. I'm going to share some pointers on how to do so. The approach to read for yourself is different from reading tarot for friends because of an obvious reason: You know all of the fact up until this point. Your friends don't necessarily fill you in on all the minor details of their life. It goes further when you read for people you're not very well acquainted with. This means: No bias!!

When someone else is reading for you, it means that you have employed them to use their intuitive skills to assess the situation for you. This provides an unbiased approach as well as to see possibilities were you have not been able to before. When you read for someone else, it is the other way around.

Don't skip any cards. This happens especially when you want to skip to what's happening in the future. You'll get to it eventually! Enjoy the ride. Remember that the general look into the past will definitely serve to shed light on things happening in the present and in the future that may not be as clear. If you know why something is happening, you are more likely to have a better grasp on it.

Don't assume you already know the circumstances the cards are trying to clarify for you. It would be a mistake to assume that you already know the details of the whole situation just because one card apparently hints out to something that you may already know about. Remember that the tarot has access to secrets that are otherwise being kept from you, and if you're not careful, you might end up interpreting these cards incorrectly.

Play devil's advocate. Assume roles and mindsets that you usually do so, but within reason. It might provide solutions to your problems that you haven't previously encountered. It also makes for a nice way to gain perspective without losing your own perspective.

Have an open mind to possibilities and surprises. Sometimes you'll find things out that you're not sure you're ready for. It's just something you'll have to face. It won't be a good enough reason to get confrontational unless you have physical proof of what you're reading. Regardless, whatever unexpected surprises you may uncover along the way will provide insight as well as time for preparations.

Adapt card meanings to the situation, but never warp them. Cards don't mean just one thing in all situations, they are versatile enough to stretch into a number of meanings. The only way to know what one card means for sure in your current reading will be the clues provided by the cards surrounding it. You will be able to tell whether a new romance will last or dissipate, if the new guy you're crushing on likes you just as much or not, etc. It all depends on the theme of the situation, and where it is leaning to go.

Learn to identify the people involved in your situation. Court cards provide behavioral and even physical attritubes of the people you deal with, but they don't always stand for the same person. The cards are as versatile as the archetypes they represent, as you will come to see. Certain decks see the same people differently, so if you have more than one deck, it would be interesting to check each one for the same situation and compare.

I find that keeping a tarot diary helps in learning. Throughout time, it will serve to assess how people around you change according to the majors or court cards that represent them. It's very interesting to see how a parallel world applies to ours!

Next time on Samhain moon I am going to teach you about readings with people you know. The final installment to this verbal triptych will teach you how to read tarot for strangers.


  1. Great entry! These tips made me realize I repetitively jump to conclusions when I make readings for myself and other people by just looking at a couple of cards spread out.

    I haven't exactly figured out yet how to identify people involved in the reading accurately every time. Sometimes it gets tricky to point it out.

  2. Thanks Marzs,
    Give yourself a little time to understand the dynamics of your cards. Since yours read up side down and right side up, it should be a little easier to process, though. Just pause to consider all the options rather than rush into conclusions. It'll end up costing you the truth.

    As for the court, it'll get as tricky as the people involved make it for you. Sometimes a card jumps out that you're so so sure about... you might even bet a hand on it.

    It's all a learning process.