Reading tarot for other people is strange, especially as a beginner. I feel so much responsibility to get everything right, and I barely remember the individual meanings of the cards.
To get some more experience, I practice a 3-card reading once a week, pretending that I’m reading for someone else.
If you’d like to join me in getting a bit more tarot practice, feel free to grab your favorite deck and play along. I’d love the company!
Practice Reading Tarot Cards With Me
Let’s pretend…you’re waiting in an endless line at the DMV to renew your driver’s license. As you wait, you pull out your tarot deck, and start reviewing the cards.
The older woman sitting next to you notices, and asks if you will read for her. Here’s her question…
My oldest son and his wife want me to move in with them in Cleveland. My younger son wants me to move closer to him, in Florida. How do I decide?
Here’s the cards, as they are laid out:
What Tarot Spread Do You Use?
I like to use a different 3-card spread each week, but feel free to use any 3-card layout that you feel comfortable with. For this reading, I’m using a spread with this interpretation:
- Card 1 – Option #1
- Card 2 – Option #2
- Card 3 – What you need to know to decide
I know it’s easy to get into a rut with your readings, especially when you find a spread you’re really comfortable with. If you’re looking to shake things up a bit, here’s a big list of 3-card tarot spreads to inspire you.
What Do You See?
I see a mix of cards, with nothing from the Major Arcana. None of the people on the cards are looking at the viewer – there is one who is blindfolded, and two who are looking away.
What Do You Feel?
I feel a mix of energy and a bit unsettled. The card in the center (the Six of Wands) feels like the strongest card to me, whatever that means.
Putting It All Together
Here’s what I would tell my friend at the DMV…
The Two of Swords represents the option of living with your son in Cleveland, the the Six of Wands represents moving to Florida.
From the Two of Swords, it seems as if you don’t want to live in Cleveland, although you see the benefits. You don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, so you haven’t spoken the truth about your feelings.
From the Six of Wands, it seems as if moving to Florida is slightly more appealing to you and you have a lot more support there.
However, the Four of Cups card is giving some information on how you should make this decision. And it seems as if you have an option you haven’t seen or considered yet. You’ve been so focused on what other people want for you that you have been blind to the other opportunities that are being offered to you. Spend some time thinking about what you really want before you make this decision.
What do you think of this interpretation? How would you have read the cards differently?