In keeping with my paranormal theme this month, I thought it would be interesting to hear from a soothsayer. The popularity of tarot cards and tarot reading seems to have exploded over the last decade. More people are doing it and more are looking for skilled tarot readers to answer their questions and give them a glance into their future. Not understanding how a deck of cards with spooky pictures could give us information about our lives, I found an expert on Instagram who was willing to volunteer her wisdom and experience.
Hi Andrea, and thank you for visiting The Phil Factor. How did you first become attracted to reading tarot and oracle cards? Curiosity mostly. Since childhood, I have been interested in esoteric or metaphysical subjects. I was particularly interested in Witches since I have an ancestor who was burned in the Salem Trials.
Does a person have to be psychic to read cards? Anyone who wants to learn the basic meanings of the cards can do simple readings. However, I believe it is very beneficial if you are a very empathetic person and understand human emotions/relationships. That way you aren’t just reading the definition of each card to the querent (client.) There can be a lot of nuances in the cards. Like symbols and how each card interacts, not only with the other cards, but also with what the querent may have asked originally.
Should someone be worried if the Death card comes up in a reading?Death is like a transformation in your life or emotions. Example meanings for the Death card could be: a birth, a divorce, a new job, the beginning or ending of relationships. Or even a catalyst in thinking. It’s about change and a possible transition or regeneration.
Does it really mean someone is going to die? I’ve flipped the Death card over many times and that has never been the outcome.
Are predictions in a card reading absolutely going to come true? I don’t typically do ‘predictive’ or ‘yes/no’ readings. Everyone has free will and can change the course of their day by one simple alteration. Maybe they typically go to Starbuck’s on the corner, but that day, they decide to turn left instead of right and end up at Tim Horton’s. In my opinion, absolute predictions need to be taken as fluid thoughts. You continually have the ability to change how your life is directed. ((free will)) And you can’t assume your will can change someone else’s.
What advice do you have for someone going to their first reading? Be open and willing to hear what is being said without too many preconceived ideas or desires. Take a pen/notepad and jot down your own thoughts on the cards. Write down anything your reader says that captures your attention. What may not make sense now, may come back to you later. Or you may notice similar messages being repeated to you in different manners, by different people or situations.
As a final thought: I absolutely love reading tarot and oracle cards. I do it almost daily. It’s so interesting to see what thoughts the cards have on the questions that are asked and how pertinent they are to the person. Reading tarot makes me realize how connected everything and everyone is to each other. Everyone lives an interdependent life, and we all affect each other, just like the ripple a stone makes in a pond.
Andrea, thank you for visiting The Phil Factor. Hopefully the cards will tell us that this interview will get lots of views in the future! If you’re interested in learning more about the tarot readings from Andrea you can follow her on Instagram as TarotWytch.
I hope it’s in the cards for you to have a great day! ~Phil