3 Big Tarot Reading Myths That Are Holding You Back

3 Big Tarot Reading Myths That Are Holding You Back

The tarot community is such a wonder to behold. Never before have we intuitive and sensitive types been able to form large communities where we can openly connect with each other and talk about tarot.

What am I talking about? Facebook groups, forums, and other places on the internet that we gather. Those places make us feel less alone. Like we belong to a group of people that really get us.

But there are some big myths floating around, things that you might commonly hear in the community, that are actually holding you back from learning how to become a better tarot reader.

There are common little statements that people say, little nuggets of advice, that do hold a piece of truth but that hold you back if you accept them at face value.

So you want to be a truly good tarot reader. And by that, I mean someone who is able to confidently and expertly tell the story of a spread and who is able to present information to the querent that is so accurate that it leaves them speechless.

You want to really go beyond the thousands of beginner tarot books and learn how to make real connections between the card meanings and the situation at hand. (By the way, I have an entire course about this. Check it out if interested.)

If you really want to do that that you’ve got to stop buying into these myths that are actually getting in the way that.

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Myth #1: Traditional card meanings and intuition are mutually exclusive

The book meaning and your intuition actually complement each other. The real magic happens when you combine those two things. The intersection between logic and intuition is the sweet spot.

Tarot myth #1: Traditional card meanings and intuition are mutually exclusive

The first big myth is that the traditional way of reading cards, the learned card meanings, and intuition are not compatible. There is this idea that you either embrace the book wholeheartedly as your bible or throw it away completely.

I see this debate occurring a LOT. Should I trust the book meaning or my intuition? Some people are firmly on the side of sticking to the books and while others want to disregard the books entirely and come up with new interpretations for the cards.

There is a middle ground, guys. It’s not as cut and dry as book meaning vs intuition.

The truth is, that the real magic happens when you combine logic and intuition. That’s the sweet spot right there.

As a beginner, you need the book meanings. You need that foundation to work off of. Think of it this way. Do you think professional chefs started out creating innovative recipes and combining ingredients in weird ways? Of course not! They work in kitchens, they go to culinary school, and they learn classic cooking techniques first.

THEN they break the rules. But in order to know what you’re doing and in order to go ‘off-book’ you need to be able to have that solid foundation.

The best chefs do have that foundation but they don’t rigidly stick to them, never innovating. They go ‘off-book’ too whenever they invent new recipes.

The EXACT same thing applies to tarot.

The book meaning is your foundation but intuition helps you really go above and beyond. Intuition tells you which aspect of the card meaning to emphasise. Intuition points you towards clues that you would have otherwise missed, clues that point towards something that may be of meaning to the querent.

Do not be afraid to go off-book but don’t throw the book away either!


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Myth #2: You always need fixed spread positions

The cards have their own story to tell that often break the bounds of spread positions.

Tarot myth #2: You always need fixed spread positions.

The second big myth is that you always need fixed spread positions every time you do a reading. I know you must be like ‘huh?’ right now because spreads are literally one of the most basic things you learn in tarot.

You learn the card meanings and you do a reading by drawing some cards and assigning each one a spread position that deals with a certain aspect of the question. As a beginner, especially, spread positions help you to get started interpreting the cards.

Yet they are not necessary at a more advanced level. It’s actually a myth that you ALWAYS need fixed positions. Let me explain.

The commonly cited reason why you supposedly must always use spread positions is that if you draw a bunch of cards without positions you will get confused and overwhelmed. This is certainly true, I am not doubting that.

The truth is this: what you really need is STRUCTURE. Fixed spread positions is one way to achieve that but not the only one. I like to read intuitively with no fixed spread positions, yet I do have a structure and follow a procedure.

Why do I read this way? See, in the beginning, spread positions were all I knew and they did their job. However, as I began to learn about tarot storytelling and I began to make connections between the cards within a spread.

It was as if the cards had a story of their own to tell. The cards were speaking to me in a way that was breaking the bounds of their assigned positions. I just kind of ran with it and picked up a way of intuitive reading that does not use fixed positions but does have a structure.

It’s pretty simple, I like to read the cards intuitively, letting the cards tell their own story without fixed positions in sets of 3. There aren’t any fixed positions in this method yet there is a structure. The structure comes from sub-questions.

You break the question into sub-questions and then draw 3 cards per sub-question. You then read each set of 3 using the principles of tarot storytelling as well as your intuition as your guide.

Myth #3: Tarot holds all the answers

The tarot cards themselves don’t hold the answers. They are just a tool. The magic comes from within YOU not the cards.

Tarot myth #3: Tarot holds all the answers

A lot of people have a tendency to anthropomorphise their decks. They feel as if their decks are almost sentient and that the deck itself has all the answers.

Here’s the thing. Yes, decks do have different personalities and a different ‘feel’ based on the artwork and intention of the creator.

And yes, cards do have assigned meanings that inform you about your situation. In that sense, 78 possible answers are contained within a deck of cards.

But’s it’s a myth to think that the cards themselves hold all the answers and hold all the power.

The truth is that the magic lies in YOU. The cards are just a tool. The answers come from YOU. The images act as a doorway to your intuition. When you look at those images you are accessing a part of yourself that is connected to everything and holds the answers.

Many times when I read for people the answers I give them are things they already knew. Maybe only subconsciously, maybe they find it a little difficult to accept at times, but they are truths that they already knew at some level.

I mean why do you think it’s possible to get broadly the same answer from tarot, the pendulum, and a psychic reading? The truth is it actually doesn’t matter which tool you use. Tarot is good for certain types of questions, dowsing for others, and oracle cards for yet others.

But the point I’m trying to make is that we see the same messages again and again that try to guide us towards a certain path because it is WE that hold the power not the tools we use!


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