4 Tips to Get Greater Depth out of Your Tarot Readings

4 Tips to Get Greater Depth out of Your Tarot Readings

Have you done a reading before where you asked your question, shuffled and drew the cards, and attempted to get an answer as best you can but struggled to get anything of substance?

You tried to make the book meanings fit and apply to your situation, but you just couldn’t see how it applies.

Then you get all frustrated and put the cards away without getting a real answer to your question.

Maybe you’ve gotten paid readings that were very insightful, and you wonder why you’re not able to get that kind of depth from tarot?

I do understand how you feel because I felt that too when I was learning.

But before you write yourself off as incapable, not cut out for tarot reading, and put the proverbial dunce cap on yourself, I want you to consider one question.

What if the problem isn’t you? What if you are not, in fact, a tarot dunce?

I want you to make a commitment to stop being the 8 of Swords here with yourself because there are techniques you can learn that will help!

There is SO much more to tarot reading that trying to insert a bunch of keywords into spread positions. Sure, it helps with learning tarot as a beginner but there are some tips, tricks, and things that tarot professionals look out for that enables them to go beyond that and provide more depth.

I’m gonna teach you some of those tips and tricks today!

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But before you write yourself off as incapable, not cut out for tarot reading, and put the proverbial dunce cap on yourself, I want you to consider one question. What if the problem isn’t you?

1. Get in the right frame of mind before your reading

I would say that being in the right frame of mind before a reading is vital to be able to get greater depth from your readings?

Why?

Because magic happens when you are in, what I call, receptive mode. Receptive mode is a state of mind conducive to intuitive work, channelling, and divination because it allows you to download information via your intuitive senses through cultivating a tranquil mind.

Do you get amazing ideas and downloads while in the shower, while getting a massage, or right before bed?

The reason that happens is because your mind in relatively quiet. Your inner chatter is mostly silent and that allows Spirit to come through.

The same goes for tarot readings and any form of divination, really. What you want to do is be able to access your higher self. When there is a lot of mental chatter going on, you can’t really access your higher self and Spirit effectively and you’ll be limited to information that comes to you from your conscious or even sub-conscious mind but nothing higher.

This is vital for the kind of readings you want to give because when you ARE in receptive mode during a reading you’ll be able to:

  • Pick up more information in the cards.

  • Notice details that may be relevant to the question and situation.

  • Access your intuition during a reading to understand what the cards are trying to say on a deeper level.

  • Receive information from your intuitive senses that is personally relevant to the querent.

How does one get into receptive mode? You have two options here:

  1. Do your reading at a time of day when your mind is naturally quiet and your body is relaxed like first thing in the morning (in my case), or just after the shower. You know yourself best so you’ll be able to pick a time of day that matches these conditions.

  2. Silence your mental chatter before getting your tarot cards out by doing a short meditation. This can be as simple as doing a breathing exercise for 5 minutes or listening to one of those mediation tracks on YouTube.

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2.  Follow your intuition

Another tip I have for you on getting depth from your tarot readings is to always follow your intuition.

Perhaps you feel like what you intuitively feel or know when looking at the cards deviates from the book meanings. But you think you’re making a mistake and dismiss it.

Don’t do that! Follow your intuition wherever it leads!

Is there a particular detail, like a person or an object, in the card that catches you eye? How would the meaning change if you emphasised that as the focus of your interpretation?

For example, let’s say your card depicts a basket of fruit. Maybe a lady enjoying a basket of fruit and let’s say the card is 9 of Cups. Is it the fruit that attracts your eye (which might indicate abundance, the sweetness of life, or even putting food on the table) or the lady (which might indicate a sense of satisfaction or lack thereof as per the book meaning)?

Do you see how the meanings can change? The book meanings are meant to be your starting point not the be all end all.

If your intuition is telling you something then don’t dismiss it because that little detail you’re drawn to or feeling you have may point towards a very important and accurate detail for the querent!


If your intuition is telling you something then don’t dismiss it because that little detail you’re drawn to or feeling you have may point towards a very important and accurate detail for the querent!

3. Consider how the cards interact with each other

Tarot cards are not meant to be read in isolation. The meanings change depending on the surrounding cards and how the images seem to interact with each other.

When you are first learning, you learn card meanings and spread positions, and you are taught to slot one into the other. This structure is helpful for the beginner because teaching you tarot card combinations and interactions right off the bat may be overwhelming.

But if you want to get true depth and personal relevance from your readings learning about the way individual tarot cards interact with each other is vital!

I see a tarot reading as a short film where each card represents an individual scene. Let me ask you, when you watch a movie do you literally pause it scene by scene? No, of course not! You watch all the scenes in sequence as part of a whole. Same goes for tarot!

What are some ways the cards interact with each other? Well, as you’re interpreting your spread you wanna ask yourself if the figures in the cards are:

  • Facing forward, backward, or towards the viewer?

  • Facing towards one another or away from one another?

  • Moving, and if so from where to where, or standing still?

  • Related to other cards in the spread through their meaning or because of something in the images?

The next step is to brainstorm what this might mean. For example, if I notice that the figure in one card is moving towards another card. How can I link up those two card meanings in a way that is relevant to the situation?

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4. Look for patterns

The final tip I have for you here is to look for patterns in your spread. What do I mean by this?

I mean that you should look out for two things:

  • How many cards of each suit (majors, wands, cups, swords, pentacles) are present in the spread?

  • How many of each card number is present in the spread? Are there any repeating numbers?

Both will reveal something to you about the situation. For example, let’s say you did a 10 card reading and you notice 4 cards are pentacles. What does the suit of pentacles represent? Finances, home, education, physical and material concerns. That means that this plays a big part in the situation.

Suppose in your reading there are two 10s. 10s represent beginnings and endings, cycles, one thing coming to an end but another thing beginning. How can you tie that into your interpretation?

If you start doing these four things I’ve suggested here, I’m sure you’ll be able to improve the depth and accuracy of your readings.

Try it out and let me know how it goes!