How to Stop Doubting and Start Trusting Your Tarot Readings

How to Stop Doubting and Start Trusting Your Tarot Readings

You’d be surprised at how many people tell me that their biggest struggle when it comes to tarot is feeling confident in their interpretation.

I’m guessing that’s you too, right?

You’ve been learning tarot, learning the card meanings, but when you do a reading, you’re not sure if you’re interpreting it correctly. You second guess your interpretations and you don’t feel confident about your accuracy.

You want to practice doing readings for others, but you feel so nervous because you’re afraid of being wrong, of the other person looking at you in confusing and saying to you: “that doesn’t apply to my situation at all.”

And even when you do feel like you’re able to read and interpret the card meanings based on what you’ve learned it sometimes feels like your intuition is not on the same page as the cards and you don’t really know how to answer the question.

If that’s you then you’re in the right place. It’s time to stop second-guessing yourself, my friend, and start feeling more confident in your readings.

I’ll share with you my best tips on how to do exactly that! We’re gonna cover some of the major reasons behind your feeling of self-doubt and what you can do to overcome them.

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Intuition and the card meanings are not mutually exclusive! The truth is that the card meanings that you learn are meant to act as your foundation. They form the basis of your readings. Intuition is what helps you go above and beyond.

You Don’t Know Whether to Trust Your Intuition or the Card Meaning

One of the places people get stuck when it comes to reading tarot is not knowing whether to trust your intuition or the card meaning you learned and memorised.

You sometimes feel like what your intuition is telling you about what the card means or what the reading overall means does not match with the learned card meanings. It sometimes feels like you and the cards are not even on the same page.

Here’s the thing: intuition and the card meanings are not mutually exclusive! It’s a complete myth to believe that it HAS to be either one or the other and not both.

The truth is that the card meanings that you learn are meant to act as your foundation. They form the basis of your readings.

Intuition is what helps you go above and beyond the basic foundation and into the realm of highly personalised, Spirit-directed, messages for your querent.

When you pay attention to what your intuition is telling you in a reading you can add an extra layer of information on top of the learned card meanings. When you interpret them together you’ll be able to really pack a punch with your readings.

And in cases where you still feel like your intuition and the memorised card meaning are incompatible, always go with your intuition. It may be pointing you towards a hidden aspect of the card meaning, a new way of interpreting it, or leading you in a very specific and relevant direction when it comes to the person you’re reading for.

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You Feel Overwhelmed by Spreads

Another point where a lot of people trip up and something that makes people feel under-confident is interpreting spreads.

You’re fine with reading the card meanings individually but when it comes to interpreting them together, in a spread, you freeze up. Especially with large spreads like the Celtic Cross.

You look at a big spread and you have no idea where even to begin.

Here’s the basic process I teach: first go through all the card meanings one by one according to their assigned positions, then zoom out and look at the spread as a whole.

And don’t worry! There’s no reason to feel overwhelmed or tense up. I got you covered!

Here are some things to look out for when interpreting cards together:

  • Is the spread dominated by any one suit? What does that suit represent and what does that tell you about the matter at hand?

  • Is any one suit completely absent or under-represented in the spread? What does that suit represent and what does that tell you about the matter at hand?

  • Do certain figures in the cards seem to be facing each other as if in agreement, or facing away from each other as if in disagreement?

  • Are all the cards facing forward, looking to the future, or facing backwards, looking to the past?

  • Do the figures in some cards look like they're pointing to other ones or looking in the direction of another card?

  • Do some cards look like they're part of the same scene or different parts of the same place? For example, two cards having a mountain in the background. Could it be the same mountain seen from different perspectives?


Block out everything except for the cards in front of you and your impressions of them. Your one and only job is to convey your interpretation of the cards. That’s it. All that other stuff is totally extraneous.

You're Scared You Won't Be Accurate

Alright, so we’ve covered intuition vs. card meanings, we’ve covered interpreting cards together, but what if your main problem isn’t all of that but you’re just worried you won’t be accurate?

You feel like you’re gonna do a reading for someone and they’re going to tell you that they have never heard such an inaccurate tarot reading and that you’re an absolutely awful tarot reader.

Every tarot reader and intuitive feels that fear. No exceptions! I felt it too!

But you know what that feeling you’re experiencing is? It’s the 8 of Swords. Think back to the 8 of Swords or go and get out from your tarot deck right now and look at it.

The 8 of Swords usually depicts a person who is bound but can free themselves any time. The message is that the only thing in your way is your own self. Your fear is keeping you bound just like the person in the 8 of Swords when the truth is those fears are completely baseless.

I felt that fear too, but you know how many times someone told me my reading was awful and they wanted a refund? Never.

Your fear is completely baseless! You’re the only one who thinks you’re an awful tarot reader.

Experienced tarot readers know how to push that fear aside. And wanna know how to push that fear aside?

Block out everything except for the cards in front of you and your impressions of them. Your one and only job is to convey your interpretation of the cards. That’s it. All that other stuff is totally extraneous.

Just let the cards do the talking and let yourself embrace the role of messenger.

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Do Lots of Practice Readings

Before I let you go and return to whatever it is you were doing before reading this article, I want to share with you one crucial thing that will help you build the confidence you need when it comes to tarot.

The more practice readings you do for others, the more confident you will feel about your ability to interpret the cards.

You need to do readings for others. Yes, it’s scary but it’s the only way to fast-track your confidence and improve your skills enough to start charging for readings.

Every time you do a reading for someone and it goes well, your fear melts away a little bit. Eventually, with enough readings, you will have gotten enough feedback to know for sure that your fear is baseless.

And if you need someone to encourage you to go and do those readings, let that person be me. I’m telling you that you can do it!

All you gotta do is try.