We all have them. The little habits that creep into your tarot practice seem innocent enough at first, but over time they can keep you from getting the most out of your readings. Even if you only read for yourself it's crucial that you are getting as clear a signal from the cosmos as you can.
Why? Because intuition is power, and you deserve to feel powerful.
Over the years, I've seen a few issues come up again and again in my personal practice. Here are my repeat offenders, and how I fix them:
1. Not writing it down.
Do you write down your tarot readings? If you don't, start today. Grab a sheet of paper and scrawl out the results of your reading, as well as your thoughts in that moment. Sometimes the meaning of a spread is instantly recognizable, but other times it takes longer to unfurl. I know you're busy, but it's worth it to give yourself the opportunity to see how the meaning opens up over time. If nothing else, it's a wonderful journal of sorts.
Not into pen and paper? Try using your iPhone to snap a picture of the spread to jog your memory, or log the results in Evernote (two of my favorite methods!).
2. Asking the same question over and over again.
If the cards you pulled weren't what you were expecting, it's natural to want additional information... or a complete do-over. Still, I've found that the first reading you do on a topic is the most accurate. Trust that the cards and your own intuition are giving you the messages you need to hear, even if it's tough love.
Also, be very conscious when using clarifiers. Do you really need to pull another card, or is the answer already there beneath a few more layers?
An aside: if you're following #1, you won't need to ask multiple times. You'll have a beautifully written answer to refer back to whenever you need it.
3. Assuming the best.
I have a tricky habit of trying to create positive interpretations for cards whose message may be less than positive. Don't do this. If sadness is there, feel the sadness. Don't lie to yourself, even if it's tempting.
Instead, try creating an "action step" for every difficult card you pull. Sometimes, I'll even pull another card and place it underneath the tough one to represent what I can do to heal the situation.
Make sure you consider all meanings for traditionally celebratory cards too. Yes, 3 of Cups can be a good party, but it can also represent love triangles or escapism. Be open to all possibilities, and let your intuition guide you to the answer.
4. Assuming the worst.
That said, sometimes historically bad cards can have a good spin. 10 of Swords looks scary, but it can also be a sign that the worst is over and better days lie ahead. Don't let your fear of a card get in the way of a positive message.
5. Not paying attention to how you feel.
The little white book can only get you so far. If you only take one thing away from this post, let it be this: the only way to know if the 3 of Cups is pointing to a night on the town or numbing out is the way you feel when you first see it. Do you feel lit up, excited, and comforted? Or, do you feel sleazy, like you need to take a shower? Your first instinct is nearly always right. Listen close.
Here's to a fresh, clean tarot practice!
PS- Do you have a bad tarot habit, and if so, how will you break it? Share yours in the comments down below!