Types of Tarot Readings

SITUATIONS that lead someone to seek out the tarot’s guidance will vary by person, so I offer a variety of reading types based on topic, pattern of cards, and number of cards. To help streamline the options, I’ve broken them up into three general categories based on their openness to customization. If you’re not sure what suits you, then start with Common Concerns and work your way down until you find what you need. And if you’re not sure, just contact me.

If you’re interested in the decks I use in my practice, you can see the decks here. Any deck can be used for any reading, so if you have a preference just let me know when you purchase a reading. If not, I’m happy to make that decision for you.

While you’re deciding whether I’m the right reader for you, you can see testimonials from some of my clients here.


 
The deck pictured here is the Fountain Tarot, published by Roost Books. And the lone card up top is from the  Threads of Fate , an independently published divinatory deck for connecting with your spirit guides through archetypes and common lessons.

The deck pictured here is the Fountain Tarot, published by Roost Books. And the lone card up top is from the Threads of Fate, an independently published divinatory deck for connecting with your spirit guides through archetypes and common lessons.

Live Readings

Live readings are purchased by amount of time (15-minute increments), so they offer the most flexibility in terms of reading type, and questions can be asked on the fly as time allows. They’re also the simplest and often most economical option, especially for people with custom requests. I offer live readings by video* through Google Hangouts or Zoom and by phone (U.S. phone numbers only).

*When I say “video,” I mean that I’m using an online video conference service to contact you. You don’t have to have your camera on if you’re not comfortable with that.

A six-card Uncertain Romance reading can help you understand what you bring with you into any decisions you might make about a past relationship, whether to reconnect with or move on from a relationship. The cards pictured here are from the Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

A six-card Uncertain Romance reading can help you understand what you bring with you into any decisions you might make about a past relationship, whether to reconnect with or move on from a relationship. The cards pictured here are from the Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

COMMON CONCERNS

These are spreads that I use to address some of the most common areas of concern, such as past relationships, new career opportunities, the big questions of passion and purpose, and inspiring creativity. These perennial favorites have a specific set of questions arranged in a specific spread, which makes them perfect for people who are new to tarot readings.

While there are specific predetermined questions in these spreads, I do allow for some minor changes if the questions don’t seem quite right. If you want to customize your questions, you might want to try one of the Readings by Spread Pattern or even Cards by the Numbers.

 
A three-card Problem–Solution–Outcome spread can help you uncover a creative solution to a difficult situation, whatever the specifics. The cards pictured here are from the Everyday Tarot by Brigit Esselmont and illustrated by Eleanor Grosch © 2018, published by Running Press Miniature Editions, Hachette Book Group .

A three-card Problem–Solution–Outcome spread can help you uncover a creative solution to a difficult situation, whatever the specifics. The cards pictured here are from the Everyday Tarot by Brigit Esselmont and illustrated by Eleanor Grosch © 2018, published by Running Press Miniature Editions, Hachette Book Group.

READINGS BY SPREAD PATTERN

Over years and years of practice, many tarot readers find themselves drawn to common patterns of questions. The specifics might change, but the broad ideas remain the same, so a reader can start to develop a pattern of questions that adapt to a variety of topics. A three card Opportunity–Obstacle–Overcoming spread can help you understand your love life as easily as it can help you understand your career opportunities. The famous Celtic Cross can be used to help you establish a 360° view of a life-changing decision or to give you inspiration for a new novel.

 
With four cards, you can dive deep into the questions that matter most to you. The cards pictured here are from the Linestrider Tarot by Siolo Thompson © 2016 Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. 2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125. All rights reserved, used by permission.

With four cards, you can dive deep into the questions that matter most to you. The cards pictured here are from the Linestrider Tarot by Siolo Thompson © 2016 Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. 2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125. All rights reserved, used by permission.

Cards by the Number

If you know what you want, and what you want is not covered by the Greatest Hits or part of the Favorite Spreads, then you might be well served to customize your reading by asking the deck a number of questions and drawing one card for each question. This offers the most flexibility, but it could also require the most fine-tuning (i.e., emailing back and forth with me) since some questions are just better than others when it comes to getting at the heart of the matter, and my goal is to help you get to that good stuff.