First Time Tarot Reading

I had a tarot reading done last night by a friend of a friend with whom I immediately felt a connection (Iris X, for those in the northeast who might also be interested – she’s fabulous!). I’ve never had anyone else read for me, so it was an interesting experience in many ways. I had actually just read tarot for myself the previous night, so I was curious to see how the two reads interacted. Spoiler alert: they were very complimentary and almost identical in terms of the take-home messages.

Stacy used the Celtic Cross spread for my reading, which is a fairly common one (though one I rarely if ever work with, preferring three card spreads or one card draws instead). The layout looked like this:


Stacy gave me a choice of a few different decks, asking me to pick the one I was most drawn to. I picked the Chrysalis tarot, a beautiful deck that just felt right to me. (My own deck is Paulina Cassidy’s Joie de Vivre deck, which I adore.) During the reading, Stacy offered quite a bit of insight into things that have been going on in my life, and why they’ve been happening (based on past experiences and the like). I’ll keep the specifics to myself, but suffice it to say this was an experience I deeply appreciated.

What I wonder is: what are the primary motivations for people to get their cards read? What is the attraction of having your fortune told by someone else versus just doing the divination yourself? After all, no one knows you better than you. While Stacy did a beautiful job (and I dearly wish we’d had more time to chat about the reading!), it still felt strange to have someone I had just met telling me about the things that challenge and reward me. Then again, strangers often have more perspective about you than you might; being outsiders, it’s easier for them to look at your life objectively. So I suppose that, in a way, I do understand the appeal.

Readers, if you’ve had your cards or your palm read before, why did you choose to have someone else do it instead of just doing it yourself?

One response

  1. machinegunmama

    I’ve never trusted my ability to do it enough and I’ve never had the pleasure of knowing someone who could do it for me 😉

    June 29, 2014 at 1:23 pm

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