Using the Tarot for Creativity and Empowerment

Tarot 101: Tarot Myth #1 – Reading For Yourself

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Over the next 10 days, we will continue our exploration Tarot myths. Today we begin by discussing a very common one: You must not or cannot read for yourself.

Myth #1: You Cannot Read For Yourself

First off, I will admit that there might be a teeny-tiny grain of truth to this myth. When we read for ourselves, it is often difficult to remain objective and it is easy to change the meaning of the cards to what we want to hear. Often, we see only what we want to see in the cards. This is especially true if we’re upset, angry, desperate, if the issue is of extreme importance to us, or if we have a strong investment in the outcome.

While reading for yourself can certainly be challenging, it can be done. In fact, this is the preferred method many Tarot students use to learn the Tarot and I agree that it is an excellent method. Originally published in1984, Mary K. Greer has written an excellent book entitled “Tarot for Your Self: A Workbook For Personal Transformation” whose sole purpose is to provide various methods that you can use to read for yourself and to help you establish a relationship with the cards. I highly recommend this book as it can show you a plethora of methods for reading for your own insight.

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Personally, I read for myself every day when I pull my daily draw. I also read for myself whenever I want additional insight into a question or into a life issue. For serious matters or matters in which I feel that I may be biased or predisposed towards a particular outcome, I will often visit another reader. This way, I can ensure that the reading is objective. For most things however, I thrown down a few cards to see what they have to say.

So while reading for yourself may be challenging at times, it is not impossible and in my humble opinion, is one of the best ways to learn the cards. Of course, it never hurts to get a second opinion on a reading.

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