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How Long is a Tarot Reading ‘Valid’ For?

by Brigit on May 11, 2010 in Real Life Tarot

Oftentimes, clients want to know when they will get married, have children, get rich, etc. – all events which may occur now or far into the future. However, can a Tarot reading really ‘predict’ what will occur 2 months, 2 years or even 22 years down the track? In this blog post, I want to spend some time thinking about how long a Tarot reading is actually ‘valid’ for, or how far into the future it can ‘see’.

Let’s start with the short answer. Having read various Tarot blog and forum posts, the general consensus is that a Tarot reading is valid for six to twelve months. No doubt this takes into account that life changes along the way, and that six to twelve months is a reasonable amount of time for these changes to occur. However, this does seem quite generalistic.

The long answer – it all depends!

In my opinion, a Tarot reading reads on present conditions to determine the likely path ahead. However, those conditions can change. There may be changes outside of the client’s control, such as global events (volcanic ash clouds?!) or the actions of third parties, that then change the course of the client. Or, the client themselves may exercise their free will and make changes to improve the outcomes in their own life, particularly if current circumstances are likely to lead to negative or undesirable consequences. So, in both these cases, a Tarot reading that has been conducted now may only be ‘valid’ until these major changes have occurred. Once the changes have occurred, then the present circumstances have changed and so too has the message of the Tarot reading. Nonetheless, I still believe that there will be certain messages that will still hold true no matter what changes have occurred, particularly around the Major Arcana Tarot cards which speak of longer-term and more permanent influences.

I suppose the opposing view to this is that our future is predetermined, and no matter what we do or what action we take, we are all on a set path. (This is very much like the movie, Final Destination!) In this case, a Tarot reading is valid for a longer period of time and is not dependent on any actions taken by the client to improve their life circumstances. Personally, I find this disempowering and fatalistic. It suggests that we cannot make any positive changes in our lives to avoid potentially negative consequences. That’s not me at all!

So, if you are reading the Tarot cards for others, think about your position on how long the Tarot reading is valid for. Consider whether you are a believer of free will or a predetermined future, and the impact this will have on the advice you give to your Tarot clients.

Depending on your personal stance, there are many implications for your Tarot readings. Consider how you will respond when your client asks you questions such as, “When will I get married?” or “When will I have children?” What will you advise your client who asks for a second or third reading on a similar topic within a short amount of time? How will you explain your Tarot reading to a client who tells you that, when another Tarot reader read for them, they got a completely different message? Be prepared to have an open discussion with your clients about how far into the future the Tarot cards can ‘see’ and what your personal views are. All of these components will help you become a better Tarot reader.

{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Barbara December 13, 2010 at 8:24 pm

I had a tarot card reading done in September 2009 and none of what was predicted happened, but 12 months after the reading things are starting to happen with what was predicted in the Tarot card reading I had done over a year ago. So as a client I would have to agree that the Tarot card does look further into the future and does not necessarily give immediate future predictions but does look at the bigger picture in your life. I have to say I am a huge believer in free will but I it. also believe if Destiny wishes us to experience something no matter how hard we try we will end up experiencing it. It all depends on which route we take (sliding doors the movie)

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Biddy_Tarot December 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Hi Barbara,
Thanks for sharing this great, personal example of how a reading can be relevant even in years to come and how destiny plays a role, in tandem with free will.
Biddy

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EsraC. January 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Whenever i make a reading for myself ,mine is valid about 3-6 months but one my best friend,she always get the ‘reading occur’ within one week or something.
Do you think ‘Hanged Man’ makes the timing longer?
Just a night after i met him,made a Celtic Cross Spread -as whats gonna happen w/him.
Somehow, i only remember these 3 cards:
Crossing card(2nd) :The Fool
Near Future (6th) :Hanged Man.
Far Future (10th) :Knight of Cups.
Result: after almost 2 months : I feel like a ‘Hanged fool
” collapsed for that ‘knight’ :-)
Nothing happened since.I attempted to talk to him once he broke my heart,refused me and developed a grudge against him.
I am still trying to get over this heart ache ,probably then my “Knight” will appear in my life.

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Biddy_Tarot January 13, 2011 at 6:38 am

Hi Esra,
Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I think you’re right – there are some cards which would indicate that there may be delays, such as the Hanged Man, Death reversed, Eight of Wands reversed, and Three of Wands reversed. On the flipside, there are a number of cards which could indicate that events may occur more quickly than anticipated, such as the Eight of Wands.
With your reading example, I would see the Knight of Cups as a potential new suitor, rather than the guy you were asking about. Watch this space, huh?!
Biddy

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Esra January 25, 2011 at 8:52 am

Hi Biddy,
Thank you for your reply.
I am also counting on “picking the same card” several times for the same question.
The day i got heart-broken, i picked “five of cups” three times for -whats gonna happen if i go to talk.And it did happen!
I would believe the same about potential new suitor but not only it will take same time,i also need to let something-someone go to get this new “chance”. Thats what “Hanged Man” suggesting sometimes.
It still better to wait as a hanged man than feeling like a fool :-)

Thank you for your e-book i bought,its really helpful.

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Angela December 12, 2011 at 4:59 am

Hi Biddy, I’ve had a number of telephone and face to face tarot readings and nothing has ever started to happen for at least 2 years. Although when I speak to a reader to they talk as if the the event is happening in the present time and dont believe me when I say none of the previous readings have started to come true till 2 years later.

When e.g. they mention that an exboyfriend will be in touch in a week, I wait and wait and low and behold a year later still nothin! The same with jobs, I’ve been told for three years now that I will get a new job early next year, this reading was done in october 2008, I was told this new job would come around 2009. I’ve applied for new jobs but still nothing. Im hoping this new job will be early 2012.

So as a client I would believe that timing is never as exact as is stated unless you’re able to give the reader details, e.g. if you are married and when you got married, or if you moved and when, then a reader might be more able to give accurate timings on a reading.

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Biddy_Tarot December 12, 2011 at 8:01 am

Hi Angela. Thanks for sharing your personal experiences with the cards and timelines. And good advice about not being overly specific or focused on timelines. Brigit

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Seema April 26, 2012 at 4:53 am

Hi,

I have recently gone for a tarot card reading regarding my relationship, I got an opposite feedback to what I wanted for.. Donno, Some how I want to go for another one may be i can get a hope… So wanted to ask…. Does 2nd time tarot reading helps and is effective…If yes , do we need to have some time gap between them..

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Brigit April 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Seema, you will probably get a similar message. I would suggest working with what you have already received from the Tarot and thinking about what actions you can put in place to improve your situation. Re-reading the cards for the answer you want isn’t really an effective way to use the Tarot. Remember, it’s about seeking insight and truth. You can still derive hope, but from working with the messages of the cards that were dealt in your reading.
Hope this helps, Brigit

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Naira June 4, 2012 at 9:19 pm

I did a celtic cross spread in which I asked for my job situation. I was expecting to hear about an interview I had. The cards told me that I will need strength (major arcana), but the resolution to my question was the sun card. Two days later I found out I did not get the job I was expecting, but a week later I was offered a better one. Now I’m worried about the contract and hiring procedures. Is it safe to think that it is going to be a smooth process because of the sun card? Thanks!

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Brigit June 5, 2012 at 5:42 am

Hi Naira,
The Sun is a very positive and successful card, so I would say that it should work out well in the end. Think positively and optimistically.
Brigit

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Lisa July 1, 2012 at 12:17 am

Tarot hasn’t worked for me I have been given times and dates and predictions have never come to pass. Its just one big con! The fact that Tarot readers hide behind “entertainment services” when their predictions do not come to pass proves its all a lie.

It sickens me the fact that a Tarot reader gets paid regardless of the whether prediction coming to pass due to the “entertainment services” which are as follows ‘ALL PSYCHIC READINGS AND CONSULTATIONS ARE PROVIDED AS ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES ONLY and do not in any way constitute personal, legal, financial, medical or any sort of professional advice. By engaging in a psychic reading or reading this site, you understand that we do not provide recommendations, advice or give any directions for you to follow. A psychic reader (‘Reader’), for example, may from time to time offer a personal opinion but this does not constitute advice. A Reader will not diagnose illnesses or conditions (including questions pertaining to pregnancy and death). THE CONTENT OF PSYCHIC READINGS AND THE USE OF THIS SITE ARE MERELY FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES AND SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON.’

In layman terms its the clients fault for choosing to believe and pay for the reading with no real guarantee that what has been predicted will come to pass.

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Brigit July 1, 2012 at 6:01 am

Hi Lisa,

I’m sorry to hear the Tarot hasn’t worked for you and that you feel it is a big ‘con’. It certainly doesn’t work for everyone and, at the end of the day, you need to chose what works best for you as an individual.

The “for entertainment purposes only” is usually a legal requirement that has to be used with Tarot readings, I’m afraid.

In addition, there really is no guarantee that the prediction is 100% correct or accurate. We all have free will and can change our destiny. And so, if we learn something in a reading, we can change our path to something more desirable, and can avoid a consequence that comes up in a reading. If you do ever see a Tarot reader that claims 100% accuracy, then I think you know that something’s a little fishy.

That said, you should feel satisfied that a reader has adequately addressed your question and has provided a high quality service. If not, you should ask for further clarification, or request a refund.

Warm regards,
Brigit

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Ankita August 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Hi,

My boyfriend of 2 years broke up with me all of a sudden and gave me a reason that he sees no future with me. I am heartbroken It has been over 3 months now. i contacted him once to which he replied and when I tried to further the contact he just became silent and i haven’t heard from him, since then. My friends say that he might be seeing another girl according to developments on his facebook profile. I tried to do a reading to see if he would come back to me and if I will have a future with him. But I am so confused and I feel my emotions are clouding my thoughts. Can you please help me by doing a reading for me and also suggesting what I must do.

Warm Regards
Ankita

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Brigit August 3, 2012 at 1:55 am

Hi Ankita,
This isn’t the forum for Tarot readings, but if you would like one please visit either http://www.biddytarot.com/tarotreading/ or http://www.biddytarot.com/free-tarot-readings/

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Ankita August 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Thanks a lot Brigit. :)

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monica October 1, 2012 at 11:14 am

Hi! I’ve had sevral readings 3 of them tell me the same thing and 2 have told me the oppisite.
What does this mean? Some tell me I should forget about the guy I was seeing and some say I
Shouldn’t,that his ex wife has a spell on him. I really don’t know what to do. I really love him and have feelings for him.

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Brigit October 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Monica, check out this post… http://www.biddytarot.com/multiple-tarot-readings/ – it might help!

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Susan January 12, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I read the tarot myself and I have certainly found that for some people the prediction can happen either very fast or quite far into the future.
As a personal example i recall a reading from summer 1989 I was told
Of a child hood flame who had recently re entered my life ( he was 6 yrs older and had moved to the USA for five years) he had now come home. He was 24, I was 18.
I was told that we had recently being reunited (we were just childhoood friends but there was always a bigger attraction) which was true, the reading said that very soon there would be a chance of a relationship and that we would be in a house or living in a house together but there would be another woman living in that house. It would cause problems and it would stop the possibility of him and I being together .
I saw him as a friend over the next 12 mths, he d call to my house etc to say hello and have a coffee, it was purely platonic although I was always wondering,
Soon after in August 1990 I moved to London from Eire.
We still met up when I’d come home for the odd weekend. In summer. 1991 he rang me whilst I was living in London saying he had been thinking about me alot lately.
I didn’t see him again till I moved bk home to Eire in February 1993.
We met and he invited me to his newly bought apartment , while we were there his pal called round and in the conversation asked him ” are you still going out with Charlene? ”
My flames reply was ” I don’t know” ( said in a tone that indicated he didn’t want to talk about it)
After his friend left, he soon asked me ” what about you and me?”
He went on to say how he always really liked me and let’s go out later in the week.
We kissed and hugged and he drove me home. Two nights later when he was due to show , he didn’t. That sadly spelt the end of. Him and I. When I bumped I to him a year later he said there d been another girl giving him
Grief and he decided to leave things be with me.
The tarot reading prediction took from summer 1989 to February 1993 to come through.
Sadly his selfish behaviour spelt the end of even our so called friendship . He never resumed any contact nor did I ever see him much around again.
So I guess you gotta let events take their course, keep your eyes and ears open and let events happen naturally. Xx

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Brigit January 14, 2013 at 11:58 am

Thanks for sharing your personal story. It’s an excellent example of how some readings can take a long while to manifest, but they do in the end.

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Patti September 24, 2013 at 1:27 am

Went to a tea leaf reader and predicted my husband will be going up. meaning death..Very freaked out by this..Can they predict this? can destiny change?

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Brigit September 24, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Hi Patti,

That sounds like a very unethical reading to me. I know readers each have their own boundaries, but for me personally, predicting death is a complete no-go zone.

I would recommend ignoring the reading, as hard as that might be.

Brigit

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jayne October 23, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Hello,

I did a reading yesterday and wondered whether I can take this as a positive reading. I have been going through a very acrimonious divorce for the last two years. I have been left with trust issues because I was abused. I have been in a new relationship for a while now, which has been very happy, but recently we had quite a serious argument which has left me with doubts-this couldn’t come at a worse time because I have to make a decision about whether to relocate to be with my new love. I had a miscarriage last year, and have been unsuccessfully trying for a baby since. I really want a future with my new man, but considering my past I am very scared…. I feel that this reading is positive, but I’d like others opinions, please.

I have used The Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr

Past-five of cups

Present-3 of cups

Future-3 Fertility (in other decks The Empress)

Overall message-Queen of Cups reversed. <This is the one that especially unnerves me.

I want to be objective, but fear that with the nature of my question (will I be safe with my new man and do we have a healthy future together) that I will be seeing what I want to see; then again, I could be refusing to accept what I feel is a positive spread because of the fears arising from my past. Help!

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Brigit October 24, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I like to see reversals as bringing the energy of that card inwards. So for the Queen of Cups reversed, think of it as nurturing oneself and trusting your own intuition and inner voice. This fits nicely with the rest of the reading.

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jayne October 24, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Thank you Brigit. That would actually make a lot of sense, because effectively that is what I’m really struggling with-trusting my inner voice and intuition; let’s face it-it’s led me into danger before.

Would you agree that the rest of the spread was positive? I felt it was one of the most definite I’ve ever had, considering my question.

I felt that it recognised the past that I’m coming from in the five of cups with the sadness and grief stemming from my marriage breakdown and the death of my father, the three of cups I would really like to interpret as a celebration of winning my divorce case (which I seem to be) and the start of happier times where I won’t be fighting in court, and can finally move on with my life.

The fertility/empress card for the future-well I hope and wonder whether that would point to a pregnancy, or maybe something more metaphorical; either way I feel it is a positive card.

When the overall reading is positive like this one, would you say that the advice I am getting is to go for it, or, with the Queen of cups reversed that I should nurture myself and explore my feelings for longer. In short, can you see anything in this spread that is warning me of a potentially dangerous future with my new man? I can’t see it, but, as the Queen of cups reversed indicates-I seem to need to work on trusting my inner voice, so you can see that I’m kind of wary because I suspect that my inner voice is just interpreting what I want to hear, rather than being objective.

Sorry, it’s just unusual for me to get such a positive and decisive spread; I’m worried I’ve missed a negative in it.

Thanks again, Brigit.

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Brigit October 26, 2013 at 6:14 pm

To give your reading the attention it deserves, you might prefer to request a private, professional interpretation with me at http://www.biddytarot.com/tarotreading/tarot-reading-interpretation/

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jayne October 24, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Actually Brigit, I’ve just been reading about the Mercury retrograde on your facebook page; I wonder if that’s having an effect on me-possibly causing me to reflect on my past relationship/marriage and bringing me to project those fears onto my new relationship…. Could this be a factor in why I’m questioning my choices so much?

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Brigit October 26, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Definitely a possibility!

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Rachana October 27, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Hey Brigit,

I have had many tarot readings for my relationship with a guy who belongs to a different religion. our parents are in strong opposition to us getting married. And he is the is the kind of guy who will never go against his parents yet he loves me a lot. It’s been 6 years with him. He doesn’t want to elope and get married to me he wants the consent of parents and he is trying to the hilt to get his parents to agree.
We both can’t be without each other and he doesn’t want to go against his parents. Every time I get a tarot reading done, the cards come out to be positive saying that we will be togethr or that he will never give up on me. One tarot reader even went on to say that we were lovers in our previous births and have faced many struggles in those births too.
Recently, I got an online tarot reading done in and I had asked if I will get married to my guy .the card I pulled out was 3 of cups.
The tarot reader is very optimistic and her feeling says that inspite of all the negative surrounding us, we will still get married to each other.
I am so confused, it’s been so many years we have been trying to convince our parents, it’s not working out yet the cards come out to be positive.
So, the last reading showed 3 of cups. What does it mean really?? And for how long can I trust it or will the prediction be no longer valid aftr six months or so?

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Brigit October 31, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Sometimes even though the energy is right for the relationship to blossom, external factors can get in the way. Perhaps there are additional strategies you need to put in place to manifest this potential in the relationship. With the Three of Cups, perhaps you can attempt to bring the families together in a celebration, to get to know each other.

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Gillian November 11, 2013 at 3:40 am

Hi there back in June 2013 I went to go get my cards done for the whole year….now my question is, he broke it down into seasons, so since I went in June he started in Summer did he mean 2013 Summer or 2014 Summer? My mother who went in with me to take notes seems to think its 2014 Summer…

it reads like summer, fall, winter, spring, I think its a read for the 2013 year….LOL Im still getting use to this but if you could guide me, I would appreciate it.

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Brigit November 11, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I’m afraid you would need to ask your reader – different readers will have different techniques.

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Stephanie February 7, 2014 at 11:13 am

I did some art meditations awhile back, and the results from it showed that the major things happen no matter what, but the path to get to them changes depending on outside sources. We all have certain lessons and life paths. But as to say when something specifically will happen, I’m not sure that can narrowed down. That probably depends on if the person is supposed to know it or not I guess. Because in my personal experience, myself and readers keep seeing the same things for me, but years have passed and nothing has transpired.

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Brigit February 10, 2014 at 10:04 am

I agree – I often feel quite uncomfortable saying when something will happen because I feel that time is very fluid and often up to the person to make the right decisions at the right time.

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Stephanie February 10, 2014 at 10:19 am

Yah it’s more of like a “this will happen at some point in time”. Perhaps it is possible for some people to have accurate predictions on time – I was told by a reader that the more intune someone is, the less accurate the timing can be predicted, because the person knows too much already. (Which I think is my case!)

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ahnighta February 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm

I don’t give a time frame unless I have a really strong and good vibe for it.

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Pam February 7, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Hi
I had a client ask me this today and I agree that it depends. Timing is one of the hardest things to predict in a reading. Sometimes the simple fact that a question has been asked and knowledge gained can change the timing. I have found that Major Arcana is a better dictator of timing than Minor; however, this isn’t always the case. I wish it was a simple answer, but isn’t. Factors change and very little is written in stone, which I think is freeing. We do indeed have free will.
Pam

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Neha February 11, 2014 at 5:00 am

Hi Pam,

I have always wonderd about the timing factor through tarot and now after 10 years of observation as a client and a reader(partially) I can say that astrology specially your birth charts can predict the time factor more precisely but if you want to know it through tarot best is to use your intuition again just as we do while reading the cards. Like Wands might be associated with timing in Years according to some readers but it does not always hold true, sometimes it might mean just few days even( I have experinced so by doing trial and error method of timimg on different readings ) so being intutive might help in case of timing also , But yes major arcana cards definitely help us more. thats’ what I feel , am only writing about my observation.

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Andre March 10, 2014 at 10:11 am

Hello, my girlfriend broke up with me in January. I had a tarot reading about reconcile. The cards I got were the two of pentacles reversed, the ten of pentacles reversed and the two of cups upright. The break up was very sudden but was leading up to it. What’s your opinion on these cards? I’m really confused as to when I should be taking action, I don’t want to leave things to late but I also don’t want to rush it just incase I ruin any chance. We have been just over three weeks now without contact, also three weeks ago I had this reading.

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Kay August 18, 2014 at 8:20 am

Hi, I don’t know much about tarot readings but recently asked the question as to whether I would meet a significant someone as I’m having a lot of trouble romantically. It was a 3-card reading and the cards were as follows : Magician ; 9 swords ; Hermit. I interpreted that as meaning I’ll be alone for the rest of my life which is depressing me. Is this really what it means?

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Susan August 18, 2014 at 10:56 am

Hi there Kay,

In order to give a full reading, I would advise at least 12 cards to get the full picture.
Just 3 cards is very speculative and unless I can see a more cards then I could give a clearer answer.
.But what I would say from the 3 cards you chose is that perhaps take a step back from worrying and allow yourself free rein to take control of the situation, no matter how unfruitful your romantic life has been so far you are still in control of all the possibilities in your life and realise you are quite capable of making the situation to suit your needs.

Can I just say, 9 years ago, I broke up with a guy I was mad about, he was in a quandary as he was with someone else at the time he had been with for a good 10 years and he had children with this person , he wanted to leave but had many other insecurities at that time and he cut off contact with me.
My cards ( that I read for myself and others had read for me) always told me he would be back in contact and that it would reconcile.
Only now, 9 years later last month, has this finally happened.
He had many problems amongst other things but got counselling and got himself sorted out.
We are back seeing each other (very slowly I may add) and wants a future with me, I cannot say how things will pan out but I still feel the same for him, its a question of him sorting himself out fully as he had many insecurity issues, but a tarot reading that took 9 years to manifest?!! now that’s powerful!
We can never predict timing and this story will show you how the tarot can take many years to manifest.
I would suggest you pick at least 12-24 cards to get a clearer picture on your love life direction.

Best wishes

Susan

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