The key to being a fully confident Tarot reader is to practice, practice, practice. Practice your Tarot reading skills from Day 1 and you will watch your confidence go through the roof.
There are lots of ways you can practice your Tarot reading skills. Here are just a few:
Read for Yourself
Reading the Tarot for yourself is a quick and easy way to gain more practice in Tarot reading. You are always available, you can give yourself feedback, you can steal a few glances at your Little White Book (with all the card meanings) and you don’t have to worry if you get it ‘wrong’.
However, reading Tarot for yourself can be hard! You might be more ‘biased’ or less objective in your interpretations and you usually know yourself too well to ‘reveal’ anything new. Make sure you set some personal boundaries such as reading only once on a certain topic and drawing only a maximum of two clarifier cards per reading.
Join the Free Tarot Network
The Free Tarot Network is a free Tarot reading service owned and managed by the American Tarot Association. Tarot students read for ‘strangers’ in exchange for feedback and are supported by a mentor who provides guidance and input in the student’s readings.
I used to read for the Free Tarot Network a number of years ago. This was, by far, one of the best ways I found to practice and improve my Tarot reading skills. I often needed to chase my clients to get feedback after the reading, though, but it was a wonderful and safe learning ground.
To join, go to http://www.freetarot.us/tarotreaders.html. There is a small administration fee to join, if you’re not already a member of the American Tarot Association.
Set up a Free Readings Table in Your Local Community
If you prefer face-to-face readings, why not set up a table in a local cafe, library or park and offer free Tarot readings? You’ll have willing clients in no time!
Instead of getting paid, ask that your clients simply provide you with one great thing about the reading and one thing you can do to improve.
Add Your Profile to the Biddy Tarot Free Readers Page
In an effort to help the Tarot community, I set up the Biddy Tarot Free Readers page. I offer Tarot students the opportunity to post a short bio and their contact details so that they can practice their Tarot reading skills.
Listed readers can provide free Tarot readings to the public via email, in exchange for feedback from their clients. You’ll find the webpage here:
This is an excellent way to practice your skills with short and sharp email Tarot readings, with a high volume of requests coming through each day.
Visit the Reading Exchange at Aeclectic Tarot Forum
Visit the Reading Exchange at the Aeclectic Tarot Forum where you can offer to read Tarot for others. The best part about reading for people on the Reading Exchange is that they are typically Tarot students themselves and will be able to provide you with specific, quality feedback on your practice Tarot reading.
The only catch is that you need to either have 25 posts already in the forum (so get typing!) or become a paid subscriber of the Forum (around $30 a year).
Create Your Own Fictional ‘Client’
Read for imaginary people. I know of a Tarot student who reads for ‘George’, a middle-aged (and very attractive) man who has lots of relationship dramas, mid-life crises and other concerns that he needs help with!
Create your own ‘George’ (or ‘Georgia’) along with a short bio and life history. Read on all sorts of topics that may be important for your fictional client.
Alternatively, pretend a celebrity has asked for a reading and practice on them. Or select a character out of a book or a favourite TV show.
No matter how you do it, make sure you start practicing Tarot reading as soon as possible. You don’t have to be perfect or an expert before you start reading. You simply need to have the willingness to try and the willingness to improve. Put yourself out there and watch as your confidence and skills increase rapidly, right before your eyes.
Love These Tarot Reading Tips?
You’ll find even more in my newest Tarot eBook, “Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence”. Follow my 31 day program and you’ll be reading the Tarot like a professional in no time. Build a personal connection with the cards and take your readings to the next level. Find out more at http://www.biddytarot.com/tarot-guides/tarot-foundations/.
PSST... Do you want to create a personal and intuitive connection with each and every Tarot card and ultimately become a better Tarot reader? In January, 2015, I'll be opening the doors to my signature program, TF1: Master the Tarot Card Meanings, and you're invited!