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A Psychic Approach to Reading Tarot with Sherry

by Guest Writer on October 16, 2013 in Real Life Tarot


I met Sherry a few years ago, firstly as a client and then as a reader on the Free Readings page. About 6 months ago, I invited Sherry to become a Biddy Tarot Endorsed Reader because I was fascinated with her approach to reading the Tarot cards. You see, Sherry has a unique talent. She is able to combine her psychic abilities with her Tarot reading skills. She delivers highly accurate readings to her clients by connecting with what she calls, “Upstairs” (you’ll see what I mean later in this post). It makes for a wonderful experience. So, let me hand over to Sherry who’ll walk you through how she works with the Tarot cards.

We’ve all seen images of the old woman bent over a crystal ball in a little tent with a sign saying Fortune Teller outside. A crystal ball – what a joke right? Wrong. What people may not be aware of is that for people with psychic abilities, the item on the table in front of them serves a purpose. Let me explain…

For a psychic, there are a variety of ways to get in touch with those who I refer to as ‘upstairs’ to receive messages for a client. By ‘upstairs’ I mean guides who pass along information to the sitter during readings (Mediums receive information via different channels, which may or may not employ their guides).

Some psychics need no assistance at all. They simply hit the ON switch and start to receive information. Other psychics (who are by no means inferior, because some days I’m one of them!) require an object to focus on and this could truly be anything – the famed crystal ball, runes, a crystal or anything really, including Tarot cards.

The point is not the object itself, it’s that the Ego requires something to focus on, so while it’s distracted and not in the way, messages can come through clearly.

This Ego I refer to has nothing to do with self-esteem or feeling overly fond of yourself. I’m talking about Ego in the true psychological sense where it’s that voice in your head that chatters to you constantly, feeding you (sometimes) correct information about the world. Those of you who meditate will know exactly what I mean about the little voice.

If you don’t meditate and would like to meet your Ego, try closing your eyes for 60 seconds and thinking of nothing. That little voice that jumps in and starts talking after about 5 seconds is your Ego and in order to receive messages psychically, it needs to be quiet. The quickest way to do that is either put yourself in a meditative state or distract it—hence the crystal ball.

So what does this have to do with tarot cards?

When people are learning to read, they may also start to discover that they have some ability above and beyond just learning the meaning of the cards and being able to put them together in a story. Sometimes you start to hear other things that have nothing to do with the cards in front of you. When I read, I usually start to hear the story of what’s happening around my client after the first couple of cards (sometimes even before I shuffle).

Should you find yourself in this position, it can become confusing – do you read the cards as you see them on the table or do you go with the messages you are receiving?

Remember the point of the crystal ball? Well in this situation, your tarot cards are now acting as a focal point for you to receive other information, rather than acting as relayers of information in and of themselves. If this happens to you, you will find that with a little practice you can actually receive messages while focusing on any object because you now understand how to distract your Ego.

How to Use Focal Objects to Enhance Your Psychic Abilities

Many psychics have a focal object of choice. I prefer tarot cards because I am able to move them around, draw new cards etc, which triggers further information to come through (you could roll your crystal ball around the table too but that may worry your client!).

If you are a psychic Tarot reader, I would recommend not worrying overly much about spreads. Just shuffle and lay out some cards in a line. Stare at them for a moment, wait for the messages to come and give these to the client. When you have passed on all the information, re-distract the Ego with another line of cards and look at them while waiting for the next lot of messages and so on.

One of the most common questions from beginners when reading this way for clients is how do I know whether I’m receiving psychic messages or it’s just my Ego talking? Well, there is a general way to tell.

Does the message have any emotion attached? Psychic information comes forward in an emotional-neutral way. Also, if the message has judgement in it – it’s your Ego. For example, your client wants to know if she should go back to her cheating boyfriend. You hear ‘no don’t do it, he’s a loser’. That is YOU because ‘no don’t do it’ has an element of urgency or panic in it (emotion) and ‘he’s a loser’ has judgement.

It’s the role of the human Ego to steer its owner (you) away from all possible unpleasantness and comes with stern warnings about risk and danger, regardless of whether any is really present. It’s the role of guides to steer you towards learning the lessons you came here to learn, which may involve facing unpleasantness.

So from the above example, a psychic message might include something like “this person needs to learn the value of self and may return to the person who is best placed to teach her this”. You may translate this to the client as yes you will go back but let’s have a look at what you can learn from your boyfriend’s cheating as it relates to you, or you may just pass on the message of yes you will go back, where you believe your client will figure things out for themselves as part of their lesson.

But what about clients and focal objects? I have heard from many psychics that they use focal objects in their readings not for themselves, but for their client. Why? Because it can be a bit frightening or overwhelming for someone to sit and watch someone else pull information from seemingly nowhere. By giving both parties an object to look at, it can make things more comfortable.

However, as a reader, you may run into another issue.

I am sometimes asked by my clients if I can tell them the cards and spread I used to do their reading. There is little point in giving the client the cards if you didn’t use them for their usual purpose in the reading, because your messages won’t necessarily mesh at all with what the client sees. I recommend advising the client of your reading technique and perhaps you could put this in your About Me information section on your website and refer them back to that.

But what if you’re reading face to face? I would recommend not using traditional cards but instead using ordinary playing cards or oracle cards that do not follow the traditional format of Rider Waite cards. This way, they have little visual meaning to your client but still give both parties something to look at during the reading while you’re doing your thing!

I’ve seen experienced psychics deal with this issue by doing 4 lines of 8 or 9 normal playing cards, oracle cards or crystal cards, looking at them for a moment and then looking up at the client and just start passing the messages to them. They occasionally touch their hands to an area of the cards to give the impression that this is where they are receiving the information from but again, this is for the client’s comfort.

If you would like to work on your psychic abilities using tarot cards as a focal point, please remember that it’s best to practice on family and friends first, or even join Biddy Tarot’s Free Readers page where you can do readings in exchange for feedback. Although no reader is ever 100% accurate, you should be aiming for a solid 80% accuracy rate before you start charging for these types of readings. You can also join a spiritualist group where you can get some professional guidance and tutelage.

However you go about it, that moment when you are looking at a spread and all of a sudden something else comes in seemingly from nowhere is really special and a gift to truly be appreciated.

About Sherry

sherry_tarotSherry has over 30 years’ experience working with the Tarot cards. She also draws on her natural psychic talents to help tune into your specific situation and give you the information the Universe needs you to know.  She is an Endorsed Biddy Tarot Reader and is available for psychic Tarot readings here.

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

paulatague October 16, 2013 at 1:15 am

Oh, thanks for this! I’m relatively new to tarot and could feel the other students in tarot class looking at my cards and NOT seeing what I was reading. Since I often have part of my response before I even lay down a card, I was confused. But when I realized the cards I laid down represented the same message to me, I wondered if I was somehow influencing which cards showed up. The only thing I know for sure is that the cards are for the querent’s comfort rather than mine…………even when I’m reading for myself!


Olivia October 16, 2013 at 2:05 am

Wonderful! I’ve been working on developing these skills/abilities, and have been working with a local psychic-medium reader, who’s been a great guide and teacher. This post resonated deeply with my experience, and I loved reading it, thanks for sharing :-)


Fiona Benjamin October 16, 2013 at 2:18 am

Oh my gosh, Brigit, I am FLOORED. I was tossing and turning in bed and your newsletter came through to my e-mail. You described EXACTLY how I read my cards. I HATE using spreads– I use 5 cards in a ‘line’ and then three ‘fanned’ out below it. I also use a very non-traditional deck and the messages that come through sometimes conflict with the cards I see in front of me and do the whole ‘touch the cards’ thing. Wow… if Sherry ever write a book on this, I’ll be first in line. This article completely made my week. Thanks for writing it.


Brigit October 16, 2013 at 6:09 am

Yes! I thought Sherry’s post might resonate with quite a few readers! Of course, not all Tarot readers are psychic (I would say I’m more intuitive than psychic) but for those who are, it’s nice to know that there are others in a similar position and it’s OK if you read the cards differently to a traditional Tarot reader (but what is ‘traditional’ anyway?!).


michele October 16, 2013 at 2:39 am

i love this! I read Angel Oracle Cards and love this method. I am sensitive and feel things but would like to develop more. Does she do in person readings or just email. I am wondering myself which I prefer. Thanks for sharing this and all you do! You;re amazing! Lots of love!


Brigit October 16, 2013 at 6:10 am

Sherry is mostly available via email with some in-person readings at fairs, etc. (in Australia).


Carol October 16, 2013 at 3:26 am

Reading this article helped me a lot. I’ve always wanted to learn tarot cards but everytime I try I get majorly distracted and feel the need to move on to something else. I’ve been using Oracle cards since 2004 and I never get distracted with them. I love the explanation of the Ego and how to determine if the messages are coming from “upstairs” or the Ego. Thank you!!! This has really helped a lot.
Brightest Blessings!


Aasheesh October 16, 2013 at 3:38 am

Hi Sherry,
Thanks for this informative post.Tarot and psychic ability are truly interlinked and they wonderfully complement each other.Without being tuned to higher divination you cannot get a true and fair reading for your clients.I liked your point of letting go of ego to receive the divine energies.Ego is one stumbling block and blocks the divine energy flow.It is like building a dam to stop the water flow !
Your suggestions on various divination techniques would enable the readers to try them out in course of a Tarot reading.Of course one has to decide which technique works best for you.I find crystal gazing,and flame gazing good for concentration.I-Ching is good too.
Being a gifted psychic yourself you must be getting all the right visions during a reading.Would
love to hear some of them.


Yelena October 16, 2013 at 4:42 am

Thank you, it’s a great article. I have just received a free reading request from the site, and as soon as I read the question, I was already mentally saying ‘No! Don’t do it!’. It was just my ‘ego’ response. And I have to clear up my own experiences imprint before I get to that reading.


Robin October 16, 2013 at 5:38 am

Thank you so much for this post! I know everyone has their own “triggers” for their receiving style and I knew that Tarot cards were one of mine. I’ve always been a more intuitive card reader and as the years have passed I find myself using fewer and fewer card spreads. I’ve never felt comfortable with larger spreads; even Celtic Cross. I use 1-3 cards, if at all, for the keywords that get the flow started. I didn’t even know I could do what I do without them until my mentor had me try. I find that how and whether I use them now depends on my client or how I feel. I live in a region where cards are often frowned upon or shunned completely so for those clients I don’t use them. Alternatively, I find that sometimes it is easier for the client to take difficult messages better when they believe it comes from the cards; that they’re somehow less biased therefore more matter of fact. In my personal experience, I often get information coming before I even have the appointment with the client and I write it down in a journal to refer to so I don’t forget anything. I’m a strong empath and sometimes the energy of the client distracts me just as much as it can help. Too many cards can affect me similarly– like too much information coming at once.
Thank you for the example of a different style of reading and for your supportive role for other readers!


Mary K. Greer October 16, 2013 at 6:02 am

I’ve passed on the link to this article. I can’t tell you how much I agree with you! The emotional neutrality is huge and you give a great example of statements that show a person’s personal stuff, rather than psychic information. Most people just don’t know the difference! When teaching a section on psychic reading in my classes, I often have people “throw” five tarot cards down in a loose pile (somewhat overlapping), glance at the cards, look up and begin speaking. They can only glance back when they need a fresh ‘hit.’ I suggest they may get a feeling of dark covering light or a lot of blue or notice a hand reaching out. Go with just how these things connect with the question and the person across from them.


Sherry October 16, 2013 at 7:11 am

Thank you everyone for your positive feedback and I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the article!



Christian Marcus October 16, 2013 at 8:36 am

I often tell my clients that I have a “committee” that lives “upstairs.” These are twelve spirits who represent one each of the astrological signs. While focusing on the tarot images, the committee feeds me information about the energy surrounding us. I USED to call them “a treeful of monkeys” because that’s exactly what it was like hearing. Chatter chatter chatter chatter CHATTER! Once I began meditating and addressing them individually, we came to an understanding. So now I call them THE COMMITTEE OF TWELVE, and we work wonderfully together.

Thanks for this article. Outstanding!


Judith Bull October 16, 2013 at 1:10 pm

What a wonderful article, I have often wondered how psychic readers read the cards as I’m not psychic. I am fairly new to Tarot and have learnt using the Rider Waite cards. I read my cards intuitively, I will look at the cards and something within the cards jumps up to greet me this morning my daily card was the Ace of Wands and the most significant thing was the “thumbs up” sign of the hand.


Christine October 17, 2013 at 7:02 am

Thank you so much for that article I was always in conflict with the spread I was interpreting and what I was getting now I know why. Great article


Tracey October 17, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Brilliant! Just brilliant! That answered so many questions, and squashed some insecurities I’ve been grappling with about what keeps coming out in readings! Thanks for featuring this! So so helpful! Thanks!


Valiel October 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Dear Sherry,

I enjoyed your article a lot, as I’ve always consider myself a seeress/psychic rather than a tarot (card) reader :) You explain so well why and how ! I would like to know if you would accept that I translate your article into French for my readers (going to put it both on my blog and my professional website). I alway give the author’s name and a link to the original page. If you’d rather not it’s ok. Just let me know.



Sherry October 18, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Hi Valiel

Yes you’re most welcome to do that and I’m glad you found the article useful



Melinda Pankey October 17, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Thank you Bridget for the article. Sherry is so awesome. This is the way I have started doing readings. I have been working hard on developing the ability to be able to get an idea of what is going on with a client before I start pulling card and it is working. I find that the cards that I pull clarify the issue and does give the client a visual. Following and implementing your knowledge and Sherry’s as well as you both reading for me has helped me immensely. The encouragement I have received from you both helps me to fulfill the directive I’ve been given “Believe in yourself” and the rest will follow.


Mary Jo October 18, 2013 at 3:27 am

Dear Sherry,

I am a new tarot reader and have been confused as well about what my abilities really are. What I have been wanting to be able to nail down is that voice in my head – saying things – is that my intuition or is it psychic ability? I do have things “pop” into my head and when I relate them to the client I have been almost 100% correct – things that I couldn’t have possibly known or manufactured from the question they asked…but many times I draw conclusions based on people or objects I see in the cards…but I’m not even sure that that is correct – because maybe the thought was there first and I use the cards for confirmation? I do like the idea of using a regular deck of playing cards and see what happens. Thanks for writing about this – because I can really relate to it myself as a tarot reader.

Mary Jo


Sherry October 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Thank you for the wonderful feedback everyone and I’m glad the article is helpful. For those just starting off reading this way, it can literally take years and years for your ability to develop so please don’t feel frustrated if you haven’t nailed it in 6 weeks. Most spiritual pursuits take a decades to master, if at all, so it’s always good to take a lifetime view and enjoy yourself along the way.



Kate (Daily Tarot Girl) October 28, 2013 at 11:02 am

Great article! I especially loved the suggestion of using playing cards instead of the Rider waite Tarot. I haven’t tried that, but I think I am going to. I find that using a deck like the Mystic Meg Tarot works well for this, since the minor arcana don’t really have pictures on them, although the majors and courts still do. I feel like this frees me up to use my intuition more, whereas when I use a rider-waite style deck I feel like I kind of have to stick to the traditional meanings to some degree, especially if my client knows a bit about Tarot.


Angel November 1, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Hi Sherry,

Wonderful article. That voice you hear when closing your eyes (ego) is on of the most difficult things to ignore when starting out. Thanks for your advice on this and the rest of your words.



iSpirita November 8, 2013 at 1:40 am

Thanks for the great and extensive article, Sherry. The idea of using ordinary playing cards is really interesting.


Johnny December 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Wow! What an amazing article to read! Thank you Sherry for the vast amount of information on psychic readings. A lot of the things you shared are very helpful. I will definitely keep this in mind as a Tarot reader.


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