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.
Sherry 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.