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My Fatal Error (And How You Can Avoid Making the Same Mistake)

By November 9, 2011 May 4th, 2018

blog-20111109-my-fatal-error-and-how-you-can-avoid-making-the-same-mistakeLast week, I shared a Tarot reading from Jennifer. She had done a Celtic Cross reading, asking the Tarot about a relationship that recently ended. Sadly, her partner just wanted to be friends, leaving her heartbroken and upset.

As I started to interpret her Tarot reading, I made the assumption that she wanted to know if she would get back with her ex.

But I made a fatal error!

I assumed I understood the question.

As it transpired, what Jennifer actually wanted to know was, “What will happen with the relationship?” and not “Will I get back with my ex?”

And so my interpretation of her Tarot reading was slightly off-target compared to what she really wanted to know.

I learned a valuable lesson last week. Always make sure you understand and answer your client’s question. And never assume.

Clarify the Question

For most Tarot readings, your client will come to you with a specific problem or an issue that is top of mind.

Some clients will know exactly what question they want answered. Some want general insight into the situation. And some ‘just want to see what comes up’.

Before you start the Tarot reading, you need to know what your client is asking. What is their burning question? What is the one thing they want to know when they walk away from this reading?

If your client doesn’t have a specific question, then delve deeper and ask them about the situation and what they really want to know.

If your client does have a specific question, make sure you know what it is. Repeat it back to the client and confirm your understanding.

If it is a question that you do not feel comfortable answering or that you do not fully understand, then consider rephrasing the question to something you can answer.

Answer the Question

There are two ways to ensure the client’s question is answered.

1. Design the Tarot spread to answer the question. Use different positions to look at the client’s situation and/or question from various angles. This is a helpful alternative to rephrasing the original question.

2. End your Tarot reading with a specific answer to the client’s original question. If the question is, “What will happen with the relationship?” then tell your client what will happen with the relationship.

Never Assume

Even though, as Tarot readers, we are highly intuitive, you should never assume you know what your client is asking.

That’s where I made my mistake with Jennifer’s reading. I assumed that because she was asking about a recently ended relationship, she would want to know if they were to reconcile. But I was wrong.

In hindsight, as soon as I realised I was making an assumption about her question, I should have clarified my understanding with Jennifer. That way, I could have avoided interpreting her cards from a different angle to what she was looking for.

Lesson Learned

The reason I share this with you is not to make myself look bad! I want to share it with you because it was a ‘schoolboy error’ that I made, even with 15 years' experience, and I don’t want you to make the same mistake.

So, now you know. Clarify the question. Answer the question. And never assume.

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