5 Ways My Tarot Practice Has Evolved

 Decks used:  Strange Lands Oracle  (Circo Tarot, Marisa dela Peña) and  Iris Oracle Deck  (Spirit Speak, Mary Elizabeth Evans)

Decks used: Strange Lands Oracle (Circo Tarot, Marisa dela Peña) and Iris Oracle Deck (Spirit Speak, Mary Elizabeth Evans)

Sometimes, it surprises me how long I've been at the card-slinging. Just yesterday, I read for two first-time clients and someone I hadn't seen in over a year, and I got asked the usual questions. "How long have you been doing this?"… "What made you get into tarot?"

Explaining what I do to people I just meet makes me realize that while I feel I'm a relatively "young" reader, to those who aren't familiar with the world of tarot, two years of professional readings may seem like a really long time. And it sure feels that way when I consider how often I do pulls—weekly readings for other people, daily draws and regular full moon and new moon cycles means I do shuffle my cards a lot more than your ordinary tarot enthusiast or newbie.

This made me reflect on how my personal tarot practice has changed over the last two years and I've come up with a couple of points that may be useful to anyone who's new to the practice, or has been playing around with their first set of tarot cards.

1. Daily draws are great, but they're not a make or break anymore. Last month, I didn't feel like pulling cards every morning so I actually stopped doing it for two weeks. There was a lot going on—I was going through a big transition, I was jet lagged, things were piling up on my daily To Do list. I didn't want to make time for it.

So there's a gap in my color-coded daily draw chart, but really, I needed to drop this one little thing to keep my wits about me. And once I clicked back into my routine, I went back to the draws like nothing had happened. It's okay to skip a week, a month, even a year if you have to. If your heart isn't into the draw, then why do it in the first place, right?

2. It's okay to get literal. I guess it's possible to derive deep, earth-shattering meaning from every single spread you try during the full moon and the new moon. My experience, thus far, has taught me that it doesn't happen all the time. Sometimes, you get The Sun card in a spread and the heat is beating down on you and all you can think of is, "The Sun means it's freaking hot right now." And that's okay.

If I were to force myself to get existential with every card pull, I don't think I'd find reading as fun as I do right now. Lightening up the mood is a lot better than coming up with something forced and contrived.

 This is me, reading for friends and ex-coworkers at a party two years ago!  Photo by: Patty Deck used:  Food Fortunes  (Josh LaFayette)

This is me, reading for friends and ex-coworkers at a party two years ago!

Photo by: Patty
Deck used: Food Fortunes (Josh LaFayette)

3. I get more emotional. This year something funny happened—when I'm reading for some friends, I actually feel like the cards are speaking to me and I get so emotional I actually tear up (and I hardly ever cry!). We usually end up laughing because while they're pretty serious and staunch as I read for them, my voice starts to crack and I can't help but call myself out.

It's happened three or four times already and I don't see this little tick of mine going away anytime soon. I feel it's because I've been reading for some friends pretty consistently and have seen amazing transformations in so many of them. Their successes feel like my mini-victories too. I laugh and try to lighten up the mood, but seriously, it's one of the biggest perks of the job.

4. My intuition seems sharper. I always tell people I read for that the more you tune into your intuition, the better you get at reading the clues. Claircognizance (clear knowing) has been my usual "clair" (how one tunes into her intuition) but now, I'm starting to get tingles and shivers up my spine whenever my third eye chakra is high vibing. It's pretty cool and it usually happens when I'm reading for other people.

(Now if only I can actually use this on myself, eh?)

5. Less decks! YEP, you read it right. Since the start of the year, I've considerably bought less decks than I have over the last four years I've been collecting. Is this maturity? Is this me finally getting my tastes down to a tee, so much so that I've been able to pinpoint exactly what I need? Is it because I released my own deck? Does this mean I'm going to do a sale and get rid of all the stuff I don't use (I've been very tempted to do this, TBH)? We shall see.

That said, I have the Moonchild Tarot on pre-order… but it's the ONLY ONE! 


It's been fun to track how things have changed since I started reading professionally. I'm sure this evolution is going to move forward and continue and take me to places I still can't imagine right now. I can't wait to see what happens next!

xx