Tarot Mistakes To Avoid Making

Tarot Mistakes

Tarot can be a very complex art but once you’ve mastered it, it’ll be like second nature to you. Unfortunately, nobody wakes up one day and just knows exactly how to read tarot (wouldn’t that be awesome!). And everybody - even the pros - make mistakes from time to time. With so many techniques and methods to the practice, mistakes are very easy to make during readings. It’s going to happen at some point or another. 

When I first embarked on my tarot journey, I made countless mistakes. It was confusing and frustrating and, at some points, I felt like giving up. But, without making those mistakes, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today.  

Mistakes are so easy, whether you’re new to tarot or have been in the game for awhile. Remember that nobody is perfect and that everyone slips up every now and again. Although some mistakes are inevitable, here are six of the most common mistakes that can be easily avoided.


1. Not Cleansing Your Deck

Fun fact off day - tarot decks are a breeding ground for negative energy. Any bad energy emitted from your readings - or from yourself - will cling to that deck for dear life. And, if it’s not banished, it won’t be long before those clinging energies start to affect your readings.

And a big mistake that a lot of beginners make is skipping out this step. Cleansing your tarot deck must be made a priority, particularly after a ‘negative’ reading. It doesn’t have to be a difficult task and it doesn’t have to be time consuming.

There are so many ways to cleanse your deck. You can place it on your windowsill during a full moon. You can organise your tarot cards - Major Arcana to Minor Arcana and then reshuffle them. You can smudge them with Sage or any other smudge stick. There are so many other choices too! Pick the one that’s right for you and make it a regular practice. 


2. Asking The Wrong Questions

Some people think that there are no right and wrong questions in tarot, but there absolutely is! A good question will lead to insightful answers but a bad question will do the complete opposite and could completely throw you off course.

One example of this is to ask a very vague and unspecific question. Vague and tarot don’t mix well. When you’re not being clear with your question, wires will get crossed and you will get confused. If you want an insightful and detailed answer you’re going to have to get specific!

Phrasing is also important when it comes to asking your question! Avoid questions that start with ‘will’ or ‘when’ - these are big no-nos when it comes to asking questions in tarot. Instead, rephrase your question and turn them into ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘why’ or ‘how’ questions. ‘Will’ and ‘when’ are close ended questions meaning you can really only get one answer out of them. The latter are open ended questions, meaning that they have so much more to give. Those are the questions you want to be asking for insight and guidance!

Check out my post Asking Questions In Tarot for more info.


3. Using Complicated Spreads

With so many spreads to use, from one card spreads to as many cards as you want, it can get a little confusing as to which spread is right for you.  And this is where the mistake comes in, people using bigger spreads than they need or are used to, especially beginners.

My advice - if you’re unsure of what spread is appropriate for your question, please don’t break out a Celtic Cross, just go back to basics. Three card spreads are often underestimated, but they are very powerful and incredibly easy to use! They will provide you with in-depth guidance, while still being easy to understand and easy to interpret. Trust me, when in doubt, three card spread all the way!


4. Emotional Reading

Tarot is something that a lot of people turn to when they’re in need of comfort. Whether your struggling after experiencing loss, fallen out with family or friends or have just gone through the worst breakup ever, you may feel inclined to break out your tarot deck and look for guidance or a solution to your problem. This is a bad idea.

This is not the time for tarot reading. Tarot reading when your emotions are all over the place is a big no no. When you’re emotional you’re not going to be thinking clearly and are going to end up making all the mistakes leaving you with an inaccurate reading. And the last thing you need at this time is to follow the wrong guidance.



5. Relying On Textbook Meanings

Although the textbook meanings are there to guide you in the right direction or to help you clarify, the interpretation of the tarot cards is down to you. If you’re constantly relying on your books to tell you what the cards say, you’re not going to learn much and you’re certainly not going to reach your full potential as a tarot reader.

There are so many interpretations out there of each card, because the cards speak to each individual differently. This can often lead to confusion if you’re constantly researching the cards each time you perform a reading, because the card meanings are going to be different each time you perform a reading.  

Next time you do your reading, tap into your intuition instead. Look at the imagery. Look at the patterns. What do you think the card is telling you? Follow your gut ever time. And if you’re struggling, then take a little look at your book. But please, only use it for guidance! 


6. Multiple Same Topic Readings

I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that this is a very popular mistake amongst many tarot enthusiasts, especially beginners. I know there was a time where I was very guilty of this.  

Doing a tarot reading on the same topic over and over again is not going to change your situation. Also, rewording the question when you’re pretty much asking the same thing you asked yesterday is not going to change your situation. Whatever the reason that you feel the need to repeat your reading, just stop. 

The mixed messages that you will receive by doing this will do you no good, I promise you. Sometimes we don’t get the answer we were looking for during a tarot reading, but we do get the answer that we need to hear.

To put it very bluntly, if you can’t accept the guidance you may receive, don’t ask the question in the first place. 


7. Ignoring Guidance

This is another mistake that we’ve all been guilty of at one time or another. Asking the tarot a question because you need guidance and then ignoring the guidance because it’s not what we wanted to hear.

The cards aren’t there to tell you what you want to hear, they’re there to tell you what needs to be done. 

Sometimes we must do things, not because we want to, but because we have to. Ignoring the cards advice goes hand in hand with point 6 - if you’re not ready to hear or act on it, don’t turn to tarot. 

I hope this post helped you to understand where you may be going wrong in your readings! What mistakes are you guilty of making from time to time? How did you break yourself out of these bad tarot habits? Please let me know in the comments below!

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