Tarot is a fantastic tool, in fact, it’s my favorite divinatory tool. However, sometimes it can be vague. This is especially the case if you’re doing a general reading for a client and you have no idea in reference to what area of the client’s life a certain card is referring to. This is particularly true if the client isn’t communicative or if like me, you do tarot readings where you don’t interact with the client at all but instead just record the reading on your end.
For example, the Two of Swords can indicate that the client is being indecisive and have conflicting thoughts about something. But what area of life? Perhaps the Fool card was drawn and you have the sense that they’re about to start something new in their life, but may not be certain what exactly that might be. Perhaps they want to know about their next partner and you draw the Knight of Cups, which indicates he’s a romantic Casanova type but want to know if he’ll be good for the client or not. You may be completely stuck if your client isn’t throwing you a bone to help you figure out what is going on in their life.
I have found a method that helps you to home in with crystal clear precision. The answer is oracle cards – but not just any oracle cards as they can be just as vague or cluttered with imagery as well. The solution is single symbol or single word oracle cards. My personal favorite is to use Mildred Payne’s Secret Pocket Oraclein combination with the tarot. Not only is the aesthetic, feel, and artistry super witchy but it’s a deck using single symbols.
What you want to do is go through your single symbol oracle deck and either read what the card means to the creator or think about what your association is with each card. Shuffle and draw out your tarot cards in a spread as you normally do. Then shuffle your single symbol oracle deck with the intent of the cards bringing clarity to the tarot cards you drew. Draw and lay out the oracle cards in the same order you did for the tarot cards in your spread, placing them either on top of or next to the tarot cards. Boom, you’ve now narrowed in on what the card is talking about!
So for example, if I draw “Factory” for the Two of Swords, I know that the indecision is related to work. If I draw “Heart” for the Fool, I know that it’s talking about a new relationship of some sort. If I draw “Poison” for the Knight of Cups, I know that this person will be increasingly toxic for the client – particularly when it comes to emotions. If the Fool and the Knight of Cups are in the same reading, I know the Fool is also saying not to be a fool about this man. Definitely give this method a try and see if it works for you as well as it works for me.