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This mini lesson is about: Forget all of the fake mystery of the tarot and how hard it is to learn. Start reading the right way and do what works for the pros.

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Note: this is a lesson on reading the tarot, not card counting at a casino. Professional    tarot readers read cards for their clients by feel, by eye, and by system, almost    always in that order. How do I know this? Because I am a professional tarot reader.    I have read tarot for well over 15,000 clients (I finally stopped counting because    at some point it just gets annoying). I have worked, day-to-day in the company of    hundreds of professional tarot readers for several years. I have done psychic faires,    phone consults, email and chat readings, in-person sessions, and I wrote the very    first (and possibly only) telephone psychic handbook over two decades ago called    Live and Nationwide. So I believe I know the game. Now let’s get you up to speed.

Professional tarot card readers may read for three people a day or they may read    for twenty, or more in rare situations.  Mental stress is not your friend in this    business, and if you have any empathic abilities at all (not required to divine the    future) you will be soaked in other people’s emotional vomit after a long day of    counseling querents. The more you rely on tricks (and it is a sad fact that many    psychics still do this) to shortcut your readings, or gimmicks, or the more you have    to calculate the formulaic possibilities of Kabbalah, numerology, color theory, and    other un-related disciplines that find their way into tarot interpretations the more    mental stress you build up in the back of your head. It is no different than having    to look up the meanings of each card in a book, or relying on keywords to try to     “paint-by-numbers” a reading together.

In my book for beginners, The Easiest Way to Learn the Tarot—EVER!!  I constantly    harp on you to “see with your own eyes first,” because this is what you will do when    you are face to face with a client or querent who expects you to have all the answers;    but more over to have the ability to somehow “fix the future.” The whole point of    reading cards is to be able to feel the answers. This does not happen the moment    you pick up a deck. It can on occasion, but only with the right training and a serious    desire to practice (and none of this has to be hard) can you expect to get reliable    information from your cards. If it were as simple as Kabbalistic interpretations,    numerology, and color theory or keywords then ANY computer could read the future    for us and do so accurately and cheaply. Computers can out analyze possibilities,    religious law and scientific fact faster and more correctly than any human. But a    computer can NOT read your future and give you specific reliable answers. This is    why we have “study and practice.”

So we have to develop your basic skills through a series of exercises that you will    actually do. You need to have the time, desire, persistence, and stamina to do this    training, so your physical labors (tarot studies and exercises) must be fun and easy    to follow. Also, they must train your psychic muscles just as if you were attending    a metaphysical gym under the guidance of a personal trainer. Whatever books you read,    or whomever you have as your personal tarot trainer, you need to work on developing    your eye (to spot patterns and correlate different images into an image you are painting    for your querent/client) and you need to become completely objective and non-judgmental.    Coloring the information you receive with your own emotional prejudices, wishful    thinking, doubts, or beliefs is as harmful as poisoning the well your querent drinks    from. Worse, these habits ingrain themselves in your psyche and impede your progress    ad a skilled reader. Furthermore, when you attempt to manifest your destiny using    the tarot as a helpful tool you will find that you end up shooting yourself in the    foot.

None of this has to happen. Read cards like a professional from the very moment you    pick up your first deck. Let all previous knowledge slip into the background as you    sit back and look over the spread you have cast. Allow the totality of it to sink    in as you begin to see cards pop out at you and patterns emerge. Keep your conscious    awareness (mental yappy voice) still and observe without words (spoken or thought).    You don’t need words to think. I will cover this, probably in the next lesson. You    do need awareness and an open mind that can receive information as well as transmit    it. Do this and you will be more accurate than MOST of the people who own a tarot    deck in the world. Study all of these free tarot lessons and you will become more    accurate than most of the tarot readers you will ever meet. Questions? Comments?    Hit the ATS forums and post them. Thanks for reading, now go do one thing to increase    your ability to read cards. Do this now.

For more detailed lessons on how to learn the tarot please listen to the free audio    podcast lesson series Easy Tarot Lessons or pick up a copy of The Easiest Way to    Learn the Tarot—EVER!! Also feel free to join our tarot discussion at AdvancedTarotSecrets.com    where we share in-depth lessons and play fun tarot games. If you have ANY questions    regarding the tarot you can