Free Tarot Guide: Learn How To Read The Tarot For Yourself

Tarot reader, Northwest Folklife Festival, Sea...
Tarot reader, Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle Center, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The process of learning to read the Tarot for one’s self differs greatly from the experience of reading for others. This is largely due to the difficult task in learning how to remain objective during one’s own Tarot readings. Remaining neutral and objective for self-readings can be tricky and frustrating. For many, there is a constant struggle in managing one’s own expectations, fears and projections during their own tarot readings.

There are a number of tools that can help you increase the efficacy of self-readings. One of the most important is establishing a personal space or environment that promotes relaxation and feelings of safety. This is a space in which you can take the time to center yourself, process your feelings, and allow yourself to explore new levels of consciousness.

It’s important to allow yourself the freedom and permission to explore what you are feeling at the time you begin a self-reading. This will help you manage your own expectations and projections. Say, for example, your are in fear about a particular situation. By acknowledging this fear, you can identify where your own fears may be influencing your reading. Ultimately, your tarot readings will be much more objective when you have appropriately processed your feelings.

Another useful tool for self-readings is that of keeping an open mind. When you have an open mind you are more likely to be receptive to the information revealed during your own Tarot readings. It also helps with detachment. The more overly attached we are to an outcome the more difficult it is to see the other variables that are influencing a situation. Detachment enables a tarot reader to grasp important subtleties that may have been otherwise missed. Most importantly, detachment prevents a biased perspective and can help a tarot reader accurately interpret the cards.

Another effective tool for self-readings includes the practice of mediation or prayer. This is a great method for helping one tap into their intuition, sense of awareness and state of consciousness. It also helps to slow the mind and can psychologically prepare one for their tarot readings. Mediation and prayer encourages connection to the spiritual realm. It also can help shift one’s level of consciousness and encourages the flow of valuable information.

About the Author

Carolyn Naiman is a professional Tarot reader and the Webmaster of She has a Masters in Psychology and has been a Tarot advisor since 1998.