How To Do A Tarot Reading For Someone Else

Tarot readings can be an incredible way to get some insight into your own life. Perhaps you’ve gone to a professional tarot card reader in the past, found the experience important, and ever since have wanted to pass this on to your friends.

If this is the case, then you may be wondering how you can give tarot card readings to others. But here’s the thing—how are you to know where to start with this?

How To Do A Tarot Reading For Someone Else

If you’re wondering about how to do a tarot reading for someone else, then you don’t need to worry! You’ve come to the right article.

In the sections below, we’re going to give you a step-by-step guide on how you can do a tarot card reading for somebody else. W

Do You Need To Be Psychic To Do A Tarot Reading?

Although tarot cards are often associated with spiritual beliefs such as psychics—you don’t have to be what some would call a psychic to do a reading. Tarot card reading is all about understanding the deck of cards. 

This means that when you draw them, you’ll be able to interpret them for the person who you are doing the reading for.

Tarot cards are all about meaning and interpretation, so as long as you study them, and keep this idea in mind, you will be able to do a reading. 

For example, let’s say the first card you draw is The Fool. This is a classic and well-known tarot card. The fool is usually associated with change, in terms of the person in question being open to change and letting go of preconceived notions.

Providing you understand what this could mean for a person’s life, all you’ll need to be able to do is explain this to them and explore it with them as you draw additional cards.

How To Do A Tarot Reading – A Comprehensive Guide

In this section, we’re going to give you a step-by-step guide on how to do a tarot card reading. Before you begin, make sure you have a conventional deck and that you familiarize yourself with each card.

You can do this either by reading about them online or with a physical tarot card book.

 Some decks come with a guide that will explain the meaning of each card. Also, make sure to open your mind.

Tarot reading is all about connecting different cards together to create meaning; by doing this, you will be able to find illuminating advice through the cards that are drawn. 

Step 1 – Prompt Your Friend To Ask A Central Question

This is an important part of the process. It’s vital that the person you’re doing the reading for asks a question at the beginning of your session.

This could be anything, from a philosophical question to something in life they’re struggling with. Make sure you understand this question as well as them, as it will lead the session of tarot you’re about to conduct.

Step 2 – Shuffle The Deck

This part is simple, make sure to properly shuffle the deck. If you don’t know how to do this, there are many tutorials online you can access. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a master at shuffling, only that you shuffle the deck thoroughly before drawing.

Step 3. Draw Cards Facedown

We would suggest drawing from 5-7 cards in your first reading. Place them facedown before the person who you are doing the reading for. Take your time to do this, as the two of you reflect on the central question that was previously asked

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Step 4. Turn Cards Over One At A Time

Next up, you’re going to want to reveal each card one by one. Make sure to take your time to do this, and as soon as one is revealed, you will need to add some context.

Remember earlier when we suggested you familiarize yourself with each card? 

This is the moment where you use this knowledge. With the important question in mind, convey what each card means to the person before you.

We wouldn’t recommend using these cards to make direct predictions—that’s not what tarot is about—instead, consider how the cards could relate to the situation; be it past, present, or future.

Step 5. Give An Overview Of The Entire Reading

To finish, give the person in question an overview of each card. Explain how they interact with one another. From here, the person who you’re doing the reading for might has some things they want to say.

It’s important to discuss with them the cards, and what these might mean for their life. 

Final Thoughts

So that was our short guide on how to do a tarot reading for somebody else. As you can probably tell, the most important thing to do is to keep an open mind and have good knowledge of the deck.

Memorizing each of the tarot cards and what they mean can be difficult, and that’s why there are people who make a living by reading cards.

We’d generally suggest you take some time to properly understand a tarot deck before conducting readings for others.

We hope that this guide has helped you to conduct your first tarot reading for somebody else. If you still have some questions, check below for our short Frequently Asked Questions section.

We wish you the best of luck in future readings and hope that your deck of tarot cards is illuminating. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can You Read Your Own Tarot Cards?

You can absolutely read your own tarot cards. Just make sure to keep an open mind, and continue to use your central question.

Remember, you’re not making predictions with a tarot deck—you’re interpreting meaning that could be applicable to your situation!

How Many Cards Should I Draw?

For a beginner, it’s best to draw anywhere from 3 to 7 cards (see more about 3 card pulls here). We’d generally suggest only doing longer readings if you are a more experienced person, as multiple cards chained together can be confusing! 

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