So, you're sitting across from a Tarot reader, and she pulls out not just one but three decks. "Go ahead and choose your deck," she tells you, a glimmer in her eye. You look at the three silky bags of cards and wonder just what is happening. Do you just point at one? Squeeze them like a ripe cantaloupe? Shrug your shoulders and let your reader do it for you?
The truth is your reader has just opened a door for you. Not all readers are comfortable working with multiple decks or even feel it's necessary - the message will be the same no matter the deck, right? - so this may not be a normal occurrence. But if it does happen to you, this may just be your lucky day!
When you are asked to choose your deck, you are being invited into a more interactive Tarot reading. When I do this, it is because I want my clients to feel engaged with the reading. Interject! Ask questions! Offer your own insights! Sometimes the best readings are collaborative experiences where I, the reader, am providing analysis of the cards and you, the client, are steering the conversation. Together we get Spirit's message and then some.
But what do you actually do when this happens? Here are three quick tips for handling this potentially surprising request:
1) Ask if you can look at the cards. The reader wants to know which deck is reflective of your energy, so don't be afraid to ask whether you can shuffle through them. If they've gone so far as to let you choose your deck, odds are they'll be ok if you handle the decks. When you look at them, notice how the images affect you. Are you loving the colors in one deck? The animals or people in another? Notice what attracts you, and you'll have made your choice.
2) Pick the bag you like most. OK, it's possible that your reader is not so cool with you touching all of their cards. Some readers go through extensive cleansing rituals after someone else touches the cards, so if they squirm, you'll need a backup plan. The most obvious substitute for seeing the cards' images is to look at what's housing the cards. I personally think a good deal about what Tarot bag holds each of my decks - I see the bags as their outer personalities. So, while it may sound painfully basic, it's actually not an ill-informed choice. Go for it.
3) Visualize your choice. Say the reader puts two decks in front of you. What I might do is close my eyes and picture the two decks in my mind. I would then imagine a helper, say Matthew McConaughey, who picks a deck for me. "Alright, alright, alright," Matthew says, "it's clearly the deck on the left...". I would then open my eyes and make my choice! What a nice way to start a reading! Tehehe.
Friends, there are good Tarot readings and there are GREAT Tarot readings. While this may not be that thing that pushes the reading from good to great, it could get the reading started on the right foot, allowing the energy to build between you and the reader at a faster and fuller rate.
So, don't disregard this simple request! It's an opportunity to invest in the reading, and as I always say, the more you put into the reading, the better it will be. So, accept their offer, and pick that deck! The outcome may dazzle you!