Three important lessons about tarot reading

Three important lessons to learn about tarot reading

In 2004, I wrote my first tarot book. It got great reviews, but you have probably never noticed it because it was a Dutch book, and you may not be fluent in it 😉. Thousands of people still learn about tarot with my book.

The way I teach tarot is not the only way. I love other people’s techniques because I learn a lot about them. But I have three pet peeves that I want to discuss with beginning and advanced tarot readers.

But first, let me tell a story about my book. I knew it had been “helpful” for people. I never understood how helpful it was until about five years ago (years after the publisher discontinued the book), a lady heard my name. Her eyes turned big as if she’s been stung by a bee. “Jolanda Bolt?” she parroted my name after me. “Allow me to ask you a weird question, but are you THE Jolanda Bolt, who wrote the Tarot Werkboek?” When I acknowledged her, she said: “Oh my god, you changed my life!”

It was my turn to be surprised. “Changed your life?” I said, suddenly afraid I had ruined it. “Yes,” she said, “you taught me to read the cards, and my life hasn’t been the same since then!”

“Oh my god, I have a fan!” I said, and we both laughed out loud. We talked for a while, and she insisted that I’d give her an autograph on a piece of paper that she could stick in her book. It was a funny situation, but it also felt terrific, knowing I had made a difference in someone’s life.

The new book to learn about tarot

In 2021, I took the book and translated it into English. I thought it would be an easy task, but I almost regretted my decision weeks later. I knew I had no one to answer to, but even though it was not easy at times, I wanted to finish it because I wanted to impact more lives.

Last month, I finished the manuscript, and the book will be released on 11 August 2022! Now you can learn about tarot with me! I have big plans for future publications and transformational opportunities.

Three important lessons to learn about tarot reading

Translating and rewriting the book helped me reconnect with the beginning reader I once was. I see how I used the writing to learn. I still use writing to learn. Having to translate the text I wrote twenty years ago made me aware of how overwhelming it can be to look at the seventy-eight cards and have no clue about their meaning. Over the years, I have learned valuable lessons about what not to do when reading tarot cards.

Don’t memorize the meaning

When you learn about tarot and how to do a reading, many beginning tarot readers think they need to memorize the meaning of a card. Memorizing the meaning could help when you want to become more fluent and confident, but it will grow on you when you keep going. Who cares if you use a book? Check with yourself if you have high expectations about how you want to do a reading.

Above that, I firmly believe that creating a great reading is also about connecting specific keywords you once wrote down in your tarot journal or that you just found in a book. Creating the story from one keyword to the next brings value to your reading. We human beings thrive on stories.

Your expectation to memorize all card meanings may come from seeing someone reading the cards with ease. It helps to know the cards’ meanings, but it helps more to know how to tell the story they project. This skill is something you learn by doing hundreds of readings.

Thirdly, knowing the meaning of the cards comes in time, when you do many readings. You do that by pulling a card for yourself every day. Don’t let your expectation ruin your joy in doing a reading when you learn about tarot.

Stop using big tarot spreads

This aspect is a bit of a pet peeve for me. You don’t need any big tarot spreads to do a reading. An important example of a big spread is the well-known Celtic Cross tarot spread. When I first started to learn about tarot reading, I used this spread in all my readings, even when I had a simple question. I didn’t know any other way to do a reading.

Now I know that a simple question earns a simple tarot spread. If there is one thing I want to teach you when you learn about tarot, it is that you don’t need any spreads at all. One question, one card. Learn to tell the story that is in that one card. It is enough—more than enough.

There are a gazillion tarot spreads, but I mostly use spreads with a maximum of five cards. Because I often do my personal readings in the evening, I need to stop the reading because it is bedtime. The next day, the reading doesn’t feel right anymore, and I don’t finish it. An extensive reading only works when you can finish it in one sitting.

One card reading it is for me.

Not taking action

But the most crucial aspect that beginning AND advanced readers need to do is to take action on their reading. Most of us (me included) do a reading and leave it with that.

Manifestation only works when we manage to change the vibration of this third dimension. Manifestation takes massive action. Because this takes time, we become impatient and thus leave it hanging in the fourth dimension. The fourth dimension is the dimension of thought and emotions. Manifestation only works when we manage to bring it to the physical level. Sometimes I wonder if we’d rather keep thinking about our desires instead of manifesting them.

To manifest your desires, you need to take action aligned with your soul’s purpose. I believe this is why so many people struggle with manifestation because we live in a world that runs on thought. It would help if you translated those thoughts and ideas into action: no aligned action, no manifestation.

Tarot Guide for Beginners

My book, Tarot Guide for Beginners, will be released on 11 August 2022. Your journey to learn about tarot takes off! Why don’t you subscribe to my newsletter to stay in the loop about this and future releases?

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