Category Archives: Tarot Consultations

Just how much should you reveal to a tarot reader?

Fortune teller Albert Anker 1880

“But…isn’t that the ending from last week’s episode of Downton Abbey?”

People often approach tarot readers with a bit of suspicion, and so they try to give as little info as they can during a reading. Because the tarot reader should be able to see it in the cards without relying on additional information, shouldn’t they?

This is the result of the sad reality that there are many dishonest, or untrained readers, and clients are often faced with the daunting task of determining whether they are receiving an honest, competent reading. Many clients believe that if they tell the reader as little as possible, they can determine whether the reader is providing an honest and accurate reading based on the cards, or whether they are given a rehashed version of what the client just told them plus whatever Carrie was up to on Sex and the City the night before (and perhaps sprinkled with a bit of Dr. Phil and Oprah).

The truth is, how much information, insight, detail, accuracy you receive is often based on how much accurate, detailed, honest information you provide to the reader. That is not to say that with only your question, a tarot reader will have very little to provide to you. However, it does mean that with additional information, your reading will be that much more precise, on point, and clear. I often provide a great deal of information to my clients based solely on one question and perhaps a sentence or two. For an e-mail reading, that’s usually all I get to work with, but I may need to pull additional cards to clarify what I see, which means that the reading will take longer for me to prepare, and the resulting information may not be as detailed and precise as I would prefer (but I am an absolute perfectionist, so I enjoy giving my clients every juicy bit of what I see).

So really, this is a double-edged sword (am I using this right? ugh.) because to have the best reading, you should ideally give more information to your reader than just a name and a 3-word question, but if the reader is dishonest, they may be handing you information solely based on what you’ve just told them.

My advice is this:

1. Listen to your gut.

First, if you don’t feel you can trust your tarot reader, if somehow something about the reader doesn’t sit well with your gut instincts, then listen to your gut and seek another reader. Ask friends or family for a referral, or contact prospective readers with some of your concerns, get a feel for how they communicate, how they read, and their style of reading before you request a reading. No two readers and alike, and you will find that each reader has their own style.

2. Allow your tarot reader to work with you.

Once you’ve found a reader that you feel comfortable working with, go into the reading with an open mind, and give the tarot reader some general information, provide some context to your question, and let the tarot reader go from there. Based on the cards, they may guide you through with what they see, and allow them to work with you on your reading. By doing that, you’ll get back much, much more.

3. Know that you are the ultimately in control of your reading.

And always, if you don’t feel comfortable telling your reader about something, don’t feel as though you must! And on a related note, do not ever allow a reader to pressure you with scare tactics! (I will discuss scare tactics in more detail in a future post.) This is your reading and your communication with your reader will allow your reading to be informative without breaking your comfort zone.

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Does the Death card mean that someone will die?

Whether or not you’ve had a tarot reading, chances are that you have heard a thing or two about the tarot.  In my next few posts, I’m going to discuss a few myths about tarot readings that I’ve heard over the years from friends and clients. I’m only covering one of them today, so if there’s anything that you’ve heard about tarot readings that you’d like me to discuss in a future post, just leave me a comment or a message. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Myth #1: Getting the Death card in your tarot spread means that somebody is going to die.

This is the Death tarot card from my Robin Wood tarot deck. One of my all-time favorite decks.

This is the Death tarot card from my Robin Wood tarot deck.

This is absolutely not true and it’s one that I hear about often. Most people tell me that their first impressions about the tarot were gathered from movies or television shows. The character usually walks into a seedy looking shop in the sketchy part of town and finds the tarot reader seated in a dimly lit room. As the tarot reader casts the spread, we see the ominous Death card, and the character finds out that he is about to die. It’s dramatic, and that’s why it happens so much in films.

However, in real life, the Death card, like all 77 other cards of the tarot, is an image containing various symbolism that collectively represent an infinite number of meanings depending on each particular situation. This card, like the rest of the tarot deck, has almost an infinite number of possibilities. I recently pulled the Death card for a client who wanted to know how her career would change over the next 12 months. When I asked the tarot to tell me what she most feared about her situation, the tarot showed us the Death card. I asked her whether she most feared that her business would go under and that she would need to start all over again, possibly in a different field of work, and she said yes. So there’s one example of the ominous Death card in action.

And if you still can’t shake the thought of meeting the Death card anytime soon, ask your tarot reader if they could use a gentler deck. Most serious tarot readers own more than one deck and will gladly read with whatever makes the client feel more at ease.

For my readings, I offer at least 4 different decks at any given time: the Rider Waite (the classic tarot deck), the Dreaming Way tarot deck (lively, optimistic, and gentle images), the Golden tarot deck (classic renaissance art with beautiful gold foil), and the Robin Wood deck (beautiful, vibrant art, reminiscent of the 80’s, and full of energy).


Where are you in your journey?


When you think of a tarot reading, what image first comes to mind? I’d like for you to consider seeing the tarot as a lamp.

A lamp by definition is a device that produces light and sometimes heat. A lamp can provide illumination on what’s behind us, beside, us, and ahead of us. It can show us what we’ve passed but may have overlooked; it can show us the paths and obstacles ahead. The tarot provides illumination on where we are, how we got here, and what we may face. It takes us from confusion, to a path lit with clarity. The tarot can show us how to safely navigate the obstacles in our journeys.

Where exactly are you now? Where’s your life compass taking you?

The tarot can shed some light on where you currently stand on the map of your life journey. I can help you objectively and clearly assess yourself to see whether you are on the right path to meeting your goals. In other words, it can shine a light over where you are now, give you a “reality check,” and guide you back to the path towards where you want to be.

The tarot can’t make your problems disappear immediately, but it can help you explore and identify your options so that you have a clearer viewpoint of the paths along your journey.

Where are you in your journey?

Pick up a tarot deck and see for yourself.  Or better yet, give yourself the gift of a professional tarot reading with Kate Madison.


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