Very good article on this. Maybe the best I have seen on the ‘net. But, as an aside, I am a “modern” rather than a “traditionalist.” So, I approach the topic a bit differently from this. Mostly, though, I agree. Good analysis.
I wrote a post on how to be a good storyteller when you give a Tarot reading, but being too much of a storyteller, rather than a Tarot interpreter, is sometimes also the case.
Throughout history, psychics and mediums have been using several psychological tricks to appear earnest and clairvoyant to people, whereas really they are just simple knacks that could be used by anyone. It is especially true today where material is readily accessible on the Internet, so it is quite easy to build up your arsenal.
In physical readings, it is especially easy to get away with a cold read –
- sitters tend to be more emotionally involved in a face-to-face seminar and can be exploited easily over sensitive topics (death, grievance, material issues, break-ups etc)
- sitters offer a wide array of different subconscious hints to their attitude with body language, micromovements (especially facial muscles), eye coordination…
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I have recently had to explain to several people how it is possible to do online Tarot readings – or how to be a good Tarot reader, period. I found myself describing the art of storytelling more than the art of Tarot (which is anyway deeply personal.
“If you wish to be a good Tarot reader or approach people in any other word-heavy self-development tool, be sure to understand the basics of storytelling and how to weave your interpretation together into a coherent, well-spoken message”
It doesn’t matter if you use Tarot only for shadow work, solely for predictive divination or for creative writing – the ability to tell a story is everything to a good Tarot reading. I read professionally for one website who have very high standards for written Tarot readings – they have a set character range limit, very high style standards, grammar errors get you fired…
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If a House stands empty in a chart, with no Planets as occupants there to tell us what the affairs of that House will be like for the chart-holder…then how do we ever get a feel for what experiences in that House will be like…?
So in our last post, we looked at empty Houses – that is, Houses in a chart that have no Planets in them. Some simple math will show you that there’s actually no way to not have at least a couple of empty Houses in a chart: even if you prefer a more modern approach to Astrology, with a more liberal view toward what qualifies as a worthy “Planet” in chart interpretation, you’ll still end up examining the distribution of 10 or 11 Planets out into the 12 Houses. Obviously, at least one or two of those Houses will end up without any tenants –…
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