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Top Ten Reasons To Not Get A Tarot Reading

These are in no particular order. I thought it might be fun to do a top ten list. So here are my top ten reasons why you should not get a reading.


1. My doctor said I have "X". I just wanted to get a second opinion.

Your Tarot consultant is not your medical professional unless they have a medical degree. Any Tarot professional who makes medical diagnoses without referring you to a doctor is, in my not so humble opinion, unethical.

Using divination alone to diagnose and treat illness is wrong. I actually will not do health readings. I will read the cards if a health issue comes up, but the question asked cannot be about health.

2. Does she/he love me?

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the answer is in the question most of the time when you ask a yes or no question. This one tells me that you already aren't sure so something is wrong somewhere.

Better to ask "What do I need to know about my current relationship?" That way you are going to get a more productive answer.

3. Is she/he having an affair?

First, see question two. Second, this question asks me to spy. I'm a Tarot consultant not a private investigator, y'all.

4. Will I find a job?

Now, I am happy to do consultations on "what is the best job" or "where should I look for employment" but the yes/no of this question makes it one not to ask. Again, the question tells me that my seeker feels very insecure. That's okay! We all feel insecure. But in this case, rephrasing the question helps.

5. Will they ask me to marry them?

This is a combination of two and three because it shows the questioner isn't sure of their partner. Plus? It's asking me to spy on someone again.

6. Will I die?

Yes. You will die. I will die. We will all die. It's a fact of life. I won't answer this one. And, yes, I've had people ask this.

7. Will my football team win?

This one is a throw-away question. I mean I could certainly answer it and charge you for it. However, we are talking about an event where so many others are involved. I believe we all have free choice. What the cards say today could be changed by one team member's choice tomorrow.

8. Which lover should I choose?

Here's one I've done a lot of readings on. Yet I list it on my list of questions not to ask. What the hell, Arwen?

It goes back to my feeling of free will. I get a bit anxious telling someone to dump person A for person B. What if B shapes up down the road? LOL the trials and tribulations of a Pisces Tarot consultant.

9. What advice does my dearly departed have for me?

This one feels invasive to me. Now don't read me wrong here. I can and do read for the dead. All. The. Time. They show up unasked, uncalled, and sometimes unwanted when I read. I've had grandfathers waving butcher knives and people not even related to my querent show up. Inevitably there's a message, but can you imagine how "entertaining" it is to ask someone, "So, do you know a short dude in an apron who might be mad at you? He's waving a really big knife."

Yeah. That.

10. What are the winning lottery numbers?

Darlings, if I knew that, I'd be doing readings from a beach on Fiji. When I felt like it.

Today's affirmation:

I am in control of my own life. I make the best possible choices for my future self. I accept that I am here and now in this moment. I trust in the Universe to lead me forward. I breathe in joy. I exhale doubt. I am the captain of my own fate. Loved and loving, I love each of you.

Seek joy, y'all. Pass it on!

Ten of Swords, Deviant Moon Tarot, U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

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Professional Tarot conversationalist, Arwen Lynch has worked with Tarot as a vehicle for personal transformation since 1980. Her personal philosophy is that Tarot is best used to correct your life course. She is a published author (in romance, as Marilu Mann) as well as past president of the American Tarot Association (4/1/2007-4/1/2014). She specializes in helping people who are determined find their joy and writers who want to finish their book. She's an initiate of Wicca.


  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ Friday, 29 August 2014

    It seems to me that the kinds of questions that we can ask of any method of divination are limited by our understanding of freedom, including human freedom. In my "ontology" the future is open because it has not yet occurred. Human and other actors have yet to make the movements and decisions that will determine the moment after this one. If this is true, then the best tarot can do it to give us an indication of present reality and the likely outcomes based on present reality for future reality. In other words Tarot cannot tell if you "will" get a job or find a partner or if the next Congress will be Democrat, because these things have not happened yet. On the other hand divination may put us in touch with factors we are not conscious of and even with what Doris Lessing called "currents and forces of energy" in smaller and larger situations.

  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch Friday, 29 August 2014

    Hi Carol. Thanks for the comment. I think Tarot points out paths or particular threads that can be tugged on to find better opportunities. I tell my clients that it is best for self-introspection. Nothing can be done about finding that "right" love until we have addressed our own stops and stumbles.

  • Danielle Blackwood
    Danielle Blackwood Monday, 01 September 2014

    One question I have received no less than three times over the past year, is, "Am I gay or straight"? This is definitely not a question I will answer, as I firmly believe that our sexuality is a highly personal and subjective thing that cannot be answered by any method of divination. Personal reflection is the only way to this answer - no shortcuts! I always tell my clients that nothing is written in stone, and I rarely read more than six months to a year in advance, because there is still much that hasn't happened yet in terms of decisions etc., as Carol says. We have freedom and self determination to co-create our own "destiny". Thanks for a great post Arwen!

  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch Monday, 01 September 2014

    EEP. I'd be inclined to say, "Kiss me" That's really a crazy thing to ask a reader and not one that I've been asked...yet. Thanks for commenting Danielle! I do 3 month peeks, 6 month look aheads and full 12 month forecasts, but I'm very clear that it can change. I love your "co-create our own 'destiny'" because that is what this is about! Well said.

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