Cam’s Tarot Reader Pro Tips: Tip #1

The first in a series of short posts outlining some of the tips that I have found most helpful to me as a professional tarot reader.

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Cam’s Tarot Reader Pro Tips: Tip #1 Batch Your Client Readings

“Batch your client readings” means do several client readings in a row, as opposed to one-a-day or several in a day with large time gaps in between.

The reason I recommend this method is that in my own experience, when I do several readings in a row, I feel more in the flow. There is a type of intuitive cumulative effect that occurs when I do one reading right after another (with short breaks in between usually, but not so long that I get “out of the flow.”). It feels like a sort of psychic momentum is created and the messages come more easily and more clearly.

When I first started reading tarot I would do one reading a day and just when I really started to get “in the zone” I would have finished the reading and I would be done. It was a frustrating feeling. That’s when I started batching my readings and I found it much more effective and efficient, I felt like my readings were of higher quality, I enjoyed dong them more, and I definitely felt like my intuition was working better.

There is one important caveat to this advice, you still need to keep tabs on how many readings you can do at one go and make sure not to overdo it. While batching client readings allows me to tap into the flow of my intuition better, I can still only do about three full-length readings at a shot before I start to get tired. You may be able to do more or less, but however many you can do or chose to do, you need to make sure that number is within your capability.

Did you find this tip helpful? Do you complete your client readings several in a row or one at a time? I would love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to comment. I would also love to know if you enjoy the idea of this series and would like to see more Pro Tip posts in the future.

Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚
– Cameron

Elemental Character Spread

Surprise, surprise it’s another creative writing spread. Oh, you don’t find that surprising? πŸ˜‰ Anyway, this one is designed to help you explore your characters and it’s based on the elements: spirit, air, fire, water and earth. See the layout with descriptions below.

Elemental Character Spread

#1 – Spirit – This card looks at the character’s essential self or their core personality. You could also look at this as their highest potential, so the person they will grow into by the end of the story. Another way to interpret this card is the character’s destiny or calling.

#2 – Air – This cardΒ  shows the character’s mental state, what is on their mind or what they are worried about. It can also reveal character traits like sharp wittedness or cunning or anything related to what is going on inside their head.

#3 – Fire – This card will tell you how this character acts. Their relationship with action or their general mode of operation. Some questions you can ask when reading this position include how motivated are they? Are they moving or inert? Do they act emotionally, rationally, impulsively, with wisdom? Do they tend to lead or follow?

#4 – Water – The card of water will show you the emotional state of your character, what they are feeling, how they interact with their emotions or what role their emotions play in their experience. This card can also speak about their internal experience, what they hold in, what about them is unseen by others.

#5 – Earth – Here is where you can suss out logistical aspects of your character, job, appearance, their position in the physical world, their day to day experience. It also looks at the environment that they exist in or the social/societal constructs they have to navigate.

Spread Variation:
Feel free to use more than one card for each element. If you like to work with pairs of cards or sets of three, you can draw 2 or 3 cards per elemental position. This can also give you a bit of a timeline in terms of how the character grows and how their relationship with the elements change as the story progresses. I would perhaps only use one card for the Spirit position because as “essential self” or “destiny,” this is unlikely to change…but that’s just how I would do it. As always, you do what seems most right for you.

Announcement:
Before I let you go to scribble your creative hearts out, I wanted to let you know that I am teaching a tarot and writing workshop on April 25 from 7-9p. Here is the link to the event: Using Tarot to Prompt & Plot. If you are local or visiting the Portland area, I would love to see you there.

For the time being this is an in-person class, but I may adapt it to an online workshop in the future if there is enough interest, so please let me know if that is something you would like to see so I can gauge interest.

Enjoy the spread and have a great weekend y’all.

Creating Boundaries Means More Than Just Defending Your Perimeter

Seven of Wands tarot card

Smith-Waite Tarot, Tarot of the Magical Forest, Antiquarian Tarot

The topic of boundaries comes up frequently in tarot readings. Many people have difficulty feeling entitled to their boundaries and also mustering the courage to defend their boundaries. These days, with social media and the internet allowing so much access, I think it makes the conversation about boundaries even more important.

When you think about the topic of boundaries and the correlating cards in tarot you may immediately think about cards like the Seven of Wands or the Nine of Wands. The figure has established their perimeter, and they are defending it.

For me, a discussion about boundaries reaches beyond that definition. Defending a boundary that you have established is part of the equation certainly, but what about when a boundary changes?

Dealing with what to do when your boundaries shift is a lot more complicated than defending an already established one. People can be more resistant to it, because for some reason we aren’t allowed to change our minds. But why wouldn’t we change our minds? Why wouldn’t our boundaries shift? Everything else in life changes. Right?

I recently discovered that one of my own personal challenges in life was that once I granted someone a certain level of access to me, I didn’t feel I was empowered to retract that access. This made me wary of allowing anyone any access ever, because I felt like I couldn’t take it back if it felt wrong after-the-fact. The predictable result was being very lonely, because I wouldn’t allow anyone to get too close. This applied to things as seemingly benign as accepting friends on Facebook to as serious as choices of partners.

My point is, the ability to relocate your defensive line is essential. It’s important to be able to continue communicating and defending your boundaries, once you realize they need to be moved. Or perhaps firstly, it’s important to be mindful enough to know they need to be moved. The worst thing that you can do is try to gut-it-out in hopes that your boundary needs will return to where they were. They might, but there is no guarantee of that.

the devil magical forest tarot

Don’t become a prisoner of your own boundaries.

As you change and as your needs change, so to will your boundaries. Sometimes they may be contracting, sometimes they may be expanding. Sometimes the changes will be permanent, sometimes they will be temporary, and sometimes you won’t know whether they are going to be permanent or temporary until they are in place.

However your boundaries may change, however often they may change, they are still valid and you are still entitled to have them respected. Feel free to tweet that. πŸ˜‰

The best way that I have found to deal with these types of shifts is to communicate with people and be as honest as you feel comfortable being (make it about you, this is your need.). Easier said than done I know, but better than feeling constantly violated because folks aren’t aware that your boundaries have shifted and that they are now crossing them unknowingly. The people who hem and haw and tell you that you are “flaky” or “wishy-washy”they aren’t a positive presence in your life anyway, so don’t worry about them.

I would love to hear what you think of this topic, it’s one that is near and dear to my heart, so feel free to comment.

Have a great week all,
-Cameron

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