Behind the Scenes

My Tarot reading space, my process, and details on how I read the cards

Armoire desk set up for Tarot and Lenormand card readings with crystals, candles, and Tarot cloth

My Reading Space

Here’s my reading space: a perfectly-sized black armoire desk that closes–perfect for preventing kitties from stealing crystals and whatnot. I appreciate the shelves, drawer, and space for books and notebooks since functional organization makes me happy. Most of my decks live nearby, in an over-the-door hanging shoe organizer with clear pockets.

My 3 favorite decks are stored inside the desk above the drawer, the 78 Tarot Nautical, Bohemian Wild Lenormand, and the Universal Mind Oracle. I clean off and close the desk when I finish what I’m working on, so I always start with a clean slate. This is also where I sit to journal and to thoughtfully plan my weeks using my Desire Map Planner.

Tarot cloth and crystals set up for Tarot, Lenormand, and Oracle card readings

Setting up a Sacred Space

Because I start clean each time I set up for a reading, there’s no distracting clutter. I enjoy the whole process of setting up–keeping the question in mind as I do so. I lay out my Tarot cloth, choose crystals and other beautiful items that support the reading, and light a candle if desired.

Some days set up is simpler than others. I choose my deck(s) based on the reading topic and what feels good that day. Taking the time to lay out everything carefully prompts me to take a few relaxing deep breaths.

Read more about creating your sacred space for readings at Biddy Tarot.

78 Tarot Nautical deck card backs ready for reading

Choosing the Cards

I begin my readings by holding the deck in my hands while I focus again on the question(s), then I shuffle twice, and cut the deck twice. I tend to like larger decks and I can’t shuffle in the traditional riffle or overhand styles. Instead, I take half the deck in each hand, spread them apart (keeping the tops and bottoms aligned, sort of like fanning them, but holding the cards in a straight line), then slide them together into a single pile.

You may choose to shuffle and/ or cut the cards differently–use the way that works best for you. This is simply the way that works best for me. Next, I fan the cards out and choose the number needed for the reading. I take the cards that catch my eye first or slide out of the deck the easiest.

Vagabond Wild Tarot cards and Awakened Soul Oracle cards in a Tarot and Oracle reading

Doing the Reading

I look at each card individually, then as a group, and weave their meanings together as an answer to the current question. Many times, I’ll receive intuitive sparks as I read the cards and I noteI often take a picture, then sit at a computer to type my interpretation. If reading for myself, I record the reading in a journal or mirror book.

How do you set up for a Tarot reading?



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Card images appear courtesy of their deck creators and illustrators. I truthfully and respectfully communicate the messages of your reading, though no guarantee is offered as to the accuracy of a reading. I am required to state that content, services, and readings are offered to people 18 years or older for entertainment and do not constitute legal, medical, financial, psychological, or other professional advice nor should they be treated as such. You remain responsible for your personal actions. Review my Code of Ethics and Privacy Policy. By requesting a reading or interpretation, you confirm that you understand and agree with the above statements.

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