Having a strong knowledge of Tarot is crucial to being a successful reader — but equally important is emotional connection with your client. If you plow ahead, determined to convey the meaning of the cards or a particular agenda, you will leave your client in the dust.
I’ve had sessions where a reader showed extensive divination skills but failed to connect with me in the moment. I didn’t want a therapy session — but I expected to be heard.
There are many reasons for this failure to connect: the reader is uncomfortable with raw emotion or can’t relate; nervousness or pressure to get ‘er done, rather than flow with the read; show off their gifts, etc.
This balance of efficiency and ease takes years to master and I’m not a perfect reader, so this critique is simply a reminder. We’re in the feeling business, after all — so stay focused on your client as much as your Tarot spread.
(Read more about to stay focused on your client in “The Reluctant Tarot Reader” / “It’s All in How You Say It”).