bad tarot spread

That Doesn’t Look Good: Ominous Tarot Readings

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Wowie. Sometimes a tarot reading just looks scary at first blush. Death? That looks ominous. 10 of swords? Is that guy dead? Am I gonna die?! What’s the tower mean? WHAT DOES IT MEAN!? Take a deep breath and relax. I have some tips for getting through an ominous tarot reading.

1. There is a light and dark side to every card

That’s right! Almost every card in the tarot has the capacity to be ominous! I bet you feel loads better now. 😉 Each card has a light side and a dark side, like the force in Star Wars. Every tarot card has multiple meanings assigned to them. Those meanings change based on whether a card is upright or reversed. The also change based on their position within the spread. When in doubt, I always ask what’s going on in a client’s life. You don’t have to share if you don’t want to, but the more information you give, the more meaning we can find.

3 of swords
3 of Swords – Grief, Heartache, Sudden Emotional Pain/Turmoil
3 of swords reversed
3 of Swords Reversed- Recovering from heartbreak, Forgiveness, Being overly sensitive, Optimism

2. Look at the surrounding cards

So you’re in the energy of the 10 of swords. Bummer, dude- betrayal sucks. This is a painful time of painful endings, but what’s this? Look at all of the happier, brighter cards on the horizon! These sucky times will pass, my friend. You won’t stay in this energy forever! HUZZAH!

Not so bad tarot spread

3. There is no fate

Okay, so your tarot reading is heading in a totally ominous direction, or all of the surrounding tarot cards are foreboding. “Now what, tarot reader?! I knew I shouldn’t have done this! This was a stupid idea!!” I hear you. It looks scary. But there is always hope! Now that we see where your energy is headed, we can avoid this darker path. The tarot is projective, not predictive, so any scary outcomes can be avoided, or at least lessened. I always tell my clients to think of the movie Terminator 2 (And it’s baffling how many of them haven’t seen it, but that’s another story). In it, there’s a line that goes something like, “There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.” So, my beautiful clients, how will you proceed? Will you do nothing… or something? Change is inevitable. The choice of how you handle it is yours, and in the end, it’ll turn out just fine.

Worst Tarot Spread
I would just like to note that this is a dramatization. I have NEVER had a spread look like this. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but it’s highly improbable.

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