The difference between tarot and storytelling is that tarot is done for or with a person who is seeking meaning out of the cards we’re reading.
When we’re telling stories it doesn’t matter how things connect or play out for a specific someone else, because we’re laying out a sequence of events and making meaning within a closed system.
Tarot seeks to either bring the querent (the person the reading is for) into that system, or to align the reading with the querent to add meaning to their situation.
How do we know if we found meaning – some connection to real life?
We ask questions, of ourselves (as readers) and of the querent(s).
In person – with a live reading face-to-face or via phone or video call – this sort of feedback is very natural and organic. I ask, “Does that resonate?” and the querent will let me know if that angle on the cards lines up with their situation.
Email or other distance readings (where the reader and querent are not face-to-face) cannot hold the same immediacy, but can still have value.
As I’ve expanded my practice into written readings, I ask follow-up questions of those I read for. I encourage anyone who reads for others to consider how questions such as these can both enrich your services, and provide confirmation of your instincts – which is a tremendous confidence-boost and can help a reader remember they’re not just shooting words into the void, they are touching lives. Read more