How I Became a Tarot Card Reader

I was 20 the first time I had a tarot card reading. It was odd. It was awkward. It was WEIRD. I was in a market in Melbourne. I really didn’t want to be there – let alone have to pay $20 for the experience. A friend of mine insisted and insisted. So I went in with the attitude that the tarot card reader was going to look into some crystal ball and make BS predictions about my future. 

And that’s exactly what happened. 

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If you had told me that I was going to be a tarot card reader 9 years later, my reaction would have been to laugh hysterically and unfriend you on Facebook. Haven’t you heard – that’s how my generation deals with its personal problems. 

But the 2017 Chinese New Year changed everything. I was in Yokohama’s Chinatown ushering in the Year of the Rooster. My friend wanted to get a tarot card reading done. I was cynical about the whole thing, but became super curious after overhearing what the reader told my friend.

And then my whole world turned upside down.

Next thing I knew, I was watching tarot card readers on YouTube. Hey, don’t you know – that’s how my generation learns stuff. Now – there are LOADS of readers out there. A lot of them are… Well… not my type. But three readers strongly resonated with me: The Quietest Revolution, Kayleigh Jean and Sarah Tarot

I realised my own hypocrisy.

To tell you the truth, I’ve been doing astrological natal chart readings for people for over 8 years. Yea, I know, right? Talk about contradictory behaviour…

In that time, I’ve done hundreds of readings for people from all walks of life. Time and time again – the people I’ve done readings for have asked me to consider doing it professionally. And each time I somehow found a way to talk myself out of it because of reasons I can no longer fathom. 

horoscope-993144_1920I’m glad I spent all those years reading birth charts because it taught me invaluable tools with which to become a better tarot card reader. Astrology, numerology and tarot are closely related to one another. For me, tarot fills that gap that astrology doesn’t. It allows me to look at present life circumstances and narrate a story showing pathways with which to guide someone into a better future.

And for some reason – the cards always seem to mirror the person I’m reading for.

My decision to become a tarot card reader has alienated me from both the scientific-minded and the religious. Ah well… So be it. And as those people shut the door in my face – another one opened – and through that door came the curious, the open-minded and the free-spirited. 

And for that, I am grateful.

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I’ve only been a tarot card reader for a few months, but in that short time – the cards have become an extension of me. I know them so well – understand them so intimately and am in awe of the stories, archetypes and life lessons they reveal. The first time I held a deck in my hands and shuffled, I felt an instantaneous connection I can’t even begin to describe. And that’s not even the best part of being a tarot card reader. 

The best part of this experience has been to sit down with another person – to hear their stories, their struggles and triumphs – and watch them have that elusive moment of revelation about this complicated and sometimes painful adventure called Life. 

Forget cynicism. Embrace curiosity. You never know what mysteries you’ll unravel. 

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Image courtesy of Mara Explores Japan

Author: Dipa

Tarot Tales from Japan

6 thoughts

  1. Came across your blog by accident. I can so relate to this, I also read astrological charts before picking up the tarot and now, I sometimes do both for a client (first tarot, then the chart). Every time, I am amazed to see the tarot reflect the energies of the planetary transits that they are going through.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. A fellow astrologer turned tarot card reader. Amazing 🙂 I would love to share notes if you’re interested!

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