How to do a Love Tarot reading Matters of the heart probably account for around 50% of the readings that Tarot readers are asked to undertake. While money and health are certainly up there, our need to know how our romantic lives are going to pan out is even more urgent. As a novice reader, there is a lot of responsibility involved. Get the answer wrong and you could be giving your querent false hope or setting them out along a dead-end street. There tends to be a lot riding on the answer to a Love Tarot reading, so you need to know that what you’re doing will yield the best results. In these instances, the best route to take is often the simplest one.
Breaking a reading down
There are ways in which you can break a reading down into incremental stages, giving answers that will build up to create a better picture of the role the querent is playing in their own life. Often, the cards drawn will initially seem to make little or no sense. However, it’s important to remember that the Tarot is a voyage of self-discovery for your client. Cards that appear to have obscure or irrelevant meanings are often the most important ones, as they ask us to delve deeper into the matter in hand. Let’s take a look at the stages we can use to give an accurate and helpful Love Tarot reading – whether you are a novice or a seasoned reader.
What does the querent really want?
The first stage is to try and help the querent uncover just what it is that they really want from a relationship. Often, they may have preconceived or unrealistic ideas and it’s worth trying to cut through these to find out what’s at the heart of the matter. For this, you can get them to ask the cards three questions and draw a card for each. The questions that need answering are:
● What am I hoping for in a relationship?
● What makes the perfect partner for me?
● What makes the perfect relationship for me?
Exploring the messages given in each of the three cards will give both you and the querent a good idea of what it is that is important to them and whether those desires are important or whether they are shooting for things that are completely out of reach.
What are the barriers to finding love?
The next stage is to uncover what it is that has so far prevented them from finding a partner. So far, we have divined what it is that the querent believes a relationship should involve, but the Tarot demands that we accept some responsibility for our own circumstances. In this respect, it’s important that the querent comes to understand just where they may be going wrong, and how they are instrumental in preventing themselves from achieving the happiness they are after. In order to approach the future, we must gain an overview of the past and present. Begin by getting the querent to ask the deck three questions and drawing a card for each.
● What is it that has prevented me from attaining love in the past?
● What is it that is currently preventing me from attaining love?
● How can I overcome these problems?
The first two cards will highlight the issues that have been and are at play in the querent’s life. The answers will tend to reflect something within the querent himself and the final card will give an idea on how that something can be dealt with.
Who will your partner be?
Many people mistakenly assume that a Love Tarot spread will be able to give them the identity of the tall, dark stranger who’s about to walk into their lives. While the cards don’t deal in names and addresses, they can give you a psychic picture of that person, giving you an idea of the type of person who is likely to complete the unfinished part of the equation. This step requires that you only draw one card; the meanings in the cards are multi-layered and one card is all it takes to give you a good idea of who that person is. However, there are two guidelines that might make it easier to give your querent a clearer idea of just who the cards are referring to:
● If you draw a court card, then you’re likely to learn a bit about their age, maturity and sexual energy.
● A card from the Major Arcana can tell you about what they’re going through in their personal lives.
It’s all very well knowing a bit about the person who will make a good partner for the querent, but the Tarot strives for balance; we need to know what the querent is bringing to the table, and we need to know what they have to offer as a partner themselves. Just as we drew a single card to identify the most important qualities of the potential partner, a single card will be enough to let the querent know just what it is that makes them good partner material.
When will love strike?
But the big question in any Love Tarot reading tends to be ‘when will I find love?’ While the Tarot tends not to deal in calendar dates, you can use it to give the querent a good idea as to when they should be on alert. Each card has an association with the signs of the zodiac which, in turn, are associated with particular months of the year. To find out when love is on the horizon, ask the querent to draw a single card and, if it is drawn upright, check out its astrological associations to discern how soon a romantic encounter can be expected.
However, if the card is drawn upside down or reversed it suggests that there is still an obstacle that the querent needs to overcome before they are ready to welcome love into their life.
If love is in sight, then it’s even possible to use the cards to help deal with practicalities, such as how best to prepare for that first date. Just remember that a Love Tarot reading doesn’t have to be complicated in order to give relevant answers.