Sample Readings

Example of a comprehensive Reading

Below is an example of a comprehensive email reading requested by a client who wanted a general reading about the year ahead. Names and details have been altered to hide the identity of the client.

Greetings Laura, 

Thank you for requesting a reading with me. To answer your inquiry regarding whether this year will be an improvement on the last, I have prepared a special tarot reading of 7 cards. Each card has it’s own separate meaning about the previous year and what is still to come. 

Starting with the first card known as the sunset card. This card looks back to the previous year, it focuses on the past but with an eye toward using what you’ve learned for the future. I have drawn the 5 of cups, this card depicts a figure that is wearing a black cloak. The person hides his face in what seems to be despair. I can tell that you have been through some very difficult times in the past year and it has made you feel pessimistic about the future. It seems like things have not been going the way you had planned, you have been feeling regretful of lost opportunities and this is affecting you on an emotional level. The important thing is you have learned many important lessons from the previous year and the knowledge you have gained will make you stronger.

The second card is the horizon card, and this represents what you’d like to achieve this year, and the good news is you are going to feel true emotional fulfillment. I have drawn the ten of cups which is a very positive card. Laura, this card signifies something that we’ve all been searching for; It is associated with a sense of harmony and at its core is about true happiness and achievement. With the drawing of this card it is letting you know that you are on the right path to achieving your future goals.

The third card represents an obstacle, but down become downhearted as Helen Keller said  ‘All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming’ The third card drawn is The Lovers. Although this is often interpreted as representing a happy loving relationship, another meaning is the concept of choice. You must start making up your mind about what you find important and unimportant in your life. You should be as true to yourself as you can be, so you will be genuine and authentic to the people who are around you. You’ve learned from the past year what you want from life but you were unsure on what to keep and what to let go. The previous year was full of obstacles but this year it seems that the main obstacle is indecisiveness, but once you’ve figured out what you need you can progress. It might be a good idea to write out a list of things you’d like to achieve this year and try to follow through with them.

Now for something more upbeat and positive with the fourth card which represents your strengths! Laura, you’re a born leader and you are very capable when it comes to it. I have drawn the King of Wands. The meaning of the King of Wands represents pure energy. Unlike the other wands cards this particular one is not focused on pure creativity. Instead, this card represents someone who is more likely to take an idea and to implement it themselves. Your greatest strength is that once you focus on a goal you’ll ensure that you make it a reality. You’re very determined and although you’ve had setbacks recently, you still have the drive to achieve anything once you put your mind to it. 

The fifth card is there to advise you on your journey through this year. The Empress shows us how deeply we are embedded to our femininity. Femininity is often associated with creativity and expression. It therefore calls you to connect with beauty and bring happiness to your life. Understand yourself and get in touch with your sensuality so that you can attract happiness and joy. She is a signal that you must be kind to yourself and take care of yourself.

When it comes to what lies ahead in the coming year, you feel that you need some guidance and the sixth card is there to help you navigate your way through the year and make the right choices. I have drawn the King of Cups in a reversed position. This indicates that there is a character in your life that is depicted by this card. While this character is normally very in touch and controlled with their emotions, This person has lately become manipulative and emotionally controlling. If we go back to the third card which represented an obstacle, it becomes clear along with the drawing of the reversed King of Cups that you have been struggling with the idea of getting someone toxic out of your life. This person may have ups and downs but lately it seems the downs are becoming more frequent and you’re getting little joy out of knowing them. It is time to decide whether it is worth having them in your life.

Finally we have your personal theme for the year which comes in the form of the seventh card. Even though you have examined the lessons of the past, looked at how to reach your goals and figured out what may need to change to overcome obstacles, you may still need to find clarity. For the seventh card we have The Nine of Swords in the reversed position. The Nine of Swords depicts a woman sitting on her bed while she holds her head in her hands. It appears as though the woman has just awakened from a bad nightmare. She seems to be upset and fearful. Although cards in their reversed position often indicate a slight opposite to the upright position. It is not exactly the case with the Nine of Swords. Don’t despair over the drawing of this card however as there is some good news. The past may be haunting you but here we also see hope, at least there is the desire to leave this nightmare. You must understand that this suffering will not cease until you yourself put in the effort to leave it. There is much work that you must do to drag yourself towards release. 

Let’s take a moment to evaluate what the Tarot is telling you. Laura, you’re a strong outgoing person with the drive to achieve what you want in life and you’re willing to move on to a more fulfilling year, but to reach your goals, you need to let go of unhelpful anxiety and negative vibes. The good news is that if you work on these things, the Tarot shows great accomplishments as the outcome. 

I hope this reading has been helpful and I wish you luck in the new year! Thanks again for requesting a reading with me


Example of a concise reading

Below is an example of a concise email reading regarding a client’s search for her soulmate. I have altered a few things in the sample reading to hide the identity of the person who received this email.

Hi Jenny,

Thank you for requesting an email with me. To answer your question, I have prepared a five card spread. This spread will give me more of an insight into you as a person and what to expect in the future regarding your soulmate. 

The first card in the spread is The Empress (reversed) I’m getting from this that you have been feeling very low recently. You’ve been putting yourself down a lot and have a lot of doubts when it comes to events in the future. You’ve been in need of a self confidence boost for a long time and sometimes you wonder if you’re deserving of love. This card is there to let you know, that if you take matters into your own hands and start making a move towards finding your soulmate, you will begin to feel so much more confident and you’ll get a much needed ego boost. It’s time to stop relying on fate to bring happiness your way, you’re now ready to put yourself out there and find happiness yourself.

The second card is The Hanged Man and the third card is The Eight of Swords. Together  they are referring to a period of time where you’ll feel quite helpless and almost like you can’t catch a break. You’ll try desperately to find your soulmate and in doing so may come across a bit too strong. Luckily this period of time comes as just a warning, you can undo this. It is a warning to not rush into things. Don’t rush into a relationship with someone who comes close to being right for you, wait until you find your soulmate. You’ll know when you’ve found him. 

You’re now probably wondering how you will definitely know when you’ve found your soulmate, what will he look like? will he make the first move? The fourth and fifth cards hold the answers to these burning questions. 

The fourth card is The Eight of Wands, the card depicts arrows flying and it is a signal that important news is coming your way. In your reading however, they’re no ordinary arrows, they’re arrows of love. I’m getting a strong sense here that when you meet your soulmate, you will click instantly. He will let you know that he has feelings for you before you get the courage to tell him you like him. You’re soulmate is confident within himself and he won’t play games. He won’t be overly romantic or emotional, instead choosing to let you know how he feels in a very direct and blunt manner. 

The fifth card is the one I know you’ve been waiting for, this card represents your soulmate. I have drawn the King of Swords. This card represents a man. He is slightly older than you and has medium brown hair and brown eyes. He is a man who commands respect but deep down he has a beautiful soul. It will be his intelligence and quick wit that will draw you to him. He’ll know how to make you laugh and he’ll display knowledge in so many areas. He rarely shows his emotions and it will take a while for him to open up to you, but when he does you’ll know it was worth waiting for. 

To summarize, you’ve been in a bit of a rut and you’ve been feeling a little helpless and hopeless lately, however you’re going to get the motivation to put yourself out there. As long as you don’t rush into anything and you take things slowly, you will finally find your soulmate whom you will recognise as someone very special almost straight away.

I hope this reading has been helpful. Thanks again for requesting a reading with me.




5 Tips for learning how to read the Tarot

Maybe you’ve had a few tarot card readings before and you’re interested in understanding the tarot better, or maybe you’ve just bought a deck of tarot cards and you’re not sure where to begin. Every tarot reader started out with no knowledge of what they were doing or how it all worked. It can seem pretty daunting to learn the meanings of 78 cards, which is why I decided to write down some tips to help others get to grips with the tarot.

5. Imagery

You may think that trying to memorise the meaning of 78 cards is the first thing you should master, but there are different opinions and interpretations for each card. There are also so many different decks of tarot cards with different imagery, and it all depends on what cards you have. For example if you have a deck of Rider Waite cards and you look at the Two of Swords you’ll see a woman who is blindfolded and holding two swords. In the Deviant Moon deck, the Two of Swords shows a two headed man holding a sword in each hand, with a stance that looks like he’s about to have a sword fight with himself. If you were to guess the meaning of the Rider Waite 2 of Swords and then guess the meaning of the Deviant Moon 2 of Swords, you’d probably come up with two very different meanings. The point I’m making is that, there actually is no exact way to read the cards, it’s up to you. Take a card from your tarot deck and look at the picture on it, how does it make you feel? what does the picture depict? is it a happy card or a sad card? is it negative or positive? Once you have established what the card means to you and decide what it’s trying to depict, you can move onto another card and do the same. It is much easier to learn the meaning of each card, if it means something to you. At first it is best to focus on the Minor Arcana cards as they can be very visual and easy to read.

4. Different Interpretations

Once you’ve decided what the cards mean for you, you can then begin reading other people’s interpretations of the cards. It’s good to read books about the tarot deck that you own or look it up online. You can also join a tarot forum and discuss the meanings of the cards with other tarot readers. The point of this is not to change your opinion on what each card means, but to learn how other people interpret the cards so that you might incorporate what they think into your interpretations. You can never read too much about the tarot, every bit of information you can get will be helpful, even if it is just other people’s opinions.

3. Major Arcana

There are 22 cards in the major arcana. When I started learning the meanings of each card, the major arcana was difficult for me because a lot of them don’t have obvious visual clues as to what they mean. For example ‘The Tower’ is quite visual and it is pretty obvious what it’s about, even with a quick glance you can see it’s a very unhappy card, but the magician is less obvious. How can the imagery of ‘The Magician’ be transposed into a real life situation? it just looks like some guy stood in front of a table with one arm up in the air holding what looks like a wand. The Magician is usually perceived as representing talents and is about tapping into your full potential, it’s not obvious to get that interpretation just by looking at it. The major arcana is in an order and each card is numbered. The best way to think of it is by thinking of it as a journey. The first card of the major arcana is ‘The Fool’ and it is actually numbered as 0. The fool is about to go on a journey, and each card represents a major event or change in his life. He is supposed to learn from each event until he reaches the end of his journey which comes in the form of ‘The World’ card. If you try to remember the meaning of each major arcana card as something happening to the fool or something the fool is experiencing, it can make it easier to remember.

2. Court Cards

Learning the meaning of the Major Arcana cards is a walk in the park compared with memorising the meanings of the court cards. For every suit (Cups, Wands, Swords, Pentacles) there are court cards. You can think of them like the face cards in a pack of playing cards (Jack, Queen, King) in the tarot though, it’s Page, Knight, Queen and King. They’re difficult to remember because they don’t have a lot going on with them visually. It’s always just a woman or a man sitting or standing there, and they all look pretty similar. The easiest way to begin understanding them is to think of the elements associated with the suit. For example if I draw the Queen of Cups, I know that Cups are represented by water and therefore the Queen of Cups is associated with love empathy and care giving in the same way that water star signs are associated with emotions and empathy. The element for Swords is air, for Wands it’s fire and for Pentacles it’s earth.. so if I draw the Page of Wands I think of it as representing enthusiasm, determination and motivation, these are things we associate with fire. this system makes it easier for you to get a rough idea of what the court cards are all about.

1. Numbers

Another great way to look at the cards, is by dividing the cards into numbers, this only works with the Minor Arcana cards, excluding the court cards. Firstly you find all of the aces (ace of cups, ace of swords, ace of pentacles and ace of wands) and you put them in a row and look for a common theme. They all depict a hand holding out the item of the suit, they all look quite positive. Each one seems to show a helping hand and they look fresh, like they’re the beginning of something. You can do the same thing with all the other numbers, and look for a common theme. It makes it easier when you pick out a five for example and you’ve memorised the common theme for all of the five cards.

No matter how you choose to learn the meanings of the cards, the truth is, it can take a while to get to grips with. Once you think you know them all, it is still wise to pick out a card every day and analyse it, you might learn something new. It’s great to do practice readings every day and pretend you’re doing a reading for someone, speaking out loud as you interpret the cards can be helpful too. Some people like to make notes about each card and others like to record themselves doing practice readings. The best advice I can give anyone is that there is no wrong way to do it, getting confident with reading the cards takes time, but the way you interpret them is down to you. You don’t have to follow a guide book and memorise absolutely everything about every card, intuition is a big part of it too. It becomes a lot easier when you know that you don’t have to learn the tarot in the way you’d learn mathematics. The answers and the meanings are inside you!