Newsletter of The Tarot School
ISSN: 1529-0565 
Vol. 2 #2 / January 15, 2010

 In this Issue:
- Welcome
- Tarot Tip: Negative Cards in Positive Positions (Part 1)
- Tarot Card Showcase: 4 of Wands
- Best Practices for Professional Readers: Soft Skills
- Starting Next Week: New Tarot Classes!
- Featured Tarot Blog: Tarotgirl's Weblog

Welcome to a new issue of Tarot Tips!

With this issue, we're very excited to welcome our first
guest contributor, Zorian Cross of Tarot Quest! Zorian will
educate and amuse us with his considerable knowledge and
insight (and own delightful style) for the next few issues.

Zorian's Tarot Tips debut includes a look at the 4 of Wands
in our Tarot Card Showcase, and some practical "Soft Skills"
advice for professional readers.

For even more fabulous "Zizi" Tarot content, be sure to visit
Tarot Quest at

We're also starting a multi-part Tarot Tip in answer to a
terrific question on Negative Cards in Positive Positions
from Brigit at Biddy Tarot (
- another site we recommend you check out, especially
if you're looking for a good resource of card meanings!

Wishing you fascination and joy,
Ruth Ann, Wald & Gina

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Tarot Tip
(PART 1)

I have been subscribing to Tarot Tips for a number of years
now and really enjoy it. Thanks for providing a great

I have a question for you... How do you interpret a
seemingly negative card in a positive position? For example,
in a relationship reading, I may ask the Tarot, "What are
the strengths of a relationship?" - and the cards come up
with something like the 10 of Swords, 7 of Swords, 7 of
Pentacles reversed, etc. Sometimes I'll take it to mean that
there are no strengths, but I wonder if this is a bit of a
cop-out. ~ Brigit


This is a great question, because the answer to it is useful
in so many ways.

There's a general answer to the question of negativity in
the cards, and specific answers to the question of
negativity in specific cards. Also, there is a short answer
and a long answer. In this issue of Tarot Tips, we'll give
you the short answer.

Negativity is not located in the cards or their pictures.
It is located, like almost everything else, in the eye and
understanding of the beholder. Our eyes and minds have
been trained by a lifetime spent in our cultural environment
to interpret certain types of images as negative. These are
the ones that suggest painful or unpleasant experiences.

Since just about everyone naturally avoids pain and
unpleasantness with an instinctual aversion which requires
no thought at all, that aversion translates into negativity
with the speed of reflex.

However, if you were given the task of finding something
positive to say about an obviously negative image, you will
need to move at a speed slower than reflex if you are going
to succeed.

There are standards of interpretation, other than the usual
ones, that actually give you options. For example, the 10 of
Swords could indicate the end of an unhappy situation such
as a protracted and difficult divorce.

Hard times and painful situations are also great teachers.
For example, people we would regard as role-models become
great as a direct result of what they learn from situations
none of us would choose to experience.

Tarot is a mirror that reflects the whole of what is possible
for us, both in what we are confronted with and how we
deal with it.

A negative card in a positive spread position can hint
at the good that might come from a bad beginning,
the challenge that tests us and makes us strong, and the
wisdom to see light where others see only darkness.

But to transform a negative card into a positive
understanding sometimes requires a special kind of
knowledge. That knowledge is the hallmark of a special
kind of Tarot, and it tends to eliminate most of the
problems of negativity.

Traditions of special knowledge in Tarot that are an
antidote to negativity are a subject unto themselves.
They are part of the long answer to Brigit's question,
and we'll save that for upcoming issues.

Tarot Card Showcase

In this section we will feature tidbits on a
specific tarot card. While there are many
systems and decks to choose from in the world
of tarot, here we use the Universal Waite
Tarot images and symbols.
Copyright 1992 U.S Games.
Esoteric Title: Lord of Perfected Work
Astrology: Venus in Aries
Chart Position: 20 Aries to 30 Aries
Dates: April 11th to April 20th
Qabalah: Chesed (Mercy) in Atziluth (Spirit)

Positive Keywords: Celebration. Blessings. Harmony.
Bountiful Harvest.

Negative Keywords: Insecurity. Social Gaffs. Thankless.

Affirmation: Harmony and peace, love and joy surround me
and dwell within me. I am safe and secure.

In the fiery and active suit of Wands, here is one card that
symbolizes stability and structure. What I love most about
this card is that it reminds us to celebrate our achievements.

So many times, we tend to take small successes for granted,
forgetting that even the smallest feat is still a feat at the
end of the day. From cooking a delicious meal, to making
your bed, or even running an extra four minutes on the
treadmill -  each is a small thing but it's still an
achievement. Why not celebrate it? After all, acknowledging
our accomplishments is not only good for our self-esteem,
but also for motivating us to achieve bigger things in life.
Positively reinforcing ourselves is so much more empowering
than constant self-criticism, which only debilitates us in
the end.

The tender and nurturing feminine energies of Venus temper
the aggressive and fiery energies of Aries, allowing us time
to take it easy and find a sense of security and comfort
within our lives.

True, Venus is at her weakest in Aries, for Aries isn't
patient enough to value the finer things in life that Venus
has to offer. But it is important for us to be patient and
find what is worth celebrating in ourselves, and in life as
a whole. This act of benevolent patience needs to be
practiced over and over, so that we can we find a sense of
balance and equilibrium within our lives.

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Best Practices for Professional Readers
By Zorian Cross
Here's something that in my humble opinion is one of the
many things that helps differentiate between a great Tarot
reader and an amazing Tarot reader. So many times, when we
dedicate ourselves to learning the art of Tarot, we forget
the little things that can enhance not only the quality of
our readings, but also, the experience of the seeker.

Soft skills, sometimes known as "people skills," are
personal attributes that enhance an individual's
interactions, job performance and career prospects.

For Tarot professionals, our "hard skills" represent our
overall knowledge regarding the Tarot, and how competent
we are at interpreting the cards as they appear within a
spread. Our "soft skills" are how we deliver the message,
as well as the overall "pleasantries" that help us build a
lasting bond with our clients.

Here are a few basic soft skills that can add that extra
special touch to your professional (and personal) readings.

  • Smile - A gentle smile can go a long way. From
    sweetening the tone of our voice, to creating an atmosphere
    of trust and comfort, a smile can help reassure our clients,
    as well as elevate their moods. Make sure it's genuine and
    heartfelt, not forced or faux - people can tell the

  • Magic Words - "Please" and "Thank You" are considered
    magic words, because not only do they make us more
    agreeable, but also encourage others to help us when we need
    help. The more we use them in our daily lives (professional
    and non professional) the more their magic spreads within
    and around us. "Please shuffle the cards while focusing upon
    your query..." "Thank you for allowing me to read for you.
    Have a wonderful day ahead."

  • Listen - By listening, we not only pay attention to
    what our clients are talking about, but also pick up on what
    they're having trouble expressing, as well as getting to
    the root of their issue. However, be patient, and don't
    force things out of them when they aren't comfortable.

  • Patience - with both yourself and your client.
    You're both human beings, and putting unrealistic
    expectations upon yourselves would just ruin the overall

  • Appearance - Your appearance is the first impression
    you make on your client. Now, this doesn't mean you don
    the heavy, smoky, gypsy eye-make up, nor adorn yourself with
    clunky new-age crystal jewelry. Simple things like tidying
    your hair, appearing clean, wearing deodorant on a hot humid
    day, having clean, spinach-free teeth, and wearing clothes
    that are comfortable yet neat. You wouldn't like your
    waiter at a restaurant to have "bed hair" or wear a wrinkled
    shirt with BO stains around his armpits now would you? Also,
    clean up your table and reading area regularly. Candle wax
    and incense ash stains leave the impression that you are
    sloppy and don't value your profession.

  • Diplomacy - This is essential when delivering not so
    pleasant news. There's a big difference between this and
    sugarcoating a card. For example - the 5 of Cups is a card
    of disappointment, but it's also a card to remind you to
    value what you still have in the present, and not fret about
    what's past and gone. However, be sure to use this to
    drive a point home and not as grounds for philosophical
    ramblings to kill time and get a reading over with.

  • Tact - This comes in handy when you're wrapping up a
    reading. For example rather than saying, "Time's up, that
    will be $20," politely say, "I'd love to look into this
    further, but unfortunately we've run out of time. However,
    I'd be more than happy to schedule something later this
    week so that we can address those areas in depth. For now,
    that will be $20." Not only are you giving the impression
    that you care about your client, you're also automatically
    generating repeat business. However, don't misuse this;
    clients can smell BS a mile away.

    These are just a few examples. We all have our own style of
    reading, and we should value and embrace it. Apply these
    ideas as they seem appropriate and feel free to add to and
    adjust them according to your own needs and comfort level.

    Always remember that each reading is an experience not only
    for your client, but for you as well. Therefore, make sure
    that each reading is a memorable experience.

  • Questions arise when developing or transitioning
    to professional Tarot Reading status to earn
    income. These can range from "How can I make
    money with Tarot?" and "How do I get started?"
    to more complex technical and business questions.
    You may already be up and running and have
    questions about how to enhance or ramp up your
    business. We would love to hear from you. Send any
    questions, or interest in a future class on the
    Business of Tarot, to

    Starting Next Week!

    Two new ways to learn Tarot begin next week and
    there's still time to join us!

    #1: Wednesday classes on the Phone
    We continue with our "Secrets" classes, otherwise
    known as Tarot at the Edge of Experience.
    Next up is the 10 of Pentacles. Mystery abounds
    in this card, and we promise you'll never again
    look at this card in quite the same way!
    Classes begin on Wednesday, January 20th!
    #2: NEW!! Thursday classes on the Phone
    A brand-new fabulous Tarot Teleclass series is
    about to happen! We call it Card Study Complete
    because we're going to study every card in the
    Tarot deck on many levels of meaning -- psychic,
    experiential, intuitive, traditional and esoteric --
    and we'll put what you learn to work with practical
    exercises and reading techniques in every class!
    Classes begin on Thursday, January 21st!
    And if you're in the New York City area, you
    can always join us for our in-person classes on

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    We're very pleased to spotlight the work of one of our very
    own students, Sasha Graham. You may have had the pleasure of
    meeting Sasha at a Readers Studio (she's part of our
    invaluable staff!) or reading her insightful writing on the

    Sasha's star is rising and she has some terrific projects on
    the horizon that you'll definitely want to know about.
    Follow her blog to stay in the loop - and to learn some
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