Tarot readers fall into the fortune-teller category of psychics which includes mentalists, mediums...
Whether you believe in pshychic phenomenon or not, a Tarot reader must practice and apply the following techniques. These same techniques are used
by the genuine and not-so-genuine alike. From a psychological perspective, the Tarot can be viewed as a tool to help people, or , in a more cynical view,
to manipulate them as a con artist does.
Cold Readings Psychic Technique
Recall Professor Marvel from the Wizard of Oz. He was a very good cold-reader. A hot reading is when you or an accomplice has actually done some reconnaissance.
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Cold means "without any prior knowledge of this person". You can gather much useful information about someone through simple observation.
Take note of their age, clothing, ethnicity, fashion and style,and manner of speech. Do their hands show signs of hard work? Are they wearing expensive jewlery?
what car do they drive? Try to stereotype the person ( aka Pigeon-holing)
Elderly people are likely to have health concerns or have recently lost someone close to them. *They often wear a piece of jewlery belonging to the deceased.
Married people (wedding ring) are likely to have some marital problems
Teenagers are likely to be subject to peer pressure and worried about their popularity.
Your first objective it to elicit cooperation from the subject(s). Try something like,
"The cards will mean more to you than to me, but together we can uncover the answers you seek."
" The Tarot will show you future possibilities,and obtain advice from spirits and the departed. We will try to answer any questions you have about your past and future."
You will need to help me read the signs
Start with broad statements that most likely true. Here are a few used by P.T Barnum himself. The result will be the Foyer effect which is the tendency for people to fill in the details.
Even false statements will be viewed as true if they are positive enough. It is a form of confirmational bias where people accept that which confirms their own beliefs. Your subject
will provide all of the necessary details. Excessive use of the Foyer effect would be considered a warm reading. It uses principles of psychology that apply to nearly everyone.
You have a box of unsorted photographs in your house
In the past you have been the victim of theft.
You have a strong need for approval.
you are having problems with a friend or relative.
You tend to get anxious in new situations.
You pride yourself as an independent thinker and tend to be overly critical of yourself.
Most of the time you are cheerful, but there are times when you were very upset.
Try some high probability guessing.
Someone in your family has experienced some chest pain. grandfather, father, cousin...
You have had disagreements with someone close to you. However, they still love you.
If they have a cat, say, " your cat likes to sit by the window and look outside.
always reinforce any statement that the subject confirms whit "yes" or "that's right".
If the subject is not so forthcoming, try fishing and observing their response.
I'm hearing the name John or Jane, something with a J. do not say, "Is the name John significant to you?"
Look for facial expressions and fidgeting.
Some words have more than one meaning like Will. I'm hearing the word Will (person or document). Most people have a will or are in someone's will.
Word questions in a negative way so you can recover from both a Yes and No. You are not an only child are you? Yes = I thought so. No = I thought not.
State the obvious. If they tell you their husband works 2 jobs, say Your husband has always been a hard working man. He hasn't spent as much time with you as you
would have liked.
How to do a cold reading with Tarot cards.
Suppose your subject is and young unmarried woman.
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Use some high probability guessing. You stereotype them. She either has a boyfriend, or has recently broken up with one.
We use a past present future layout, and the Fool card comes up in the past position. We know that most names have an EE sound in them, and are likely to have a J or M sound.
Suppose his name turns out to be Donald. Then, you say his parents used to call him Donney. See? Then, go on to say he has a job ( or had one recently) but is looking for something better. (duh?)
We can say that a young man is in your (past, present, or future). We would describe the past ones negatively and reinforce that she was too good for him.
The present boyfriend or prospects should be interpreted with a bit if indifference. Use the statement like, " you sometimes feel he is perfect for you, but he also does some things that irritate you."
She may reveal that she is not relationship centered and is uncomfortable talking about her relationships. So, switch it to money or family or her cat. whatever she reveals to you.
How to practice the Psychic Technique with Tarot Cards.
Amat victoria curam (victory loves preparation) Practice with a single or 3 card layout. Then, list some typical types of people (yes stereotypes or pigeon-holed personalities).
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First group them by age; then, gender, then personality type.
Find what motivates them and relate the cards in that context.
Come up with some basic questions that they would ask: Will I be successful at ________ in the future.
Practice the first few lines of dialog. You will soon develop your own script and style.
You are not attempting a Flim-Flam
You may first do a reading for your friends which is not a cold reading. Remember to read the cards in a positive way. Try to get them to consider new possibilities and to
look at their problems from different perspectives. If you are a true believer, a skeptic, a con-artist or whatever. It is undeniable that Tarot readings can have a tremendous
theraputic effect on both the reader and the subject. I hope you enjoy this site and Tarot reading.