a review of my first live reading

This afternoon on my lunch break, I did a Skype reading.  It was my first live reading for a stranger.


I used to lead worship in Sunday morning church services, so actually, I’ve been “over” stage fright for a very long time.  But it all came back to me!

First, here’s what went perfectly: the technical stuff!

My newish Windows tablet worked!  I mean of course it worked, but I was a bit apprehensive about using a new device rather than something I was familiar with.  But there aren’t a lot of options when I’m giving tarot readings on my lunch break at work.  (Wow, I’m nuts haha)

Also my Bluetooth speaker/mic worked!  I had my gaming headset for backup, but didn’t need it.  That would have felt silly.  I mean, when I put those headphones on I am ready to blow shit up, not have a woo session.

Oh and, I had to share data from my phone to make the call because the building wifi didn’t reach into the abandoned office I’d locked myself into.  Good thing I have an unlimited data plan.

I was going to record the call so I could look back over it, but forgot.  Oh well.

Ok, the cards.  I did a basic spread since she didn’t have any particular questions:



1. You, now: Queen of Swords
2. Past: Eight of Pentacles
3. Future: Nine of Wands
4. Above: Ace of Swords
5. Below: Five of Pentacles

Then a bonus parting shot: Five of Cups (oops! haha)

All in all, nice and simple, no “scary” cards or anything I struggled to make sense of.

I stumbled a bit on the 9wands; I still tend to mix up Wands/Fire and Swords/Air, and being nervous made me completely forget for a moment, then catch myself, which was awkward.  (Awkward for me; this was the client’s first reading so I doubt she noticed anything.)

Also, it was important to me that I not use any notes or cram right before the reading!  I did go over the major arcana last night; since I don’t do a proper spread very often, I wanted to make sure I had those big ideas well fixed in my mind.  (I’m getting close to having them memorized in order.  Goin’ pro here folks.)  If I do this again (who am I kidding, that was rad, I’m totally doing it again) I’d want one note next to me:


Also– and I didn’t expect this– I had a tough time knowing what to say out loud versus what to simply think to myself.  I didn’t just want to blather on about “ohh look, you’ve got an eight in your past and a nine in your future” when she doesn’t know the significance.  Or, if I do (I did) make sure to interpret it out loud (don’t think I did that so well).

Now I’m thinking my mistake was that I didn’t just sit and look quietly after I laid it all out, and/or I didn’t pause to take notes.  I guess I didn’t want to just sit there not saying anything, especially since she couldn’t look at the cards, she was just stuck looking at my face.

Oh right, one technical difficulty.  I had planned to switch to the rear camera so she could take a screenshot of the cards and then we could both look at them at the same time.  I checked my settings and thought I’d be able to do it– but it didn’t work.  Plan B worked fine (hold up the card when I’m talking about it) but I want the client to look at the cards too, so I’ll get that dealt with before the next time.  I think I know how I’ll handle it.

Also, and this was something I did expect: I was wiped.out.  I knew that four or five cards was absolutely my limit, and then on a whim, I pulled the sixth card as a “last word” when I was wrapping up the reading.  I had already explained the significance of the lack of cups in her reading, so when I pulled the Five of Cups, I said, “Oh no!  There’s your cups!  That isn’t very nice, I’m sorry!”  At least it wasn’t Death; I would have burst out laughing if that happened…  I expect those kinds of shenanigans from Mystic Meg, not from RWS!

Finally, the time.  I had planned for 20-30 minutes, which was basically my lunch break with wiggle room for video/audio quirks.  It was 30 minutes exactly, which was a surprise to me.  I have no idea what took 30 minutes, it was over in a blink.

Yeah, I’m still wiped.

One very nice thing was the Queen of Swords as the client just popping up as her signifier even though I didn’t intend it to work out that way.  I started the reading saying something like, “What a nice card to start out with” and explained how the card signified a person who had achieved mastery over her topic, and not just mastery, but being in a position where she’s sharing her knowledge.  Then I explained how the Eight of Pentacles showed a lot of hard work and dedication, and finally reaping rewards from all that investment.  Also, “Are you a teacher?” I asked.  She said she’s finishing up a doctoral program and yes, she teaches.  Also she just received her first award for her research.


I’ll end on that!  Very, very happy about how it went.

Well, one question: how do you not act surprised and impressed when the cards are just so spot on?  I mean, that’s the point!  But it still amazes me.

a review of my first live reading

Queen of Pentacles

The weather has been completely unforgiving this week.  It’s the low desert so I’m used to blazing heat, but this summer has been all about being humid and swampy as fuck.  Needless to say it’s Iced Everything weather.  However, my pantry, fridge and freezer are all basically empty, so I splurged on a smoothie this morning on the way to work.  While I was waiting for the raw vegan hippie to make my breakfast, I drew the Queen of Wands.  I also drew a blank.

Honestly, it’s not like I don’t get the court cards; I’m pretty sure I do.  It’s just that when I pull one of them on their own, I have trouble placing it in my life.  And it was the same today.

So later I’m expecting a research faculty to come visit (I’m a librarian) so I can help her work with print indexes.  And as I was clearing off a desk and pulling the relevant years for her, I realized that working with print indexes and abstracts is totally pentacles work in that it’s about the physical realm.  The young folks (we call them “digital natives” when we’re trying not to sound like grumpy old folks) have no idea what research used to involve because they’ve always been able to look things up.  But when you’re doing research into government hearings in the 70’s, there’s very little online and plenty in library basements.

And if you want to find anything in that realm of dust, poor lighting, and cracking book spines… you better know a Queen of Pentacles.

Queen of Pentacles