I love my local metaphysical shop but I had the opportunity to listen into a tarot reading yesterday. An elderly man, so handicapped he couldn’t make it up the two steps to get into the main section of the building, came in for his regular reading. His wife was with him. I listened in as I shopped. (1. The store was closed when he got there to give privacy but I get special privileges everywhere in life. I don’t know why. 2. I know, it’s rude to listen in.)
The tarot reader regularly asked him leading questions. Is your mother dead? (Most likely she was. He was like 80.) Did you have a relative with a name beginning in D? That kind of stuff. He would answer yes or no to the questions and she would continue the reading, telling him the spirits were communicating through the cards. My blood boiled. The shop owner believes she is the real deal. I don’t know the tarot reader. Maybe she thinks she is the real deal, too.
Edit: Oops. Posted too soon.
Here’s the thing. I know every reader is different. I personally don’t ask for the intention or questions beforehand. I ask if there is a question or questions, how many - up to three - they may have. Then I do the reading. I don’t ask questions during the reading, either. (I may misread the cards. That’s on me. But I don’t believe that has happened yet.) Then I ask them if the reading resonated and allow them to share what the intent or questions were after the fact. (I do have one person that likes to share beforehand and I try to keep that from influencing my reading.)
The cards speak for themselves. Real magic will prove itself. I don’t need parlor tricks. Wondering your thoughts on the matter.