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Spiritual Guidance & Inspiration Through Tarot

by Christin Snyder

The Following is an introduction to Spiritual Guidance Tarot Reading as it is taught in my upcoming book/class “Spiritual Guidance Tarot - A Journey in Self-Discovery".

In my many years of reading and interpreting the cards I have discovered that the most effective readings tend to focus not on "fortune telling" but on inspiring and motivating people to seek their own truths within. I seek to show the individual methods they can use to unlock their fullest potential. Personal Empowerment should be the goal of any reading. .

In my time doing readings I have seen so many people who thought that I could just tell them what is going to happen. I know it is human nature to want to have all the answers, to be in control. In the past I often "abused" the Tarot myself attempting to effect answers and solutions in advance.

The most important thing I tell people is that although many times difficult, life is a beautiful learning experience. Every decision we make, every thing that we do serves our growth. When we reach those low points of grief and anger we have to try our hardest to recognize them as a blessing. Yes a blessing, because without sorrow we would not be able to express or understand joy, without tears there would be no laughter. Life experience is merely a matter of choice. We can not change the outer world, but we can change ourselves and the way in which we choose to react to events.

When we make a conscious attempt to do this we transform not only our own lives but also the lives of all we touch. The present and future is a beautiful gift given to each one of us to shape and mold as we will. When we attempt to shape this for another person; we overstep our boundaries. When we seek to show people different ways of looking at their present situation, we empower them to make better decisions for their futures. Empowerment is the best thing a reading can provide to someone who is Troubled rather than false hope

My spiritual guidance or what I also refer to as my personal empowerment spread consists of the following:

* The first position is the background, which points out the general areas of concern in the querrent’s present situation

* The second Position expands on this a bit by showing me what is motivating the individuals concern, what drives or compels their actions.

* The third position I use to point out fears and underlying problems that the person needs to address, things that block their progress.

* The fourth position I use to point out gently things that they may be overlooking or different perspectives to explore.

* The fifth position I use as an "action plan' to point out ways in which the individual can move past the problems/fears, restrictions, and go forward with new awareness.

The Spread itself is laid out from left to right, shuffling and reflecting on the position meaning as each card is drawn.

Sometimes this reading is a little difficult to hear, as it shows us things we don't always want to see. Our job as an effective reader is not to placate someone or simply say what we think they want to hear. Our goal should always be truth even if it is uncomfortable. The reason that is so is that it allows for growth for the individual, placating someone does not serve their highest good. Of course that doesn't mean that one should be overly abrasive or condescending in any manner. When reading about a painful situation, try to understand why the querrent feels the way they do while still remaining objective. In the next lesson we will learn in detail how to do a Spiritual Guidance Reading for ourselves and others.

Christin Snyder is a Spiritual Guidance and Personal Empowerment coach who offers a wide variety of free self-empowerment and transformational tools on her websites. Visit today at or

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