Poetry of the Mind
I borrow some ideas from Arthur Rosengarten’s Tarot and Psychology and Katrina Wynne’s Transformative Tarot Counseling. Some ideas I record based on my own experience. Both are excellent resources for those wanting to develop the art of Tarot reading as a licensed professional.
Professional Therapy Tarot Reading
Contract Consent Form Sometimes Consent Form
Therapeutic alliance Developing with an assumption of more time Short-Term with no guarantee of follow-up
Therapeutic Position* Varies. Each professional chooses a level of authority Varies. Each reader chooses a level of authority.
Client projects a level of authority onto Therapist Querent projects a level of authority onto Reader
Style Administered** Preferred theoretical orientation. Flexible Preferred method. Choice in Cards. Flexible
Focus More on therapist (transference) or technique More on Cards. Some on reader (transference (possible performance anxiety) and therapist content, reduced). More weight on internal querent’s
Interval focus on internal experience internal experiences***
Interpretation* Learned + Experience + Intuition Learned + Experience + Intuition
Future Prediction**** Based on statistics, learning, experience, Based on learning, experience, intuition, cognitive scripts, cultural influences, intuition cognitive scripts, cultural influences
*This could differ based on the style of one's theoretical orientation and/or one's particular discipline (i.e. psychologist and counselor).
**Statistics suggest that what the therapist claims as his or her theoretical orientation and how he or she works in the office are often incongruent.
***Weight on the querent’s internal experience dissipates if the reader takes on a divinatory approach.
****Prediction is a general word that could include anywhere from an educational guess to a specific outcome. In any case, predictions are more common in the human mind than we lay claims to, lay and professionals alike. In the professional field, the therapist bases (quietly or otherwise) an immediate or future outcome using apparent facts, intuition, faith in his or her theoretical orientation, and internal convictions based on personal experience. This is understandably suggestive and not revelatory, the former of which is also and often the case when the Tarot reader speaks of the future, such as in using the three card spread: Past—Present---Future.