A Sample 10-Card Reading

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Tarot and oracle cards are powerful tools for exploring your inner development, getting an insight about people and situations in your life, and critical thinking.  Since the 1990s decks have been published in staggering abundance and there are hundreds in print and currently available through online and traditional retail outlets. Thousands more can be found through online used items resellers, bricks and mortar new age shops, and used bookstores. They have found their way, though rarely, into psychological practice and high art gallery presentations.  More often than not they will appear at some point in the story of a fantasy TV series or movie.

Doing a reading for yourself, getting a reading for yourself, or doing readings for others is and should be, a sacred process. This article, and others I write on this subject, will explore the very serious and helpful process of using tarot and oracle cards, both personally and professionally.  I have been reading cards professionally since 1992 and have done thousands of readings. Over the period of my professional work, scholarly study, and personal use, I have learned many forms of knowledge about the cards and their use that I want to share with you.

Approaching the Reading

In another article for Ask Astrology, I explain three different ways to approach a reading: by asking a specific question, considering an area of your life (romance, career, family, and so on), or by just being open. For this sample 10-card reading, I have chosen the Law of Attraction Tarot and my question was, “how do I best move forward with my business?”  I drew each card based on a question for each position in the spread and laid them out in a Celtic Cross (photo at the end of the post).

What do I need to know right now (about my business)?

The 5 of Cups

5 of Cups tarot card

I am doing what I enjoy, and the business is thriving, which it is; the work makes me happy.

What is a challenge I need to be aware of?

King of Cups

King of Cups tarot card

I need to keep thinking of ways to improve my professional stature and be ready and willing to present what I do to others publicly as a viable and important endeavor.

What is obvious, but I need a reminder?

10 of Cups

10 of Cups tarot card

Essentially, I am getting everything I want from my business and I should be grateful, which I am.

What is hidden that I would like revealed?

4 of Scrolls

4 of Scrolls tarot card

I need to enjoy my creative process and accept the rewards of my hard work.

What is a card from my past that will help me in the present moment?

9 of Swords

9 of Swords tarot card

I need to remember that working for someone else forced me to accept their rules and restricted my power.

What do I need to know for guidance going into the future?

Prince of Swords

Prince of Swords tarot card

I have the skill to accomplish my tasks and goals with my business so long as I stay focused and trust that my training and form (delivering my services) will get me the results I want.

What is my purpose (with my business) at this time?

Prince of Cups

Prince of Cups tarot card

Each client is a mystery, but I must always put my best self forward to help them and connect with them.

What do I need to know or do to help fulfill the purpose?

Ace of Coins

Ace of Coins tarot card

Always keep looking for new techniques to deliver practical healing guidance for clients.

What are my hopes and fears?

Queen of Swords

Queen of Swords tarot card

My hope is that I have a successful strategy to “win” in my work and my fear is that it will always be some kind of struggle (to get clients, meet budget, and garner positive recognition).

What is an action for me to consider taking at this time?

Knight of Swords

Knight of Swords tarot card

Continue to see myself as a person “fighting the good fight” with a clear strategy for attracting new clients, supporting current clients, and delivering outstanding service.

The Reading as a Whole

10-Card Tarot Reading

There are a few things worth noting. First of all, the reading is quite positive; the only negative card is in the past position, where I would want it to be. Second, no Major Arcana cards were drawn, suggesting that the business is “running smoothly” and not in need of any major adjustments, which is also nice. Finally, cups dominate the reading indicating that my work is a “labor of love” and something that needs to and does provide me with a great deal of emotional satisfaction.

Philip Young, PhD

I am a spiritual adviser based in Cumming, Georgia, serving clients both locally and worldwide. With a background in academics and a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, I bring a unique blend of knowledge and intuition to my practice. After a fulfilling career in academia, I transitioned into the role of a stay-at-home father in 2007. In 2013, I established Black Unykorn Enterprises, LLC, offering spiritual guidance and support to individuals seeking insight and clarity on their life's journey. My services encompass various tools, including astrology, tarot/oracle cards, numerology, and past life regression utilizing muscle testing. I am dedicated to providing personalized sessions that empower and guide my clients towards their highest potential. Conveniently equipped with a home office and utilizing platforms like Zoom and WhatsApp, I offer virtual sessions for local clients and for those around the world. Distance is not a barrier to the transformative experiences and guidance I provide. To learn more about my practice and explore how I can assist you on your spiritual path, I invite you to visit my website at https://www.blackunykorn.com. There, you will find detailed information about my services and a contact form to initiate a conversation. Philip Young, PhD Website