Broken Bone Tarot Reading

One of my early tarot “aha!” moments came from a spread featuring the 3 of Swords and the 4 of Pentacles.

My young daughter had taken a fall and her thumb was hurting badly. The simple question was: How serious is this injury?

I was new to tarot, and the meaning of the two cards didn’t come to me immediately. These were the first and final cards in a Celtic Cross spread, which was pretty much the only spread I knew how to do at the time. (“What was happening to your injured child while you dealt out a 10-card reading,” you ask? All I can say is that she can text as fast as any of her college-mates today. It must have been okay.) Continue reading “Broken Bone Tarot Reading”


U.S. Immigration in 3 Tarot Cards

“Show me U.S. immigration policy in 3 tarot cards.”

I ask the question, then shuffle and cut my deck as usual. Like so many of us, I’ve been focused on the news of children being separated from families at the US/Mexico border. I’ve just smudged my room with white sage and energized it with sweet grass. The sun is shining through my studio window. I feel present.

I place the first card in the center to represent the central theme.


Cards two and three go to either side to represent clarifying details.

4 of Pentacles and 2 of Wands. Both are upside-down.

Present Day Tarot Immigration Reading

In the most neutral interpretation, these cards say, “There is a battle for fairness (Justice) regarding two groups. One is looking for a home (2 of Wands). The other is holding the doors shut (4 of Pentacles).*

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Father’s Day Tarot Spread

Dad with macrame beltI was lucky to be raised by the guy on the right. The one with the macramé belt.

My dad was a high school French teacher for 35 years, well known in our hometown and in towns across France, too. The two French gentlemen in the photo? Who knows? My dad probably asked them for directions and ended up getting the insiders’ tour of the town. For my dad, a walk down a street is above all a chance to make friends. Bonus points if you do it in a foreign language!

This post features a different way to use tarot cards. I’ll call it Tarot on Purpose. For this kind of reading, choose the cards deliberately rather than at random. Place them down and let them talk to each other. What do the cards say about your subject? How does your experience of the subject teach you more about the cards?

Here’s my Tarot on Purpose tribute to you, Dad, using a 3-card tarot spread specially designed for Father’s Day:


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Tarot Workout: Court Tester

We’ve been talking about the Court Cards in the Tarot Salon, so I’ve chosen a reading that features them for this next Tarot Workout. 

“Micheline” writes in with this question:

“I am studying for a professional exam that is offered only every 4 months. There is pressure for me to take it as soon as possible, both financially and for reasons related to my visa. What are the chances that I would pass the exam if I take it right away?”

Using the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, you lay out the following spread:


  1. Covering energy (Micheline as she stands now): Queen of Pentacles, reversed
  2. Opportunity crossing for better or for worse (Taking the test right away): Page of Pentacles
  3. The most likely outcome of these together: 4 of Cups

Here are the cards from my deck:


What do you say to Micheline?

Bonus questions for fun:

  1. Pull an “advice” card from your deck. What further guidance do you get from that?
  2. Do you read these Court Cards as different people, aspects of Micheline, or a combination of the two? Why, and how would your reply differ if you saw it the other way?
— Stop here to complete your reading before looking on for my response. —

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Tarot Workout: How’s My Timing?

“Beverly” has surprised herself by getting excited about someone new very shortly after a breakup. She asks:

“What potential does this new relationship have, especially given my timing?”

Using the Golden Tarot by Kat Black, you draw a 4-card spread for Beverly. What do you tell her when you see these cards?

Present Day Tarot Spread


******** Tarot Students, pause here to create your own interpretation of this reading. Then read on to compare my response to yours. **********

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My Tarot Travel Agent

I was holding plane tickets to Philly for the day the area was due to be hit by a big storm. I turned to my Fountain Tarot deck to ask what might come of my travel plans, and got:

Present Day Tarot Reading

  • Delay and waiting (Hanged Man)
  • Boredom and more waiting (The Hermit)
  • Standing up for myself, fighting crowds (7 of Wands)

The cards ultimately fit the situation to a tee. As I arrived at the airport just before dawn the next day, I learned that my flight, along with many others, was canceled due to snow at our destination. I joined a long line of unhappy travelers all vying for nonexistent flights to the East Coast. 

My reading had a small but significant detail. All 3 of the cards had appeared upside-down. 

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Tarot Workout: Speed Dating

‘Silvia’ writes in with the following question: “I have several dates planned in the next few weeks. How can I find the best guy for me?”

This Tarot Workout shows a common question asked of tarot readers, and is based on an actual reading I did some time ago. I’ll just set you up for now, and ask you to leave comments with your thoughts for Silvia. I will post my written response in a few days. You do not need to consider yourself a tarot reader to weigh in. Simply find your intuitive response to the pictures, and go for it.

Using the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, you lay out the following spread:

Present Day Tarot 3-card spreadCARD 1 (Sylvia’s ideal romantic partner): 9 of Cups, upright

CARD 2 (Helping energy): 6 of Cups, reversed

CARD 3 (Blocking energy): Ace of Cups, reversed


Together, the spread looks like this:

Present Day Tarot image for Silvia

Upright in 1-2-3 order, the cards look like this:

What do you tell Silvia?

(Stop at this point if you’re doing the tarot workout. Put out your cards and come up with your own interpretation. Then read on to see the answer Silvia got from me — Y)

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