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Coping With A Negative Or Bad Tarot Card Reading By Psychic Joshua

Date 5/30/2024
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Tarot readings can be a powerful tool for gaining insights, clarity, and guidance on your life path. However, sometimes a Tarot reading may not provide the guidance or clarity you were hoping for, leaving you feeling confused, disappointed, or even upset. So how do you cope with a negative or bad tarot reading?

It's important to remember that a Tarot reading is not a guarantee of what will happen in the future, and that the cards may not always provide the answers we want to hear. Energy is ever-changing and as such readings will change as well. 

Coping with a bad or negative tarot reading can be challenging, but by understanding the potential reasons behind a difficult reading and using strategies to process and move forward, you can gain valuable insights and continue on your path with renewed clarity and confidence.

So, here are a few different scenarios with guidance on what to do if you get a bad tarot reading.

Coping with a Bad Tarot Reading

Your Tarot Reading Doesn’t Align With Your Hopes Or Expectations

Though you should always enter into a Psychic Tarot Reading with zero expectations and an open heart, we are human and there are times when this does not happen which may lead to the reading not aligning. If this occurs, start by taking a deep breath and grounding yourself. It's natural to feel disappointed or upset but try to stay calm and centered in the moment. 

  • Reflect on the reading. Take some time to think about what the cards are telling you and consider journaling. Even if the message is not what you wanted to hear, there may be valuable insights and lessons that you can take away from the reading. The cards and your guides will always have your back and the message that comes through will be what you need to hear not what you want to hear.

The next piece of guidance is one that will echo throughout this article, but this is due to its importance.

  • Practice self-care If you're feeling emotional or overwhelmed, take care of yourself. Engage in activities that bring you comfort and joy, such as taking a bath, going for a walk, or even just talking/texting with a friend.
  • Consider a second opinion. If you're still unsure about the reading or have questions, you might consider getting a second opinion from another tarot reader. Keep in mind that different readers may interpret the cards differently, so it's worth exploring other perspectives.
  • Remember that the future is not set in stone. Tarot readings are not meant to predict the future with absolute certainty. The cards offer guidance and insight based on the energies and influences present in your life at the time of the reading. You have the power to shape your future through your choices and actions.

Tarot Death and Tower Cards

You Receive A Reading With Negative Tarot Cards

We all know that not all the cards in the Tarot deck are positive cards. From a personal perspective, however, I label the not-so-positive cards as challenge cards. In order for you not to tap into a fearful or discontent mindset within the reading, start by remembering that Tarot readings are not a guarantee of the future. While the negative tarot cards may indicate challenging situations or obstacles, they are not set in stone. You have the power to change your circumstances through your choices and actions.

Some cards that may be seen as negative in mainstream media actually may have more positive meanings if you expand the lens towards the bigger picture. For example, as scary as The Tower card seems, it is all about change and transformation. It is about shedding the old and making way for the new. The Death card may mean endings but all endings have new beginnings. In many ways, the Death card is about release and liberation.

You may also need to take a break from Tarot readings. If you feel that the reading has left you feeling anxious or overwhelmed, it may be helpful to take a break from tarot readings for a while. Give yourself time to return to your heart center and process your thoughts and emotions. Practice self-care and engage in activities that bring you comfort and relaxation, such as taking a warm bath, reading a good book, or spending time in nature.

If that doesn’t help, then you should consider seeking support from others. Talk to a trusted friend or family member about how you're feeling. Sometimes just having someone to listen can be a great comfort.

If you're still feeling unsure or confused about the reading, consider getting a second opinion from another tarot reader. Different readers may interpret the cards differently, and you may receive a more positive or uplifting message in a follow-up reading.

Coping with a Bad Tarot Reading

Your Latest Tarot Reading Contradicts A Previous Tarot Reading

It's not uncommon for different tarot readings to give you varying insights and guidance, especially if they are done at different times or by different readers. If you receive a tarot reading that contradicts a previous reading, start by reflecting on the context of each reading. 

Consider the timing and circumstances of each Tarot reading. Was one done during a time of emotional turmoil, while the other was done during a time of stability? This may impact the message you receive from the cards. As you know energy is always changing and ultimately, time and circumstance can impact a Tarot reading in a big way.

Remember that the cards may have different interpretations. Tarot cards can have multiple meanings and ways to understand them, and different readers may interpret the cards differently. Consider the interpretations and messages of each reading and try to find common themes or insights. Ultimately, you are the best judge of what feels right for you. If one reading resonates with you more than the other, trust your intuition and follow the guidance that feels most aligned with your inner knowing. I always share this with my clients. Always go back to heart center.

Coping with a Bad Tarot Reading

The Connection Between You and Your Tarot Reader is Weak or Off

It's important to feel a sense of trust and connection with your Tarot reader in order to get the most out of your reading. If you feel that there was a weak or no connection between you and the Tarot reader during your reading, take a deep breath and ground yourself. If you're feeling anxious or disconnected during the reading, take a moment to center yourself and focus on your breath.

Don’t be afraid to being open and honest. Not sharing your truth does you and the reader a disservice. Always be open and communicative with your Tarot reader.

If you feel that the connection between you and the reader is not strong, it's okay to let them know. Be respectful and honest about your feelings and ask if there's anything they can do to help you feel more comfortable. If you are in a remote reading or over the phone never abruptly hang up and end a Tarot reading without proper and respectful closure.

Some messages may not be very clear. If you're having trouble understanding the negative tarot cards and messages coming through in the reading, ask the reader to clarify or rephrase their interpretations. This can also allow the reader the time to dig deeper into the message coming through and make this a better experience for you both.

You can also take some time after the reading and practice self-reflection. Even if the connection between you and the reader is weak, there may still be valuable insights and lessons to be gained from the reading. Take time to reflect on the messages that came through and consider how they might apply to your life.

If all else fails, consider finding a new reader. If you feel that the connection between you and the reader is not strong enough to provide you with the guidance and insight you're seeking, it may be helpful to find a new reader who you feel more comfortable with. It’s no different than if you need to change doctors, therapists, or another trusted professional if you aren’t forming a proper bond.

Coping with a Bad Tarot Reading

What To Do If You Get a Bad Tarot Reading?

We have all had the unfortunate experience of a bad or negative tarot reading, and it can be disheartening, but it's important to remember that the messages in the cards are not set in stone. 

You have the power to interpret and use the guidance from a tarot reading in a way that best serves your needs. By taking the time to reflect, process, and move forward with an open mind and heart, you can gain valuable insights from a challenging tarot reading and continue on your path with renewed clarity and confidence. 

Remember, the ultimate power lies within you to make choices and act towards your goals, and a tarot reading is just one tool to help guide you on your journey.

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Joshua is a Level 1 Angel guide and has been practicing tarot and oracle readings for six years. He has a degree in Creative Writing with a focus on film and television. His readings focus on love, career, and life path with a specialization in working with artists and creatives reclaim their craft and story.


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