How to Get the Most Out of Your Reading

Having a reading is a great, interactive way to seek clarity in your life. Some readers may use the cards to give advice, while others can engage in predictive fortunetelling to give you an idea of what comes next. But whether it's tarot cards, bones, coconut shells or cyrstal balls, sitting for a reading can sometimes be an overwhelming experience. However, with the right preparation and mindset, you can make sure you're ready to absorb all the messages you need. 

Come Prepared

The best way to prepare for your reading is to spend some time meditating on what you'd like to know. Why are you having this reading? Do you have burning questions that need answers? Parts of your life that need some direction or clarity? Something you need reassurance on before you can take the next step? It's all going to come out in your reading anyway! If you're prepared to let your reader know what information you're after, they'll often have a much easier time drawing situation-specific answers for you. It's also a good idea to tailor your questions in a way that empowers you and gives you agency. For example, "What can I do about this situation?", "How can I react to this most diplomatically?" or "Is this path most in line with my dreams?" all center the question on you and your goals. Your questions can be as broad or as detailed as you like, but giving your reading a sense of direction will help everyone tune in more easily. 

Get Out of Your Own Head

When you first sit down with your reader, it's important to leave your daily life at the door. Make sure you've eaten so your tummy isn't rumbling, and turn off your phone so you're not distracted. Do your best to get into a calm, meditative headspace before you arrive. You're here to take your questions apart piece by piece and find answers- why should you let your anxieties cloud your mind? Rest easy- your reader is on your side! Many readers will cleanse the energy of the space with incense or settle your mind with a brief meditation, but doing your part to arrive relaxed and open will help the fluidity of the process. The more open you're willing to be, the easier it will be to tap in and find you the answers you're looking for.

Have Faith

As I've said before, you and your reader are on the same team. When selecting your reader, make sure to pick someone that you feel you can trust. A good reading requires intimacy and faith, on both the part of the reader AND the querent. A strong connection between both people will carry across messages that are clearer and more direct. If you arrive with an open mind and an open spirit, you'll be surprised at how much more precise and personal your reading can become. Be honest, forthright, and clear in your speech. Most importantly, be prepared to actively listen to your reader. Putting your trust in their words can yield marvelous results. 

Take Notes

You'll be getting a lot of rapid-fire information during your reading. Don't be afraid to write it all down. Some readers may even allow you to record your session, but always ask first! Either way, try to get down as much as you can. You never know what may sound unimportant at the time, but could be a huge source of insight later. Try to save as much information as you can to reflect upon later. Much the same way that dream interpretation works, the devil is often in the details- doing your best to absorb as many little pieces of the reading as you can will give you a richer answer to your questions. 

Monthly Tarot Forecast for August

Happy August! This month kicks off with Mars exiting Scorpio (thank goodness), a beautiful new moon in Leo, and some blissfully cool weather. The intense energy of July is winding down as summer draws to a close, and August is shaping up to be the precursor to the reflective, reap-time energy of autumn. This month, Blue June brings us another thorough and thought-provoking monthly forecast with the classic Rider-Waite tarot deck. 

RELINQUISH - Temperance, upright
This card has a great deal of duality to it for the month of August.  It's time to work on some bad habits.  During the early part of this month it is a great idea be focused on self care and finding your inner peace.  Manage your mood and stress by working out and then treat yourself to an activity that helps you feel relaxed.  This is also a good time to coordinate your plans for later this month and work closely with others setting a foundation of healthy communication.  This will prepare you for the later parts of the month where these behaviors are sure to become more challenging.  Don't be surprised when you find it hard to keep your cool because a work opportunity has shifted or communications start to feel thin around the new moon or during the full moon's lunar eclipse.  Learn to let go of things that aren't happening organically.  The over all message of this card is that finding a way to be patient with both yourself and others will yield the most positive results because we are all in for a few surprises in this month of drastic renewal and change. 

FOCUS - Two of Cups, upright
Remember before when I said that you will want to work closely with others in the name of good communication?  This is a main focus this month in all relationships and probably will be for a few more months due to Mercury going retrograde at the very end of this month.  Why not get out in front of it now?  Friends, co-workers and especially lovers need extra attention this month.  Do something for a co-worker to make them smile, call an old friend and catch up in the early part of this month and do something romantic with your partner, then give yourself a huge pat on the back for your hard work and diligence - you've earned it.  But do these things without delay as the end of the month the seams will weaken in a surprising way.  Whether or not these relationships stand the test of time is not known, so it's up to you to take hold of your destiny.  

CHALLENGE - Nine of Wands, reversal
Oh wow, should you ever brace yourselves.  The major challenge of the month of August is going to be staying cognitive.  Make sure your beliefs are based on logic and facts but be prepared for some unforeseen changes.  If you feel reluctant to follow through with your commitments at the last minute through this month.  Remind yourself that you said you would do something and then do it.  Remember that not doing so can hurt your reputation, it's not worth ruining all you've built because of a bad mood.  If it truly isn't working out then you can feel free to change the arrangement, but at least put your best foot forward and try while keeping in mind that this may be the thing that springs you to the next step.  Give yourself all the time you need to recuperate this month!  If you push yourself too hard you may find that it causes you to make hasty decisions or snap judgements that could get you into trouble down the line.  We have enough on our plate with this as our challenge card, let's take very good care to manage the way we are thinking through the month.


EMBRACE - Nine of Pentacles, upright
Well, if you were wondering if you should feel guilty for pampering yourself you can absolutely set those feelings aside.  It's time to really do the things for yourself you've been wanting to do.  Of course work and other aspects of your life still demand your attention but even more now than ever before you have truly earned some extra comforts for yourself!  A perfect time to spend some time outdoors this month.  The woods, a park, a boat, or the beach!  The season will be over before you know it and traveling while Mercury is in retrograde is not highly advised so do before the end of this month if you can, even if it's only for a day.  Do not blow off your obligations in order to achieve this however or there will be consequences for your actions, probably financial in nature.

Blue June is one of Catland's most revered tarot readers who also provides crystal casting and oracle divination.  She teaches the monthly Intro to Tarot class and is the creator/curator of the celebrated monthly Full Moon Market.  Blue is available for walk-ins Saturdays and Mondays at Catland, and other days by appointment.

Monthly Tarot Forecast for July

Happy July, friends! As last month's harsh Mars retrograde fades into memory, the full ripeness of summer comes to Brooklyn. Join us as we take a quick peek into what this warm & luscious month has in store for us. Using the delicately gilded Visconti-Sforza deck, in-house reader Blue June leads us through the ups and downs that July has in store. 

RELINQUISH - 10 of Swords, reversal
We are moving away from a time of great stress, emotional pain and anxiety and while some of those feelings are still lingering, most of us can feel the burden of June lifting and we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Financial problems and social anxieties heightened  and just to add insult to injury whatever issues individuals commonly struggle with became even more challenging this past month.  If you used this time of intensity to get some important answers about yourself and where you are heading, good for you!  If you are still feeling anxious, you have some things left to examine.  Take time to reflect inwardly and get these answers so that you can let go and move forward.  There is something positive awaiting you on the other side, so get to work!


FOCUS - Knight of Chalices, upright
Remain open minded to positive emotional experiences!  This month is a great time to strengthen your most beloved friendships.  Pay close attention for any clues that will lead to healing of the heart and opportunities to make yourself available for service to others.  Getting together with a group of loved ones to create something beautiful will be rewarding in surprising ways and may lead to future adventures if you can keep your heart open.

CHALLENGE - Queen of Chalices, reversal
Wearing your heart on your sleeve comes with many rewards this month, but will be more difficult than usual to maintain.  Collectively we are still healing from the trauma we encountered last month, so there will be many moments you don't feel like keeping your heart open, but I assure you if you power through these lapses through small acts of service you will reap the benefits.  Remain selfless this month and give your time to others, this month is a time to put others before you.  Don't set your expectations of others too high for the time being, especially in those relationships that you find the most trying.  This is where your patience is needed most!

EMBRACE - 2 of Cups, upright
Moving forward you will begin to enjoy the reward of enhanced partnerships, be they in matters of love, business, or friendship.  This harmony is long awaited and will provide some overdue peace of mind.  Much has been endured to get to this place so congratulate yourself on the work you've done to get here!  Self care is of the upmost importance to complete this part of the journey.  Create space for yourself to indulge, but don't over do it, others will gravitate towards your healthy love of self.

Blue June is one of Catland's most revered tarot readers who also provides crystal casting and oracle divination.  She teaches the monthly Intro to Tarot class and is the creator/curator of the celebrated monthly Full Moon Market.  Blue is available for walk-ins Saturdays and Mondays at Catland, and other days by appointment.