Why Your Tarot Stopped Working

Why have your Tarot cards stopped working? How can your Tarot just magically not work for you anymore? Are your Tarot cards not accurate, or do they not make any sense? Are you struggling to make detailed predictions with your Tarot cards? Then this post is for you! 

Despite the fact I have practiced Tarot nearly my entire life, I haven’t always been good at it. Divination is a skill that you must constantly level up and improve on; otherwise, you can fall short. The expert or would-be expert diviner must always be adapting, always pushing to do better.

Unlike other types of skills, the ability to divine is something that can come and go for no obvious reason. There have been times when I have ‘lost’ my ability to practice Tarot. Seemly overnight my cards have stopped working for me, and I have found it hard to make predictions or give readings.

About four years ago, after 15 years of practice, I randomly lost my ability to read Tarot. The worst part was, I realized while I was at a paying client’s house performing a reading. I knew the meanings of the card, but they stopped speaking to me, and I couldn’t nail the reading. 

It was a nightmare

At the time, I didn’t know what it was which caused me to lose my Tarot reading capability, but it scared the shit out of me. Not only was I freaked out but I lived with both the fear and shame of having lost my abilities. It just did not make sense. 

If you have been reading for a long time, or you’re a professional, you may not want to go posting around Facebook groups for help. Or if you’re brand new, you might not understand why your Tarot cards aren’t gelling with you and not know where you can turn for help.

Don’t fear; I have some tips for what you can do if a method of divination isn’t working for you. Get divining and give these a bash!

Why your Tarot cards have stopped working - Rider Waite Smith deck
Although you may love Tarot, it may have stopped working because it is not right for you.

Tarot Stopped Working Because It Is Not Right For You

Sorry to break it to you, but you’re not going to be able to practice every method of divination. There will be some types of fortune-telling you will rock and others which will not even let you get your foot in the door; Tarot may be one of them.

If you’re a newbie to a type of reading and feel blocked every time you sit at your reading table, then it could be a sign that the type of divination you’re trying to master isn’t right for you.

I truly believe that everyone can perform divination. However, because we all think differently, have separate talents and abilities, not everyone can do every type of  fortune-telling. You may find you’re practically amazing at Lenormand but suck at Tarot.

So, what should you do? In these situations, I recommend you stick with your chosen method for a little while. However, if you’re finding you’re not making progress, then it may be time to move on to another method more fitting for your personal talents. Don’t worry; there are literally hundreds of methods of divination, you’re sure to find a good half dozen you’re killer at.  

Lenormand is a card reading method which is similar to Tarot, but there are not as many cards to remember (Lenormand only has 36). Plus, if you’re into symbolism, can easily put things together and consider yourself quite an intuitive person, Lenormand may be more fitting to you than Tarot. 

Your Tarot Stopped Working Because It’s Time To Move On

Believe it or not, this is what happened to me. I truly believe my Tarot stopped working because I was destined to learn Lenormand.     

Not long after the incident where I forgot how to read Tarot, I was scheduled for a job interview at a psychic shop. Part of the interview involved reading the owner. I. Was. Shitting. Myself.

Knowing fine well I couldn’t read Tarot anymore, I mentally began to go through the other methods of divination I knew but, to be honest, I felt kind of blocked with them as well. So here I was, about to be tested and had no clue what the hell I was doing.

Two days before the interview, I hit Google. I was on Wikipedia looking up methods of divination I could quickly learn and perform for the meeting. Sacrificing goats for their liver or setting bonfires was out of the question. One by one, I crossed each method off my list. Time slipped away.

As luck would have it, I was addicted to Facebook groups at the time. Trying to escape my problems, I was in some spiritual development group where a couple of German-born American readers were talking about Lenormand. Up until this point, I never heard of Lenormand; it didn’t even appear on my extensive Wikipedia search (which was a big thing because, back then, Wikipedia was life).

Seeing the crazy amounts of detail which readers could get from Lenormand influenced me enough to learn before the interview. Believe it or not, the method clicked into place so easily for me; I mastered the system in 2 days. AND I got the job. Not long after this incident, my ability to read with Tarot magically came back.

If almost overnight, you begin to struggle with a method of divination, you could be in a similar situation to the one I was in back when my Tarot reading didn’t make sense. Perhaps your spirits, the universe, etc. are pushing you towards mastering a new type of reading. Therefore, experiment with different fortune-telling systems and see if that makes a difference to your reading ability.

You Don’t Know The Meanings

When I teach divination, I have three pillars I like to work on. If a student is struggling with a method of divination, usually it is because one of those pillars is off balance and needs to be worked on. The first pillar is the meanings pillar.

Let’s be honest, most types of divination are made up of meanings and interpretations. If you don’t know the meanings and interpretations, then you’re going to struggle with the method of reading. You have to get the foundations down.

Struggling with an interpretation or two (or 10) can put a block on your ability to practice a method of divination. If you’re praying to God that this card doesn’t come up, or that thing isn’t mentioned, it adds too much-unneeded stress to an already stressful situation. You could essentially be putting your intuition on lockdown.

Why your Tarot cards have stopped working - Lenormand deck
Lenormand has many symbols that you can find in your day-to-day life such as the sun, children and storks.

Everyone has that one Tarot card meaning they struggle with interpreting. That symbol which fills them with dread. Those two Tarot cards which they struggle telling apart. It is human nature to stumble when trying to digest tonnes of information. Swallowing thousands of year’s worth of interpretations is never easy and the more detailed the system you’re trying to conquer, the harder it gets. (If you’re curious, Justice was my ‘problem’ card, I always confuse Jupiter and Saturn and am forever struggling to interpret the meaning of ducks and yet, duck dreams seem to always come up for me, unbelievable).

 If there are meanings you just don’t get, then one of the reasons why could be because the meanings you’re trying to learn just aren’t gelling for you. Also, in Tarot, there are lots of cards to remember (78!), so learning can take years for some people, making predictions difficult. 

Your Techniques Are Lacking

Another ‘pillar’ which I teach, is techniques. In most methods of divination, how you read and get more detail is just as important as how you interpret.

If your issue is that you can perform a method of divination, BUT you feel as though you have hit a wall, then your reading techniques may need to be worked on. For example, in Tarot, you can use significators to get more details in your Tarot reading as opposed to wasting your life googling more and more interpretations. Therefore, if you’re struggling with the level of detail in your reading, work on your reading ability.

Your Spiritual Development Needs Work

A lack of good and proper spiritual development is probably the number one reason why most diviners struggle with their divination, that is why spiritual development is pillar number three I am about to discuss.

Divination is not a stand-alone practice.  If you want to be a good diviner, the development of your precognitive, psychic, intuitive and spiritual abilities are essential; otherwise, you’ll be like a headless chicken continually wondering what the hell you’re doing.

If Tarot has stopped working for you, it could be because your psychic abilities are blocked in some way.

One thing you can do to remedy this is to pray to an ancestral spirit to assist you in your divination. It doesn’t have to be a spirit you remember meeting, and you don’t even need to feel like you have had a relationship with them. The first spirit who pops into your head, even if you thought of the words “great-grandma” will do. Pray to them for help with your readings, and see what happens. 

Tarot Stopped Working Because It Is Not Right For The Job

A lot of readers cannot make predictions with Tarot cards; their readings are confusing, inaccurate and do not make sense.  If you fall into this category, the reason why could be because you are trying to achieve things which you personally just cannot with Tarot. 

It is a sad fact, but many Tarot cards limit their Tarot abilities from early on in their journey. It is possible that you have conditioned yourself to not predict with Tarot, especially if you have become accustomed to holistic readings. Some readers just cannot help but fall into the self-help trap. 

If you try a new method of card divination, such as Lenormand, you can teach yourself to break out of your Tarot healing rut. Lenormand focuses heavily on giving predictions for love, business, money, family, health – a total of at least 36 life areas. In fact, Lenormand is mainly concerned with giving predictions and detail orientated, accurate readings. 

So, What Can You Do?

Learn Lenormand! Learning Lenormand is super easy, fun and stress-free if you get the right guidance from the beginning. You can cruise this site and start reading Lenormand today! 

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