It’s one thing to do tarot readings for yourself. After all, you’re the most familiar with the question and when the cards come up, oftentimes you have a ready answer for where or how they fit in your life. There’s the “aha” moment of “that’s what that means” and the overall picture becomes really clear. At least that’s how it works for me.
But when you have someone else do the tarot reading, there may not be that connection. Granted, the ones I’ve had done for me have been pretty darn awesome. They’ve hit that proverbial nail, usually with the proverbial sledgehammer. Better that nail, than my getting hit with a universal clue-by-four sometime later in the process, right? There’s also the sense of wonder and amazement that someone else, someone who might not even know you or your situation. Even still, you may wonder how to go about interpreting the reading. (And this would apply to most any reading, like an oracle or rune, or other tool.)
First, look at the overall picture. Read the summary, if the reader provided one. See how this may, or may not, apply to your situation.
Then, look at the questions and the cards that came up. Do they mean more than what the individual put down. If you get pictures of the cards, look at them. What symbols or scenes jump out at you?
Finally, think about everything. Sometimes the easy answers may make themselves clear, but more substantial ones will take longer to emerge.
It’s good to get readings done by others. Many times they bring validation as well as insights that you may not have thought about. And, if you ever have a question about a reading, you could always ask the reader.