Today, I’m talking with tarot reader and blogger Georgianna Boehnke about giving readings with trust and confidence.
I adore Georgianna’s interview because her love of tarot really shines through!
The other thing that I love is that she is just so darn humble about her work. At one point, she shares that it was nine years before she began reading professionally! I so admire this, because it not only shows new readers how important years of study is, but it also shows how much she respects the tarot.
Let’s start by talking a little bit about your background. How long have you been doing this work, and how did you know it’s what you wanted to do?
I’ve been reading cards for almost 20 years now, though when I started I had no intention of doing it professionally. I just really liked Tarot cards. I’d had a reading at a friend’s birthday party that blew me away, and I decided right then to learn to read for myself. It’s been my grand obsession ever since. I can’t imagine not doing it.
When you first started doing this work, what was your biggest fear in sharing intuitive messages and/or messages from Spirit? What helped you the most in overcoming that fear?
I guess my biggest concern was that I’d read the cards ‘wrong’ and upset someone with either disappointed expectations or unwarranted fear. I still take that concern seriously, though I’m more confident in expressing myself than I used to be. I also make sure people fully understand that I’m not trying to be, nor am I, some all-knowing guru who has answers to all the mysteries. I’m just a card reader sharing with them what the cards in front of us might mean.
It’s also important to mention that practice was, and is, essential to gaining confidence. When I started out, I read for myself all the time. And I had a group of people around me who were willing to let me read for them too. I still read for myself regularly. And I spend a lot of time studying, drawing, writing about, and generally thinking Tarot.
Approximately how long did it take for you to feel confident in trusting the intuitive messages you were receiving for others?
Since I’m reading cards rather than ‘being psychic’, it’s always been fairly easy for me to read for others. At first I’d read with a book out to help me, but as I did it more, I stopped needing the book and started trusting what I was seeing in the actual pictures before me.
As I mentioned earlier, I think it’s really about practice. I had a lot friends who let me practice on them. And no one expected me to be brilliant (including myself) so there wasn’t a lot of pressure.
It took longer though for me to feel confident about reading professionally. It was nine years before I set up a Tarot business.
Was there a particular moment in your journey that stands out as one that validated your gifts?
Rather than any particular moment, what probably stands out most for me is that I’m still blown away by Tarot and the whole process after all these years. Reading for myself and others never gets dull. The way the cards interact with the questions we ask is constantly amazing, and for me, a true joy. It’s that joy I get when playing with the cards that validates my Tarot journey. It feels like Tarot itself is the gift.
Many new readers get nervous when a client cannot immediately validate the information that they give. What advice would you give new readers with regards to was this situation?
If you’re a Tarot reader, I always say, trust the cards and stay with what they’re telling you. You might not know the person you’re reading for, but you do know that when the cards fall in a particular fashion, they suggest a particular scenario and/or situation. Do not force something you’re not seeing into the narrative, and don’t try to make your story fit what you think your client wants to hear. Just stay with the cards.
Most often, by the end of the reading, everything makes sense. Sometimes though, it does happen that what you’ve said won’t connect with the client. If that’s the case, it’s okay. In such an instance, I’d recommend the reader offer the client his or her money back and look at the experience as an opportunity to learn.
Is there anything that you do to prepare for a reading that has helped with “pre-reading” jitters?
Not much really. I usually just sit with the cards for a few moments before the client calls or arrives, and shuffle quietly with an open intention of offering help.
Is there any other piece of advice you’d like to give, or another question you wish I’d ask regarding giving readings with confidence and trust?
I guess all I might add is to remind new readers to have fun with their readings, and try not to take themselves too seriously. After all, at least with Tarot, the whole thing is really a Fool’s quest.
Thank you so much for including me in your interview series! This has been a real pleasure.