The Five Basic Elements of a Holistic Tarot Reading

Holistic Tarot Reading

Wow, the interest I had in the free sample holistic tarot reading recently blew me away! I realised that there is no blog post that fully explains what a holistic tarot reading is and how it compares to traditional fortune-telling. 

But before we can break it down, we need to understand what a Tarot reading is and why/how it works…

Like all other forms of divination, the Tarot operates on the principles of synchronicity (the simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection) and the magickal axiom ‘as above, so below’. 

In a universe defined by quantum mechanics, these principles become useful tools in connection with our own intuitive guidance, not only for discerning patterns and trajectories but for actively manifesting our destiny. Based on these principles, it is possible to do both traditional fortune-telling and holistic Tarot readings. So how are they different from each other?

First, we will have a look at the elements that need to be present in a holistic Tarot reading. I will then proceed to compare it to fortune-telling for contrast and greater insight.

5 Elements Present in a Holistic Tarot Reading

The following 5 elements have to be present for a Tarot reading to be fully holistic. You will notice that one of these elements is down to the client rather than the Tarot reader:
1. Holistic Tarot readings are a proactive approach to problem resolution
2. Holistic Tarot readings are a responsible use of the Tarot, based on a belief that there are many possible futures and that the guidance given by the cards will present you with the choices that will best align you with your Higher Self
3. The reader suggests Holistic remedies, affirmations and techniques for healing/manifestation during the course of a Holistic Tarot reading
4. Holistic Tarot readings attract clients who are seeking ‘soul growth guidance’
5. Holistic Tarot readings are done in dialogue with the client so that the best possible question can be asked by the cards and the holistic guidance can be tailor-made to the individual client

Fortune-telling is passive/reactive – Holistic Tarot is active/proactive 

While synchronicity is acausal, our lives are not. If you eat junk food day in and day out, you will make yourself ill and if you never leave your house, you will not meet a suitable romantic partner.

Traditional fortune-telling panders to wishful thinking that we ourselves are not responsible/accountable for our destiny and well-being but can rely on ‘fate’ and ‘good fortune’ to bring us the things we desire.

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.
~ C.G. Jung

Not set in stone

Fortune-telling creates the illusion that the future is set in stone – Holistic Tarot informs you of options and optimal choices for manifesting your desires

The two main problems with giving the client a set trajectory (albeit the most likely one) is that you disempower the client as well as create karma for yourself as a reader by taking away choice from your client.

Remedies and guidance for transformation

Fortune-telling shows you what is likely to happen – Holistic Tarot gives you tools and remedies for changing the outcome for the highest good of all.

Not any Tarot can give Holistic guidance based on the Tarot. It takes an in-depth knowledge of the human energy field, an understanding of Astrological correspondences and their concomitant anatomical correspondences, as well as knowledge of at least one healing modality.

That is why it is so important for you as a client to do a background check on your prospective Tarot reader.

Fate or clarity about the best way forward

Fortune-telling is all about the mystery of ‘fate’ – Holistic Tarot is more interested in absolute clarity than in mystery

Many fortune-tellers do not understand how the Tarot work, just that it works… and to a certain extent it does even when they do not know how to use it for healing. However, the fortune-teller’s vibration is lower than that of someone who chooses to use the Tarot for empowerment and healing.

This is why fortune-tellers attract a certain type of client; those who wish to have the future served up on a silver platter. Holistic Tarot readers, on the other hand, attract the type of clients who know they are responsible for co-creating their own destiny.


Fortune-tellers are not interested in dialogue – Holistic Tarot is all about being in dialogue with the client.

A fortune-teller will often make a big show of the fact that it is not necessary to even ask a question (as if Tarot readers are also mind readers lol).  A Holistic Tarot reader strives to make sure that the best possible question is asked of the cards in terms of efficacious manifestation and that the holistic guidance given is tailor-made to the individual where they are at – mind, body and spirit.

The Question is EVERYTHING

In a Holistic Tarot reading, the question is paramount and should be seen as the client’s motivating force for healing or self-improvement. The intent can certainly be to manifest a specific desire such as a loving partner or a dream job, but never without the understanding that the journey there and the soul growth it promotes is just as important as the successful manifestation of said desire.

Which type of reading would you rather have…?

love raven liora

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  1. Well, with the Lennies there is normally a logic that is somewhat intuitive – you see the fox's long nose, and it's not surprising it's connected to nose/sinus issues. Or the Rider on his horse, and think about doing that all day, you can see why he might get sore joints. Whereas there's something about astrological associations that for me requires the kind of memorisation I find hardest – I have nothing to pin it onto.
    That being said, anything you write would certainly be illuminating 😀

  2. Oh, I got that! I'm just curious… You seem to be keen on established meanings for the Lennies but like to make up your own for the Tarot… when there is already such a beautiful, all encompassing system in place. And it wouldn't take much longer to learn that than learning the physical correspondences for the Lennies… Hmmm… or it wouldn't with the right literature. Maybe there isn't any?

  3. Oh, I certainly wasn't saying that they don't work! I've seen you reading, and heard your depth of knowledge on astrology, tarot and healing. I only wanted to say that there are other ways of approaching it, too, as someone who has never managed to get her head around astrological associations 😀

  4. Thanks for clarifying. So you agree then that the established meanings make it easier with the Lennies? In that case, it would make sense that established astrological correspondences make it easier when reading with the Tarot… yes? It sure does to me – more importantly, they WORK!

  5. By a broader view, I mean that mind-body-spirit perspective you mention, rather than just looking at the person's love life or work or whatever. As for correspondences, this is something I would look for in an open, intuitive way. For instance, the Tower for me often implies the head or the mouth, the Seven of Wands might make me think of someone's foot, the Four of Pentacles could be about constipation. Or taking Lenormand cards, there are plenty of health-body associations already established 🙂

  6. I agree – as longs you have a system for anatomical correspondences. How else are you going to be able to do the kind of mind-body-spirit readings the word 'holistic' implies? Why anyone would choose to use a system other than the astrological one baffles me though – it is very precise and dovetails beautifully with the Tarot. Could you please explain what you mean by 'taking a broader view'?

  7. I'm not sure I'd agree that a holistic tarot reader needs to understand astrological correspondences. As you say, a holistic reading should offer holistic remedies, affirmations and techniques for healing/manifestation, without specifying which healing modality may be best for the client. So too, readers may bring in different ways of taking a broader view of the client and the cards besides astrology 🙂

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