Hint: reading tarot for business is very much like reading for everyday issues.
1. Journal about how you are comfortable using tarot. (And try writing a few sample questions!)
What do you use tarot for? Or, if you're new to tarot, what are you comfortable using it for?
My list looks like this: Self-reflection. Processing. Creative brainstorming (seriously, draw a card a day as a writing prompt and watch your mind unlock itself).
More than anything, I use tarot to get a (self-reflective) read on the energy around a situation -- and specifically, around my energy in a situation.
An open-ended question I ask when reading for my businesses every week is, "What do I need to know about Bluestockings?" or "What do I need to know about Girlboss Woo?" That weekly check-in helps me figure out how my energy and the business' energy are interacting.
2. Establish your boundaries.
This could also be called, what do you think tarot can't tell you?
Establishing your limits, or your "tarot ethics," will immediately put boundaries up around the areas of your business you will not read for. Examples: legal and explicit financial issues.
If you haven't already journaled about this, I'd recommend working out if you think the cards can be read predictively (e.g., can a reading tell the future).
Personally, I don't read predictively. Plenty of reputable tarot readers do. If you are interested in reading predictively, I'd encourage you to check out the work of folks who integrate tarot and business (like Fiona from ModernFortuneTeller) to get an idea of how to use that style in your business.
Regardless of how you read, remember that @@tarot is ultimately about empowering us in our personal agency and self-determining.@@ You are responsible for your decisions, in your life and in your business.
3. Decide on a deck to use.
Seriously think about the deck you want to use when it comes to your business questions. Let me explain:
Decks have personalities. Trust. I am extremely picky about my decks, and there are some I use more than others for business reading. This is partly because of their imagery (something I was well aware of prior to purchasing them), and partly because of the personality they've developed as we worked together (something that is, ironically enough, impossible to predict).
Example #1: I love using my Book of Shadows So Below deck for business reading, in part because the Emperor (image above), the Hierophant, and two of the Kings (cards that come up for me a lot in business readings) are all boss-ass women. Representation matters, yo, and I "hear" business lessons from this deck - even the hard ones - with such a receptive heart.
Example #2: If I'm feeling really sensitive or down in the dumps about my business, I'll use the Shadowscapes deck. It's a very loving deck, generally, and has a way of gently telling me what I need to know even when I don't think I can take it. (I now charge it with rose quartz as well as clear quartz, to boost those vibes.)
All of this to say:
Think about what you need in a deck.
Do you want to see yourself visually represented in a deck? (Is a deck with POC and LGBTQIA+ folks important for you?)
Is it important to have traditionally patriarchal, business-like figures deconstructed? (e.g., do you not want to take business advice from old white men, or do you want a more inclusive representation of Kings, the Emperor, the Hierophant, etc.?)
Or, are you learning tarot, and do you want to be able to read a lot of commentary from notable tarot professionals on the card's imagery? In which case, I'd recommend the classic Rider Waite deck or a deck with imagery strongly based on it.
4. The Tarot Spread
What spread(s) are you going to use to check in with your business?
Especially if you're a beginner, I'd strongly recommend doing two and three-card spreads. Hell, even if you're not a beginner, do two and three-card spreads anyway.
I love Celtic Crosses and designing my own spreads (which all seem to have 7 cards in them), but y'all. Sometimes less is more. Certainly, the message comes across a lot more clearly.
For my businesses, I most often do two- and three-card spreads. My favorite lately has been a very basic "stop, start, continue" spread which, let me tell you, is anything but basic in the information it provides. This simple weekly reading always provides clarity.
Side Note: I would advise against reading for your business every day and, like in tarot generally, against reading for the same question or situation multiple times in a row. Weekly = rad! Daily can get a little mentally and emotionally exhausting.
5. Self Check-In
Reading tarot for your business can sound like a great idea. But before you jump in, girlboss, do some self-care and some self-evaluation:
Are you ready to see something you don't want to see? Conversely, are you ready to be incredibly challenged and deeply encouraged? (CAN YOU HANDLE THE REALNESS?!)
I say this because even professional tarot readers have areas of their life they won't read for. There are folks who publicly talk about how they will not read their own cards when it comes to business-specific questions. Personally, the area of my life I cannot handle reading for is my relationships -- my partner, family, friends, even my dog. Nope. Nope nope nope. Cannot handle it. Been there, done that, it did not go well.
However, my Capricorn sun/moon self really loves reading cards for my businesses, because it's a great way to self-eval my own energy around how the businesses are doing more than anything else. (Isn't that just the most self-centered thing to say?) Sometimes, running multiple businesses can get muddled in my head, and doing separate spreads can help me tease out how my energy is overlapping and interacting with each business differently.
So just... be ready, is all I'm saying. And also, go to other girlboss tarot readers to do your cards for you! I've had readings for my business from folks like Beth from Little Red Tarot, and that's been an exceptionally awesome experience.
And that's it! Folks who already use tarot in your business life, what would you add? Let's chat it up in the comments and/or on Twitter.
Recommended Reading: 3 Brand Lessons for Girlbosses From the Emperor (Yes, Really), How to Choose a Tarot Deck