Instead of a Tarot reading for this post, I am going to isolate just two personality traits, Emotional Expression & Depth of Emotion, that you can instantly identify from handwriting and illustrate how they might affect a Tarot reading.
The traits are emotional expression & depth of emotion. Each of those shows in a different way and yet they play very much together in how a person both feels and behaves.
How to identify these two traits from writing
First here’s how to identify them from any handwriting. Yes, any handwriting because everyone will show their degree of emotional expression and depth of feeling in their writing. It doesn’t matter whether they write or print or do a mixture of both. All caps shows the least in handwriting, but it shows these two traits too.
And whether the writer is left or right handed doesn’t matter either, although be prepared for the occasional leftie who insists their left slanted writing is a result of writing with their left hand.
Just as many right handers write with a left hand slant and just as many left handers write with an upright or right hand slant.
How emotionally expressive a writer is shows in the slant of the writing.
Starting with upright writing
Starting with upright writing which doesn’t slant noticeably to the left or to the right.
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The upright ‘slant’ (although of course it doesn’t really ‘slant’ at all) shows someone who is most comfortable remaining cool and calm no matter what is happening in their life. They will generally show poise but they won’t appear withdrawn or holding themselves back. They don’t like to let emotion to take over.
This is only how they express themselves, remember. How they feel will come when we look at depth of feeling.
Writing that slants to the right
The more the writing slants to the right, the more expressive this writer will be of how they feel, whether it’s joy, anger, fear, confidence or any other feeling.
The slight right hand slant will show feelings mildly. The moderate right hand slant will show feelings moderately. And, you’ve guessed it, a far right hand slant will show feeling to a more extreme extent.
The backhand, left facing slant
Looking at the backhand, left facing slant, these writers hold their feelings in.
It doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings. It means that they don’t like to let their feelings ‘get the better of them.’ So to some extent subconsciously, but if necessary also consciously, they hold their feelings in.
No writer with a backhand slant will willingly show their feelings. Or if they feel obliged to at some point, they will be acutely uncomfortable with doing so.
Any backhand writer can understand that certain things are expected to be said at certain times. For example, in an intimate relationship, it is normal to say things to the other person to show you care. The backhand writer may well say these words and mean them, but the feeling that would be almost a tangible force in the far right hand writer, would be missing with the far left slant writer.
The rule is the same for left or right slanting writing
Writers who write with a left hand slant have basically the same rules as the right hand slant writers. The more extreme the slant, the stronger the inclination to express (for right hand slant) or not to express (for left hand slant) how they feel.
Expect to really feel that a writer with a far left slant is
holding their feelings in. You can often see it in their face as well as just
get the feeling from being around them.
A milder left hand slant will still not show feelings, but
the less the slant the less of the feeling you will get that they are holding
themselves in check.
Know a strong left hand slanted writer who shows extreme emotion at times?
Are you thinking you know someone with a strong left hand
slant who shows extreme emotion at times? Yes, it happens and that will be
explained once I’ve shown you what the depth of expression looks like in
The pressure of the writing on the page
How heavily the writer presses on the page when writing shows how heavily feelings ‘press on their heart.’ In other words, how deeply they take in feelings. This applies when the writing is done with a pencil, pen or a fountain pen.
A Sharpie or felt pen always looks heavy and dark so you can’t tell pressure with them. However, someone who consistently chooses to write with a Sharpie or felt pen does so because, in part, they like the look so it’s a pretty good indication that they probably would write heavily to create the same or similar look if they were using another writing instrument.
The very light pressure writer
Someone who writes very lightly is someone who may be intensely emotional when something happens. If the light writer has a far right slant (strong emotional expression) they will indeed just let it all out when something happens to trigger their feelings.
However, no matter how strongly it shows, how happy, sad, angry or whatever other emotion they show, it will fade fast. They will not hold on to the emotion for long. It’s a flash in the pan kind of emotional outburst.
A writer with very light writing and a back hand slant will show very little emotion at any time and let bygones be bygones very fast indeed. You might never know they had any feelings on the topic at all.
The upright, light writer will stay calm and let go fast, so again, you may never know whatever it was had any emotion impression on them at all.
The very heavy pressure writer
On the other hand someone with very heavy writing, regardless of the slant, will take a feeling and just hang on to it, sometimes literally for ever.
Putting Emotional Expression & Depth of Emotion together
So if the heavy writer has a far right slant, expect the feeling to be almost overpowering and continue that way on that topic for a very long time. Sometimes really heavy writers will eventually forget what caused the feeling but they will always retain a memory of liking, not liking, feeling hurt or whatever the feeling was any time the topic or person that caused it in the first place comes to mind.
The heavy writer with a back hand slant will hold their feelings in. The heavy writer with an upright slant will remain cool and poised. However inside the feelings are strong. Very strong, if it’s very heavy writing.
Obviously, moderation in either slant or pressure produces
What happens when you have very strong feelings that last a very long time
but are not allowed to show?
Eventually an explosion will occur.
Think about putting a pot of water on the stove, with a
tight fitting lid. As the water heats and the steam builds up, the pressure on
the lid to pop open grows and grows. Eventually the steam will blast the lid
This is what happens to the heavy writer who does not allow their emotions to be expressed. They explode.
It may look like temper if it’s a negative feeling they have been holding it. It will be intense no matter whether the feeling was positive or negative and it will be released with force.
It’s not temper however. It’s just the release of built up emotional pressure. If this heavy, backhand writer can learn to express their feelings on-goingly and regularly these outbursts could be avoided.
Of course it is possible to be a backhanded, heavy writer with a temper, but for this example I’m assuming that temper is not present in the writing. That is an entirely different trait.
So you can see that Emotional Expression & Depth of Emotion each affects the other and together they have strong effect on how the writer deals with life.
How all this can help you, as a Tarot Reader
So by looking at any piece of writing, printing or print script (a mixture of writing and printing) you can identify their Emotional Expression & Depth of Emotion and tell how likely this person is to express how they feel and how long lasting these feelings will be.
With that information in mind, after only a glance at the writing, you are immediately able to make your Tarot reading more individual and personal.
How you can speak about it to your Querents
When you say to your Querent “Because you show your feelings
very much …” and continue on to an event or situation in their reading that
will affected by that, you are making the reading mean more immediately to that
There may be a time when you look and see a strong left hand slant and the cards are talking about a relationship. Giving the Querent the advice that this relationship is likely to be coming their way and that it is important, if they want it to work out, that they make an effort to make sure the other person knows how they feel, since they are inclined to hold their feelings in. Again, the writing has allowed you to add advice and a little coaching to the reading.
You have decisions to make, the cards say. This writer has an upright slant so you can see they are likely to remain calm and make a good decision. Again, by sharing this with the Querent, you are giving them confidence in their ability to handle the upcoming situation.
Alternatively, you have decisions to make and you have a far right slant. Beware! You are likely to allow your heart to overrule the logic of your head. This may be appropriate to the upcoming situation, but it equally well may not be advisable.
The variations on these situations are endless but hopefully
this has given you a taste of just how useful, informative and helpful knowing
how to identify even just these two traits is.
Your advice can help your Querent be aware of both their strengths and their weaknesses moving forwards.
What it does for you, the Tarot Reader
And what it does for you, the reader, is to help you know your Querent better and so be able to word their reading in a way that you know will resonate best with them.
Deliver your reading with emotion for the far right writer. Calmly for the left hand writer. With heavy writing, be careful because you know they’re going to keep this in the heart, going over and over it for a long time to come so be honest but don’t exaggerate the emotional impact.
My suggestion for you
My suggestion to you is to play around with identifying Tarot from writing.
When you do a reading for yourself or as you remember one you’ve done for a Querent, consider the various slants and pressures that a writer could do and think about how this would impact the reading both for the Querent and for how you, the reader, could present the information.
Then once you feel comfortable with it, ask your Querents to write out their questions for you and use their writing to inform you of their emotional style as you do the reading.
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