Your Essential Guide to Tarot Readings
- Major Arcana Cards
- Minor Arcana Cards
- Online Tarot Readers
- Live Tarot
- Learning Tarot Reading
Tarot puts in pictures our states of being
78-card deck composed of:
- Major Arcana (1 + 21= 22 cards)
- Minor Arcana (14 x 4 = 56 cards)
Major Arcana + Minor Arcana à 22 + 56 = 78 cards
“Arcanum” means “secret” in Latin.
“Arcana” means “secrets.”
Minor Arcana -> Our day-to-day dilemmas revealed
Major Arcana -> Our soul purpose and major life themes revealed
Major Arcana -> The Fool + 21
MAJOR ARCANA TAROT CARDS
Major Arcana show the deepest secrets of our soul. How we live our life, our desires and goals, our soul mates and life partners, and our biggest lessons.
There are hundreds of Tarot decks but the most popular one is the Waite-Rider-Smith deck. It is known as the “classic” Tarot deck. It was first published in 1910 by William Rider. There’s a whole mystic tradition behind the organization, layout and rendition of the pictures in the deck. While each reader develops a personal relationship with the cards and their symbols, here are brief “standard” interpretations for your convenience.
Represents innocence, new beginnings, a different direction or journey, an inexperienced traveler who trusts what’s to come, who isn’t planning the journey in detail, jumping headlong.
There’s a clear goal, and everything is in place to achieve the goal, but the soul needs to learn to put the pieces together and actually walk the talk.
THE HIGH PRIESTESS
Sitting between the pillars of opposites (the Boaz and Jachin pillars of the Temple of Solomon), the soul is calm, serene and trusting. This can indicate not taking sides, rising above petty discussions and tapping into the deeper meaning of a situation.
Femininity, productivity, creativity, fertility, a natural connection to the universe. It can indicate pregnancy, or the fruition of a much desired project. Tangible results, achieved with gratitude.
How you organize your life: do your to-do lists determine how you spend your days, or are you able to take it easy and relax too? How’s your work-life balance? The Emperor can also indicate a difficult lawsuit, an overbearing parent or life partner, someone or something that takes your spontaneity away.
Your deeply-seated beliefs about life, death, divine justice, the universe, money, love, and your own worth and goodness may be limiting your experiences. Examine what’s holding you back.
A nurturing romantic relationship, a partner who’ll change your life in a beautiful, gentle way. The card can also mean you getting in touch with both your feminine and masculine sides, finding balance in your inner world.
Important decisions on the way to a desired outcome. Keep your goal and the bigger picture in mind as you tackle the small details; don’t get sidetracked.
You are able to hear, own and peacefully control your inner monsters. If you’re battling with addiction, an unhealthy relationship, or a bad habit, you are now ready to leave it behind.
You now see your own past under new light – you developed a new understanding of your life, thanks to a wise teacher, a deep teaching, or a new practice such as meditation or healing.
WHEEL OF FORTUNE
Fate is at work – what needs to happen is happening. You are flowing effortlessly with life and your personal destiny. There are no inner or outer obstacles – what you want is happening.
Psychic justice – meaning karma. There are greater forces at work and the outcomes will shape accordingly. Look at your past for answers, including your past lives if you want to break a cycle.
THE HANGED MAN
A new vision. A change of perspective. Brand new information about a situation. An inner change so big that it transforms the way you view your life.
The precise moment of the biggest transformation in your life. A part of you will die and new energy will emerge from your psyche. Letting go of old ways for a brand new way of living.
Finding balance in life. Trusting miracles. Being in the middle – like the sages teach we do. Staying calm, centered and open to miracles. Attracting the good in life. Believing the good self and a wonderful universe.
Past conditionings badly affecting the present. Your old habits and patterns sabotaging the new and the good in your life. Deeply rooted negativities preventing your success and happiness now and the in the near future. Act now and work on yourself.
An unexpected life-changing transformation. It may feel too sudden, harsh or unfriendly, but it’s clearing the way for something great. Don’t resist it, do your best to go with the flow. It will be okay.
Inner harmony. Piece in the conscious and subconscious mind about a creative endeavor or a new job. Go ahead, take the next steps, give expression to your dreams – you’ll succeed.
Subconscious thoughts and emotions are hunting for your attention. Slow down, look within and notice. What’s going on? What is it that you really want? Deep down in your core? Pay special attention to your dreams at night.
Even though you are yet seeing results, your projects will pay off. There’s still a wall to climb over, but the sun has risen already! People are on your side. Your next steps will bring you what you want, whether it’s a committed relationship, a great job, a creative project or your health.
Revisiting old wounds and this time healing them for good! It may not be easy but it will be so worth it. You’ve worked so hard to improve your life and you’ll soon be reaping the benefits. Don’t give up now!
End of an era, a cycle. Completion that feels good. Karma is resolved, past is left behind for good. Lessons well learned. Your soul is ready for a whole new chapter now. Clean slate. Enjoy!
How can Tarot know so much about me?
Quantum physics: Morphogenetic field (also known as informing field, knowing field): Field of life that links all people, which influences and is influenced by everyone.
Consciousness isn’t limited by time and space. Everything is connected and the cards are a marvelous tool to tap into the Morphogenetic field.
Morphic resonance: the connection between the querent (client), card reader and the cards.
MINOR ARCANA TAROT CARDS
There are 14 cards that depict our material life (the suit of pentacles), 14 that depict our emotional life (the suit of cups), 14 that depict our passions (the suit of wands), and 14 that depict our mental life (the suit of swords). These cards (14 times 4 = 56) make up what’s called the Minor Arcana. Each one of these areas needs our constant attention and ongoing work – as we change, our needs in each area change.
Here is the interpretation of each individual suit card.
THE SUIT OF CUPS
Our emotions (14 cards)
This suit explores our emotional life, including our suppressed feelings and desires. It’s associated with water.
- Element: water
- Emotions, subconscious hints, relationship with self and others.
- Emotions indicate whether we’re past or future oriented.
- For example: Fear and worry have to do with being future-oriented, resentment and hate have to do with living in the past.
KING OF CUPS
Your own emotional calm. Stay centered, you are doing the right thing. The King can also represent a person in your life who’s calm, centered and deep. Listen to their advice. They have a point.
QUEEN OF CUPS
Too much emotion. Power of memories. Unfinished stories. A lover unforgotten. A woman who can’t move on. Not yet. This is either you, or someone in your life. Be there for her by understanding and accepting her.
KNIGHT OF CUPS
A lover who doesn’t deliver results. A man you’ll find charming, but who is a commitment-phoebe. His promises are empty, not because he is a bad person, but because he isn’t mature enough.
PAGE OF CUPS
You have dreams. But this isn’t the planning stage yet. Think about them. Imagine. Visualize. But don’t act yet. Ride the positive waves of having dreams, of looking forward to life. You’ll know when to act, for now, just wait.
TEN OF CUPS
Happiness. Joy. Harmony in your relationship and family. Peace at home. Things will go well. If there’s a problem, it too shall pass. Don’t worry. Your house is blessed. Enjoy this lovely period.
NINE OF CUPS
A period of rest after achievement. You worked hard; now it’s time to reap benefits, take a step back and enjoy. Take time before you move onto your next project. Congratulate yourself; give yourself the credit you deserve.
EIGHT OF CUPS
Walking away from a situation that’s actually fine. It’s your own perception that makes you move on. The situation at hand is workable. But there’s a part of you that does not want to face things.
SEVEN OF CUPS
Too many fears. Worries. Subconscious dilemmas. They find you either at night in your dreams, or though completely unexpected events in your life. Listen to your deepest desires and do something about them.
SIX OF CUPS
The dream. You have an idea, a project or a creative endeavor that you want to manifest. This is a good time to start acting on it. You can make it happen. Go ahead!
FIVE OF CUPS
You are focusing on the things that went wrong. You are not seeing the things that are working out for you. You need a complete shift of perspective. Otherwise you’ll lose out more. Change now.
FOUR OF CUPS
What happened to you? You are closing yourself to life’s blessings. The universe is sending you many good things yet you insist on not accepting them. Examine your belief system and begin to trust life.
THREE OF CUPS
Celebration. A happy event. Group of supportive friends. A wonderful time to just be and enjoy. What you want will happen, or has happened already. Universal forces are with you. Smile!
TWO OF CUPS
Friendship. Honesty. Emotional connection and communication. A good lover. A great friend. Support. Openness. A healthy work environment. A good home. Wholesomeness in all life areas.
ACE OF CUPS
Emotions flowing with all their might. A great opportunity at love. A project that will come to fruition quickly. You are strong, open, enthusiastic, positive and powerful. You’ll get what you want.
THE SUIT OF SWORDS
This suit explores our intellectual life, including our subconscious thoughts and fears. It’s associated with air.
- Element: air
- Swords = thoughts
- A person who can’t direct her thought patterns is a slave. Thoughts have the power to create/change beliefs, which in turn shape your life.
KING OF SWORDS
He is a king, but a king whose throne is made of butterflies that turned into stone. His sword isn’t upright. Represents sacrificing emotions and real needs for worldly success. A mind cluttered with stress.
QUEEN OF SWORDS
A queen whose sword is upright – she has mental acuity and clarity. But there’s a black bird over her head – meaning inclination to negativity. Be aware of your thoughts and keep positive.
KNIGHT OF SWORDS
The knight is riding his horse towards the left – left stands for the past in tarot. Represents someone (may be you) who’s not at ease with their past. There’s anger and blaming. Find a way to accept your past.
PAGE OF SWORDS
Ideas, dreams but lacking the power to manifest them. Lack of awareness about his own negative beliefs about success, happiness and money. Doesn’t believe life is easy. Can be someone in your life or you.
TEN OF SWORDS
It takes one sword to kill yourself, why do you need ten? Why are you being so hard on yourself? Your own thoughts and expectations are weighing you down, not allowing you to blossom. Relax!
NINE OF SWORDS
All these worries and fears are killing you. Truth is, it’ll all be fine (look at the flowers on the bed spread), so stop torturing yourself for no reason. None of the swords are pointed at you!
EIGHT OF SWORDS
Guilt. It’s keeping you stuck and blinding you to the facts. But you can walk away – the ropes aren’t around your feet. You can free yourself from this situation. Let your self-accusing thoughts go away.
SEVEN OF SWORDS
Your thoughts, beliefs and actions are making you steal from your future. You’re sabotaging your life – work with your subconscious to find out why you’re doing what you’re doing. Talk to a life coach, a therapist, or a psychic.
SIX OF SWORDS
Manifesting your dreams just so slowly that it’s painful. You have a lot of burdens, be it people in your life or your self-made stress and beliefs. You’re heading in the direction you want but find out how you can speed up.
FIVE OF SWORDS
Defeat. Giving up. But life doesn’t have to be a fight – think about your self-created obstacles and the way you interact with other people. Perhaps you’re challenging them for no reason. Learn to be gentle.
FOUR OF SWORDS
Waiting. Not taking action yet. This is fine; it’s what you need to be doing. Don’t rush anything – enjoy doing nothing, because at the very back of your mind your soul is silently figuring out the next steps.
THREE OF SWORDS
Your thoughts and beliefs about yourself and about love are ruining your love life. You have a big, capable heart but you are too afraid to give it the driver’s seat. Stop! Surrender.
TWO OF SWORDS
You’re closing your heart in defense. But this is also blinding you to facts. You’re using your defensive thoughts to protect yourself, but no one is attacking you. Things are okay – no need for paranoia.
ACE OF SWORDS
A gift from God. A bright mind. A clear will. You know what you want and you’ll make it happen. You’re strongly aligned with your purpose, and no negativity can stop you. Your road takes you to success.
SUIT OF WANDS
This suit explores your desires, projects, creative endeavors, and philanthropic initiatives.
- Element: fire
- Projects, desires, things you want to do in your life, projects that mean something to you, that inspire you.
- Causes you care about.
- Creative force moving through you.
KING OF WANDS
Represents someone who’s not happy with the past. He had many dreams yet none came to fruition. It’s time to examine your beliefs about your creations and manifesting your dreams.
QUEEN OF WANDS
Represents a person who knows how to keep negative energies and “energy vampires” out. She focuses on her plans as she sits on her throne comfortably. Do you know how to keep your energy boundaries strong and clear?
KNIGHT OF WANDS
Represents a person with a lot of fire – zest for life, will to live, and be a beneficial member of society. But he doesn’t always know how to focus his energy. Your lesson is to have focus, and not dwell on what went wrong.
PAGE OF WANDS
Represents a person who has a great new project or a desire, but the environment is not ready to support your dream yet. Don’t give up on it, but don’t take action yet either. Assess the people around you.
TEN OF WANDS
You are trying to do everything yourself, and there are just too many things to do. Try delegating. Ask people around you for help, not because you’re not capable but because burn-out isn’t healthy.
NINE OF WANDS
You’re being paranoid. No one is speaking behind your back or trying to hurt you, but you are extra sensitive and suspicious because of your past wounds. Try to trust life more. Work on your heart.
EIGHT OF WANDS
Things are en route to completion. No more half-baked stories. Your efforts will pay off and you’ll see great results. In a relationship, this cars signifies the next level of commitment. In business, it means success.
SEVEN OF WANDS
Things are just annoying. People are trying to push your buttons, and they are sometimes successful. Focus on your strengths, and stay grounded. Work with a coach, therapist or a psychic on the things that upset you.
SIX OF WANDS
Victory. Your success inspires others. The people in your life are supportive of you, and they are happy about your recent achievement. Enjoy! Take vacation, have a drink, celebrate your feats! You deserve it.
FIVE OF WANDS
Petty fights that lead to real prize. People gossiping about each other, trying to sabotage each other, with no unity among them. If this is your work environment, move on asap. If this is your family, work with a therapist or psychic.
FOUR OF WANDS
Happy new beginnings, and also happy endings. Your relationships evolve to the next level, giving you the support and love you need. Whatever you want to do next, you have the necessary ingredients. Be confident.
THREE OF WANDS
You have planted seeds and now you are waiting for the returns. Your ships are coming back home with new bounty – look forward to the next phase of your life because it will bring abundance, ease and joy.
TWO OF WANDS
Holding the globe in your hands – you are the master of your life. But why be isolated? You tend to be a loner in your projects and love life. Get out of your castle, out into the world. Learn to work with others.
ACE OF WANDS
Pure creative energies – you’re blessed with the highest spiritual energies – whatever you intend to manifest in your life, you have what it takes. Stay aligned, connected and grateful. That’s all you need.
SUIT OF PENTACLES
The suit explores our material life and it’s associated with the element, Earth.
First level (7 x 2 = 14 cards)
- Physical, material level, money, worldly blessings/miseries
- Element: earth
- Physical body, senses, hunger, working to make ends meet, sleep, food, bathing, basic sexual urge etc.
KING OF PENTACLES
Abundance. Wealth. Worldly comforts. Represents someone who’s made it! If you asked about your future, know that you are blessed. If this is about your partner, know that this relationship is the best for you – it makes you grow.
QUEEN OF PENTACLES
You’re at a completion and while it may be a bit sad to let go, you’re ready to move on. You look back at this ending period with peace and contentment. Your soul has grown and you’re grateful. Now take the next step gracefully.
KNIGHT OF PENTACLES
Looking at your future with hope. You have a new project, something to look forward to, or a new relationship. Take it slow, and take all options into account. Stay grounded and take each step with awareness. It’ll be great.
PAGE OF PENTACLES
A brand new career opportunity that makes you look forward to a whole new chapter in your life. But it’s so new that while you’re definitely very excited about it, the next steps aren’t clear. Wait for the universe to reveal those steps.
TEN OF PENTACLES
A blessed family whose members don’t realize just how blessed they are. They are focusing on the small things that are going wrong and missing the point: bonds of love and loyalty. There’s good partnership/family here.
NINE OF PENTACLES
Feminine energy, openness, receptivity to what the universe has to offer, resulting in great abundance. Trust in life, trust everything it has to give you. Work on your openness. Believe in the generosity of the universe.
EIGHT OF PENTACLES
You keep working at the same tedious job, and while you’re getting better at it, it’s not what moves your soul. You’re looking at the world through a narrow perspective, not realizing the many opportunities that may be passing you by.
SEVEN OF PENTACLES
You worked really hard for a long time. You’re so tired that it’s difficult now for you to finally relax and celebrate your achievements. Perhaps you don’t view your accomplishments as anything special – well, they are! Acknowledge your contributions.
SIX OF PENTACLES
Your needs are competing for your attention. Even when you hear them, you don’t listen to them enough. The need for stability, for money, for acceptance – these are all legitimate human needs. Be there for yourself!
FIVE OF PENTACLES
. Somehow some people have it all, and you don’t. Deep down you have a negative belief about your right to material things. Remember, like every person, you too are entitled to a good life, including cash and worldly comforts.
FOUR OF PENTACLES
You are using money and material comforts as a protective shield. To avoid emotional problems, you are binge shopping, or binge eating. Or binge social media surfing. Stop and look within. Your heart needs your attention.
THREE OF PENTACLES
You are working on something that’s dear to you – a job, a project or your self-development. You have the right guidance in this endeavor; listen to the advice you’ve been given. You’re on the right track.
TWO OF PENTACLES
You are doing anything to buy time so you can avoid making decisions and coming to conclusions. But how long can you sustain this state? Sooner or later you’ll need to decide. Meditate on your options and see which one feels right.
ACE OF PENTACLES
Finally, you’re at peace with your material life – you have found the balance between making money, spending what’s necessary, and saving. If you got this card as your future card, you’re advised to work on your budgeting skills.
Why do you need a Tarot card reader?
- Computer-generated readings can give you the “meanings” of cards, but a reader links them for you.
- A reader tells you your story – she connects the symbols, the protagonists and the scenes.
- You’d need at least 45 minutes to an hour for a detailed spiritual reading.
THE BEST TAROT CARD READERS
While anyone can study the cards and memorize their meanings, a great Tarot card reading requires the reader to actively interpret a spread. While the meaning of each card is important, spreads determine the course of a reading – which spread to use, which card is in which position in the spread, and how all the cards come together. The big picture is something only an experienced reader can decipher.
The reason you want to get a reading determines which spread to use. Do you have a series of questions pertaining to different life areas? Or, would you like to explore what the universe has in store for your love life? Or your career? Would you like a general reading – the kind of reading that tends to bring to the surface the issue that needs your attention the most.
Proficient card readers sometimes develop their own spreads – there’s a certain dialogue they have with the cards, and their comfort level allows them to design new spreads or be spontaneous. Reading is an art, and it requires much more than familiarity with card meanings.
CONNECT NOW WITH THE BEST TAROT READERS ONLINE
How does an online Tarot reading work?
The same way an “offline” reading would work – by letting the mystical cards take the lead, reveal the big picture and the smaller details, and give advice. The card reader will choose the spread you need, based on the reading you want to get – a reading about your love life, career, or a general reading, or a series of questions from all areas of your life etc. Depending on your needs, your reader will pick the spread that will work best.
Perhaps the only difference between an online and an offline reading is that in the online reading your reader will shuffle and draw the cards, instead of you. But it must also be mentioned that some offline readers never let their clients touch the cards either – they shuffle, draw and lay the cards out themselves. It’s an energy principle – the cards then “get used to” their reader’s spirit.
After you choose an online card reader and start your reading, introduce yourself to your reader, and immediately state why you’re interested in a Tarot reading. You don’t have to provide details – just say, for example, “I am in a relationship with someone who doesn’t seem to want to commit. What’s the advice Tarot can give me?” or, “I am looking for a job, and it’s not going well for me. How can I improve this search? What’s the advice the cards can give me?” You can be even more general – just ask about your health, career, family or relationships in general, or you can also tell your reader that you have a series of questions. It is true, however, that the more open-ended your questions are, the more and better advice you can get from the cards.
Not every reader is right for you – your energies have to match. It’s like choosing a tutor or even a hair dresser – just because the person is certified in his field doesn’t mean he can meet your specific needs in that area. We even choose our doctors, even though technically they are all med school grads. So it’s very important for you to find someone you can trust, someone who you feel that can help you, someone who gets you and thinks like you do – or, someone who’s open-minded and non-judgmental so that even if you lead different lifestyles, your reader can support you in your journey.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT TAROT READER FOR YOU
So, how do you choose the right reader before paying a dime? If you’re getting a reading from an online card reader, you have every right to know if the reader is real – you’ll be giving your credit card details! – and that they are good at what they do. Check to make sure they have a legitimate online platform, i.e. that they are part of a reputable website. If they have their own website, check other sources through Google – reviews about them on other sites, if clients talk about that reader in forums etc. Find out if there are unedited ratings and reviews about the reader. Read them!
Some websites also provide free minutes with readers before you hire them. This gives you an opportunity to see if you like them, see if you like their reading style, how they approach you and the advice they give you. This way, you make an informed choice whether you decide to hire them or not. If the website gives you unlimited trials, then even better – you can try different readers without worrying about having to pick one asap.
Once you find a reader you like and trust, make sure to bookmark their page. Check if their website gives you the opportunity to send them messages after your session – you may have forgotten to ask something, or you may want to schedule your next reading etc. Stay in touch with your reader, if possible. You’re developing a relationship with them, after all.
More about the 78-card Tarot deck
As mentioned above, the 78-card deck is divided into: Major Arcana and Minor Arcana, and “arcana” means “secrets.” Tarot shows us the secrets behind our visible, tangible realities. How does Tarot do this? By “organizing” our life areas into categories.
Minor Arcana, Suit of Pentacles – Our most basic needs. The suit of pentacles is associated with our first chakra – corresponding to our most basic needs – need for food, shelter, safety, money. Think of Maslow’s triangle; the first chakra is that largest slice of the triangle at the bottom. It supports all other life areas. If you’re constantly worried about making ends meet, this would affect your love life, relationships, and certainly your health. The suit of Pentacles is an important suit because it gives cues about our life’s “support system.” How well we’re rooted in life, and how grounded our energy is. This is why it’s associated element is Earth.
Minor Arcana, Suit of Cups – Our emotions and feelings about our selves and others. Once we have food to eat and the money to pay bills, we come to the next level. How do we feel about ourselves? How are we doing re: self-acceptance, self-love, self-support, self-soothing, self-touch? Do we treat ourselves well? Our relationship with ourselves determines how others treat us. If we feel that we are not respected by others, chances are we don’t respect ourselves somewhere deep down. The suit of cups is more subtle than the suit of Pentacles – Pentacles is tangible – you see the food you eat. You count the money you have. But emotions aren’t like that. So the suit of cups requires more self-awareness.
Minor Arcana, Suit of Wands – Our desires, dream projects, creative endeavors. We get to this level once we know we have food on the table and we love ourselves enough to want to empower our creative spirit and allow it to manifest projects in this lifetime. So Wands are not about making money or paying bills. They are about that book you want to write, the volunteering you want to do, or the art classes you want to take. Wands are about self-realization. They are about what makes you look forward to your day when you get up in the morning. Your soul’s innate passions.
Minor Arcana, Suit of Swords – Our thoughts and beliefs. Law of Attraction folks talk about this a lot, and some of us are tired of hearing about it. But, the fact remains that our beliefs about ourselves, about life, about different life areas such love, money and health, directly affect our experience. These beliefs are so deep that sometimes it takes many therapy sessions just to retrieve and “edit” one. An adult who experienced violence as a child may hold a belief which states, “it’s better to experience violence and have relationships this way, rather than being alone and neglected.” This adult would attract life partners who are prone to domestic violence. This is just one example – to reveal our deeply held subconscious beliefs, we can get initial help from the Tarot, and it would be highly beneficial, but then we should seek therapy.
Major Arcana – the secrets about soul. So once we have food on the table, and we feel good about ourselves, and we want to realize our selves and we worked on our beliefs, come the soul secrets. Why did we incarnate in the first place? What’s our soul lesson? What’s our soul purpose? The thing is, soul purpose doesn’t have to be “noble” – it can be as simple as “enjoying life.” Believe me, for some people just letting go and enjoying is terrifying! The soul may desperately just want to learn that and devote a whole lifetime to that. Not everyone has to work hard. Not every soul needs the same lessons. But another soul may have chosen hard work as a lesson. So we’re all unique souls with unique paths. Major Arcana help uncover our spiritual intentions.
Learning Tarot: A Wondrous Journey of Self-Discovery
Learning Tarot is learning how to lead a spiritual life. We are spirits who have chosen to “materialize” by taking on a body – the 78-card Tarot covers our needs and lessons on the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and karmic levels by showing us the areas we should pay attention to, think about, change, and improve. The Tarot can be our guide in every area of our life and let us go deeper into ourselves.
Tarot is a journey of self-discovery where each card holds a mirror to a different situation. From money and material issues to relationships, the cards cover everything that matters to us. They ascribe importance to every area without judgment or bias – in Tarot, our worldly, material lessons are just as important as our emotional and mental ones.
How to Learn Tarot Card Reading?
To learn to read Tarot cards is one half studying them and one half psychic intuition. So, first you have to do your “homework” by reading about the cards in general i.e. how they are organized, what their symbols mean, who were behind the creation of the deck and why they created it, and what each card represents. You should read interpretations written by different readers to familiarize yourself with the cards and see how each reader can see different things in the same card. This is important because over time you’ll develop your own relationship with the Tarot also!
As you begin to do readings, you’ll see that the cards “speak” to you. You’ll feel what each card conveys not from memorized card descriptions, but from your own psychic connection (this is easier for some people, of course, but training over many years will help develop the psychic skills).
Tarot learning can be fun and enlightening at the same time. When learning how to read the Tarot cards, you should also familiarize yourself with different card layouts to do readings, called “Tarot spreads.” There are different spreads for different situations in life, and you’ll also come to see that you have your own favorite spreads. Tarot is very personal in that sense.
So, here are 3 things to do to learn to read the Tarot cards.
- First things first: get a Waite-Rider-Smith deck (it’s the classic Tarot deck). Get other decks too, if you feel like it.
- Read extensively. There’s a lot of information online – free. Find online Tarot resources and read, read, and read.
- Start practicing. Familiarize yourself with spreads and each card.
You’ll also have to work your “psychic muscle.” One way to start doing this is by getting readings from psychics so you can observe how they do what they do. You can observe how they interpret the cards and how they connect different cards in a reading. Listen to how they interpret symbols, what kinds of questions they ask you, and the types of information and predictions they give you.
Next, you want to really get into it! Do readings for friends and family, and practice, practice, practice! It may take a decade before you find the best deck for you and become truly comfortable with doing readings. It takes time to become “fluent” in Tarot.
Like any good thing in life, you have to be patient and take the time to do it right. As you begin to do readings, remember the 4 suits of Minor Arcana and the 22 cards in Major Arcana. Pay attention to which cards come most often in a reading. This should tell you which area of life is in focus, whether material, emotional, mental or spiritual.
Learning the Tarot is a most wonderful thing you can do for yourself. With symbols from many cultures around the world, even from ancient times, the world of Tarot is more wondrous and deeper than you can imagine. Don’t wait; embark on the journey today.
The History of Tarot
It’s believed that the Tarot cards come from playing cards. As people began to use playing cards for reading fortunes, over time, people began designing decks to accommodate this desire.
You can read about the the first Tarot card deck that was created in 1781. People used the cards for tarot card readings and fortune telling purposes. From that time onwards, slowly, Tarot card became part of occult philosophy.
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