How to Read Tarot Cards

How to Read Tarot Cards

Tarot's journey began in the 1400s in Europe, where they were used for fun game nights (kind of like a fancy version of playing cards!). It wasn't until a few centuries later that the tarot took a turn towards the mysterious. People started seeing them as a way to gain wisdom and guidance, like a secret language from the universe.

So, what exactly can tarot do for you? Forget predicting your future (although that would be pretty cool!). Tarot is more like a personal advisor whispering sage advice in your ear. It can help you navigate tricky situations, make choices with confidence, and even understand yourself a little bit better. 

This article will guide you to your one-stop shop to dive into the beautiful world of tarot. We'll break down everything from the different cards in a deck to how to actually do a reading yourself.

Structure of Tarot Deck

The tarot deck is a powerful tool. Our tarot deck consists of 78 cards divided into two main categories: the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. Each card has unique symbolism and meaning, contributing to the rich tapestry of insights a tarot reading can provide.

1. Major Arcana

Imagine these as the grand characters in a play. There are 22 of them, each with a fancy name like "The Fool" or "The Lovers". They represent major life themes and lessons, like new beginnings, relationships, and big turning points. Think of them as guideposts on your life's journey!

2. Minor Arcana

This is the supporting cast, with 56 cards divided into four suits: Cups, Pentacles, Swords, and Wands. Like the characters in a story, each suit has its own area of expertise.

  • Cups: All about emotions, relationships, and intuition. They're like your heart whispering about love, friendships, and how you're feeling.
  • Pentacles: Focused on the practical stuff - career, finances, and self-care. They're like your grounded friend, reminding you about stability and building a good life.
  • Swords: Deal with your thoughts, communication, and making tough choices. They're like your sharp mind facing challenges and figuring things out.
  • Wands: All about action, creativity, and going after your dreams! They're like your fiery spirit, full of inspiration and motivation.

3. Secret Symbols

Tarot cards are like puzzles with hidden messages. Look closely, and you'll find pictures of animals, stars, and other symbols. They add extra meaning to the cards! For example, a lion might symbolise strength, while overflowing cups could represent feeling all the love. The more you learn about these symbols, the easier it is to understand the whole message of a card.

4. Finding the Perfect Deck for You

Just like shoes, there's a tarot deck out there for everyone! Here are a few popular ones to get you started:

  • The Muse Tarot: Full of bright, modern pictures that focus on creativity and following your intuition.
  • Archangel Power Tarot Cards: Combines tarot with the wisdom of angels, offering uplifting messages and support.
  • Pagan Tarot: Features beautiful images inspired by nature and pagan traditions, perfect for those who connect with the natural world.

These tarot cards can be found in our store by clicking the links. This knowledge will help you unlock the deeper meanings of the cards and give insightful readings, guiding you on your life's adventure.

Preparing to Read Tarot Cards

Your tarot deck should resonate with your soul. Don't worry about what others use! Explore different decks – with its vibrant pictures, the Wiccan Oracle is fantastic for beginners. Maybe "The Muse" or "Archangel Power" speaks to you – their artwork is unique and powerful! Hold the decks, shuffle them, and see which makes your heart sing. You can shuffle them with Riffle Shuffle methods; here's a trick for you:

  • Split the deck into two equal halves.
  • Hold one half of the deck in each hand.
  • Use your thumbs to release the cards from each half, allowing them to interweave.
  • Square up the deck by pressing the edges together gently.

Creating a Sacred Space

Find a quiet, comfy spot where you can truly focus. Spruce it up with things that make you feel peaceful – candles, crystals, calming scents, or anything that sparks inspiration. The goal is to create a tranquil atmosphere, perfect for deep reflection and tapping into your intuition. When you have a dedicated space, magic unfolds naturally!

Developing a Personal Connection with the Cards

Think of your deck as a wise companion. Before your first reading together, it's like clearing the air and getting on the same wavelength. Here's how:

  • Smoke & Mirrors (Almost): Gently pass your cards through incense smoke or sage. This is a great way to clear any lingering energy.
  • Moon Magic: Leave your deck under the glow of a full moon for a natural energy cleanse.
  • A Simple Shuffle: Sometimes, even shuffling and tapping the cards releases any built-up energy.

Now, let's connect! Hold your deck close, set your intention for insightful readings, and visualise your energy flowing into the cards. This little ritual strengthens your bond with your deck, paving the way for precise and accurate messages.

Enhance your knowledge

The more you know your deck, the more it'll reveal its secrets! Here are some ways to deepen the connection:

  • Card Chats: Spend time with each card, studying its picture and understanding its meaning.
  • Meditation Magic: Meditate on individual cards to connect with their energy on a deeper level.
  • Tarot Tales: Keep a unique journal to record your experiences, insights, and the stories your readings tell.

Remember, trust your intuition and let the cards guide you. The more you connect with your deck, the more intuitive and powerful your readings will become. Don't worry. Tarot cards themselves cannot ruin your life. They are tools used for self-reflection, guidance, and gaining insight into various aspects of life. 

Basic Tarot Card Spreads

Let's explore some super-friendly tarot spreads for beginners:

1. The Single Card Draw

Need a quick answer or a daily dose of inspiration? Shuffle your deck while focusing on your question. Then, with a deep breath, draw one card. This card acts like a snapshot of the situation, offering clarity and direction on the spot. Perfect for simple questions or daily reflections!

2. The Past, Present, and Future Spread (Three Cards)

This spread is a great all-rounder for understanding the flow of your life. Shuffle your deck and lay out three cards. The first card represents what led you here (the past), the second card reveals your current situation (the present), and the third card hints at what's unfolding next (the future). See how these cards connect and gain a deeper understanding of your journey!

If you found the Death card, despite its ominous name, it is a card of powerful transformation. It's about embracing the cycles of life and recognizing that endings are necessary for new beginnings. It encourages you to let go of the past, embrace change, and look forward to new opportunities and personal growth. Whether upright or reversed, the Death card is a profound reminder of the power and necessity of transformation in our lives.

3. The Celtic Cross Spread

Ready to dive a little deeper? The Celtic Cross spread offers a detailed analysis of a situation. Shuffle your deck and lay ten cards in a specific pattern (don't worry, diagrams are online to help!). This spread explores the heart of the matter, challenges, hidden influences, and potential outcomes. It's like a roadmap, revealing hidden aspects and guiding you towards a more precise understanding.

4. Other Popular Spreads

The world of tarot spreads is vast! As you explore, you'll find unique spreads for specific situations. Want to explore different choices? Try the Horseshoe Spread! Need relationship guidance? The Relationship Spread is your friend! Feeling out of balance? The Chakra Spread can help you identify and harmonise your energy centres. Remember, you can even create your own custom spreads as you gain confidence!

Practising Tarot Reading

Reading tarot for yourself is an excellent way to deepen your connection with the cards and gain personal insights. Approach self-readings with an open mind and a clear intention. It's important to remain objective, as personal biases can cloud your interpretation.

Regular self-readings can help you navigate daily challenges, set goals, and reflect on your progress. Document your readings and observations to track patterns and growth over time.

Otherwise, reading for others can be a rewarding and enriching experience. Create a comfortable and respectful environment when conducting readings for friends, family, or clients. Listen attentively to their questions and concerns, and approach the reading empathetically and professionally.

Provide transparent and honest interpretations and encourage the querent to trust their intuition. Reading for others helps refine your skills and gain diverse perspectives, enhancing your proficiency as a tarot reader.

Where can I buy Tarot Cards?

You can buy tarot cards from various places, offering different options and experiences. One such place is The Soul Mind Spirit, known for its extensive selection of spiritual and metaphysical products.
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