Here are the basics on how to do a Tarot reading. You’ve bought yourself a tarot deck and are eager to use it. You shuffle and you lay out your favourite spread – the Celtic Cross. (celtic cross spread)
The problem is that you look at the book that came with your deck and it lists dozens of meanings for each card. Which meaning do you choose for your Tarot reading?
What can you do? How do you even start your Tarot reading? First of all put the book down. Separate the Major Arcana (the 22 picture cards) from the Minor Arcana and try the following method…
Divination can be easy when you relax and know what to do.
Shuffle the Major Arcana and focus your mind on the backs of the cards. This helps to relax and to clear your mind. Deal out the cards in rows of three across. Place the odd card to the side. It represents the outcome.
Look at the cards – each in turn. Their symbols activate the intuitive part of your brain. What do you think they mean? What comes to mind before your logic kicks in – your first impression.
Identify patterns that stand out to you. Do you see any shapes that seem to repeat themselves? Are there similarities or opposites in the pictures that seem to jump out at you? Try to find a group of cards that tells you a story. What is that story? Use the guide below to help identify connections.
Patterns may occur left to right or more haphazardly. Patterns are individual to you. The first one you see identifies the major issue. For example: If Sun (could mean money) is beside Magician (could signify job) beside the Tower (often read as chaos), this person’s main issue is financial because of job chaos. Read the pattern like a sentence . Subsequent patterns illustrate other issues you or the person you’re reading for may have. Remember this is subjective and takes practice.
Some people say you shouldn’t do your own Tarot reading. It’s difficult to be objective about yourself. This depends on your clarity and level of self development. Sometimes if you stand apart from yourself – perhaps even pretend you are reading someone else’s cards, you may get a better result.
When Tarot reading for another person, don’t directly ask what’s on their mind. You need to learn to pick up on it yourself. Additionally, their current idea of the problem is probably not the true problem at all. People are often not clear on their own problems and dram’s. Current issues are often the result of past events and will provide insights that lead to the resolution of the current situation.
Here Is A Quick Guide
Phrase: Look before you leap.
Phrase: You’re expected or able to pull a rabbit out of your hat.
The High Priestess
Meaning Hidden knowledge
Phrase You know more than you’re letting on.
Phrase Be fruitful and multiply.
Phrase: Intent follows action.
Meaning: College, Marriage
Phrase: Take things to a higher level.
Meaning: Love or choice
Phrase: There is always choice.
Meaning A car, moving quickly
Phrase: Take control.
Meaning: Physical health
Phrase: Tame the beast within.
Phrase: Lay low.
The Wheel of Fortune
Meaning: Unexpected events
Phrase: For better or worse, its happening fast.
Phrase Fairness rules.
The Hanged Man
Meaning: Plans are suspended. The sacrifice may be too great.
Phrase: When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot & swing.
Meaning Death of a person, situation, issue
Phrase Every end is a beginning.
Phrase: Keep things flowing smoothly.
Meaning: Abuse of people or substances, sex
Phrase: You’re controlled only as much as you allow yourself to be.
Meaning: The chaos that comes before enlightenment
Phrase: Everything has blown up because you’ve let it build up. Learn something from it so it won’t happen again
Phrase Careful what you wish for, you just might get it.
Phrase You’re in the dark about something.
Phrase: You reap what you sow.
Phrase: You get what you deserve.
Phrase: Talk about things.
Next, practice by making your own guide. Draw a Major card each day. Consider the figures and their environment. Write down the card & your impressions. At the end of the day, compare what you wrote down with what happened and record connections. When you’ve done this with each card, you’ll have your own interpretation of the Major Arcana.
The Minor Arcana
The Minor Arcana represent human experience:
Cups: Love; emotions
Swords: Conflict; mentality
Wands: Health; creativity
Pentacles: Money; business
To understand the Minor Arcana, lay out each suit in order. You must use a deck with pictures in the Minor Arcana. If you love the Major Arcana of one deck but the Minor look like playing cards, get 2 decks and combine them. Write down what you think the story of each suit is. Use your interpretation of them as a guide.
Deck books are useful for interpreting court cards. Consult the meanings listed there and keep in mind the fact that they often represent real people. Assign the characteristics of the card to people in the situation at hand for more insight.
Use the Minor Arcana to elaborate on situations you’ve already identified. If you want to know more about a job issue, lay some Minor cards on top of the Magician and the surrounding pattern cards. Continue to do this for any situation you want more information about.
Practice frequently on yourself and friends. The key to this method is to learn to trust your intuition. You’ll be amazed how quickly your Tarot reading skills develop.