Learning how to read tarot cards can be a bit daunting at first. There are so many meanings, interpretations and variations in card packs that it can seem like an impenetrable mystery that you’re never going to unlock the secrets to!
So this is why I have put together a simple 10 step guide on how to read tarot cards for beginners – to get you started and heading in the right direction. You may want to practise on yourself for a while but it can also be useful to try readings for a friend too when you get more confident.
This way you can see how accurate you’re becoming. Just don’t forget to remind them that you’re a beginner!
How To Read Tarot Cards For Yourself – How Simple Can it Be?
1) Step number 1 in how to read tarot cards is relax. If you are in an anxious frame of mind and really want a particular outcome or answer from the cards, now is not to the time to start.
You may possibly benefit from getting a professional reading or trying to clear your head of any problems. There is a lot of information in the tarot and you will want to be in the right mood to absorb it all.
2) On that note, do not fretfully bombard the tarot with the same question. This will not give you a clear picture and your connection to the cards and the guidance they offer will be weakened.
Regard the message you get from your reading in the most neutral way possible. If you wish to ask again, wait a week or until you see a change in the situation in order to get a fresh perspective from the cards.
3) Want to know what one of the biggest mistakes is when learning how to read tarot cards? To my mind it is taking each card to have a stand alone meaning. While it is fine to draw a single card for a quick snapshot look at something (“how will my day be today?”) or a quick question when you’re in a hurry (“will I get my promotion?”), generally you will want to do a full reading.
This is about bringing all the concepts and areas of importance together. You should be letting the reading build in meaning; layering the advice. Think of how words in a sentence change their meaning depending on the other words around them. It’s all about context.
4) Cards are split into minor and major arcana. Major arcana bring with them considerably more weight so these cards WILL stand alone more than the others, although not entirely. Minor arcana come in 4 different suits which are; pentacles, cups, swords and wands.
The suits in themselves bring a flavour to the card, eg. the cups tend to represent emotional matters, wands can show you where the main challenges are, swords will be about choices and decisions and pentacles will be bringing the need to focus on practical matters to the fore.
5) Look for a high number of a suit in a reading to see if one area stands out more than others. Or are there a lot of the aces perhaps? This could possibly mean the beginning of something.
Can you see a lot of major arcana? Then this may be a time of a lot of major changes, upheavals or emotions. If you want to know how to read tarot cards for others properly you must be observant of all these subtle signs.
6) Look for associations as you become more experienced. There may be certain cards that tend to come up relating to particular events or areas.
For example, the Wheel of Fortune card will represent the twists of fate in a reading. But for me, I often see this card when things will be coming around again. So try to keep an eye out for patterns.
7) Keep notes or a journal to keep an eye on how your knowledge of how to read the tarot cards is progressing. You will soon see how your observations and interpretations develop and grow both intellectually and spiritually.
8) Choose a tarot deck that you feel a connection with. You can even keep several decks for different moods or types of reading when you are more experienced. However, the Rider-Waite deck is popular for a reason. It is clear and concise to work with so if you are a beginner this would not be a bad pack for you to start with.
9) After a time learning how to read tarot cards, you will possibly find that images or other signs and cues will come to you. This could be your psychic side developing and it is your connection with the tarot that is enabling it to develop. Again, keep notes of this to track your progress.
10) The last word on how to read tarot cards easily, but by no means the least important, is do not look simply for answers but seek guidance. The tarot’s wisdom is deep and profound so by ignoring what it is offering you, you are only cheating yourself of the full experience.
What do I mean by this? I very often see people repeatedly ask the cards if they will find love or get back together with an ex lover. They ask the cards time and time again, hoping to see the positive cards that they can take to mean ‘yes’.
But what they are missing is guidance on how to go about doing this if it is possible. The cards may be telling you that you will not find love until you are prepared to let go of something, or that your lover will not return until certain problems are dealt with. Embrace this advice as a gift and you are more likely to get what you desire.