Tarot cards have been around for centuries. They have been used by Kings and Queens to rule countries as well as by the rest oft he population for a variety of everyday reasons.
Lately there has been resurgence in the popularity of the cards. This is evident by movies, books and infomercials touting professional readings over the phone for a hefty fee. You can walk into any number of bookstores today and find a variety of tarot cards.
As many different types of cards they’re are is nothing compared to the number of ways they can be read.
Anyone can learn to read tarot cards. It takes time and patience to learn as well as perseverance in the learning process. A good reader never stops learning new ways to read the cards.
The first step to reading tarot cards is to find a deck that speaks to you. By this I mean, you should go to a store that carries a large variety of cards. You need to look carefully at the cards (which sometimes is difficult if you are only able to view the one card on the bus, but it can be done), however, even if this is the case, study the card or cards carefully.
Look at the picture/pictures. Your first opinion of the card, for example, bright colors, harsh faces, even bad “vibes” will tell you if this deck could possibly be right for you. After you’ve seen all they have to offer, decide on which tarot deck best represents you. Buy this one. You will have the best readings with this deck.
Almost all tarot decks will come with basic instructions. They tell you how to shuffle what kind of layout to use and meaning of each card. For some people, this method suits them. For others, a more personal means of reading is more appropriate. If you are one of the latter groups, read on.
When you are able to take some time and look at your cards, this is when you are ready to begin. Place your instruction booklet aside but near enough that you can reach it if you find you have questions.
Look through your deck. First spread them out and just look at the deck as a whole. You will note in most decks, there are four suits. They vary in name depending on which deck you are using. You now need to refer to your instruction fook for the general meaning of each suit, not specific cards.
Next shuffle the deck. Set them in front of you face down. Take the top card and turn it over. What does this card say to you? What do you think it means? That is your interpretation of this card. You may find it easier in the beginning if you write down your interpretations of the cards. Continue with each and every card to do this, spending time until you feel like you really understand what the card is saying to you. Do this over and over until you feel comfortable enough to undertake a reading.
Find a willing volunteer. Always do readings in a quiet environment and try to limit the number of people around as this may interfere with your reading. Have your “client” tell you what area of their life they would like to know about. While they are asking the question or stating the thought, you will need to shuffle the cards while at the same time, thinking about the person who is asking and what they are asking. Shuffle until you feel it is time to stop.
For a specific area of life, a past, present and future reading will be fine. Take the top card from the deck and place it face up in front of you. Take the next two cards and place them one under the other. Do this in two more lines to the right of the first one. The first line represents the past, the second line, the present and the third line, the future.
Now look at the cards and give your client you impression of those three cards together combining your thoughts with the area of interest expressed. This is what happened in the aforementioned specific area of the reader.
Go to the next line and do the same thing. This is the present situation for the client in the area in question. Finally, on to the third line. This is the person’s future in that area.
Don’t be discouraged if what you are saying doesn’t always make sense. Sometimes you will find that it doesn’t mean anything at that moment, but later the client will remember something or something will happen that brings the reading into focus.
Another simple reading is one, which answers a yes, or no question. Have the cline ask a question with a yes or no as the only possible answer. As they are asking the question, once again shuffle and concentrate on the question. If the client wants to shuffle for himself or herself and you are comfortable with that also let them. Turn over the first three cards form the top. Turn them over sideways, not upside down. For your answer, two or three cards right side up means the answer is yes. Two or three cards upside down, mean the answer is no.
If these two types of readings are not enough of a variation for you, read the instruction booklet that came with your deck. Usually this will give you the basic Celtic cross configuration, which lots of tarot card readers use.
You could also purchase books on a Tarot reading to learn more ways to read cards. Your best bet for the most accurate readings will be to learn different ways to layout the cards. Eventually, you will decide to use the layout that is most comfortable for you.