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centuries, Tarot cards traveled through
cultures. They fascinated millions of people with their mystery,
their potent images, and symbols. They predicted the rise and fall of
kings and queens and empires. Their true origins
are as mysterious as their symbols. Tarot cards are more than just a
set of beautiful and captivating images. All the
symbols have deep meanings. Each set of combinations offers a
cards help us understand the past and the present while giving us
guidance for the future. Hundreds of different
tarot decks exist today. They all have different designs. Yet
the two most common decks are "Tarot de Marseille"
and "Rider-Waite." Tarot de Marseille was popular in
Northern Italy during the 15th century. A.E. Waite and Pamela
Colman-Smith designed Rider-Waite deck in the early 1900's. The
latter is the most popular one in western civilizations today.
Cards are divided into two groups in each deck:
major arcana and minor arcana. The word arcana means "secrets."
this book, we will explore each card in the major and minor arcana.
We will look at their dignified and
ill-dignified (reversed) meanings. I hope this will help the
beginners. I will also explain how to interpret some of the most
traditional spreads. You will find information on how to choose the
deck that is most suitable for you. Tarot cards are personal,
and they speak to their interpreter. This is why
it is important to choose a set that speaks to your soul and connects
with your intuition.
hope that this experience will bring you to a higher level of
self-awareness. And it will help you become more in tune with the
Universe. Tarot is an ancient art. You can use the cards to
understand yourself and others better.
to keep an open mind. Let the cards communicate through you. All you
need to do is show a willingness to see and to understand. The rest
is practice and more practice.
are countless theories about the origins of tarot. Some scholars
claim that the cards came from ancient Egypt. Others that present day
Milan and Bologna can also be the birthplace of this art.
Tarot has been in Europe since the 14th century.
The first deck we are aware of in Europe was in Milan. It dates back
to the 14th century. There are also theories connecting these cards
to the Islamic cultures and even to India. Because the symbols on the
cards are quite universal, the scholars cannot seem to agree about
the origins of Tarot.They existed in different
cultures throughout history. But many scholars agree that the cards
most likely traveled from the East to the West.
the name Tarot, and its source are still a
mystery. Some say the word derived from the German "tarock."
Others believe it derived from the Italian word "tarocco"
which means "blood orange." Some believe
it comes from the Arabic "turuq" which means "ways."
Others claim it came from the Egyptian origin "tar" and
"ro" meaning the "royal road."
Hebrews believe it derives from the word
"Torah," the first five books of the
finds its roots in occultism. Today, the interest in them has
expanded this tradition. The cards are often used
by individuals from all walks of life. They all have one thing in
common: A quest for a higher perspective. The process involves a
person who is seeking for answers and a reader who is interpreting
cards are not meant to be used as a means for
fortune telling. They have a much bigger purpose than that,
and their energy should be handled for advice
and help only. Tarot is a way for us to reflect back into ourselves
and our lives. We use them for guidance. When asking a question we
should avoid futuristic ones like "When
will I get married?" or "How many kids will I have?"
or "When will I find true love?" etc. Instead, we should
focus on more specific like “Will I have a boy or a girl or both?”
or "Will my spouse support me in my career
change or should I stay where I am now?" or "Is there a way
to improve my relationship at the moment?". Yes or no questions
also work as they open pathways to a more in-depth reading.
if not thousands of tarot decks are available today. Because these
cards are personal, each user chooses the deck that speaks to him/her
the most. After all, to interpret these symbols, we need to feel
connected to them. In other words, they should touch our soul. It
does not matter whether you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned
expert. You need to feel a personal connection with them. We will
talk more about how to choose the right deck later.
as the symbols are different, the number of cards in each deck is
also different. Some of them have 16 cards; some
have 22, 35 and some have 78 cards. In most traditional decks there
are 22 trump cards in the major arcana and 56 cards in the minor
arcana. These 56 cards are divided into four
different suits: wands, swords, coins and cups. There are also
countless ways to spread them. Some of these spreads only use the
major arcana; some only use the minor arcana and
some use both.
most popular themes are mythology, astrology, and angels. Aliens,
Gothic, fantasy, history, Native American, religious, psychic,
nature, and steampunk are also popular. But, to
give you a better perspective, we will talk about a few of them.
most popular one in the world. It is also one of the oldest decks.
This deck is also easy to use for all beginners
because of its imagery. And it is even easier to
find resources on how to use them. The deck has 78 cards, 22 of which
are the trumps or major arcana and 56 minor arcana cards with four
suits. Each suit uses 14 cards. We will talk in detail about this
deck in the next chapter.
deck is also known as Tarot of Marseille or
Tarot de Marseilles. Italians first used it, and
they carried it to Southern France where the deck got its name. 78
cards, 22 of which are the trumps or major arcana and 56 minor arcana
cards with four suits. The imagery takes its
roots from Christianity. It also has controversial Christian images
like a female pope.
deck has 78 cards. Also, knows as Crowley Thoth Deck, it has
kabbalistic and astrological symbols. Alistair Crowley describes
these cards in his book titled “The Book of Thoth.”
deck takes its influence from nature itself. With 78 cards, it is the
reinterpretation of the classic Rider-Waite-Smith. But with a more
spiritual, nature-oriented design. The Empress
has become the Gardener, and the Magician is the
new ritual drummer.
deck built following the footsteps of the classic Rider-Waite. This
deck has a more magical, fairy tale-like design that takes you to a
set was first published in 1986. It comes with
78 cards and takes influence from the Greek mythological gods,
goddesses, heroes, and heroines.
deck takes its origins from Italy. It is another version of the Tarot
de Marseille. This one also consists of 78 cards with 22 trump cards
and 56 minor arcana cards. The Fool has 0 as its number,
and the rest of the major arcana cards go from 1 to 21. The minor
arcana cards go from 2 to 10. Each suit's first card is its number 1.
That card demonstrates the symbol of the corresponding
suit in detail. Each suit also has a king, a
queen, a knight and jack just like in the
is a non-traditional deck consisting of 79 cards with one
extra trump card. The cards take inspiration from the story of
Siddhartha and his journey towards enlightenment. Suits are Vajras,
Double Vajras, Lotuses, and Jewels. The minor arcana has 56 cards.
non-traditional deck that comes with a total of 81 cards. Lisa
Hunt illustrated these cards with esoteric, mythological and pagan
symbols. The set also has roots in paganism. Shape-shifting is taking
the shape of an animal during trance. Celtic mythology inspires the
idea of the shapeshifting concept of these cards. It focuses on the
intuitive connection between nature, animals,
and humans. The major arcana has 24 cards, and
the minor arcana has 57.
deck is a more cosmic one aiming to illustrate
the universal energy of the 5th dimension. It has an extra suit that
called the Lost Suit and it represents ether.
Out of 92 cards, 22 are majors and 70 are minors.
deck is inspired by the transcendental game Zen, and it has 79
cards. There is one extra card for Osho. The four suits are fire,
clouds, rainbows and water. They have a spiritual
design that suits intermediate to professional tarot readers better.
Especially if they also have psychic abilities.
WHERE TO GET YOUR CARDS AND WHICH SET TO CHOOSE?
your first tarot deck as a beginner can be overwhelming. Considering
the learning process takes time and practice. In general, we group
the decks in two categories. There are cards with people doing
something, and cards with symbols only. The second group is more
numerology, Kabbalah, and mysticism oriented. The first group takes
its roots from the traditional Raider-Waite
Smith style cards.
most important step in making a decision is to concentrate on your
needs and what you want to use these cards for.
Take your background and interests into account as well. If you are a
beginner, you may find that the cards in the second group might not
be easy to use in the learning process. Traditional cards might be a
good first choice.
on where you live, you might not have access to visit a tarot store.
You might not see them in person and explore their symbols and
imagery. In this case, you can go online and research your options.
You will find a lot of websites that display each set in detail. You
will be able to choose the set that speaks to you the most this way.
you believe you have found the right deck for yourself, the next step
is the quality of it. Some cards are thinner than normal to keep the
costs low. If you are considering tarot reading for a long haul,
choose a set that has heavier cards so they last longer. Many of
these sets also come with a book that explains how to interpret the
cards. They teach some common spreads that we
cards also come in different sizes. Some people prefer
bigger ones, and some prefer smaller ones that they can carry with
them at all times. It all depends on what you want to use
these cards for. Whether it is
personal or professional. You may find it easy to carry mini
tarot cards in your purse or your bag. Maybe for more professional
readings you would prefer bigger ones. Anyway,
it is not forbidden to use several decks.
is still possible to find tarot decks in local bookstores. These are
usually the traditional Rider-Waite- Smith decks
since it is the most popular. But the internet gives us more options
today. There is an ocean of possibilities when it comes to tarot,
and you will find a deck that suits your needs. You will be able to
order online even if you cannot buy it direct from a local store.
Thanks to the internet, people also notice the wide variety of
styles. It makes tarot all the more enjoyable and convenient for
those who are passionate about it.
that you must pick only the brand new decks so that afterward they
will be charged with your energy and cards won’t lie.
HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR DECK?
each individual, their tarot card deck is
precious and valuable. It is not the material
value of them that matters, it is what they mean to you personally.
After all, each deck of cards is made of paper,
and they are susceptible to wear and tear. There are two important
things to take into consideration when you take care of them. First
one is to keep them safe and clean and the second one is to charge
them when they need it.
cards usually come in a wooden box, but these boxes are sometimes not
durable enough. The more you use them, the more care they will need.
Besides the box, some sets also come in a pouch. If your set did not
come with a small pouch, you could
buy one or even make one yourself if you have some basic sewing
skills. You can use any material or your choice from velvet to satin
or even from cotton. If you have kids or pets around, you will need
to keep the cards away from their reach. Also, it is important to
keep them in a dry place away from spills and sticky things. You can
use a nonabrasive soft tissue to wipe them from time to time.
Sometimes, we spill something on them. It is good to
have a cleaning cloth handy for times like this.
second most important thing is to charge the cards when they are
"tired." Especially if you are reading for
others. When others shuffle the cards, their energies reflect
onto the cards. You may find after a few readings they do not make
any sense, and your vision is clouded. There are
two reasons for this: You are tired. You need to recharge your own
batteries, or the cards need some time off. People prefer different
methods when it comes to charging their cards. The most popular are
to line them up in the original order, upright. Then gather them in
that order and leave them in their pouch or box until you "feel"
the time is right to reuse them. You can also charge them using sea
salt. Spread your cards and sprinkle sea salt on them and wait for a
while. Then collect them and dump the salt. Some people prefer the
positive effects of the moonlight, either a full moon or a new moon.
Since the moon has feminine energy and it represents the intuitive
powers. Consider leaving your cards by your window at night where
they will receive enough moonlight. Then put them back in their box
until next time when you are ready to use them.
if you see that you can not read a spread or if it is a
total mumbo-jumbo, don’t force it until
you get familiar with the way the cards communicate with you, you
will decide what is the best way for you to charge them. There is not
one correct method. Each person will feel closer
to one method over another.
Waite and Pamela Colman Smith created one of the world's most famous
tarot deck. Waite made a living as a freelance author and translator.
Smith was in performing arts. Both met when they
become members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. It was an
organization formed in England. It brought together people interested
in the occult, mysticism, and paranormal activities. Waite was aware
of Smith's psychic abilities, and he paid her a
flat fee to design the cards.
deck consists of 78 cards: 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana cards.
The major arcana cards have a lot of similarities with Tarot de
Marseille deck. Golden Dawn also influenced these cards and their
symbols and meanings. The Rider-Waite-Smith deck follows a less
Christian and a less Kabbalistic approach. Smith and Waite removed
most of the religious symbols when they created the deck. Including
the Jewish numbers. Instead, they followed a more occultist pattern.
This was the right move as the deck
became famous fast among tarot enthusiasts. The first deck
saw the light of day in 1910.
this day, this is the most popular set of all
other decks due to it being easier to learn and understand. It is
also the deck of choice for most of the beginners.
most important thing that makes this deck unique for its time is its
symbolism and imagery. Smith illustrated them all. This
is the first time tarot enthusiasts saw a deck of cards that
featured scenes and people. You can see people's faces, their
reactions; you can see scenes that tell a story.
You can see the numbers and colors corresponding to these scenes
and the people on them. This was
unheard of before Waite and Smith published their deck for the first
time. Later, many people designed hundreds of sets with the influence
from Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism. The pictures are for the most part
quite simple to understand and to interpret. Each card tells its
story. The cards draw you into their mystical, magical world in an
instant. Smith captured lots of human emotions in this set. Which
adds to the magic of the cards.
images make it easier for an absolute beginner to remember the basic
meanings of the cards. This is why it is one of
the most important decks of all times. Also,
most of the books that teach tarot will use this deck,
so it is easier for anyone to access information on it. Once you
master this set, you will find it much easier to
move on to more occult sets without people and
scenes on them. The symbols are so strong that
you will find yourself drawn to their history without even realizing.
This is also a good deck to start with for those
who have an interest inWestern Esoteric traditions. Waite was
involved in esoteric practices. When he
commissioned Smith to give life to his ideas, he instructed her what
he had in mind like occultism and mysticism.
DE MARSEILLE DECK
of Marseille influenced almost all the European tarot cards that came
after it. The deck originates from Northern
Italy. The copy dates back to the 15th century. When tarot started
losing popularity in Italy, the experts brought it to Southern France
and Switzerland. In these places, tarot grabbed
people's interest immediately and created a new wave. With this
newfound popularity, the deck managed to go back to Italy, where it
once again became popular. The name Tarot de Marseille is not as old
as the deck itself. French occultist Papus named
them as such in the late 19th century.
most of the decks, Tarot de Marseille has 56 cards that form the
minor arcana. These are four standard suits as
we know them. The deck has heavy Christian influences like the Pope,
the Devil, the Grim Reaper. It also has nontraditional Christian
images like the Papess. This card has created a
lot of controversy among the practitioners of tarot. It shows a
female pope. Many people believe that the card symbolizes Pope Joan.
We do not have historical evidence about a female pope. To
avoid controversy, some decks used the names Juno, The Spanish
Captain, and The High Priestess.
13th card of the deck as we refer to today as The Death had no name.
The name La Mort (The Death) appears in the Tarot de Marseille much
later. Because the deck included the Pope and Popess cards, the
Catholic Church considered them as blasphemous. In certain
areas, the Church demanded these cards to be replaced by other cards.
Containing other images instead of religious ones. In certain decks,
these characters became June and Jupiter. In other ones, they were
The Spanish Captain and The Wine Barrel. The irony was that these
characters were actually replaced by Pagan symbols. This
was on purpose as a protest against the Church.
Tarot de Marseille returned to Italy, two different styles became
popular. These were Lombardy and Piemontese. In the beginning, the
cards' designs were not much different than their French versions.
They even had misspelled French titles. Later, the cards took a
different turn when they became double headed. The birthplace of the
double-headed cards is Milan. This deck also has its unique design
that is different than the original Tarot de Marseille.
deck is still popular today. The single-headed design that is closer
to the original design made a comeback. Tarot
experts are more inspirational and more
artistic. Cards from I to X have human figures. Cards from XI to XXII
consist of more complex scenes and many people. Minor Arcana deal
with more mundane situations. Major Arcana
deal with deeper spiritual situations. Cards from 1 to 10 do not have
any human figures; they only have the symbols of
the suit they represent. King, Queen, Knight and Page have human
figures. They represent the person they are
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TAROT DE MARSEILLE AND RIDER-WAITE SMITH
biggest difference between these two sets is their imagery.
Rider-Waite-Smith minor arcana cards all have humans and scenes on
them. Tarot de Marseille minor arcana cards only have humans
for the court cards. The former has more modern
graphics. Rider-Waite set has lesser religious symbols and
more occult graphics. Because both Waite and Smith were into
de Marseille is still as popular as Rider-Waite-Smith deck.
Rider-Waite-Smith is more popular in the Western Europe
and Northern America. Especially in Northern
America, there are hundreds of variations of this. It is also
public domain. This enables artists to design
their own versions of this set. However, in
Western Europe, the set is not yet public domain and will remain so
until 2022. Tarot de Marseille is the deck of choice for many Eastern
Europeans still today. They are popular in non-English speaking
de Marseille is also known as Latin Tarot. In the ancient times,
these cards were popular as playing cards. That is why their designs
have similarities with the traditional playing cards. The Justice
card in the Tarot de Marseille is the 8th card,
and the Strength card is number 11. The Death card used to have no
name, the name La Mort appears in later versions. The Papess
and The Pope in Latin Tarot became The High Priestess and The
Hierophant in Rider-Waite-Smith deck. This is
the biggest thing that makes them less religious.
Tarot is more suitable for people who are more familiar with the
symbols. Western cards are easier to interpret,
and they are more suitable for beginners.
Regardless, these differences do not make one or the other easier or
more or less intuitive. Both sets have their strong imagery;
this makes it easier for everyone to develop a personal
connection. For the Latin Tarot, you will need a
stronger memory to remember the meanings of particular
cards because they do not include any scenes or humans.
In the end, with more practice, this will not be a problem. Practice
is the key for the tarot reading. The more you read, the easier it
will get for you.
DIGNIFIED VS. ILL-DIGNIFIED CARD MEANINGS
people prefer not to do any reversed readings. Some do read them in
their reversed or ill-dignified positions. Tarot cards are all about
energy. Our first reaction when we see a card
upside down is to panic, thinking it means something bad. When you
read the cards, do not let the negativity cloud your intuition and
judgment. Instead, focus on a different aspect. Ill-dignified cards
do not always mean the opposite of what they mean
when in an upright position. Although this is something you should
take into consideration, keep in mind that the cards are trying to
communicate to and through you something much wider than this.
are different approaches when it comes to interpreting ill-dignified
cards. One of the most common ones is to see them as a block. This
is for you if you are reading for
yourself, or the person for whom you are doing the spread. A reversed
card can also signal a slow process or an obstacle that we need to
overcome before reaching a desirable outcome. Ill-dignified cards
teach us that there are still certain lessons we need to learn. We
need to be more open-minded and more in tune with our spiritual side
to notice these life lessons. You might also interpret them as a
weakness or as confusion. Once you figure out what these are, you can
then focus on strengthening your weaknesses.
the same sense, an upright card will show you your strength, your
openness, your energy. But this also depends on the whole situation.
you have an ill-dignified card instead of a dignified card,
you do not need to be scared. Do not allow negative energy to
overpower you. After all, tarot cards are there to guide us and the
choice is always ours. They are meant to deliver bad news,
or they are not evil. They are, however, a source of light showing
you what to do to get yourself out of a certain
situation by doing what is right for you.
suit of cards represents a different element: water, air, fire, and
earth. When two cards of the same suit are together, their energy is
stronger. In the same way, when one negative card is
surrounded by two positive cards, its energy
changes depending on what is around it. When you do your reading,
focus on the entire picture. It helps to see the situation as a
whole. Treat the cards as different aspects of a given situation and
let the cards speak to you.
MOST TRADITIONAL SPREADS AND HOW TO READ THEM
is the time we lay down our cards and learn about the most popular
tarot spreads and how to read them. By now, you are familiar with
each card and its meaning. We will now put our knowledge into
practice. This is the best way to begin
practicing to advance and speak the language of the Tarot. There are
countless ways we spread the cards. Each spread has a
special purpose like relationship, finances, health, past,
present and future. Depending on your question, you will know which
layout is best for you.
is one of the most popular layouts. Also
an easy start for a beginner. It might be simple, but it is also
dynamic and full of insight. There are many questions you can ask
with this spread. Including relationship, work, and spiritual
guidance. You can treat this layout as a guidance
for past, present, and the future. However, you can also read it as
the current situation, challenges, and guidance.
Or as mind, body and spirit. It does not stop there. If you choose
this layout for your relationship, the layout
reads like you, your partner and your
relationship. Your strengths, your weaknesses and the advice you need
to move forward. All these are covered by this
simple yet quite powerful spread. Both professionals and beginners
positions of cards as you wish and interpret them from left to right
or vice versa but do that BEFORE you start asking
questions, spreading, and reading, so to speak tell the reading
conditions to your cards in advance so they communicate through and
in accord with you.
simple single card spread is a favorite. The reason for this is it
enables you to ask a more specific and precise question with a yes
or no answer. If you want to use it for personal reasons, you can
start your day by picking one card. Ask your question about your day
ahead. Even though it seems like a limited
layout, it still does not fall short of giving you an insight. And a
possible outcome and how you should handle a particular
situation. I prefer to ask closed (or as they also called “polar”)
question using Major Arcana only. That is why the respective answers
are supplied above for each of them. You can use Minor Arcana as
well, but I find them not so eloquent when I need a fast answer.
interpret cards w/o ill-dignified meanings and I suggest you do the
same when trying to get a yes/no answer in order to not get confused.
Because every card answers either yes or no and when reversed, it
might be read inappropriately. But again, if you feel like you should
use both meanings and read them accordingly, then by all means, do
that and count on your intuition first of all. All come with
The career path
you have questions about your current career or a future career
decision, this is the spread you can use. There
are seven cards in this layout. The first card
deals with your current job. Is this the ideal job for you? Or what
does the current situation mean for you at work?
second card is a guide that shows you what you can do to make things
better at your current job. What steps you need to take and how
should you handle them.
third card is an important one. It shows you the issues that you can
no longer fix or change. The reality of the situation so to speak.
is important because, depending on what you get in this
section, you can have a clear vision on what not to waste your energy
for. This way you will be able to clear things out
better to welcome new beginnings.
fourth card symbolizes your position at your current job. Do you put
enough energy into it? Do you do what it takes to advance? Are your
efforts enough or can you do more? It is a self-reflection that will
help you look into yourself and into what you do.
you learn this part, then with the fifth card you will see your weak
points. This card will show you what you need to do to fix your
problems. Things you need to change and improve.
sixth card goes deeper. It takes a look at your past. Were there
certain events or things that brought you to your current situation?
Are your past experiences blocking you in some way? If they do, how
they do it?
last card shows the outcome. What can you expect? Is the outcome
something you need to deal with? Or is it
something unfavorable for you? Depending on this last card, you can
decide how you will handle it. It can mean a career change or it can
also mean more efforts on your part.
prefer this spread when they have a busy, exciting or a stressful
week ahead of them. But you do not need extraordinary events in your
life to take advantage of this layout. You might just want to know
what kind of week is ahead of you. It is a good way to start your
week as this spread will enable you to take necessary actions if you
face problems. You can use it for business and
personal purposes. The first card we pick is the Significator.
picking this card, we place it face down in the
middle. This is the main card that connects to
every single card in the layout. All other cards are then placed in
their order as we demonstrated above. Each card corresponds to the
specific day of the week like one
is Monday, 2 is Tuesday, 3 is Wednesday, so on and so forth. You can
also try this spread with 13 cards.
middle Significator and the 12 months of the year.
is another famous spread. It is
used for personal events. The middle card is again The
Significator. We will talk more about that later.
first car represents your current situation.
second card shows you the causes of your weaknesses and conflicts. As
well as the causes of the obstacles you are
third card shows you the things you need to change to deal with these
blockages and barriers. Also, what you need to
improve to fix your weaknesses.
fourth card represents your strength. Things you are successful at
managing and your capabilities.
fifth card shows you other challenges you might find yourself face to
face during this time or soon. It warns you and tells you what you
should expect and what to be ready for. The
middle card, which is the Significator, symbolizes the outcome
you should expect.
first card represents our current situation as well as our state of
mind at the present moment. It shows us our perception of things.
2 shows the challenges that are ahead of us in
the present time. What do we find ourselves up against right now?
These are the obstacles we need to overcome to make our current
situation more tolerable. How did the challenges occur? To see this,
we need to take a look at card three which
represents the past. Certain events in our past prepared the pathway
for our current situation. What are those? This card will tell them.
fourth card represents the future. Whether it is the near future or
sometime during this year, in the following months. Pay attention
when reading this as this is not the outcome
card. It only represents what lies ahead for us.
5 shows us what are we doing right now to handle our issues and what
our goals are.
6 represents our inner psyche, so to speak. It shows our underlying
emotions and feeling towards the current situation. It holds a mirror
to our emotional world.
the seventh card, we are looking to get some advice. It recommends a
favorable approach that will help the querent.
number 8 is the external events and people that are out of our
control. They play a role in this situation. However,
we cannot change them. We can only recognize them and make a better
plan for them not to affect us the way they do
in the future.
9 shows us our hopes and our fears. Sometimes the two might be one
and the same thing. Sometimes they are two different things. If you
are uncertain, you can draw an extra card to read with this one. The
last card is the outcome. Where are you headed
towards? How will this situation be resolved? If the outcome
is something negative, then you will know what to do to change this
The Blind Spot
it is not easy to ask the right question. Sometimes we might find
ourselves lost under certain conditions. We simply need a
generalized reading to show us what is going on. Our emotions that we
know, the thoughts and feelings that we do not know,
etc. This is an excellent way to
look for guidance and advice.
first card represents things that are known to everybody. This
could be about us, about a current situation. These are for
things that we do not hide.
2 represents the underlying effects that cause the current situation.
It could be something about us that we do not know yet or about an
event that we have not yet understood. These cards help unfold these
mysteries. The most personal card in this layout is the third one.
This is your private world, the things you do
not want to share with others for various reasons. It does not mean
that they are bad things. They indicate that
they are personal. The last card is a guide to expand your
consciousness. It represents things about yourself that need more
attention. These things are known to others around you because they
can observe them in you. But these are things
you do not notice about yourself. Your weaknesses and your emotions.
SIX EASY STEPS FOR BEGINNERS
Use your intuition
you first start to get familiar with the cards,
you will notice each card has a lot happening on them. Even
if it is just at a minimal level. But the more you observe
them, the more you will start to see these symbols in a new way. You
can always refer to a card's general meaning. Keep your senses open
and analyze the situation with the big picture in mind. Before you
start your reading, make sure you are not tired or charged with
negative energy. If you need more time, then give
yourself more time. Also, make sure that your cards are
charged too so they can communicate with you in the best way
possible. Your intuition will tell you if the time is right or not.
Do not force yourself to perform a reading if you do not feel ready
for it. The cards sense our energy because they
themselves are sources of energy.
Reverse readings in the beginning
dealings can be hard to interpret for a beginner. If you spread your
cards and one is reversed, put it back into the
upright position. Once you know you are more comfortable with them,
you can then allow yourself to read reversed cards as well.
Avoid decks with only numbers and symbols
you are not familiar with numerology and colors, it is best to start
with decks that are like Rider-Waite-Smith. They
have a more self-explanatory imagery on them. As
opposed to other cards that have no human or angel figures without
faces or cards that show no action on them. It is up to you to decide
if you want to continue with a traditional set or if you want to move
on to a more esoteric deck. You will see where
you are leaning towards and what speaks to your soul more.
Get familiar with the element of each suit
are four suits in the minor arcana as we mentioned before. Earth,
Fire, Water and Air. Imagery is not the only thing that affects your
interpretation. They will interact with each other with their
elements too. For example, Pentacles are in the Earth family. This
represents financial security, planning, organizing, your home
and your investments. The element for the Wands is Fire. It
symbolizes energy, action, passion, creativity, and communication.
Water is the element of Cups. Water means our emotions, our
relationship. Swords represent Air. It symbolizes mental clarity
where we need to make decisions. Need for
resolution, possible solutions, and outcomes.
Get familiar with numbers and colors
also has roots in Numerology and Colorology. If
you know the general meaning of each number and color, you will form
a better communication with your cards. In time you will see you are
attracted to some colors more and some less. It is because each color
evokes a particular sensation in us even though
we do not understand it. Our intuition senses their energy. Same goes
with the numbers. Try to get a basic idea on numerology and what each
Practice and practice
is the key. If you do not feel comfortable reading for others,
then read for yourself. Pick your favorite spread, or try different
spreads depending on your question. Start to
practice on yourself. The more readings you perform, the more
confident you will become. One day you will feel ready to read for
others too if you so choose.
this book, my aim was to offer you an introduction to Tarot. I tried
to help you choose the perfect deck for yourself. I explained how to
care for your cards and the difference between reversed and upright
meaning. I also included some of the most popular
spreads to give you an idea of how reading
works. From here, I suggest you to proceed to a
full book Tarot
for Beginners: Complete Guide to the Cards, Spreads, and Unveiling
the Tarot Sacraments where you’ll find all Major
and Minor Arcana dignified and ill-dignified card meanings with
is no right or wrong way of interpreting the cards. Each situation
and each person are unique. What means something for someone will not
mean the same thing for someone else. Everyone's life is different.
Your intuition will guide you to find the answers and help yourself
that your focus should never be on the negative outcomes. Instead,
you should look at things in a more constructive and positive way.
Tarot cards are meant to help us in a positive way, even if we find
ourselves in undesirable situations. We should
try and find or recreate the balance that is missing. We should also
pay attention to our weaknesses and strengths. The cards help us also
to know ourselves better even if we are performing the reading for
someone else. Because the exchange of energy between the cards and
people affects the reader after all.
hope you found my work useful and that you will be more interested in
pursuing Tarot further.
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