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Tarot for Beginners


Introduction to the Mysteries


Table of Contents




INTRODUCTION


For 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 unique guidance.


Tarot 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."


In 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.


I 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.


REMEMBER 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.


HISTORY OF TAROT


There 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.


The 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.


Even 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 Old Testament.


Tarot 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 the cards.


Tarot 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.


TAROT DECKS


Hundreds, 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.


Just 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.


The 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.


Rider-Waite-Smith

The 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.


Tarot de Marseille

This 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.


Thoth Tarot Deck

This 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.”


Gaian Tarot

This 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.


Fairy Tale Tarot

Another 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 faraway place.


The Mythic Tarot

This set was first published in 1986. It comes with 78 cards and takes influence from the Greek mythological gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines.


Tarocco Piemontese

This 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 Rider-Waite deck.


Buddha Tarot

This 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.


Shapeshifter Tarot

Another 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.



Fifth Tarot

This 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.


Osho Zen Tarot

This 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?


Choosing 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.


The 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.


Depending 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.


When 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 use often.


The 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.


It 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.


REMEMBER 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?


For 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.


Tarot 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.


The 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.


REMEMBER, if you see that you can not read a spread or if it is a total mumbo-jumbo, don’t force it until recharged!


When 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.


RIDER-WAITE-SMITH DECK


A.E. 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.


The 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.


To 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.


The 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.


The 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.


TAROT DE MARSEILLE DECK


Tarot 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.


Like 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.


The 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.


When 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.


This 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 symbolizing.


DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TAROT DE MARSEILLE AND RIDER-WAITE SMITH


The 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 occultism.


Tarot 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 countries.


Tarot 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.


Latin 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


Some 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.


There 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.


In the same sense, an upright card will show you your strength, your openness, your energy. But this also depends on the whole situation.


When 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.


Each 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


Now 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.


  1. Three cards spread


This 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 use it.

Assign 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.


  1. Single card


This 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.

I 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 practice.


  1. The career path spread


If 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?

The 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.

The 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.

This 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.

The 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.

Once 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.

The 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?

The 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.


  1. Weekly Spread


People 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.

After 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.

The middle Significator and the 12 months of the year.


  1. The Star


This is another famous spread. It is used for personal events. The middle card is again The Significator. We will talk more about that later.

The first car represents your current situation.

The second card shows you the causes of your weaknesses and conflicts. As well as the causes of the obstacles you are facing.

The 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.

The fourth card represents your strength. Things you are successful at managing and your capabilities.

The 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.






  1. Celtic Cross Spread


The first card represents our current situation as well as our state of mind at the present moment. It shows us our perception of things.

Card 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.

The 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.

Card 5 shows us what are we doing right now to handle our issues and what our goals are.

Card 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.

With the seventh card, we are looking to get some advice. It recommends a favorable approach that will help the querent.

Card 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.

Number 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 result.


  1. The Blind Spot Spread


Sometimes 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.

The 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.

Card 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


1. Use your intuition

When 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.

2. Reverse readings in the beginning

Ill-dignified 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.


3. Avoid decks with only numbers and symbols

If 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.


4. Get familiar with the element of each suit

There 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.


5. Get familiar with numbers and colors

Tarot 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 number represents.


6. Practice and practice

This 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.


CONCLUSION


In 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 yes/no answers.


There 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 and others.


REMEMBER 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.


I hope you found my work useful and that you will be more interested in pursuing Tarot further.


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