Tarot is a rich and beautiful system of reading symbolism, which has been used for insight and guidance for centuries. It is also a fun activity that you can do with friends or alone; it’s up to you!
But some beginners worry that they can’t read their cards, or sometimes if they are even allowed to read them.
Is tarot a skill that can be learnt or do you need to have a “gift” to read and make sense of the cards you draw? Lets take a closer look.
Can anyone read tarot cards?
You don’t need any special abilities or knowledge to read tarot cards. Anyone can do it.
In fact, learning how to read tarot cards is a unique opportunity to open your mind, explore new ideas and see the world from a different perspective – all while having fun.
How to read tarot cards: the core concepts
There are many different ways to read tarot cards, but there are a few core concepts that apply to just about any tarot reading. The first and most important concept is to understand that tarot cards are not literal.
Many beginning tarot readers take each card in the reading at face value, trying to make each card fit into the story the card seems to be telling. But tarot is not a literal system.
Tarot cards are symbolic. What this means is that the card does not represent exactly what it appears to represent. Rather, the card represents a larger idea or lesson. The card “The Empress,” for example, does not mean that you will suddenly meet a real-life empress, or that your life will become as lush and abundant as the card would suggest.
Rather, it represents the energies of creativity and fertility in your life, along with the potential for abundance and creativity to come into your life.
How to choose your first deck
As we just discussed, the first thing to do when reading tarot cards for the first time is to choose a deck. While there are many different ways to read tarot cards, the core concepts of the cards don’t change.
So, you don’t need to learn a totally new system of reading the cards when you change decks. You can read the same cards in a different way, though a different deck can bring a new meaning to them.
There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your first tarot card deck. First, look for a deck that appeals to you. Don’t choose a deck because you think it will give you the “right” reading – the right reading is the one that feels right to you.
And if you find one that you really like, you might want to consider purchasing the deck and keeping it with you to use again and again. You might also want to consider a themed deck, like one that focuses on or is associated with a particular interest or theme in your life.
How to interpret the cards you’ve drawn
There are many different ways to interpret the cards, and you may find that your approach changes as you gain more experience reading the cards. But there are a few basic guidelines that you can refer to as you learn to interpret your readings.
The first thing to do after you finish your reading is to write down what each card means to you. This is a great way to internalize the messages of the cards and use them to better understand your life. You can also find resources online that provide tips for interpreting the cards. When you interpret your reading, consider the relationship between the cards and the other cards in your reading, as well as your current situation and your hopes for the near future. You may also want to consider any cards that are missing from your reading.
There may be times when you’re drawing cards from your reading and you don’t see a card that you would normally expect to see. This can be a sign that you need to pay extra attention to the cards you do see in your reading.
Tips for Reading Tarot Cards
While you’re reading the cards, try to stay in the present moment. Don’t try to predict the future or tell yourself what you want to hear; try to stay focused on what is actually happening in the moment. This can help you to get a more accurate reading.
Trust your intuition
When you are reading the cards, listen to your intuition. If you’re getting a certain feeling about a card or situation, even if it doesn’t make sense to you, trust that it is there for a reason.
Being mindful as you read the cards can help you to stay in the present moment and help you to get a more accurate reading. You can do this by taking a few deep breaths before you begin your reading, and by making sure you give yourself plenty of time to read the cards so you can focus 100% on the reading.
Like any skill, tarot reading gets better with practice. You may not get the reading you want the first few times you try it, but keep at it and practice regularly, and you’ll find that you get better at it.
Most people who read tarot cards are intuitive readers, meaning that they do not try to force the cards to tell them a certain thing. Instead, they allow the cards to choose what they are trying to say.
Reading the tarot cards can be a fun and insightful way to get a different perspective on your life.
It is also a unique opportunity to explore new ideas and open your mind, as well as to learn a new skill that can be useful for many different things, including getting advice on your love life, career, health and personal growth.
And best of all, anyone can do it. All you need to do is pick up a deck of cards and start reading.
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