Knowing Tarot Cards as a Beginner

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Tarot Cards

Tarot cards have become more interesting in the past few years while some think of it as a party game, others see it as a powerful tool to direct their life and the lives of others.

Tarot cards are part of culture for some people, but they were first thought to just be a parlor game. They have been around since the 15th century but were not used until the 18th century for divination.

Many people find them as a game while others take them seriously but there are a group of people that don’t always see them as something supernatural, but they find them fun and exciting. So, no matter what you see tarot cards to be, here is more information on how to read them.

How to Read Tarot Cards

The first thing you need of course is to get a tarot deck. Many people choose the Rider-Waite because it is a popular brand. They are easy to look at, have nice imagery and they have a lot of bright colors. Some believe that these are intuitive cards that are great for beginners, and they also have books and online links that can give them interpretations. This kind of deck even comes with an instruction booklet.

There are other decks besides the Rider-Waite that can be used as beginner cards such as the Wild Unknown deck, the Morgan Greer Deck, the Game of Thrones themed deck or more. You need to decide which ones that you want that fit your personality the best.

What Do the Tarot Cards Mean?

Each card will have a different meaning and will depend on the reader. There are 78 cards in a deck which include the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana.  There are 22 cards in the Major Arcana, and you can use these cards to show what influences life and to give information. The cards don’t come in suits, and they represent an individual thing for each person getting a reading.

The Minor Arcana cards have 56 and they are in suits, swords, wands, cups and pentacles. Some call them different things like coins but they represent different parts of life such as the wands show passion, the swords intelligence, the pentacles is finances, and the cups are an image of emotions. Each suit works with the astrological elements of air, water, earth and fire.

The meanings change as the cards are drawn and spread, most of the time a 3 or 5 card spread will be used.

Preparing Your Tarot Deck

You have to do what feels the best to you when you get your deck of cards. There are some general things that people do such as if you are doing a reading for someone you shuffle the deck so that you can clear the energy of the previous use. You might ask them to have a question in their mind.

Some people will have the person getting the reading to cut the deck and then focus on the questions they are asking. Then as the cards are pulled and spread, the reading can be done.

Reading the Tarot Cards

You might wonder about the different spreads and what they mean but there are many different ways that people read tarot cards. Some will look at the book and get direction while others will find online tutorials of popular spreads. The popular spreads are normally a three card, Celtic or seven card spread. This depends on your own reading.

A three-card spread happens when the reader pulls out three cards which represent the past, present and future. The future can mean a minute or 10 years from now, so it doesn’t necessarily give you a real timeline.

Some people use the cards to do a daily reading where they pull one card out of the deck after they shuffle it. They practice understanding the meanings and to connect with the cards each day.

What Do the Cards Mean?

The cards mean different things for different people. If you do a larger spread, then there will be all kinds of information. When you read for someone else, you want to make sure that you are not pressured or overly challenged but that you concentrate and do your best to understand the cards and the interpretation.

Reading a tarot deck doesn’t mean you are psychic. You can ask questions about the cards, and you can figure out what you think the cards mean to you. There are so many ways that you can do a tarot reading and as you take time to learn the cards, you will see that the cards can have multiple meanings.

Learning More About Tarot Reading

If you want to improve your tarot reading, there are many online articles, books and more that you can find. You can even find online classes that you can take to better your skills. Find different advisors online that can help you to understand the cards even more.