History of Tarot Cards
The exact time and person responsible for the creation of Tarot cards is not exactly known although it is widely recognized that it was some time in the first half of the fifteenth century, somewhere in northern Italy, when someone made the first deck of tarot cards.
This first set included many of the characteristics that appear on a normal set of playing cards: that is, numbered cards from 1 to 10, as well as four suits, court cards, page, knight, and king. In addition though, the deck had extra cards which included a queen added to each of the courts.
The 22 special cards added were known as the Major Arcana. These extra 22 did not belong to any suit and their artwork included symbolic pictures and characters such subjects as the Emperor, The Wheel of Fortune, Death, the Devil, and the Moon.
The cards were originally used to play a new type of card game that was very similar to bridge. This game had 21 of the special cards serving as permanent trumps. These could be played regardless of what suit was led, and outranked all the ordinary cards. The game became known as the Game of Triumphs and was popular especially among the upper classes of society.
In time the game spread through northern Italy and many parts of France. And as the game reached other countries, different variations of the pictures displayed on each tarot card eventually evolved. In some cases even the ranking of the trumps was changed. It was not long before the game spread across the world with various transformations in their pictures.
During this time devotees of the occult arts in Europe began to regard the Tarot and the mystical, if not magical meanings in the symbolism of the cards. Their devotion towards the cards inevitably led them to develop tarot as a divination tool, of which we know them today — for tarot card readings. Undoubtedly, the symbolisms in the cards added an extra aspect to the whole deck and allowed a reader to have even further insight into the person they performed the reading for.
Tarot in Our Subconscious
Tarot offers many different subconscious meanings as the pictures on the cards have undergone many changes depending on the artists who developed each set. Though various designs have appeared over the centuries, the basic premise of tarot remains the same and the cards are still popular in unraveling the mysteries of life.
Today there are countless different decks available and you should get a feel for them and use the set you feel most comfortable with. It is through your relationship with the cards that you develop mental pictures, feelings, and ability to gain knowledge, and thus able to interpret them accurately. No particular set of tarot cards have a history of achieving better results. This is up to you through practice and your connection with the cosmic that will develop as you continue to use them.
Tarot Readings Explained
Tarot Cards are powerful tools for those with the ability to interpret the cards.
It is believed that Tarot Cards originated sometime in the 14th-15th centuries in northern Italy. Originally, the cards were used in game, but eventually came to be used as a tool for divination. Perhaps one of the earliest and most influential practitioners of tarot was the French occultist Jean-Baptiste Alliette (1738-1791), who assigned divinatory meanings to each card for upright and reverse orientations, as well as spreads.
The type of deck used is based upon personal preference. Traditionally, there are 78 cards in a Tarot Card deck, which is separated into two parts: the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana. The 22 Major Arcana Cards symbolise the universal patterns of human nature. The 56 Minor Arcana cards on the other hand is further divided into 4 suits- Pentacles, Cups, Swords & Wands. They represent the energy, emotions and activities of our daily lives.
The mystical tarot has indeed come a long way from its humble origins. In the field of psychology, Carl Jung (1875-1961) even pioneered the use of tarot cards in analysing the Subconscious.
As each card has a unique astrological meaning and numeric significance, the cards can be used to gain insight, clarity, and achieve greater control over issues involving relationships, life changes, family, career, health, spirituality, and dreams.
Whilst anyone can do a tarot reading, it takes commitment to be able to truly understand the cards.
How a Tarot Reading Works
When going for a tarot reading, there are some terms you need to learn:
- Reader – This is the person with the cards, the one interpreting them for you.
- Querent – Well, basically, this is you. The person inquiring from the cards
- Spread – How the cards are laid out on the table
- Significator – The card that represents the question being asked or the querent
Before a reading begins, you may be asked to shuffle the deck. This is believed to be a good way to influence the cards with your touch. You should concentrate on your question (if you have one), while doing this. If you are getting an online tarot reading, it may work in a different way. Though you are not able to touch the cards physically, there can be graphical representations of them. Some online tarot readers may simply ask you to concentrate on your question while they do the shuffling for you.
- Once the shuffling is done and the cards have been laid out in a certain spread, the reading can begin. There are two types of tarot readings: open and question reading.
- Question readings address a specific question or problem area. When going in for one, try to keep your questions as open to options as possible, be focused, stay neutral and be positive that you will find your answers.
- Open psychic readings, on the other hand, address the larger scheme of things. This is the kind of reading to look for when you are entering a new phase in life, such as deciding to have children, starting on a new career path or getting married.
Your very first tarot reading can be quite an experience. All it takes is a little open-mindedness to help you enjoy it. At the end of your reading, the decision is still your own. The cards are there to guide you, not dictate your life.
Techniques and Methods in Reading Tarot Cards
There are 2 different types of Tarot readings namely:
1. Question Readings. This reading involves addressing a specific question. The tarot is intended to be used as a guide to help make decisions by yourself. For this reason, the way a question is stated is very essential. The question you ask is paramount in determining the response the Tarot cards give you.
Moreover, your mindset at the time you formulate the question is important as well along with your belief in the tarot. You must believe not only that the Tarot can and will give you an answer but as well as you must also have the willingness to at least consider the advice given to you by the reader. Without this belief, the whole process is void as the Tarot only works for those who are willing to listen.
In Question Readings, ask questions that should:
Keeps your options open. Questions like “when will I find a new …?” is a restrictive question because it rules out the possibility of an old something returning.
Revising this question this way, “when will I find love?” or when will I find love, and with whom?” is much better.
All of these are time questions, so the best form would be, the “tell me about…” form which assumes no answers or time periods.
Avoid the “Seven Deadly Traps”:
1. Questions with Should, Would or Could.
2. Questions about other people (Who will, Who should, Who…).
3. Questions about time.
4. Questions about being (Is my girlfriend cheating on me?).
5. Questions about why something or somebody did something.
6. Questions about what will happen in the future.
7. Questions about health, wealth and legal problems.
- Not have a yes/no answer. Questions like “Will I get my job back?” is a severely limiting question. This is because there are only two possible answers: yes, or no. You can revise this question in this way: “Will I get back my job, and why?” “Tell me about my job situation” or “the issue is my job situation” are probably the best forms for this particular request.
- Not start with “will I” if the matter is a choice you have to make. Questions like “will I marry (someone)?” can easily be answered by you as it is really up to you whether you get married or not. Questions like “who is the best husband/wife for me?” or “why can I not find a good husband/wife?” is easily answered in tarot readings but “will I” tends to cause problems. So, when the choice is yours, avoid using the “Will I” form.
2. Open Readings. These readings involve addressing the larger aspects of your life rather than a specific problem area or question. These readings are usually done when you’re entering a new phase of life, such as getting married, having a bay or starting a family. In this reading, you have the option to somewhat direct the reading if you have a general area of the things you want to cover, such as your career or health, but that’s as specific as the direction gets.
22 Major Arcana Cards
These 22 Major Arcana cards represent a journey through life from birth to enlightenment. Also known as Trumps, these cards indicate life’s significant issues. A high number of Major Arcana cards in a spread indicates that it is now a time of high importance for the questioner.
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0 The Fool
The focus of this card is on faith, hope, trust and contentment, high ideals and the possibility of a brighter tomorrow, choice and personal effort.
1 The Magician
The focus of this card is on new beginnings, new opportunities to use talents, love urges, finance and the future.
2 The High Priestess
Your focus is on waiting, learning, trade, finance and negotiations, public activities or public relations
3 The Empress
The focus of this card is on feelings, emotions, self expression, socializing, or short and long distance trips.
4 The Emperor
The focus of this card is on construction and formation, or something or someone will change your present situation or present you with opportunities to enter into a new partnership or relationship
5 The Hierophant
The focus of this card is on establishments, organizations, truth and understanding, new opportunities and family structures.
6 The Lovers
Your focus is on sudden and unpredictable changes, love, friendship, unions and meetings, choice, travel, and personnel property.
7 The Chariot
Your focus is on introspection, re-evaluation, decisions of passion and confusing issues. You will be re-examining your affairs and assessing your situation.
The focus of this card is on reaching goals, settlements, legal matters or income.
9 The Hermit
The focus of this card is on seeking and finding, completing and perfecting and problem solving.
10 Wheel of Fortune
The focus of this card is on conflicts of interest, unexpected developments, important news that changes or alters your course, also important news and information.
The focus of this card is on challenging situations in relation to business and finance, family matters that stemmed from the past, new beginnings and results or rewards for persistence and effort.
12 The Hanged Man
The focus of this card is on your life, values and the way you are thinking.
The focus of this card is on endings and new beginnings in career, partnerships, new opportunities or a new lifestyle.
The focus of this card is on things that you thought you had completed, that is old friends, lovers, habits, desires, health, money, or business problems and situations that you thought you dealt with, will arise to test you.
15 The Devil
The focus of this card is on adverse conditions or negative cycle of events.
16 The Tower
The focus of this card is on unexpected events or devastating conditions, financial problems, separations and divorce conficlics and loss of faith in one’s world.
17 The Star
The focus of this card is on the futures faith and what could be. You will be hurt or disappointed by harsh words, enforced estrangement and circumstances that block your development for the time being.
18 The Moon
The focus of this card is on inner disturbances or feelings of disquiet or dread or foreboding. Situations are deceptive or changeable in whatever area is important to you at the moment.
19 The Sun
The focus of this card is on society and the public, self-image or keeping up with appearances; achievement, accomplishment, marriage unions or mergers.
The focus of this card is on new personal relationships, new business ventures or partnerships, beneficial help, improved conditions, changes in habit and purpose.
21 The World
The focus of this card is on world issues or world shaking events, encounters and gatherings, travel, change, risks and new opportunities, but also on restriction wall or blocks.
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Minor Arcana Cards
The 56 Minor Arcana cards represent the energy, emotions and activities of our daily lives and is divided into 4 suits:
PENTACLES – Also known as Disks, Coins and Diamonds in the modern deck of cards, Pentacles represent business, money, material possession, practical skills and tangible accomplishment.
This suit corresponds to the astrological Earth signs of Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo.
CUPS – Also known as Chalices and Hearts in the modern deck, these are cards of emotion and reflection and indicate spiritual authority, contemplation and inner feelings.
Cups corresponds to the astrological Water signs of Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio.
SWORDS – Also known as Spades in a modern deck, the Swords indicate temporal authority, leadership, wisdom, ideas, creativity and decisiveness.
This suit corresponds to the astrological Air signs of Aquarius, Gemini and Libra.
WANDS – Also known as Staves, Staffs or Clubs in the modern deck of cards, these cards indicate practical strength, productivity, confidence, physical power and self-reliance.
Wands corresponds to the astrological Fire signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.
Each suit has 14 Cards
COURT CARDS – are the influence of your personality on others:
Page – youth innocence
Knight – energy drive
Queen – Understanding awareness
King – Strength of will
ACE – Beginning
2 – Formation, coming together of opposites (initiative).
3 – Growth
4 – Practical attainment, material achievement (stability). Work
5 – New circle, change, stability upset (activity)
6 – Finding equilibrium, harmony in the face of constant change (ambition).
7 – Facing complex choices, development of soul (versatility)
8 – Setting priorities, putting things where they belong, balancing (shrewd). reaping what you sow.
9 – Bring things to an end, completion, conclusion (dependability)
10 – Over but not finished and about to begin again (persistent).
Steps to Master Tarot Cards Minor and Major Arcana
Part of learning tarot reading is learning and mastering the minor and major arcana. Here are some simple yet effective ways to do that.
Mastering the Major Arcana
1. First thing to do is to separate the major arcana cards from the rest of the deck. And every morning, one should wake about half an hour earlier to reflect on the cards. To do this, one should get into a quiet and undisturbed room and meditate on the imagery of just one card.
2. Always have a journal beside you while doing this. When thoughts and ideas come to mind, write these down. Never stop at just this. Try to be more sensitive to the ideas and other thoughts that come to mind even after doing this step.
3. This card should be tagged along everywhere one goes for that whole day. Aside from all the thoughts that come to mind, also take note of what have happened during the day and what people have said to you.
4. Before sleeping, lie awake on your bed for another half an hour and reflect on the same one card. Try to read the notes you have taken down and try to relate this to the thoughts you have written about the imagery of the card.
5. This can also be interesting to family members and friends who are celebrating their birthday. You can try to give them a one-card reading by putting together their day, month, and year of birth until a number less than 21 is achieved. This will be their birthday card and add some unique message to that.
6. Once you get comfortable making readings, you can begin to make a reading for strangers.
Mastering the Minor Arcana
1. Bear in the mind the meanings of the suits of the minor arcana. Work or career is represented by wands, relationships and emotions by cups, problems by swords, and finances and material possessions by pentacles.
2. A client’s life is represented by court cards while new beginnings, as well as the purest form of the element, are represented by aces.
3. Next thing to do is to separate the minor arcana cards from the rest of the tarot deck. Each morning, pick one card randomly and try to reflect on the imagery of this card for a good 10 to 15 minutes.
4. The card should be carried everywhere with you. Every now and then, you should look at the card and try to associate with it any possible happening during the day that may have a meaning.
5. Try to do your own reading. Pretend that you have varied clients of varied ages who are trying to ask about their day.
6. Never forget to record the readings you have had. These will help you with your next readings.
These are just very simple steps. However, they take commitment and sincerity to master.
10 Steps in Selecting a Tarot Card Deck
The tarot deck is an object that has long been related to the psychic realm. In a single deck, a psychic can extract answers to your life’s questions. Apparently, the psychic or tarot reader can also learn about the upcoming events in the future as well as the implications of the past. Through simple and easy steps, you can become a professional tarot reader. The first part of the process, however, is to select a respective deck that will guide you along the way.
Among the first tarot decks were the Visconti-Sforza and Marseilles. These decks are less detailed compared to the modern tarot decks. Nowadays, there are almost endless varieties of decks available. However, the widely used tarot deck is the Thoth Tarot. This deck has a lot of symbolism that many different disciplines such as science and philosophy. It was illustrated by Aldy Frieda Harris. These decks are colorful and the images are more defined. The different colors are used to distinguish the five elements which are the Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit.
The Hermetic tarot is a black and white deck but is very detailed. It was said to be an artistic recreation of a mysterious tarot deck by Mathers who was a member of the Order of the Golden Dawn. The Mythic Tarot deck, on the other hand, links tarot symbolism with the classical Greek myths, as was also suggested by the name.
However, the most suggested tarot deck for beginners is the Rider-Waite Tarot card deck. The illustrations of these decks are simple and almost childlike. This deck is considered to be the most user friendly though the complex imagery of the major arcane may indicate otherwise for it is filled with esoteric symbolism and concealed tarot card meanings.
Another one used in tarot card reading is the Colman Smith tarot. This is an updated interpretation of the Rider-White deck and the images are psychedelic in colors.
Artwork is essential
The visual part plays an important factor in tarot card reading. A tarot card with a rich artwork can help you decipher any readings you have with your subject. Intricacy in a tarot deck means that more symbols and images can be extracted, thus giving you more chances to create readings accurately. It is also helpful to choose a tarot deck with many pictures and figures since they can offer new insights for every reading.
Look for genuine decks
Tarot deck manufacturers all over the world have been applying cost-cutting measures by reducing the numbers of the cards or the amount of details. Before purchasing one, keep in mind that a deck has 4 suits and 78 cards. Genuineness is required to make sure that your tarot readings are more accurate. By using non-genuine cards, you may have different results. Always do your research before purchasing the first tarot deck that you see.
Do not use novelty decks
Many novelty tarot decks have appeared throughout the years. The purpose of these decks is to induce fun in parties—they are not meant for serious psychic scrying. While vivid in detail, a novelty deck’s theme may affect the overall tarot reading potential. Simply put, it can create mixed signals, making the reading process harder.
Be picky with custom decks
Some manufacturers are offering custom tarot deck creation services. You can control the designs imprinted on the cards as well as the related pictures. As long as you do not tamper with the genuineness of the deck, this is acceptable. However, you must be picky with custom decks. Try your best to become objective in the design schemes as much as possible.
Text-heavy decks for beginners
Tarot cards for beginners have detailed texts to accompany the reading process. The texts can guide you in uncovering more information from the cards. As you become more skilled in tarot reading, you can go for decks with little texts and have clear emphasis on imagery instead.
Think of your clients
In professional tarot reading, impressions can make or break you. Remember that some clients may be overly sensitive regarding the appearance of your tarot deck. Choose a grisly one and they will have bad vibes. To resolve this, you can choose a deck that has basic appearance. The Ryder-White deck is a popular deck that you can use.
Be wary about hand-me-downs
Ways on how to choose the right tarot deckA bequeathed tarot deck can jumpstart your career in psychic reading, and you do not need to spend dollars on buying a new one. While this is a cost-effective method, you must think about the person bequeathing the deck to you. Is he a negative person or a joyous one? What do you know about his personality? Remember that a tarot card is coated in vibes, which can be negative or positive. The user leaves a certain energy imprint on the deck. As rule of thumb, do not use tarot decks from negative people.
Take your time
Pay a visit to your local psychic shop. Once you ask around, the proprietor will give you a collection of the store’s exclusive tarot decks. Instead of thinking about the outcome of your first reading, focus on the tarot decks. Which deck appeals to you most? Which one projects a negative energy that you must avoid? Doing this requires your utmost concentration.
Feel the vibes
Your intuition will play an important factor in choosing your first tarot deck. Once the deck has appealed to you in all angles possible, choose it. Make it yours and coat it with your personal energy. Later on, you will discover that this connection can affect all of your readings.
A blessed tarot deck is optional
Some famous psychics are selling tarot decks. Before purchasing one, it is essential to have the tarot deck blessed. In this way, the deck will be filled with positive energies that can guide all of your reading sessions.
By following these simple steps, it is now possible to find the tarot deck that is most compatible to you. After getting it, start practicing right away so you can delve into the mystical and interesting world of tarot reading.
Tarot Card Shuffling Methods
Shuffling is also very important so that you are able to make sure that the tarot picked is really done out of pure luck and coincidence and is not done on purpose.
Here are some popular tarot card shuffling methods:
1. The Riffle Shuffle – The same way you shuffle common playing cards, as in the game of poker. Split the deck in to two halves and hold them with one hand each with the cards facing down. The bottom card of one half goes over the bottom card of the other. Cards are intermingled as they drop to the surface of the table alternately. This assures a thorough mixing of the cards. It’s somewhat difficult to do this for bigger tarot cards.
2. Weave shuffle – Intermingle the cards by holding half the deck in one hand and another have in the other hand. Insert both halves into each other either by their long side or their short side. Once both halves have been pushed together, square them up.
3. Scrambling – Spread all the cards face down on the table and start to move them around and mix them up. You might need a bigger table for this shuffle method.
4. Hindu Shuffle – Hold the deck with the thumb and the middle finger of the left hand. The thumb, middle finger and righ finger of the right hand touch the side of the deck with the index finger staying out. The right hand takes a portion of cards from the top of the deck. Let the separated cards fall onto the palm of the right hand, stopping it with the index finger. Repeat several times.
5. Overhand method – Hold the deck with your right hand by the short sides. Keep your thumb on top. The left hand grips the deck and lifts off as the thumb locks down a few cards. Move the thumb out of the way as the left hand comes down to take a few more cards. The action is repeated several times.
6. Push/Put Method – popularized by Norma Cowie, this is done by holding the deck face down in your right hand (or the dominant hand). Push some cars from the top of the deck with your thumb into the other hand. Next, push from the bottom of the deck. Alter the pushing of cards from the top and from the bottom. The entire deck ends up in your other hand already shuffled.
7. Insertion method – With this method, you have to let each of your hands hold half of the deck. Then insert one half into the other in a scattered manner.
Remember that your tarot cards are not the same as your ordinary cards for playing. These are supposed to be tools for divination and so they need to be given the best care. Do not bend them, fold their edges, nor slam them. As the owner of the tarot, you have to establish a relationship, a connection with your card. Hold them gently, touch them softly, and they will give you a sound and accurate tarot card reading.
Spreading The Cards
Tarot readers follow a different variety of patterns for laying out their tarot cards. This is called a spread. Generally, each position in the spread is assigned a number, and cards are turned over in certain sequence.
The following are common ways to spread the cards for tarot reading:
1. Celtic Cross – Is the most common spread used and sheds light on many aspects of life. Ten cards are used with five arranged in a cross and four placed vertically beside it. Another card is placed horizontally across the center cards.
2. Astrological spread – Uses 12 cards in a circle similar to the twelve signs of the zodiac. A 13th card is placed in the middle.
3. Single card – Even just 1 card can be considered a spread.
4. 3-card spread – One card represents the past, the second the present and the third is for the future.
5. Horseshoe spread – Seven cards are arranged into a U shape. Card 1 represents the past. Card 2 is for the present. Card 3 stands for influences. Card 4 for obstacles. Card 5 for expectations. Card 6 shows the best course of action. Card 7 represents the likely outcomes.
6. Tetractys – Ten cards arranged as a pyramid with four rows. Each row represents an element: earth, water, fire and air. This is based on the Pythagorean mathematics and the Platonist thought.
7. The Mirror spread – works for relationships.
8. Mandala Spread – To explore the spiritual side of the user, mostly for introspection.
9. Star spread – Follows a star pattern starting from the lower left part. The first card represents what is seen. The second, what can’t be seen. The third card represents those you can change. The fourth card what can’t be changed. The final card is for what you can expect in the future.
There are several other popular spreads and some tarot readers customize the way they layout and read the cards. Your tarot reading should be enhanced if you concentrate on your questions and work with your tarot reader.
Which Tarot Card Spread is Most Often Used in Tarot Card Readings?
The answer to the question above is actually none. This is because psychics choose a particular spread depending on the questions asked by the seeker. Each of these spreads, when used, can lead to the answers to specific questions. Though psychics have their favorites, they also have alternate spreads of choice for the appropriate instances.
For example, when the seeker asks a question wherein a plain yes or no can be the answer, the psychic will just use a simple and less complex tarot card spread. Moreover, if the question is based only on a single event, the 1-Card spread may be used. On the other hand, if the question is a bit complicated, corresponding complicated spreads also are used just like the Celtic Cross Spread and the Astrological spread. These two tarot card spreads involve more cards, give a more comprehensive overview of the situation, and also add some potential advice.
Learning to use tarot cards is a skill that has to be learned over time. It cannot be learned overnight. What matters is not the laying down of the cards but it is interpreting them. Once the craft has been learned, it will already be much easier as time goes by.
Below I explain two popular spreads in more detail:
3-Card Spread: Unveiling the past, present, and future
This is the basic and perhaps the easiest tarot spread that you can learn. It is concise and it uses only few intermingling messages and depictions. The 3-card spread, in a general sense, allows you to read three points of a client’s life: past, present, and future. Now, you can pinpoint significant factors that may have been affecting your client’s life.
Before doing a 3-card spread, however, you need to undergo the basic step of a tarot card reading. You need to be perfectly attuned to your selected tarot deck. You need to ‘be in the vibe’ or the messages will be unclear to you. Also, calmness of mind and spirit is required. Most psychics benefit from a peaceful environment because it helps their mind relax.
Reading the Past
No matter how you deny it, the past still takes a significant portion of your life. The past has probably shaped your beliefs and major decisions in life. It is also full of lingering memories that may contribute to your happiness or sadness. While the past seems important, you can only recollect about the events or things that you have experienced. The past has already happened and it is pointless to live your life around it.
With the help of the 3-card spread, you can gain perennial information about your past. What are the things that have been troubling you? What are the significant events and how can they impact your life as a whole? Is your past holding you back or propelling you forward? These are just some of the questions that can be answered by getting a tarot card associated with your past. Positive and negative energies can also be detected in the past.
You can compare the first card of the spread as a looking glass wherein the flaws and positive points can be explored.
Learning more about the Present
The present is the most important time period in your life. Others may look ahead into the future, but this might cause problems in reasoning. If you concern yourself with the future too much, you would not be able to see the things happening in front of you. It would be like imagining the other side of a treacherous river without focusing on building a bridge first.
The second card in the 3-card spread pertains to the present. It gives you a background about what is happening in your life today. Aside from that, the card can determine the dominant energy affecting your life. Is it a positive or negative energy? No matter what type of energy it is, it can alter your decisions in many ways possible. If you are also uncertain about the nature of the challenge in front of you, this second card can give you insights.
If the first card of the spread is a looking glass, the second card is a colouring book. You have the necessary colours to make beautiful images appear.
Discerning the future
The last card of the spread pertains to the future. With the help of this card, you will know the possible outcome of several situations in your life. Upon knowing the future, your decisions will become more viable and you can focus on the things that you truly want. The future card will also help you figure out the right actions about your relationship with a person.
While the third card can only show you what the future looks like, it would not give you a concrete rule on which path to take. What type of energy awaits you in the future? How are you going to deal with the challenges in your life? Who awaits you in the future? These questions can be answered by the last card of the 3-card spread.
The third card can be compared to an empty field. The seeds that you are going to plant depend on the goals that you have set in your life.
The single-card tarot reading is used to provide a concise reading. Some say it lacks the depth of a multi-card reading, but contrary to what others believe, it can actually be more direct to the point. This is applicable if the querant only has one question that needs a definite answer.
With this kind of spread, you will not be able to base the meaning of the tarot card on its position. The only possible interpretation based on how it is laid out is if it is reversed or in an upright position. Other than that, there are factors you can use to interpret a single card.
One is the common interpretation of the card based on its history. For instance, the Fool usually represents the querent. Each reader will have different interpretations, but if you do your research right, you’ll find that there are common trends to how these are interpreted. The key to better understanding tarot card reading interpretations is knowing the symbols there and how to expand on these to get to the meaning of the card.
Another factor to consider when interpreting a single card is by basing it on the background and personality of the querent. This gives your reading a different twist every time.
To properly guide the querent who prefers a single-card spread, let him or her know that when they formulate a question, it should be an open one. A very specific question will be difficult to answer with a single-card tarot spread, especially since there are no surrounding cards to guide the reader to the right interpretation.
Simple and Effective Ways in Reading Tarot Cards
Here are some tips to having effective readings using tarot cards.
- Get some break. Even if one thinks that reading tarot is her passion, it is still unhealthy to overdo it. And doing it everyday is overdoing it. Breaks are necessary because it recharges the psychic and ensures her accuracy. Just as anybody else needs a break from work, so do psychics from their activities.
- Be close to positive people. When doing readings, the psychic has to look within her and use her intuition in order to come up with a sound and accurate reading. With this, she needs to be surrounded by people who only emit positive energy. Negative energy tends to block the intuition of the psychic.
- Attend conferences. Yes, even tarot card readers have conferences and these are the perfect avenues to enrich one’s skills, learn the latest methods of tarot card reading, and expand networks.
- Choose your clients. Not all clients are suitable to every psychic’s skills. And those “difficult” clients should be avoided as they tend to suck dry the energy of the psychic.
- When spreading the deck, take note of the Major Arcana cards. If there are many of these, it means that this certain question is important to the seeker and may involve a life-changing decision.
- Teach your skills. Teaching a student or someone who wants to know more about tarot card reading is an exercise both physically and mentally. Plus, it also allows the psychic time and effort to read more.
- Have a tarot sanctuary in the house. The luckier ones can have an entire room just for tarot reading while others will only need a small corner that is devoted to the activity. This is important because it allows the reader some privacy and peace and quiet which can truly help her in making readings.
- Do not be too sensitive. In fact, psychics should be more dense in a sense that they should not easily get discouraged when people say bad things about them.
- Enjoy a massage. Yes, massage is very therapeutic for psychics and ordinary people. it relaxes and relieves tension. It should be enjoyed once to twice a month.
- Keep a journal. A journal would be very helpful as a tool for letting out emotions and stresses from all the readings.
Tarot card reading is indeed helpful as it is important. That is why psychics should always have accurate and honest readings to help their clients.
It is not uncommon to find reversed cards when spreading during a tarot reading. There is a way to avoid or encourage reversed cards when shuffling. To avoid it, start by fixing the cards so they all face the same direction. Be mindful of this direction before dividing your deck to shuffle.
If, on the other hand, you would want to introduce reversed cards, divide the deck before the shuffle and rotate one of the piles upside-down (180 degrees). You can also use the scrambling method. Shuffling them around in different directions can result in reversed cards.
Interpreting reversed cards is often reserved for the more advanced tarot readers. Some tarot readers interpret it as the opposite of the upright card. Some readers take a more complicated approach and base the meaning on the surrounding cards. Other readers take the reversed card as a more intense variation of the upright counterpart.
For most tarot readers, reversed cards can mean a blockage or a deficiency which needs to be resolved. For positive cards, it can mean there is something stopping the querent from achieving the positive goal. For negative cards, it accentuates the situation and may mean that it is more harmful.
A reversed tarot card may represent an aspect in the querent’s life that is not yet fully developed or is incomplete. Unlike the upright card that may easily manifest its qualities, a reversed card is not completely expressed.
A tarot reader must be careful with interpreting a reversed card as something undesirable. It is not negative in and of itself. It can mean various things. Developing your tarot reading experience can lead to a better understanding of reversed tarot cards.
Tarot Card Pairs
If you’re a beginner at tarot card reading and interpretation, there is one important concept you need to learn: card pairing. Most tarot readers base their interpretations on two things: the single cards and the whole spread. Each tarot card has an inherent meaning that can give good insight to questions or situations. But the meaning of the cards may change depending on those adjacent to it and its position in the spread. This combination, therefore, lets the tarot reader tell the full story.
Card pairs, on the other hand, can bring forth insight on the querent’s balance issues. It tells us which personal characteristics or elements in our lives we need to focus on to achieve balance.
There are three types of card pairs:
- Permanent pairs – Tarot cards that are permanent opposites. The most known are The Magician and the High Priestess and the Eight of Swords and Four of Wands. For the first example, the Magician represents action while the High Priestess represents inaction.
- Occasional Pairs – These are the pairs that arise by chance and their relationship only becomes obvious during the particular reading. If the idea behind the cards becomes meaningful to the querent, then it can be considered an occasional pair.
- Reinforcing Pairs – Most pairs illustrate opposing forces or ideas. This pair, however, works in a different way. They are meant to support each other. An example would be the Empress and the Nine of Cups. Their combination denotes pleasure and sensuality.
Learning About Your Past Lives
Aside from reading the future, a tarot card can show the real meaning of the past, depending on the interpreter’s vibes. Reading of past lives through a tarot deck is an interesting activity, but you need to know the meanings and connections between the cards. By learning this, the mirrors of past lives will gradually unfold before you.
The Meaning of Temperance
The Temperance is a common symbolism that you can extract out of any tarot card reading. Despite its common nature, the Temperance holds a deep meaning that encompasses a large portion of life. If you have drawn and integrated the Temperance in your reading, this simply means that the subject is a wise and reserved person in the past life. Good karma fills the life of this person, and he or she is often surrounded with positive energy.
A person under the Temperance symbol should invest well in elevating his or her consciousness. It is important to love without excess so there will be no dangerous attachments. This is also the key to simulate the success that the subject had in the past life.
The Star and the Moon
If you are under the symbolism of the Star, this simply means that you had a past life full of spiritual knowledge and wisdom. A struggle caused you to take the greater path of spirituality, which has benefited you in the long run. In this past life, the spiritual rewards that you reaped are greater than any material benefits.
The Moon symbolism, on the other hand, shows a strong feeling of love for another person. This is not a fleeting love, but an astral one that spills over to the next lifetime arc that you may have had. This will cause a form of ‘longing’ for a soul mate that you need to encounter.
For those under the Star reading, pursuing different forms of art can be an excellent life choice. The Moon reading, importantly, states that the soul mate’s identity will remain uncertain. The soul mate can either be a child, a senior, an animal, or even a harmless tree. It is best to choose other approaches in love.
Two of Wands
This tarot card symbolises abundant wealth during your past life. It is possible that your past self had acquired the wealth through inheritance or a series of interesting opportunities. This reading can also influence your present life greatly. Simply put, you just need to look for opportunities and seek more exciting things in your life.
Cups: Ace and Eight
In tarot card reading, the cups depict heavy essence. The Ace of Cups is all about a major sacrifice in your past life. This sacrifice is related to your loved ones, so you can expect an important positive turn here. The nature of the sacrifice is uncertain, but it can create a sphere of influence in your present life. Hard-working parents often expect the Ace of Cups in every tarot reading about past lives.
Swords: Two and Five
The Two of Swords signify subservience and obedience to authority and higher powers. In your past life, you were probably a humble servant that relied heavily on orders. Authorities loved to give orders to your past self due to this level of obedience. In reality, this simply means that you may have a fear of independence.
Deceit and trickery are the main themes of the Five of Swords. This implies that your past self is nothing but a deceitful character who tricked his way towards success. Your real self has already ‘atoned’ for this, so you can lead a well-nurtured life at any point in time.
Swords: Six and Ten
Six of Swords is all about regrets, terrors, and the inclination of fear. It could be that you were a battered soldier in this past life, fighting your way through different monstrosities. This will have a slight effect in your real life, making you more sombre and serious during several instances.
Sudden melancholic death is the core of the Ten of Swords. This has caused a major streak of grief through all of your past lives. Now, you have the power and initiative to release yourself from this cycle of grief. You can just, simply, choose to pursue happier tidings.
Two of Pentacles
If you have drawn the Two of Pentacles, this means that you have lived an exciting and marvellous life. You have bested all challenges and gained rewards at the end. Because of your adventures in your past life, you will have a tentative relationship with money in this present life. So, be prepared for any financial change that may come.
Court Cards: Page, Knight, Queen, and King of Cups
You should watch out for the Court Cards because they are strong indicators of your past lives. The Court Cards pertain to the people who have strong emotional impacts in your life. These people can be friends, lovers, family members, colleagues, and even potential rivals. By integrating these Court Cards, you will get more accurate readings about your past lives.
Knowing the nature of these cards is just the first step in reading the circumstances of past lives with infallible accuracy. By practising continuously, you will learn how to integrate these tarot card meanings into your life with ease.
How to Understand Tarot Reading For Different Relationships
Tarot readings have allowed people to learn about the aspects of relationships and the proper ways to cope with upcoming trials. A relationship tarot reading may appear complicated for you, but with the following details, you will gain a better understanding of this aspect of the tarot.
The spreads say a lot about the partnership
Every tarot reading can be relayed to anyone through a certain spread. These spreads have their own quirks and can convey different meanings for every reading. For example, a tarot reading about businesses may have a different spread over the one associated with dreams. It all depends on the psychic or, oftentimes, the client.
Relationship spreads are not focused on a single individual. As the spread unfolds, the tarot cards will give clues and meanings that pertain to the couple. A single tarot card may reveal the things that have been troubling you, and another will reveal the good things coming for your partner.
The tarot cards symbolize fortune, misfortune, and neutrality
No matter how you shuffle through various spreads, the tarot cards will show different strands of fate. Each card has a certain meaning that contributes to the overall reading and it all depends on the interpretation of the psychic. One of the easy ways to understand relationship tarot reading is to have an open mind. Do not be scared of the meanings conveyed by the tarot cards. Do not hope for specific reading outcomes so as not to get disappointed.
Other relationships are parts of the tarot scope
Relationships are not just limited to couples. Apparently, you can also ask a psychic to give you a background check about the relationship you have with a certain friend. You may ask specific questions that have been bothering you for quite some time. Common questions asked regarding a friendship status are situational secrets and loyalty checks. You may also be given keynotes about situations that may occur between you and your friend. Again, these situations must be noted with an objective frame of mind.
Business relationships are also popular client choices. This is essential, especially if the business owner is having doubts about his partners. Whenever a crucial business decision is underway, a tarot reader can shed light to any upcoming events that may affect the organisation as a whole. Specific tarot cards, especially those in the Minor Arcana, are important in determining if an obstacle may pose a threat to business goals. The cards of the Major Arcana, on the other hand, can be used by the psychic to come up of proactive solutions to the client’s business dilemma.
If you are having troubles connecting with your parents, a psychic can give you a thorough read regarding your parental relationship. Each card can determine the common things that you share with your parents—supposing you forgot about the innate qualities you had with them when you were a child (time and priorities are major factors here). The reading is the same with other types of relationships, but the interpretation is delivered in a different way.
Finding your soul mate
Every now and then, you probably thought about the wonders of a stable relationship with someone. Looking for a soul mate has become a common goal for people nowadays, and tarot card queries are often focused on the signs of finding soul mates.
The first sign requested by many clients is the physical appearance and demeanour. Note that the imagery presented in the tarot card does not directly portray the appearance of the soul mate (so you do not have to worry about the Devil card). There are instances when the psychic connects the imagery to the characteristics of the soul mate. This has a stringed effect because the psychic may uncover other related issues of the soul mate, thus creating more visibility to other signs.
The area of obstacles, hurdles, and burdens is another important sign to consider. By focusing in this category, the psychic can reveal the themes of upcoming troubles, and suggestions can be given (only if the psychic is proactive in the manner of reading). The area of objectives is under the discretion of the client. These objectives are mere guides in finding the right soul mate. You may or may not follow these objectives.
Last but not the least is the area of the future. What surprises are waiting for you and your soul mate in the future? Will you bask in togetherness for many years? These are some of the questions being asked regarding the future.
Tarot as guide to lasting relationships
Forging relationships will put your emotional and mental capacity to the test. Throughout the course of life, you will encounter relationship failures and breakthroughs. If you are troubled, let the mystical realm of tarot bring the answers that you seek.
Tarot Cards that Symbolize Changes and Development in Life
1. Wheels of Fortune. Since it is a wheel, it represents cycles and patterns. Fate holds the changes that will occur which means that you have no control or choice over it. If you take a closer look at this card, you will see that no person exists in the card. And since it is set in the clouds, it symbolizes that change will come from a higher power or source.
2. The Death Card. Just hearing the word death would make a lot of us cringe. It is something that we do not treat with relish. However, being the number one tarot card to symbolize change, it may not necessarily mean the literal death or passing away of a person. It may mean the ending of one thing and the beginning of another. It may mean the end of something in life, like a hobby or anything that is no longer need. It may also be the end of an emotional attachment, beliefs, ways, and attitudes. It may even mean the death of love, a relationship.
3. The Tower. This card also symbolizes change. If at one time you seem to have it all and the next, everything is gone, then the tower tarot works in your life. However, the tower does not always represent downfall or failure. It may also mean losing contact with old friends and realizing realities.
4. Judgment. Though many associate this with the final judgment of God upon mankind, this may not necessarily be just what it represents. It may mean waking you up or making you make up your mind for a decision. It could also be a hearing or a calling.
Other cards that show some possibilities of change and development are the Fool for beginning, the Empress for birth, Eight of Wands for conclusion or endings, Five of Cups for loss and goodbyes, and Eight of Cups for moving on and finishing up.
It is always good to have changes in life. It tends to be boring when you do the same thing over and over again. When you get used to the same things all the time, you may feel fed up and may want to try something new.
Tarot Correspondents and Correlations to Astrology
The Marriage of Tarot and Astrology
Tarot and Astrology when combined create a unified whole. Astrology’s structure, calculation, analyzing and empirical interpretation is said to counter the balance of Tarot’s fluid, conceptual, and intuitive interpretation.
It is believed that every card in a tarot deck has an astrological correlation. Each of the major Arcana cards corresponds with the stars, moons and planets within the zodiac.
There are also correlations between Minor Arcana of Tarot and Astrology as well.
Though, it is unknown who originally combined Tarot and astrology, correlations between the tarot and astrology have been formed for centuries.
The Tarot and Astrological Symbolism
Of two vastly powerful oracles, the combination of tarot and astrology can provide profound insight to your tarot card astrology readings.
Working with open images and symbols, both Astrology and the tarot reading require the skill of recognizing certain chances and challenges. The great benefit of the Tarot, however, is its creative element, because pictures speak directly to the soul.
Similar to dream images, which have strongly and deeply archetypal images, the Tarot contains nothing less than the collected archetypal dream images of human kind.
A typical tarot deck has 78 Tarot cards, which summarize the dream patterns of all humans.
However, different scholars have assigned different astral signifier to the trumps according to their own experience and perspective.
There is not a single Tarot card which is assigned to the same astrological symbol. Some readers assign several images to each astrological image which illustrates different facets of this symbol.
Tarot Astrological Associations
But, here are the most common astrological associations:
The Major Arcana (greater secrets), or trump cards, consists of 22 cards without suits:
1.The Magician – has a Mercury symbol and shows the characteristics of relation, connection, understanding, enlivening
2.The High Priestess – has a Moon symbol and shows the characteristics of sensitivity, moods, intuition, subconscious thought
3.The Empress – has a Venus symbol and shows the characteristics of beauty, love, art, music, poetry, pleasure, refinement
4.The Emperor – has a Aries symbol and shows the characteristics of active, demanding, determined, effective, ambitious
5.The Hierophant – has a Taurus symbol and shows the characteristics of security, subtle strength, appreciation, instruction, patience
6.The Lovers – has a Gemini symbol and shows the characteristics of communication, indecision, inquisitive, intelligent, changeable
7.The Chariot – has a Cancer symbol and shows the characteristics of emotion, diplomatic, intensity, impulsive, selective
8.Strength – has a Leo symbol and shows the characteristics of Ruling, Warmth, Generosity, Faithful, initiative
9.The Hermit – has a Virgo symbol and shows the characteristics of analyzing, practical, reflective, observation, thoughtful
10.Wheel of Fortune – has a Jupiter symbol and shows the characteristics of enthusiasm, hope, good fortune, expansion, receptivity
11.Justice – has a Libra symbol and shows the characteristics of balance, justice, truth, beauty, perfection
12.The Hanged Man – has a Neptune symbol and shows the characteristics of illusion, imagination, idealism, psychic, distortion
13.Death – has a Scorpio symbol and shows the characteristics of transient, self-willed, purposeful, unyielding
14.Temperance – has a Sagittarius symbol and shows the characteristics of philosophical, motion, experimentation, optimism
15.The Devil – has a Capricorn symbol and shows the characteristics of determination, dominance, persevering, practical, willful
16.The Tower – has a Mars symbol and shows the characteristics of facilitation, intensity, courage, energy, assertion
17.The Star – has a Aquarius symbol and shows the characteristics of knowledge, humanitarian, serious, insightful, duplicitous
18.The Moon – has a Pisces symbol and shows the characteristics of fluctuation, depth, imagination, reactive, indecisive
19.The Sun – has a Sun symbol and shows the characteristics of focus, energy, vitality, creativity, will, identity
20.Judgment – has a Pluto symbol and shows the characteristics of perspective, enlightenment, improvement, experience
21.The World – has a Saturn symbol and shows the characteristics of concentration, discipline, accomplishment, depth, patience
22.The Fool – has a Uranus symbol and shows the characteristics of modern thought, experimentation, new ideas