Updated: Jun 11, 2019
Tarot Tip 1:
The Major Arcana tells you which universal force is surrounding you. The Minor Arcana tells you what you can do about it.
Tarot Tip 2:
There are two different types of tarot readings, both are equally valid. For an objective reading, seek out a reader you’ve never met before and avoid wearing any conspicuous clothing/jewelry. Answer the bare minimum of questions.
For a sympathetic reading, find a reader who is a friend or family member, someone who knows you well. Be yourself. Answer all their questions.
Tarot Tip 3:
To learn tarot quickly, draw one card each morning and use it as guidance throughout the day. Keep a journal and write all the cards down. You’ll see your understanding deepen over time.
Tarot Tip 4:
When giving a reading always do “Tarot math”. Pay attention to the numbers on the cards and look for sequences. Every number has a meaning and sequences indicate the overall energy of a situation.
Tarot Tip 5:
Symbols are important. The pictures on tarot cards tell stories. They are full of allegory and often allude to myths, fairytales and archetypes. Knowing the meaning and history of each card’s symbols gives you a deeper layer of knowledge to use in your readings.
Tarot Tip 6:
Two tarot decks are better than one.
Use one solely for readings.
Use the second deck for meditation, visualization, spellwork, mood boards, decorations, and rituals. Tape them to mirrors and put them in your wallet. Don’t be precious with them.
Tarot Tip 7:
Want a clear reading?
The best times of the year for a clear and precise tarot reading are Samhain/Halloween (the night of October 31st and November 1st) an it’s exact opposite on the Wheel of the year, Beltane/May Day (the night of April 30th and May 1st).
Tarot Tip 8:
The Tarot deck is full of twin cards.
The lovers and the two of hearts, for example. When these cards both appear in a reading, their energy is doubled. Almost every Major Arcana card has a twin in the Minor Arcana. See if you can figure them out.
Tarot Tip 9:
Reinforcing cards are cards with similar or harmonious meanings that serve the purpose of building upon the energy or meaning of any previous card or cards.
For example, if the first card drawn is the Hierophant and the second card is the 3 of pentacles, you know that other people (friends, co-workers, classmates etc.) are important factors in this reading because both cards mean teamwork, groups and planning.
Tarot Tip 10:
Opposing cards are cards with opposite or conflicting meanings that diminish the energy and meaning of any one card.
Tarot Tip 11:
If your cards are acting weirdly or your readings are feeling off, your deck probably needs to be cleansed. Pass the cards through incense smoke, leave them out in the moon light or place them in a bag with some citrine crystals.
If that doesn’t work, try switching up your reading style. Try reading reversals or picking up your deck at a different time of day. This should fix the stagnant energy and get your cards working again.
Tarot Tip 12:
When shuffling the deck, pay attention to any cards that pop out or drop on to the floor. Sometimes those cards have a special meaning or message for you.
Always take a second and look at the card at the bottom of the deck. Often the same card will appear over and over again. This card usually has a message for you.
Tarot Tip 13:
“Bad” cards aren’t always bad and “Good” cards aren’t always good.
The two of hearts next to the Devil isn’t indicative of a healthy relationship. The Death card is ultimately positive but the experience of change and rebirth is rarely easy.
Tarot Tip 14:
The court cards often correspond to people in your life.
Page: children, younger people in your life
Knight: youths, sometimes new suitors
Queen: an adult woman (you, if you identify as a woman)
King: an adult male (you, if you identify as a male)
*Note: the gender of the person indicated is not always in line with the gender depicted on the card. For example, the Queen of Hearts represents a kind, caring, loving person who could just as easily be male as female.
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