How to Read Tarot Cards
More and more people are becoming curious about how to read Tarot cards. Maybe it’s because all of humanity is shifting into a more Spiritual awakening. When people hear of Tarot card readings, they may imagine a gypsy looking woman and a deck of cards in front of her. The reality is, all Tarot card readers are normal, everyday people who have tuned into the energy and vibrations of what’s going on around them. And as they read the Tarot cards, this energy is transferred thru the cards which produce the Tarot card reading.
According to most practitioners of Tarot card readings, the messages or this energy that is transferred comes in many forms. Some readers of Tarot cards say it’s from God or the Angels, other say it’s from the Universal mind. Some even suggest that they pick up on the vibes of the “sitter” the one who is getting the reading. But, what does it mean? Are Tarot card readings not magic? The answer is no. When you read Tarot cards, the Tarot cards are simply the messenger and the Tarot card reader interprets the messages the cards display.
Two Forms of Tarot Card Readings
Open Readings and Question Readings
In a question reading, the Tarot card reader will address a certain question. Tarot card readings were not made to answer a yes or a no question. The majority of people who believe in these readings say that the Tarot must be used to guide and help you in making decisions by yourself, not to use it to make your decisions for you. That is the reason why your questions matter a lot. You should always keep your options open when making decisions, especially after receiving your Tarot card messages.
Open readings, on the other hand, address the huge aspects of one’s life instead of a specific issue or question. These readings are typically done when you are just about to enter a new stage of your life like graduating from college, entering any sort of partnership or getting married. You may also consider this type of reading if you want to cover a general area of your life including your career or health, but this may depend on your hired Tarot card reader.
Below you will get more ideas about reading Tarot cards and understanding how they work.
Understanding How to Read Tarot Cards
Anyone can easily learn how to read Tarot cards, but it does take time to master it. The length of your learning process may depend on the resources you use when learning how to read them, but there is an effective way to learn reading Tarot cards, and that is by focusing on what you need to do.
Apart from the material you need to use, you also need to take note of the different things that may play an important role throughout the process.
Moreover, for you to read Tarot cards effectively, you should know your goal or purpose why you are doing it. Higher concentration of your mind is also required in the process.
There is a wide collection of Tarot decks available today. There’s no standard or required number cards of decks. While the cards’ types, their meanings, and the suits are the same, the pictures or illustrations may vary widely. Decks can be based on different themes including nature, dragons, fantasy, animals, etc.
The most common decks were used is the Rider-Waite deck that was created in the year 1909 by a prominent member of an occult group. The artist of the Tarot cards was Pamela Smith. Normally, a Tarot card deck is composed of 78 cards. A typical Tarot deck is composed of Major Arcana and Minor Arcana.
Minor Arcana Cards
As compared to the traditional way of playing cards, Minor Arcana of a Tarot deck consists of 4 suits. Instead of spades, diamond, clubs, and hearts, the suits are wands, cups, circles or pentacles, and swords. Every suit has a meaning. For example, Wands can represent health as well as our senses and energy, cups can represent love and emotions, pentacles can represent wealth and abundance, swords can represent power and strength as well as conflict.
The cards that belong to these suits are numbered from one to ten. Each number has a meaning as well. These meanings denote all phases of life from beginnings to endings. There are also court cards which are the queen, king, knight, and page. The four court cards represent people who are either in your life or who may come into your life. The Queen represents a motherly figure, The King represents a fatherly figure. The knight represents friends and allies. And the page represents children or messengers.
All in all, the Minor Arcana Tarot cards represent the practical and more minor daily experiences in one’s life.
Major Arcana Cards
The Major Arcana, unlike Minor Arcana, isn’t associated with the suits. Rather, they include picture cards which represent concepts, ideals, and principles.
These cards represent life in a worldview setting. These cards are numbered from 0 to 21. The cards in the Major Arcana represent long-term possibilities, strong energy influences and or huge events that are unfolding in the different areas of life.
The major arcana cards start with the Fool card and end with the World card. The 21 major arcana cards represent our journey through all phases of life. The Major Arcana cards are said to be the easiest cards to remember and to read as their titles show their progression and the pictures reveal their meanings. For instance, The Fool represents a happy go lucky individual who does not think before he/she decides or speaks while the world card represents all of life coming to fruition.
Seeing one Major Arcana card in a reading focuses on a certain subject while getting a Minor Arcana card will give detail and clarify that subject. The idea of a Tarot card reading is to get a broad view of what’s going on in your life and then get into the details of what is truly going on in that area.
How To Do A Tarot Reading
Probably, the trickiest process of reading Tarot cards is memorizing or remembering each of their meanings. Memorization may be simple for some people, but for others, they find it difficult most particularly if they find it hard to record the details in their memories.
Nevertheless, if this is your first time to learn how to read Tarot cards, here is a good Tarot card reading book that will provide you with further information on the meanings of Tarot cards.
Keep in mind, there are what’s called upright meanings and reverse meanings. In other words, if the Tarot card shows right side up, the meaning of the card is as described. But if the card is presented upside down, then the meaning is reversed or is the opposite. This may be a little confusing but the more you learn how to read Tarot cards, the better you will become at it.
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