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How to Do a Tarot Card Reading

Tarot Card Reading is Simple.

1. Gather Items

Gather together all the items you will need to do your reading, including tarot cards. You want to stay put once you start your reading.

2. Set the Mood

Before you start your tarot reading, consider lighting candles and incense, quietly meditating, or taking some slow deep breaths. This will help you get centered and open. It also creates a sacred space for your tarot reading.

3. Decide on Your Reading Focus

The focus of your tarot reading can be a question or an issue. The key is to choose a question or issue that is very specific. However, you can also do an open tarot reading, where you do not have any question or issue in mind at all - you simply want to see what the tarot cards reveal to you.

4. Connect with Your Tarot Cards

Once you have your question in mind, begin shuffling the tarot cards in any way you feel called to. This is when you focus on connecting you, your question, and the tarot cards. This connection will help bring you a clear tarot reading. You can also cut the cards, once you feel ready to stop shuffling.

5. Lay Out Your Tarot Cards

Beforehand, you should have a layout chosen for your reading. Tarot reading layouts can be found in books or online. You can also create your own tarot layout. After you have shuffled and cut the cards and feel as though it is time to layout the cards, do so.

6. Interpreting Your Tarot Card Reading

You have many options. Some tarot decks come with books that contain interpretations for each tarot card. It is acceptable to use the book to understand the tarot cards. However, you have other options for reading tarot layouts. You can look at the artwork on each tarot card, seeing it as a picture-show about your question. You can use symbolism and interpret each tarot card. You can rely solely on your intuition, and let your inner voice tell you what each tarot card means. Or, you can see the tarot cards as a story, with the first tarot card the beginning of the story, and the last tarot card the end. It is important to look at each tarot card individually, and at the layout as a whole. In other words, get two perspectives-see the "forest" and the "trees".

7. Further Interpretation

If there are parts of your tarot reading you do not understand, or parts you want more information about, you can layout more tarot cards. For instance, if you don't understand the third card in your layout, you can lay a new tarot card next to it, asking for clarification. Or, if you understand your tarot reading, but have another question or concern, pull a tarot card or two to focus on the additional information.

8. Remembering Your Tarot Reading

You might consider keeping a tarot reading journal where you record each tarot reading you do. List the date, question, and each tarot card in the layout. The benefit of recording your tarot reading is that you can go back later and reread what your tarot reading contained. It also becomes like a diary of your life. If you do not want to do this additional work, you can stay in the moment with your tarot reading and choose not to record it.

9. Ending Your Tarot Reading

End your tarot reading slowly and respectfully. Thank the Universe (or anyone else) for the guidance you received and pick up your tarot cards, mixing them back in with the deck. You may say a few words to end your tarot reading and clear the tarot cards of your old question. The idea is to put away a tarot deck that is clear of energy from the last reading, so that when you do your next reading, you are starting fresh. Put your tarot reading supplies (deck, candle, and anything else) away as if you are ending a sacred ritual.

10. Getting Back to Reality

When you do a tarot reading, you are working in sacred space. You are healing yourself and connecting with spirit. Once you're done, you become re-engaged in mundane life. Make sure you are fully present and back in your body before you go back to doing things like driving a car or making dinner. You can shake your body, stretch, take deep breaths, and do other things that clear the energy of the reading event from your body.

What is Tarot? How does it work?

Tarot Explained.

Tarot cards were most likely created sometime between the late 14th and early 15th centuries. Tarot spreads are not creations of the new age. It is debated whether Tarot was created in Europe, Egypt, India, Italy, Spain, China or France.

Today, there are thousands of decks and all are unique. However, most decks consist of 78 cards. There are 22 cards called the Major Arcana and fourteen cards (divided into 4 suits - usually, cups, wands, swords and disks) called the Minor Arcana. There are many different ways to lay out the cards when you do a reading.

All tarot cards contain images, symbols and meanings. Some cards are assigned the elements -earth, air, fire and water. When doing a tarot reading, you can read the book that came with your deck to find out what the images and symbols mean on the cards, or you can use your intuition to interpret the cards' meanings. Books also contain many tarot spreads to choose from.

Early tarot symbolism is rooted in Medieval and Renaissance Europe. There are many decks that use nontraditional symbolism. There are decks based on feminism, cats, Alice in Wonderland, mythology, astrology, angels, goddesses, fairy tales, dragons, herbs, baseball, animals, unicorns, art, vampires, Native Americans, runes, Egypt, flowers, crystals, gypsies, and more! You can even use regular playing cards to do a tarot card reading.

Tarot can be used to gain insight, clarity, and achieve greater control over issues involving relationships, life changes, work and career, health, spirituality, dreams, and family. Anyone can do a tarot reading, but it takes effort and commitment to gain a depth of understanding of the cards. Some people simply read the card interpretations in books, while others find they have a special talent for just "knowing" what the cards mean. Many people who read tarot cards for others find it better to have someone else do their own reading so that the reading is more objective.

The Major Arcana Overview

There are two parts to a traditional tarot deck: the major arcana and minor arcana. In the major arcana, we have 22 cards. These cards represent the major archetypes in our life and the significant stages of the journey we all take. Well-known major arcana cards include: the Lovers; Death; the High Priestess; the Wheel of Fortune.

Below are brief interpretations of what each card stands for. However, these are general interpretations. A tarot reader would apply each card to the focus of the reading she was giving and give a more specific and personal interpretation.

 
 
0 The Fool  
 
This card focuses on faith, hope, trust and contentment; high ideals and the possibility of a brighter tomorrow; choice, personal effort, and the Cosmic play of the Universe in your life and affairs.
 
 
 
I The Magician  
 
This card focuses on new beginnings, manifesting desires, love's urgings, houses or property, finance and the future.
 
 
 
II The High Priestess 
 
This card focuses on positive and negative polarities: waiting, learning, assimilation, and application; trade, finance, and negotiations; public activities or public relations.
 
 
 
III The Empress 
 
This card focuses on passive rather than active activities; feelings, emotions, and inner promptings; intuition, self-expression, socializing, or connecting; short or long-distance trips; and "being" rather than "doing."
 
 
 
IV The Emperor 
 
This card focuses on construction, formation, and solidity and on the appearance of someone or something that will change the status quo or present an opportunity to enter into a new partnership, relationship, or lifestyle.
 
 
 
V The Hierophant 
 
This card focuses on establishments, organizations, groups, or structures (including the family structure), key or critical figures you align yourself with, the search for truth or understanding, new thinking, and new opportunities.
 
 
 
VI The Lovers 
 
This card focuses on sudden and unpredictable changes, interesting experiences, love, friendship, newness, unions, meetings, examination, choice, reorganization, travel, and personal property or domicile.
 
 
 
VII The Chariot 
 
This card focuses on introspection, reevaluation and decisions of passion; confusing issues that make you reexamine your affairs and ask questions, such as: "Should I do this, or that? Is it this, or that? Will it work out, or won't it?''.
 
 
 
VIII Strength 
 
This card focuses on challenging situations pertaining to business and finance, family matters, things that stemmed from the past, spiritual fortitude, rebeginnings, and results or reward for persistence and effort.
 
 
 
IX The Hermit 
 
This card focuses on seeking and finding, problem solving, perfecting, or completing; the final stage, summit, or pinnacle of experience in one phase of your life and the dawning of the next; and/or people from the past who reenter your life.
 
 
 
X Wheel of Fortune 
 
This card focuses on controversial matters, conflicts of interest, unexpected or unforeseen developments that change your plans or alter your course, important news or information, and an idea whose time has come.
 
 
 
XI Justice 
 
This card focuses on reaching goals, settlements, legal matters or income, health, investments of time, cause and effect, and trying to understand the workings of destiny in your life or affairs.
 
 
 
XII The Hanged Man 
 
This card focuses on your life, values, and way of thinking, caused by a complete reversal in your affairs. Your dreams will no longer seem valid, and everything that's been before now looks hopeless, obsolete, or meaningless.
 
 
 
XIII Death 
 
This card focuses on endings and new beginnings in career, partnerships, or status quo - new conditions, new opportunities, and/or a new lifestyle.
 
 
 
XIV Temperance 
 
This card focuses on all the things you thought you had completed or had a handle on - old friends, lovers, habits, desires, health, money, or business problems - resurfacing for the sole purpose, it seems, to "test" you to your very core.
 
 
 
XV The Devil 
 
This card focuses on an adverse or negative cycle of events where problems seem to multiply and nothing goes right. Your perception will be clouded, and you will be unable to see clearly or perceive the whole picture.
 
 
 
XVI The Tower 
 
This card focuses on unexpected events or devastating conditions, financial problems, business problems, conflicts, separations or divorce, drastic measures, bizarre encounters, and loss of faith in oneself or one's world.
 
 
 
XVII The Star 
 
This card focuses on faith, the future, and what COULD be.
 
 
 
XVIII The Moon 
 
This card focuses on inner disturbances or disquiet, feelings of foreboding or dread, and a very perplexing, changeable, or deceptive course of affairs in whatever area is most important to you at the moment.
 
 
 
XIX The Sun 
 
This card focuses on people, society, and the public; glamour, self-image, or keeping up appearances; benefits, charity, or spiritual quests; achievement, accomplishment, or vindication; marriage, unions, or mergers.
 
 
 
XX Judgement 
 
This card focuses on new personal relationships, new business ventures or partnerships, beneficial help, improved conditions, and a complete change in habit, consciousness, or purpose.
 
 
 
XXI The World 
 
This card focuses on world issues or world-shaking events, encounters, and gatherings; travel, change, sports, or physical concerns; organizations, risks, and new opportunities; but also restrictions, walls, or blocks.
 

Text Copyright ©1989 Nancy Garen, from "Tarot Made Easy" published by Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Illustrations from these decks reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA Further reproduction prohibited.

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