How To Read Tarot Cards (Beginner's Guide)

by Sarra Khechremi, Lifestyle Columnist


Published in Lifestyle and Entertainment on 16th January, 2020


The use of tarot cards as a tool of divination started from the 18th century. They represent a way to gain insight into a certain situation, or question, by the use of occultic methods like cartomancy.

According to C.G.Jung a psychoanalyst, psychiatric and writer (1875-1961) tarot cards are just like dreams, they can be a valuable tool for personal growth and guidance.

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How to read tarot cards?

Before starting to work with your cards, it's important to understand how tarot cards work. The answers you get from the cards can come from different sources, it can be both the subconscious mind of the reader and the spirit guides. These feelings can come from the person who making the reading, or from a divine source, such as the cards themselves, or other objects.

As defined by C.G.Jung, the subconscious mind speaks through the language of symbolism. It holds the key to get a better understanding of your life's journey, your current situation, as well as your emotions.

Tarot is a gateway to your limitless self, offering a full understanding from within. It contains secret information about current events, the events leading up to the present and can deduce the outcome of these events in the future.

how to read tarot cards

Knowing that the messages of the subconscious mind are repressed by the conscious, when using a divination tool it can act as a distraction to the conscious mind. Therefore, the unconscious can be able to bring up the message through imagery and symbols.

Humankind have always been trying to connect with the spiritual realm, to gain insight and knowledge. The use of cartomancy is a safe way to connect directly with your spirit guides, and receive their messages of guidance and reassurance. It can sometimes help in decision making and gives you a better understanding of your life and of yourself as a person.

Note that tarot cards are based on energy reading, so they are not deterministic and sometimes the reading aren't be 100% accurate. It's the overall message that is often the most truthful, although even small insights can be very powerful too, once reflected upon.

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Here is a basic guide on how to read tarot:

  • When buying a tarot card opt for a more colorful one that's got clear illustrations, that way it makes it easy for you to remember the meanings of the cards and see the symbols clearly. Traditional tarot cards are perfect for a beginner to use, stay away from black and white illustrations with a small number of symbols.
  • There are many ways to cleanse the cards. An easy and effective way is by using sage, you can cleanse each card at one time or just the whole deck. That way you are getting rid of any previous energies attached to the cards.
  • Try to bond with the cards before using them for the first time, by holding the deck between your hands and focusing on putting your energy into your deck of cards and then by giving them a thorough shuffle. It is very important to infuse your energy into the cards.
  • Develop your psychic abilities through meditation. Before any reading, it is helpful to close your eyes and meditate for a few minutes holding the deck with both of your hands. The key to being able to read tarot is to silence the mind, a strong focus on the cards to be able to hear, see and feel the message that is delivered.
  • Connect with the cards by looking deeply at each one noticing the details and feeling the energy of every symbol.
  • Avoid reading in reverse when starting out with tarot, that is when a card comes out upside down, it will be confusing and complicating. However, reversed cards mean the complete opposite of their original meaning. You are free to choose the method that feels right for you.

How many tarot cards are there in a deck?

The Rider-Waite deck is the traditional tarot deck, it is known for being used for centuries that's how it represents the standard for every tarot deck published.

There are 78 cards in a Rider-Waite deck, with 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana.

how many cards are there in a deck

The major arcanas are numbered from 0 to 21, they represent the major turning points in life.

The minor arcanas contain 4 suits with 14 cards each: The swords, the pentacles, the wands, and the cups. Each suite is numbered from 1 (Ace) to 10 and contains 4 additional cards that are called the faces: The page, the knight, the king, and the queen.

How to use tarot cards?

There is absolutely no one way to use tarot cards the decision is personal and it depends from reader to reader. But when you are starting with tarot it might seem complicated as you don't know from where to start.

Here are some tips on how to use tarot cards:

  • 78 cards might seem a lot to work with, that's why it is easiest to start by using the major arcana only which are 22 cards.
  • It is important to look at the meaning of each tarot card and what it symbolizes and use it as a guideline, but keep in mind that there is no right or wrong meaning to the cards, tarot is an intuitive art so it is important for the reader to rely on their intuition and trust in what they see and feel in terms of interpretation.
  • When using a tarot spread the meaning of the cards becomes like a full text that gets clearer to read by how much you focus on the cards, the order they came to as well as their placement.
  • The context is important, a tarot deck or any other divination tool is a focus for reading the situation of the person, the interpretation may vary according to the person you're giving the reading to, the cards trigger your intuition and the meaning isn't always exactly as what the book of cards would say about the cards.

How to shuffle tarot cards?

Before shuffling the cards it is always important to get in the right state of mind and that's by meditating for a few minutes to improve your focus.

Don't forget to ask your question and if you don't know what to ask you can always start by asking your guides "What do i need to know today?"

how to shuffle tarot cards

start by shuffling the cards face down or to the sides, as you shuffle the energy infuses into the cards and make the reading more accurate.

If you are reading for someone, lend them the cards and ask them to put their hand on the deck while concentrating on the question, and then shuffle the cards again focusing on the question. Focus is the key to an accurate reading.

For choosing the cards there are many methods, i will list some of them:

  • If you want to choose 1 to 3 or 4 cards you can shuffle as long as you want until a card flies out of the deck after you asking the question. Or you can put the cards in a fan shape faced down &nd then choose with your non-dominant hand.
  • If you want to do a full reading then you need to have more cards, after shuffling cut the cards into three piles, gather them in any order you like faced down and then choose your cards by laying them in turn from the top of the deck.
  • You can do spreads the way you prefer 8 or 12 cards for each spread by making 2 or 3 lines of four gathering the cards and then repeating.

What are tarot cards?

Tarot cards were initially used as a card game in the 15th century, originated in Italy and spread to Europe.

what are tarot cards

It wasn't until the 18th century that tarot became used as a tool for divination and for occult purposes after the essay that was published by Court de Geblin who interpreted the use of cards as a tool to access esoteric wisdom.

Nowadays fortune-tellers use developed tarot cards originated from Raider-Waite's model.

Tarot is like any form of art, it takes time, study and careful practice. In the beginning, it is okay if you don't get clear messages as your power will grow as you get more in touch with divinity. Remember to always use your intuition and to not use tarot as a form of therapy. Use tarot cards for guidance in your life, and to help others.

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