How to Read Tarot Cards 

So you want to learn How to Read Tarot Cards? Using an oracle (like Tarot cards) to see into the future or interpret hidden information to aid clients in everyday life is called divination. Divination can bring glimpses into the future.

Here are some basic tips to learn how to read tarot cards. If you want to work with the Tarot as an oracle, you will have to know the symbols, pictures and structure. In the beginning, you don’t have to know all the meanings of all the cards. This will come with practice.

With practice, Tarot cards become companions. It is important to perform all your readings with the same deck. Take your sweet time before making a final decision.

To feel the energies of different types of Tarot cards, select several different decks from the store display. Pick up each deck separately and hold the cards in your hand. Keep trying until you find the deck that calls your name.

If you don’t connect with any of the decks, consider the Rider Waite cards. They set the standard for Tarot divination and books for the apprentice generally use Rider Waite illustrations for teaching.  

How to Read Tarot Cards for Divination

The easiest way to begin is with the 22 Major Arcana cards in an upright position. Lay the 56 Minor Arcana cards aside. The Major Arcana cards are about change. They symbolize the various situations we confront along our spiritual path.

Don’t be concerned about spreads/layouts now. Just study each card, its meaning and listen to what it says to you. When you feel comfortable divining with the Major Arcana, gradually familiarize yourself with the Minor Arcana.

The Minor Arcana is divided into suits: Cups, Wands, Pentacles and Swords.

Each suit has a general meaning:

  • Cups = relationships, 
  • Wands = career, 
  • Pentacles = money, 
  • Swords = conflict.

Finally, start interpreting reversed (upside down) cards. When you feel you have gained enough experience with the individual cards, practice ‘reading’ spreads (or layouts). Start simple by laying out five cards and doing practice readings for yourself.

Note: Divining for yourself will produce limited usefulness, as repeated divination leads to confusion. Too much information…  we can always see another person’s dilemmas much clearer than our own.

How to Read Tarot Cards for Others

Eventually, when you know all the card meanings by heart, you may start reading for others. Begin with family, friends, co-workers, etc. Before each consultation, a short meditation will center you and prepare you for divination.

Following a consultation, you may wrap the cards in silk, put them in a wooden box, whatever your preference, to keep them from absorbing various energies.

One final mention, the Tarot cards never lie. Be mindful, divination for a client is a serious responsibility. Be fully involved in the questioner’s situations and problems, so that you can achieve clear insight.

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