Learning Tarot for the Beginner

It takes skill and lots of practice to do tarot readings. However, with the right procedures,

Tarot cards.

Tarot cards. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

tarot reading can be both enlightening and entertaining. Many tarot readers can even earn a considerable amount of money reading the tarot cards for other people. With proper research on the art of tarot reading, you will be able to grasp the principles behind it and become a better tarot reader in the process.

Learning how to interpret the cards and understand the various tarot card meanings is one of the primary skills that you should learn to become a good tarot reader. A lot of successful tarot card readers interpret cards through their personal association and deep understanding of the tarot cards. Excellent tarot card readers typically do not rely on what they learn from books; instead, they interpret the cards through their personal experiences and association to the cards. It can take years to fully grasp the tarot’s various meanings and symbolism. If you are serious, it takes dedication and patience to become proficient in the art of tarot reading.

The beauty of tarot reading is its mystery and interpreting tarot card meanings almost has a mystical force behind it that many people find intriguing. Although you can do tarot card readings anywhere, one of the most important factors for a successful experience is establishing the appropriate ambiance in the place where you are conducting the reading. You can easily do this by burning incense, put on some calming ambient music and lighting candles. With a tarot card deck, a pen and a notebook, you can then dedicate yourself to working with the tarot.

Remove yourself from the worries of the world. You can do this by taking deep breaths through your nose and exhaling through the mouth. Once relaxed, shuffle the cards slowly and deliberately. While shuffling the cards, take note of any prevailing emotions that you feel. Do you feel anger? Love?; Paying attention to your emotions while shuffling the tarot cards is a determining factor to the success of your reading.

After shuffling the cards, pick one card and put it on the table. Concentrate on the card and the card alone and take time to examine its message. Write the card in your notebook and then answer the following questions.

– Is the card trying to tell you a story? If so, what story is the card telling you?

– How is this story important to you?

– What are the emotions that this story makes you feel?

– Does the story remind you of something in the past?

– Who are the persons involved in this story?

– What do the cards represent?

– What are the life lessons that you have learned from the card?

After answering all of the questions, figure out the message of the card as a whole. Determine the possible scenarios that the cards represent and pick one that has the greatest impact on your emotions. It’s also perfectly fine to consult a tarot book to confirm or support your interpretations. This not only builds your confidence, it can often shed led on the cards symbolism and history.

Do this with the rest of the tarot cards. A tarot card deck has 78 cards and doing this exercise for each of the cards is an effective way to learn tarot. With this skill, you can do tarot readings for your friends, family and office mates for fun and guidance. If you find that you have special skill in tarot reading, you can even learn how to earn an income from it.

About the Author

Carolyn Nyman is a professional tarot reader. For more on live tarot readings, free tarot reading online, or for a love tarot reading, please visit her website.

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