Learning to Love the Tarot Court Cards

Queen of Wands from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck
Queen of Wands from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are many many books on reading the Court cards, as well as various ways to approach these cards too. There are the suggestions that these cards are linked to someone with the same features as the card, for example, brown hair, brown eyes and young; or red hair, brown eyes and mature. Another approach might be that these cards are an energy and even perhaps the growth of an individual from Page to King, immature to sensible, of which I particularly like and work with, however, I would like to share with you another unique approach that has, quite frankly, opened my eyes on who these Court card characters really are!

Upon attending the Tarosophy Tarot Conference in Keswick in 2009, it was without doubt that the Court Cards would come into discussion and on this occasion, these 16 wonderful individuals had the stage all to themselves. These personalities didn’t appear as an energy or situation; male or female, but people…. real people, who we all know and love! How many of us know the Queen of Wands; that fiery woman who can hold center stage, enjoys the flamboyancy of being the center of attention and who is maybe a ‘go-getter’ and action hero? Maybe Angelina Jolie for instance? Who else in TV or film could we relate this too? Perhaps we are aware of the beautifully gentle, if not a little emotional King of Cups who puts others first without a second thought? At the time Peter Andre very much came to mind here for me! However, these genders are not fixed and can be changed vice versa. Which Court card would you recognize as yourself? We could also relate these same cards to family members – give it a try… you’ll be amazed, but most of all, you’ll have fun!

It was this way of loving the Court Cards as explained from the lovely Kim Huggens, author of Tarot 101: Mastering the Art of Reading the Cards that really made me stop and think! Her wonderful description really allowed me to think about the Court cards in a way I had not even considered before! Another amazing way Kim talked about and actually having so much fun doing so too, was taking all of the Court cards out of your deck and picking 4 Court cards at random and placing them together. Now…. this is the fun part… let go of any thoughts of picking out the individual court meanings and allow yourself to play in your imagination and visualize a situation that you see, or feel, that these 4 people would be in given the cards you have drawn. Would they like each other, or would they argue? Where are these people – are they at home or in a restaurant for example? Set the scene and allow the cards to speak to you – really let your imagination and intuition play.

After working with the cards, learning meanings and allowing my own intuition to guide me best, this, I would say, has got to be one of the most effective and fun ways to get to know these 16 cards, although, as you will find, this isn’t limited to the Court cards – I’m sure that there will be elements of every card that you can link into different people or situations that will help you to focus on your intuitive insights and delve deeper into the wonderful world of the subconscious.

About the Author

Joy Duffill is a Tarot Consultant, Reiki and Angel healer, teacher and writer and is the Director of Angel Corner. Renowned for her love of the Tarot and healing, she reaches out to those all over the world, helping them to learn about themselves, encouraging them to enter the world of self development and healing – with a little help from the Angels too!

A Bit More from the Swords’ Suit

Seven of Swords from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck
Seven of Swords from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tarot cards are used for multiple purposes. Starting from fortune telling, divination, Wiccan rituals and through various occult practices. What is important is to understand, acknowledge and accept that every card has a life if its own; a story unique to itself. In the sword’s suite, the four of swords is a card ruled by the planet Jupiter. It implies a period of rest or a period wherein you get an opportunity to prepare for the ongoing troubles in your life and reach one more step closer to survival. If you are unemployed or if your business has not worked well so as to provide a living for you. Then you still need to wait or some more preparation is required from your end to get a job or find success in your business. However, this card is not of hope and it does not predict or assure that problems in your life will end. All it indicates is a phase wherein you are granted some breathing space. Assuming that this card allows one to escape is not appropriate either.

The next card is the five of swords. It implies a dispute or an argument which started on a senseless and futile reasons. The purpose is not to benefit in any way. It is to prove one’s point of view is correct and apt in comparison to that of the other person. It is a card which implies rejoicing in vain glory and achieving a sense of victory which is empty and spoils a very resourceful relationship in the end. It is better to accept defeat so as to save a relationship which is resourceful and worth trusting.

The six of swords card is ruled by the planet Mercury. When one goes through a bad phase in life. When your life and circumstances are filled with disputes, financial issues, emotional frustrations and scarcity of resources. It is time to relocate or move to a place where the circumstances are peaceful, there is a way to earn a living and your life may improve. This card implies relocation to a new place or a journey across seas so as to seek a peaceful life and better circumstances. The ongoing problems are beyond one’s reach to be solved or sorted. This card implies a need to escape and relocate so as to seek greener pastures.

The seven of swords is a card ruled by Moon. This is not a very fortunate card to turn up in a reading. When this card turns up in a reading it implies that the person for whom the reading is done, has many enemies in his life. Enemies who are just waiting to create trouble and issues in his or her life. There are times when some people have more enemies as compared to others and some people have very few enemies.

In traditional astrology, when the sixth house, eighth house and the twelfth house from ascendant have planets or planets are placed in them. Then the native has many enemies and faces many obstacles in his lifetime. Ignoring these enemies will not work, not even assuming that there are no enemies will work. One has to live with the fact and accept it as a way of life. So, when the seven of swords turns up in a reading. It implies enemies, some of whom may not be known to the native. The card has the influence of the planet Moon, so the enemies are not known openly or are hidden.

Hurdles and obstacles created by one’s enemies is what one should expect. Irrespective what happens, please do not give up. To try and make attempts is one’s karma, whether it happens or not is not within our reach. But to give up will only make your enemies happy. So, I have covered four cards in this article i.e. the four of swords, five of swords, six of swords and the seven of swords.

About the Author

I, Rohit Dua, run a tarot card reading web portal (www.taroochi.org). Tarot has been a vital and integral part of my life since the year 1999. I do not know what my life would have been if I had not discovered tarot cards. When it comes to tarot every day is a learning experience and there is something new to discover. I wish and intend to write articles on my experience with tarot cards. Since there are 78 cards in total so there is a lot to share.

Love Tarot Readings: What You Can Expect In Your Reading

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Tarot Reading (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In matters of romance, there is nothing like a good love Tarot reading. The Tarot offers a unique perspective, shedding light on the nature of our relationships. They are there to guide you on your journey, both personally and romantically. Questions of love are by far the most common inquiries made during a Tarot reading. However, many people find themselves disappointed or unsatisfied. The cause of this is often due to the questions that are asked. The most important aspect to a successful love Tarot reading is asking the right questions.

The most common error that is made during a tarot reading is the withholding of information. People tend to do this when they feel they need to question or test a Tarot reader’s ability. It’s quite normal to feel apprehensive when working with a new Tarot reader, particularly if it is your first time getting a reading. Under these circumstances, the biggest issue that arises is a lack of open-mindedness. Unfortunately this doesn’t serve you or the Tarot reader because withholding information will most probably impede the Tarot reader’s ability.

When you get a Tarot reading, the best approach is to remain open and have your questions about love prepared before you start the reading. A professional tarot reader understands the cards and has learned how to interpret their meanings. The more specific you get with the Tarot reader, the better the Tarot reader will be able to assist you in your reading. Take the time to clear yourself of any doubt and let the cards guide you. You will be surprised at how much information you can receive when you remain receptive.

The best questions to ask during your first love Tarot reading should not be black and white. In other words, asking of someone likes you or if your relationship is going to work out may give the Tarot reader very little to work with. The more open ended you are with your questions, the more information that Tarot reader will be able to receive.

Here are some examples of open ended questions that could be useful during a relationship Tarot reading.

  1. What is currently influencing my relationship?
  2. What is currently influencing my love interest?
  3. How might I make this relationship grow?
  4. What do I need to understand about myself?
  5. What do I need to understand about my love interest?
  6. What is the potential outcome of this relationship?
  7. What do I need to work on in order to bring a loving relationship into my life?

The list can go on and you can get creative as you want. Asking carefully planned questions can lead to a very fulfilling Tarot reading.

It’s also wise to let a Tarot reader know the background of your situation. This is particularly true for love Tarot readings. By allowing the Tarot reader to fully understand the nature of your situation, the more they will be able to guide you. The history of a situation often enhances the Tarot reader’s abilities. It gives them a wider perspective and allows them to comprehend the issues that you are facing. It also helps them to discover what has been influencing your relationship.

Finally, it’s important to remember that a good Tarot reader will never tell you what to do. They are, in essence, messengers. You are your own master and have your own free will. You have the power to choose your own directions and behaviors. In love matters, you are always your own best guide. While tarot readings can often disclose important influences, you always have the power to make your own decisions and choose your own course of action.

About the Author

Carolyn Naiman is a professional Tarot reader and the Webmaster of http://tarotreadingpsychic.com She has a Masters in Psychology and has been a Tarot advisor since 1998.

Free Tarot Guide: Learn How To Read The Tarot For Yourself

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Tarot reader, Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle Center, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The process of learning to read the Tarot for one’s self differs greatly from the experience of reading for others. This is largely due to the difficult task in learning how to remain objective during one’s own Tarot readings. Remaining neutral and objective for self-readings can be tricky and frustrating. For many, there is a constant struggle in managing one’s own expectations, fears and projections during their own tarot readings.

There are a number of tools that can help you increase the efficacy of self-readings. One of the most important is establishing a personal space or environment that promotes relaxation and feelings of safety. This is a space in which you can take the time to center yourself, process your feelings, and allow yourself to explore new levels of consciousness.

It’s important to allow yourself the freedom and permission to explore what you are feeling at the time you begin a self-reading. This will help you manage your own expectations and projections. Say, for example, your are in fear about a particular situation. By acknowledging this fear, you can identify where your own fears may be influencing your reading. Ultimately, your tarot readings will be much more objective when you have appropriately processed your feelings.

Another useful tool for self-readings is that of keeping an open mind. When you have an open mind you are more likely to be receptive to the information revealed during your own Tarot readings. It also helps with detachment. The more overly attached we are to an outcome the more difficult it is to see the other variables that are influencing a situation. Detachment enables a tarot reader to grasp important subtleties that may have been otherwise missed. Most importantly, detachment prevents a biased perspective and can help a tarot reader accurately interpret the cards.

Another effective tool for self-readings includes the practice of mediation or prayer. This is a great method for helping one tap into their intuition, sense of awareness and state of consciousness. It also helps to slow the mind and can psychologically prepare one for their tarot readings. Mediation and prayer encourages connection to the spiritual realm. It also can help shift one’s level of consciousness and encourages the flow of valuable information.

About the Author

Carolyn Naiman is a professional Tarot reader and the Webmaster of http://tarotreadingpsychic.com She has a Masters in Psychology and has been a Tarot advisor since 1998.

Love Tarot Readings: The Meanings of the Hermit Tarot Card

Visconti-Sforza tarot deck. Hermit
Visconti-Sforza tarot deck. Hermit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Traditionally, the Hermit is the seeker of truth and wisdom. He often represents the seeker’s journey into the unknown. The Hermit’s path is a shadowy one. The lantern he carries is symbolic of a mirror to our own selves. This is wisdom that is within in all of us. It is the power to see ourselves as we truly are.

Another common interpretation of the Hermit is the wise old man or advisor. In this respect, he is the messenger of truth, revealing the importance of forethought and circumspection. Since the Hermit can be a carrier of light, he is there to share his knowledge and light the path for others. He guides the seeker towards self-knowledge and self-acceptance.

When The Hermit is drawn a love tarot reading, he typically represents a need to pause. This is a time for contemplation and evaluation. In terms of a relationship that has come to a standstill, the Hermit encourages you to go within and find your truth. The Hermit may indicate that your focus on your relationship will need to shift. This is not the time to make your relationship a priority. You would be better served by allowing yourself the freedom to do some soul searching.

Although there may be some loneliness, the ultimate goal would be a transformational experience. After a period of introspection, you may be willing to work things out with your partner. A new perspective and sense of purpose can add valuable information for both you and your partner.

About the Author

Carolyn Naiman is a professional Tarot reader and the Webmaster of http://tarotreadingpsychic.com She has a Masters in Psychology and has been a Tarot advisor since 1998.

Love Tarot Readings: The True Meanings of the Devil Tarot Card

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English: An original card from the tarot deck of Jean Dodal of Lyon, a classic “Marseilles” deck. The deck dates from 1701-1715. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Perhaps one of the most frightening cards in a love Tarot reading is the Devil Tarot card. The image of the Devil invokes fear, uncertainty and trepidation. However, in most love Tarot readings, the Devil Tarot card is often misunderstood. The Devil Tarot card should not be interpreted literally. In truth, it is a metaphor for our own behaviors and attachments to other people. In love Tarot readings, the Devil serves as a messenger. Its appearance warrants reflection and a willingness to explore our own behaviors in relation to others.

Traditionally, the Tarot card meanings of the Devil Tarot Card refer to issues of materialism and self-centeredness. It is a warning that one may be misusing their power or influence. It also refers to self-indulgence and the insatiable need to gratify one’s most primitive desires. The Devil is the Tarot card that requires one to go within their shadow self and become conscious of their darker impulses. Ultimately, one must confront these impulses and learn to master them. The Devil reminds us, that if we are not conscious of our own behaviors, we will be enslaved by them.

In love Tarot readings, the Devil Tarot card often refers to one’s emotional dependency on their romantic relationship. In essence, the Devil Tarot card is the card of co-dependency. When one becomes completely dependent on their partner, they lose their personal freedom. This type of freedom comes in the form of an inner independence: a person does not need to be attached to another person in order to feel whole and fulfilled. In love Tarot, the Devil can suggest that one’s attachments may be too dependent on another. The Devil reminds one that they have their own inner power and ability to take care of them selves, regardless if they are in a relationship or not.

Another suggestion of the Devil Tarot card in love Tarot readings is its reference to one’s painful past relationships. In this case, there typically is an unhealthy attachment or negative projection into one’s current relationship. The Devil Tarot card is a reminder that one has become enslaved by one’s past and that their current romantic relationship may be influenced by old wounds that have not been emotionally processed.

The Devil urges you to explore the nature of your current relationship. This is the time to ask yourself if your current relationship is healthy? Are you being enslaved by it? Are you repeating past behaviors? Is your relationship being driven by early childhood needs that were never appropriately met? Are you choosing to stay in an unhealthy relationship because you are trying to heal an old wound?

In love Tarot, the Devil Tarot card urges one to become conscious. It is a card that warrants attention and reflection. The Devil requires us to look within and explore our own impulses and needs. Are we enslaved by them? If so, how might we free ourselves? When it comes to romantic relationships, the Devil reminds us that we have the power to choose the type of relationships we want. He reminds us that we must be willing to face our fears and past hurts in order to find personal freedom and wholeness.

About the Author

Carolyn Naiman is a professional Tarot reader and the Webmaster of http://tarotreadingpsychic.com She has a Masters in Psychology and has been a Tarot advisor since 1998.

Tarot Reading Basics

Original Rider Waite
Original Rider Waite (Photo credit: terriem)

The most popular version of the Tarot was established in 1910 by the artist Pamela Colman-Smith. She worked under the guidance of occultist A.E. Waite. The Waite deck was the first tarot deck to include symbolic imagery on all 78 cards.

The tarot has its roots in many different philosophical and religious backgrounds. It originated in a time imbued with symbolic imagery that was influenced by many cultures, languages and historical references. The tarot’s symbolism is based on archetypal elements and metaphors, giving its imagery an universal appeal. Regardless of one’s cultural, religious or educational background, the Tarot experience is collective. Their interpretations are recognizable by everyone.

The modern Tarot deck is comprised of 78 cards, 40 in the minor arcana, 16 court cards and 22 cards that make up the major arcana. The 16 court cards consist of pages, knights, queens and kings. The four suits in the minor arcana include the Suits of Cups, Swords, Wands and Pentacles. Each Suit is connected to one of the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. They are also connected to the four directions: North, South, East and West. The imagery of Tarot reflects an association to these elements. This enables the tarot reader to identify the key aspects that are influencing a particular situation or individual.

The Suit Cards

In tarot, the cups suit represents the dream world, the unconscious, feelings and relationships. The wands suit represents fertility, creativity and one’s sense of purpose or career endeavors. The sword suit represents reason, life challenges, the mind and truth. And lastly, the pentacles suit represents the material, financial and ethical aspects of a person’s life.

There is a king, queen, knight, and page in every suit as well. They are referred to as the court cards and each one (excluding the page cards) has an astrological sign associated to it. This adds yet another level for interpretation in tarot card readings. To be helpful, here are the astrological associations. I often encourage people to identify their sign and the associated tarot card meaning. This can offer tremendous insights into ones strengths and vulnerabilities.

  • Aries: King of Wands
  • Taurus: Queen of Pentacles
  • Gemini: Knight of Swords
  • Cancer: King of Cups
  • Leo: Queen of Wands
  • Virgo: Knight of Pentacles
  • Libra: King of Swords
  • Scorpio: Queen of Cups
  • Sagittarius: Knight of Wands
  • Capricorn: King of Pentacles
  • Aquarius: Queen of Swords
  • Pisces: Knight of Cups

The Major Arcana Cards

The Major Arcana cards reflect where one is in his or her life’s journey. There are 22 tarot cards in the Major Arcana. The first half of the Major Arcana (the Fool through the Hermit) identifies the transition from child to adult and all of the challenges we must face as we progress into a deeper level of maturity and spirituality.

The second half of the Major Arcana (The Wheel of Fortune through the World) reflects our personal and spiritual world view. In a tarot reading, the second half of the major arcana typically points to a more inward-looking stage or process in our development. Keep in mind, this does not always happen in procession. In fact, in some areas we are still the “fools” while in other areas we can be the “The Hermit”.

The Minor Arcana Cards

The Minor Arcana, or Pip cards, are the numbered cards (1-10) that comprise each suit. The Minor Arcana reflect day to day issues. They can represent how you interact with people, your work, your emotions, your finances, and your personal relationships. In a tarot card reading, the minor arcana reveal the who’s, how’s, and what’s. There is no sense of permanence. If there are a number of minor arcana suit cards in your spread, know that you can make changes, work through blocks, and understands where you are emotionally.

Interpreting Tarot Card Meanings

They key to understanding tarot card meanings is to not always be literal. It often requires one to attach their own life experiences to each of the tarot cards. Tarot card meanings can also vary depending on the type of reading that is being done or even where a particular card might appear in a tarot spread. Upside down cards, known as “reversed tarot cards”, also have their own unique meanings as well.

The Basics Of Tarot Reading

Now that you know a little about the basics of the tarot cards, we can now look at what you can expect from your first tarot card reading. Most readings typically consists of shuffling the deck, drawing a set number of cards, and placing them in a specific configuration known as a “tarot spread”. There are hundreds of tarot spreads in use today, but most psychic tarot readers tend to favor some spreads more than others. They will often use different tarot spreads for different types of readings as well.

Once the cards are pulled and placed in a spread, the tarot reader will begin to interpret the symbols of the cards. Often they will point out the implications of the past, what is happening in the here and now, and what will influence your future. You may ask particular questions and additional tarot cards may be drawn for specific areas of your life. The configurations the cards are placed in add to the complexities of their meanings.

The tarot’s power lies in its ability to distinguish a person’s path through the psychic ability or intuition of the tarot reader. In some cases, a psychic tarot reader will rely primarily on their own psychic abilities to interpret the cards, while a non-psychic tarot reader will rely more on the tarot card meanings themselves. Either way, trust the cards can do their job and ask a lot of questions.

About the Author

Carolyn Naiman is a professional Tarot reader and the Webmaster of http://tarotreadingpsychic.com She has a Masters in Psychoology and has been a Tarot advisor since 1998.

The Significance of Reversed Tarot Cards In Tarot Readings

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The Magician reversed. (Photo credit: jessica mullen)

There tends to be an overall apprehension when interpreting reversed tarot card meanings in Tarot readings. Typically, many Tarot readers and reference books tend to believe reversed card positions are more negative in nature. What people fail to recognize, however, is that reversed cards often provide us with the solutions that we have been seeking. They reveal what behaviors we must become aware of and, in some cases, reference important influences we may not necessarily been conscious of. They always encourage a shift in one’s perspective. 

All of the cards have unique reversed meanings which are subject to interpretations. Some people find this particularly uncomfortable due their off-putting associations. However, more often than not, reversed cards tend to reveal important clues to our current challenges and situations. In Tarot readings, they reveal delays, frustrations, misdirected energy and uncertainty. Discovering why you may be experiencing such obstacles certainly helps you explore the areas you need to change. More importantly, they can help you as a Tarot reader; giving you guidance as to how you might help those you are reading for. They serve as wake up calls and disclose the areas in which someone may need to pay closer attention.

 

In most Tarot readings, reversed cards tend to also highlight blocked energy. Often they represent the areas in which growth is being prohibited. The true question lies in what one must do to work through these blocks. Energetic blocks tend to come from one’s emotions, psychology, past trauma, or spiritual stagnation. We all have them and they are there to encourage us to find our own inner harmony and balance. Energetic blocks serve a purpose. In some cases they protect us from information we are not ready to process and, in other cases, they are there to protect us from getting hurt. Working through them can be a daunting process, but it always a necessary one. In the end they teach us about our own selves and help us discover who we really are.

 

Another important aspect to reversed cards is their associations to our pasts. In Tarot readings, reversed cards can reveal past issues that we have not worked through or let go of. This is particular true for Tarot readings that deal with the influences of one’s past. In these cases card reversals tend to reveal where one’s past is hindering their desired outcome. The most common occurrence of such issues is in love tarot readings. Relationships, in general, struggle with the projections of one’s past. When there are card reversals in love Tarot readings, it usually pertains to the influence of one’s experiences from past relationships. Fear is the underlying root for the majority of our relationship issues. Reversed cards can reveal the source of theses fears and can help one overcome their apprehension and defensiveness within their relationships.

 

Finally, reversed cards can disclose one’s own level of inner conflict. In Tarot readings, reversed cards can emphasize where we feel incongruent. They can also highlight were we have internalized our problems. These issues typically involve the unresolved emotions that we continue to struggle with throughout our life times. By becoming aware of our own inner conflicts, we can discover the areas in our lives that we wish to change or master. We can learn to identify the path of the heart; our sense of purpose and belonging in this world.

 

Even though reversed cards may appear to have negative connotations, they truly are our beacons of light. They always remind us to look outside of the ordinary. In most cases, reversed cards are the doorways to inner knowledge. They always provide us the answer we need to move beyond our limitations.

 

About the Author

 

Carolyn Naiman is a professional Tarot reader and the Webmaster of http://tarotreadingpsychic.com She has a Masters in Psychology and has been a Tarot advisor since 1998.

 

Hidden Meanings in Tarot cards

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TAROT (Photo credit: Adam Crowe)

By means of symbols there are so many things hidden in the tarot cards that it takes deep knowledge, understanding and experience to actually interpret what these cards are actually trying to convey things to the people? The universal language of symbols helps the diviner to interpret the answers for the questions asked by the seeker. There are different decks of cards with different types of images present on them. The idea behind using symbols in tarot cards is that we want to extract what our subconscious mind is trying to say because it recognizes symbols more efficiently rather than numeric or alphanumeric characters. Divination using tarot cards is only symbols and images based. In fact some numbers and colors present on the cards have also got some hidden meanings. The symbols or the images present on the cards have got hidden meanings and they solve lot of problems of basic life by guiding through the situations. For instance, the minor arcana cards are having four suits and they all deal with day to day life problems of a person. These four suits are swords, wands, pentacles and cups. Wands take care of the desires of a person, pentacles are having symbols for finances any other money problems, wands symbolizes desires and other desire related problems of a person and lastly cups take care of the emotional aspect of a person.

Not only the symbols present on the cards are of significance but the colors also play an important role in the interpretation of a situation. Each color or the combination of colors present on the cards is having their own story like the pink color symbolizes love and affection, white color depicts purity, color blue depicts open sky while purple reflects what is actually hidden in the soul. These colors not only the diviner to get to the final conclusion of the problem but it also helps him to know the reason why the seeker is asking the question. Coming to the numbers present on the cards. In tarot language these numbers present are not just numbers they are actually considered as symbols and they also reveal hidden meanings to the tarot readers. Each number present has its own meaning like the number 0 depicts potential of person, 1 symbolizes our isolation so loneliness from others, 2 reveals things regarding our relationships, love and affection for others and like this every number present on the cards has its own meaning and interpretation.

The positions and appearance of tarot cards have also got equal importance like symbols , numbers and colors in interpretation of the situation like if a tarot card is placed in a upside down position its meaning will be totally changed if it is placed in upright position. Reading the tarot cards is classified as a scientific phenomenon because there are so many rules, procedures applied to understand the phenomenon which if repeated and duplicated produce the same results making them reliable to predict the situation. It is also generally recommended that the tarot card reader should use particular deck of cards and try to develop affinity for them. It has been generally observed that by doing so a link gets established between reader and deck of tarot cards and always provide with accurate results.

In addition to the different tools like symbols, colors and numbers present on these cards and experience the thing which comes to play is the deep feeling for these cards which if acquired is quite beneficial and after that the tarot reading gets amplified by the sixth sense and intuition. But there are many individuals who are only interested in making money rather than going for actual prediction and understanding the real meaning of tarot cards. These cards if understood properly what they are trying to reveal are capable of rearranging reality which is perceived in our physical world. This can happen only if we really want to know what these cards are trying to say.

About the Author

Boris is a writer; he has 20 years experience with the Tarot and as a professional clairvoyant. For everything you need to know about Tarot reading, the meaning of each Tarot card, Tarot spreads, Tarot layouts – all free resources to be a better Tarot reader, go to… http://www.livepsyche.com

Learning to Read Tarot Cards

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Tarot Decks and Books (Photo credit: imeleven)

Learning to read Tarot cards can often seem quite difficult, especially when one is learning how to read Tarot cards one one’s own. However, if one follows some simple methods, the process of learning how to read Tarot cards can be a really interesting journey.

The things you need before you begin to learn are a deck of Tarot cards and a notebook and a pen/pencil. Another thing one should consider investing in is a book of Tarot card meanings.

The confusion arises at both these junctures. A beginner student always has these questions: “Which deck to buy?” and “Which book to buy?” Let me help you with those decisions first.

Ideally buy a deck whose imagery resonates with your belief system and your knowledge base. There are several thousands of Tarot decks available in the market today that are based on a number of different themes. Go for a deck which you will find easy to understand. See the images of the cards before you buy. If the deck’s images don’t stir anything within you, keep looking for more. For example, don’t buy a deck based on Celtic Mythology if you don’t know what Celtic myth is all about. Because you will then have to spend time learning about the basics and then be able to pick up the deck and study it.

The next thing is the book. Buy a book which covers the basics – there should be meanings of the cards explained in a simple and straightforward manner. Often, themed decks come with their own books. But if you are interested in the finer aspects of the cards (like mythology or symbolism) then you need to look for specialized books on the subject. Search for something that suits you.

Now that we have the deck and the book figured out, let’s begin the process of learning to read Tarot cards. Here are a few steps which will guide you along the way:

  1. Take the card in your hand and see the images. Don’t read the book just yet. Just see the images and write down what comes to you when you see the picture. What you write down can be as descriptive or as short-and-sweet as you like.
  2. Once you have done this, open the book and go through what the book says about each card and compare that text with what you have written down. Mark the common passages / ideas by underlining or highlighting them.
  3. Think about the meaning of each card – and write down the name of a song which reminds you of this meaning. This will help you really get into the mood of the card and understand the meaning of the card effectively.
  4. A card will often have several meanings. So which one is right for you? Choose any 3 interpretations from the ones which are common between your own interpretations and what is given in the book, and shorten them into one word or one short phrase. This makes it easier to recall the meanings when you are doing a reading.

Once you have gained a mastery over the meanings of the Tarot cards, doing a reading can often become a comparatively simple procedure.

Enjoy Your Future!

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John Defoe — If you want to learn to read Tarot cards, go ahead and visit and download your copy of the e-Book today!