Tarot Cards for Beginners
Learning the Basics of Tarot Readings
As all things Spiritual and Mystical have become trendy as of late, so to have Tarot Cards. But still so many people have no idea as to what the purpose of Tarot Cards are or how to use them.
I began my own Tarot Readings at the age of 16. I was in the beautiful township of Daylesford, Victoria when I was taken to a Tarot/Spiritual shop and taught how to pick my very own deck.
This experience in itself was very special for me as I still to this day only really use that same deck I picked when I was 16.
Tarot readings for me are essential for growth, I honestly would not know where I would be without them....
Being able to complete readings is a skill that I recommend everyone learn.
In the most darkest of times I have turned to Tarot Cards and every single time they have not let me down. Picking me up and giving me positive guidance to move steadily forward....
What are they:
Tarot cards are a form of divination, which literally means working with the divine, or your higher self, which is the ultimate purpose of tarot cards, just like yoga. A Tarot deck consists of 78 cards. The first 22 cards are the Major Arcana. These cards have symbolic meanings focused on the material world, the intuitive mind, and the realm of change. The remaining 56 cards are the Minor Arcana, and are divided into four groups or suits.
I dont want to spend too much time on teaching you the specifics of Tarot groups or suits, as learning this can be a life-long journey.
When you have your very own Tarot Deck, ensure that you read the guide that comes with the deck, front to back with all of the information they provide. This will give you the best understanding of the specific meanings that deck includes.
How to pick a deck:
Its very simple to pick your own deck but its best you know what to look out for. Much like Maria Kondo's method of "Does this spark joy?", you are simply on the lookout for a Deck that catchs your eye and brings you joy.
Its important not to second guess yourself in the world of Tarot, and I will ellobroate on this further in this post. When you are attracted to something the universe will bring you together like a magnent and its the same with picking the right Tarot Deck.
Things to remember when picking your deck:
- Explore the illustrations
This is the attraction part of picking your Tarot Deck. What is your first reaction to the images? Do you like the colours and patterns? Are you drawn to the images and the artwork? Are there other variations of the deck that are more appealing
- Consider your experience level
If the deck looks to complex to understand well then it most likely is. Make sure your picking a deck that suits your experience level. This might mean that if your selecting your first deck, you might want to steer away from the more traditional cards as this requires a lot of learning to understand the meanings.
- Deciding if you want Traditional or Modern
As mentioned above, Traditional cards can most deffinitely be more complex to learn. But Traditional may be what you are more attracted to.
The absolute number one way to choose a Tarot deck is to find one that you personally and intuitively connect with. Your friend may recommend a certain deck but rememebr that each individual differs. Check out our range and see what deck you are drawn too!
Types of Readings:
There are so many different types of spreads. Some of these include:
- The Love Spread
- The Success Spread
- The Celtic Cross Spread
- The Spiritual Guidance Spread
- Daily One Card
- The Three Card Spread
- The Relationship Spread
- The Astrology Spread
The list goes on....
To keep things at a beginner level, lets look at the more simple reading spreads.
Single Card Reading
Three Card Spread
Three-card spreads are awesome. They quickly clarify a situation and are fairly simple tp interpret, even if you're brand-new to the tarot. The Past, Present, Future spread is the most popular of three-card readings. You can use it to answer any type of questions- its meant to cut to the heart of the issue.
A few variations you may want to try:
- Do not second guess yourself or hesitate
- Read your guide book, over and over again
- Practise makes perfect
- Before starting a reading, I always hold my cards and say a starting message in my head "This is a positive reading only, please give me the guidance to move steadily forward"