Tarot reading is not meant to be complicated. Although the process appears difficult, reading Tarot cards is not as challenging as it seems, especially if you already developed a strong relationship with the cards. Tarot reading is designed to help you connect with your inner self, enlighten you with your current predicament and give you wisdom in your decision making. Trust the Tarot cards and trust yourself that you can read well.
Tarot reading is experiencing a growing popularity. Most people used to associate this with evil, dark powers and witchcraft. However, more and more are slowly opening their mind and heart to Tarot. Tarot’s divination is not just about luck and misfortunes. It can also help you grow spiritually. If you are interested in learning Tarot, here are five easy steps from Brigit Esselmont of Biddy Tarot Community
Create A Tarot Journal
Journal is always a great learning tool. Write in your journal the different ideas, lessons, and insights that you developed during your Tarot reading session. This journal will make your Tarot experience more personal and it will help you grow your intuition which is a great tool when reading Tarot.
Here are some ways to start your Tarot journal.
- Find a notebook – Choose the pad that entices you to write. It can be a handmade, a notebook that you purchase in a store or a personal blog online.
- Divide your Tarot journal into sections – Just like your school notebook, it will be easier to go through your journal if you divide it into major sections that comprise its content. As a guide, you can divide it as follows:
- Tarot Card Meanings – Write your personal insights and experiences for each Tarot card and include stories associated with it by doing so, you will be able to build a personal connection with the Tarot cards meanings.
- Personal Tarot Readings – Allocate another section for your personal Tarot readings where you can record the date of your reading, the question you asked, the cards you drew, and the key message. Read it after a week to assess it.
- Tarot Reading Techniques – When you want to learn Tarot, you usually read books and other source materials to formulate a question, learn the proper ways to shuffle the cards, interpret the Tarot card and more. In this section, collect your notes, so you know where to look when you need techniques for Tarot reading.
- Tarot Spreads – Gather your favorite Tarot spreads or create your own.
- Personal Reflection – Pick a card that embodies the particular energy that you are feeling. For instance, if you are focusing on letting go, pick a card that embodies its energy like the Hanged Man. Then write in your journal what the card means to you and the deeper lessons that you learned from it.
- Start writing – Fill your notebook with contents. You can start by writing your goal for making your Tarot Journal, how you intend to use it, what your first topic will be, and how writing in it makes you feel.
Draw a Tarot Card Every Day
For starters, reading a Tarot card will often mean basing it on the books they read. Unfortunately, the process might be difficult and confusing especially if you feel that the card you have drawn and what you are going through is completely unrelated. Although reading a Tarot card entails memorization of its meaning, you also need to listen to your intuition. Learn this technique by performing the following steps.
- Select a card randomly – You can select the card without any question or ask the Tarot, “What might I expect from today?” or “What Tarot card needs my attention most today?”
- Gaze at the card – While you stare at the card, what thoughts come into o your mind immediately? What do you notice? What energy do you pick from the card? What words struck you? What do you sense intuitively? Record all of these observations in your Tarot Journal.
- Observe your day – Go about your day normally. However, be more conscious about the people and situations that embody the Tarot card you drew. For instance, if you drew the Page of Swords, does anyone you meet remind you of the card? If you find one, reach out to that person and check if you can feel the energy on that person. Feel the energy and watch how the Tarot cards work.
- Write on your journal – At the end of the day, add another note about your personal experiences for the day. In this way, you will be surprised at how you learned so much about the card you drew without opening a book.
Read The Picture On The Card
The Tarot decks were created in the 1400s when the majority of the people were illiterate. They convey deep spiritual lessons through pictures rather than words. Tarot cards were used for many centuries in various religious and spiritual circles that is why every Tarot card is rich in symbolism and imagery. So, to be an effective Tarot reader, you have to connect with the card and the process should not be that difficult as each card is also incredibly telling. Here are few steps to read the Tarot card efficiently.
- Gaze at the card – Just scan the Tarot card for a minute or so. You don’t have to interpret it, just take it as it is.
- Build the story – After scanning the image, what comes to your mind? What do you think is happening in the picture? Describe what you see and why it is happening. include the moral of the story.
- Notice what attracts you the most – When you draw a card, sometimes, there is a certain symbolism that will tickle you. Slow down and reflect for a moment what it means to you based on the traditional symbolism and to you personally. For instance, if you see a lion, in general, it symbolizes courage and strength. However, if you grow up with a toy lion that you always tackle with you when you were a kid that you can’t find comfort without it. Then, perhaps, the lion for you denotes comfort. By doing this, you will have a wiser approach to your interpretation by using the collective wisdom and your inner wisdom (intuition).
- Examine the card more – What else did you find on the card? Make a conscious effort to find something new in the card that you didn’t notice earlier. It could be the background, the landscape, the color or the minor detail in the card. What extra information does this detail gives you?
- Summarize your learning – Summarize all the learning you have on the card. What are the new meanings you discover about the card? Write this in your Tarot journal and continue the process of reading the cards based on the images. In this way, you can efficiently connect your intuition with the cards.
Try A Simple 3-Card Tarot Reading
Again, Tarot reading is not meant to be complicated but humans have the inclination to explore things to the process of over-complicating it and Tarot is not an exception. Today, you can find thousands of Tarot spreads and different types of decks. There are also tons of Tarot books that seem necessary to be read. But can you really entertain all of this information? Can you still comprehend it?
You’ve already go through a lot in learning Tarot reading from learning the symbolism, formulating the right questions, interpreting the cards and shuffling it in the right way. So, don’t overwhelm yourself with too much of its complexities. So, start by reading three cards. Here’s how to do it.
- Ask a question and choose a spread – Formulate the question that you want to ask the Tarot and decide the spread you want to use.
- Shuffle the cards – Shuffle and lay out the Tarot cards.
- Gaze at the card – Examine each Tarot card intuitively and observe what stands out to you. What do you feel or sense from the three cards? Jot it down.
- Read the picture – Read each picture in the Tarot card as it relates to the position in your chosen spread and the question you asked.
- Tell the story – Connect the readings from the first card to the last and summarize the key messages.
- Write it down – Always write down your experience in your Tarot journal as it is your best Tarot reading tool. By doing so, you have easy access to any information you have in the past that you might need in the future.
Practice, Practice, and Practice!
The most efficient way in growing your confidence in Tarot reading is to practice it frequently. If you want to be a great Tarot reader, you should do Tarot reading often. So, here’s how you progress your Tarot reading confidence.
- Read Tarot for Yourself – We understand that Tarot reading for yourself can be difficult. There are a number of Tarot readers, who struggle to read Tarot for themselves at first. However, the nearest person you can find, who could be always available for you is yourself. Learn to overcome your biases to read the Tarot more objectively and only draw a maximum of two clarifier cards per reading.
- Create your own fictional talent – You can also do a mock client. Create a story about their life and read cards based on your made up challenges. Another way to practice is to pick up a gossip magazine and find the celebrity drama or divorce. Then do a reading for that celebrity. This will be real fun.
- Read Tarot for Real People – If you are planning to make Tarot reading a profession in the future, start by offering Tarot reading to the people near you like your family, relatives, and friends. You can also offer a free Tarot reading to people you don’t know. Working with strangers can tickle more of your intuition. So, grow your confidence by working with people you don’t know personally.
Consider these different tips to grow your Tarot reading confidence. If you have the passion for this craft don’t let fears and confusion hold you back. Remember, Tarot reading is not meant to be hard and it is easier if you have the interest and determination to practice it.