When it comes to tarot cards, we ultimately end up imagining the candle lit setups and mystical dress ups of the tarot card readers. We assume it to be something magical. But in reality, it has more to do with your intuition and self-spirituality.
Tarot cards help to analyze the events and energies that we are likely to encounter in future like happiness, patience, love, new beginnings etc.
A deck of 78 cards usually, needs not to be reserved for some special occasions. Instead, it can guide you on how to deal with your emotions, relations and environment in your routine life.
So, if you are a beginner here’s a guide to read tarot cards. But before that let’s hear it from professional tarot card readers what does it actually mean.
Tarot Cards – What do they tell?
Paige Zaferiou tells that these cards are not your future predicting crystal balls, instead they serve as maps. It’s more like consulting your GPS to have a better understanding of the challenges coming in your way.
Molly Burkett says that tarot cards guide you as a map so that you can plan the strategies earlier to deal with the future.
Another professional tarot reader Bakara Wintner considers that future can’t be predicted as it keeps on changing depending on our choices. Tarot cards only give you an insight to find a good fortune.
How to select the perfect deck for you?
Zaferiou has the answer for your question. She suggests you to select a deck that makes you feel some connection with it.
Resonance and connection are the two words that define the right deck for you. Select the tarot cards whose images make you feel as if they are your extended self.
Wintner suggests Rider Waite, Thoth, Osho, The Wild Unknown and Spiral Tarot decks for the beginners. She says that these decks are widely used and you can find a guide to interpret the images on these cards more easily.
How to read tarot cards?
Once you have selected a deck, it’s time to read them. It is believed that tarot cards must be gifted by someone and not be purchased. But modern practitioners allow buying your own deck.
To read the tarot cards, while there are guides available to interpret the images, it still depends on your own intuition. It’s on you how you interpret the figures.
Zaferiou suggests you to maintain a balance between the symbolic interpretations and your own gut feeling for a particular situation.
While it is difficult to memorize all the symbolic interpretations, don’t forget the real purpose of tarot reading. You must believe your inner goodness to make a reading.
When you read tarot cards for another person, you should consider it as a conversation rather than a dictation. It should be taken as listening to the experiences of your client with an upbeat for curiosity.
You can create your own personalized guide for what each card indicate. Simply record the keywords or phrases that come to your mind when you see a particular card.
As your practice grows, your reading becomes more refined but there is never a final state for a tarot reader, you simply keep on learning and improving with each reading.