Tarot Cards - Get a Tarot Deck, Learn to Read Tarot, and Get Your Reading

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Tarot Cards - Get a Tarot Deck, Learn to Read Tarot, and Get Your Reading

Tarot cards are a common tool used by many psychics and mediums. Even if you have not been to a psychic before, you've likely seen these decks in movies or on the television. Learn a bit about Tarot Cards, their history, how to get starting reading tarot, and get a free reading!

What are Tarot Cards?

Tarot cards are playing cards used today for tarotology, or the practice of using cards to gain insight and answer questions. Originally used to play games, reading tarot cards is a form of cartomancy, or the reading of cards to find meaning. 

A traditional tarot deck contains 78 cards. Twenty-two are Major Arcanes and fifty-six are Minor Arcanes. Much like modern playing cards, there are four suits. Although this is the standard, many mediums and psychics choose to use decks they have built themselves, often with a different number of cards.

A Brief History of Tarot Cards

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Tarot cards were first used in the mid-15th century in Europe. The cards were used in Italy for games called tarot and tarocchini. In the 18th century, tarot decks were used for divination in Bologna, an area in Northern Italy. This is the first known use of the tarot deck for cartomancy.

Over the years, tarot cards have grown in popularity. Wealthy families had custom-drawn decks, with some of these decks surviving today. Many popular tarot decks have remained the same for over a hundred years, such as the well-known Rider-Waite deck. 

Reading Tarot Cards

Reading tarot cards is not exactly about reading anything other than your own intuition. Tarot cards are not believed to hold any deeply special power. Instead, the user is utilizing the cards drawn as a sign from the universe or Source about where to look for insight. Someone reading tarot cards is using their own connection, insight, and intuition to interpret the drawn cards.

Generally, certain tarot cards have specific meanings. Some readers are strict with the cards drawn and their meanings, while others allow more freedom from creativity and interpretation. The tarot card meanings are just suggestions or jumping off points for most, not serving as a rule. 

You can find out how to learn to read tarot in my recent post How to Read Tarot Cards. There are some suggestions, guides, and courses you can take to help learn how to read tarot and connect with your own intuition. 

Buy Tarot Cards

There are many different sets of tarot cards out there. Here are some popular and useful tarot cards for sale that I love!

Free Tarot Reading

There are many places online where you can get a free tarot card reading. One that we love is Sara Freder's. Combining a horoscope and a tarot reading, this free tarot reading is our favorite out there. You can check it out by clicking the button below!

 

How to Read Tarot Cards

How to Read Tarot Cards

Interested in learning to read tarot cards? Learning how to read tarot can help you investigate the past, understand the present moment, and dig into the future.

Tarot isn't something just anyone can pick up. You have to learn to read tarot cards, get in touch with your own intuition, and really hone your natural inclination toward it. The good news is that there are many ways to get started reading tarot.

Learn to Read Tarot Cards Online

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One of the simplest ways to learn how to read tarot cards is by taking an online course. Online tarot reading courses will walk you through the steps necessary to learn to read tarot effectively. Learn from an established tarot reader and teacher.

One course we love is the Reading Tarot Cards Revealed course. You will learn all about the history, symbols, how to perform a tarot reading, how to listen to your own intuition, and much more. It really is a great course that covers all you will need to know.

There's also the Ultimate Online Tarot Reading Course, a complete multimedia training program. You get to listen to the teacher, observe real readings, and offer your own readings. This course is one of our favorites, and we recommend checking it out. It is well-worth the money and much cheaper than many trainings!

Get a Tarot Card Deck

So, if you want to learn how to read tarot, you'll need a deck of tarot cards. There are many ways to go about this, but perhaps the best is to listen to your intuition. You'll likely be drawn to one deck over another, especially if you're listening deeply to your intuition.

When choosing a tarot deck, make it a part of your practice of learning. Listen to your intuition with deep intention. See where you're drawn. Here are a few tarot decks we like, so check them out and see which one is speaking to you.

What is Tarot Reading?

Tarot reading is the practice of gaining insight, divination, and wisdom from a spread or layout of tarot cards. Tarot cards don't themselves tell the future, expose the past, or reveal information about the present moment. Instead, the cards are simply a reflection of the reader's deeper awareness and available for intuition to interpret.

What Do Tarot Cards Mean?

Tarot cards are dived into suits just like your average playing cards. Each card and suit represents different aspects of life, experience, temperament, and energy. Some cards may even represent physical characteristics of an individual, such as skin color, hair color, etc. Many cards have clearer meanings, while others need to be viewed with some intuition and deeper awareness.

Sometimes, cards will be drawn into a layout upside-down. There are different interpretations of this meaning among different tarot readers and different situations, but the meaning is generally a bit different. It may mean that something is blocking the person, that the person is not working with the energy, or the exact opposite of the card's normal meaning.

How to Interpret Tarot Cards

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There are many tarot cards that have suggested meanings. You can find a list of tarot card meanings in many places online. These are meant as guidelines, and not set-in-stone meanings. To be taken as suggestions, studying these guides is a great way to begin learning what the tarot cards mean.

However, you also need to learn to listen to your intuition and really interpret the spread. If you just read the stock meaning, you're not really putting any of your own skills into the reading.

One thing that can be great for beginners to tarot reading is just noticing what emotions arise when you see a card. Listen to your deepest self, or Higher Self. This is not thinking; it is listening. Listen to what your deeper intuition says about the cards.

Here are a few guides we like to learn how to interpret tarot cards:

Try a Simple Spread

One of the best ways to learn tarot reading is to simply start with yourself. Shuffle your new deck, mix the cards up well, and start with a three card spread. You can do a past-present-future, mind-body-spirit, or situation-action-outcome spread to start, as these are relatively simple.

Begin by coming up with a question or thought about something specific you're experiencing. It may be best if you go with something really present for you, as this will help you get in touch with the present-time emotions and intuition. However, you may not want to start with something too charged, as emotions can cloud intuition when we're new to reading.

Flip the first card, and tune into your experience of the card flipped. Remember, this is not what you think about the card, but what you more deeply feel about it. You can return to a reference guide to see the meaning, but also listen to what your Higher Self is telling you about this card.

As you continue with the other two cards, continue to make an effort to tune in deeply. Think of it as a type of meditation. Let the thoughts go, and really be present with your experience of the flipped cards. As you practice with this simple spread, you can begin investigation other tarot card spreads.

Tarot and You

One important thing to remember when you're new to tarot reading is that you are a part of the reading. Many beginners to tarot cards think the deck does all of the reading for you. However, you need to be present and use your intuition to help the process.

As you continue to read tarot, you'll get to know when you are clear and when you are not. Listen to your own personal truth. Reading tarot is not about sitting back and just letting the cards do their work. You need to bring your Higher Self to the table!

Finding Clarity in the New Year

Finding Clarity in the New Year

One of the things about the New Year tends to be resolutions. People set New Year's resolutions and often forget about them a few days or weeks later. We often set intentions such as working out more, eating healthy, or picking up a new hobby. Instead, we can tune into something deeper to set intentions any day that are more rooted in love, passion, and truth. You may try seeking help from a psychic or medium to get in touch with these deeper goals.

The Problem with Resolutions

Resolutions can be really great, and help us in our lives. Whether it's a New Year's resolution or an intention we set on any given day or week, it can be helpful in our growth. However, many intentions, especially New Year's resolutions, end up backfiring on us.

When we make a resolution, we often end up investing too much happiness in the achieving of our goal. If we don't go to the gym every day as planned, we may begin to beat ourselves up. We lose steam as we beat ourselves up, and this can take us into a downward spiral and away from our intention.

The resolutions people set around the New Year are often related to something on the surface, such as looking better, eating better, or getting a new job. These are all wholesome things and healthy for us, but we don't always take the time to really connect with ourselves on a deeper level. We aren't listening to anything greater than our egos often.

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Tuning into Deeper Intentions

You don't have to have any special power to tune into your deeper intentions. We all have some psychic power, and the ability to listen to the universe within us. We all have it, regardless of circumstances.

You may call it God, the universe, intuition, the soul, the Source, him or her, or whatever you please, but we all have it within us. Sometimes it is louder than others, but it's always there. All we have to do is tune into it and listen. We can turn toward this deeper truth for more guidance with our intentions and resolutions.

Rather than just going with a resolution that comes from ego or the surface, we can connect with something greater in order to generate intentions that really mean something to us. These deeper resolutions are more deeply and intimately connected with ourselves and the universe around and within us.

When we have a resolution that comes from this deeper space, the added connection helps us stay with our resolution. When we are connected on a foundational level with our intentions, we are driven more wholeheartedly. We may have the same intention as before, but because we are fully connected to the universe, we are able to stay with it.

To connect with your deeper intention, you can try a few things. First, meditation is a wonderful practice. By sitting in silence and quieting the mind, this intuitive voice may come forth. You may also try spending time with Mother Nature, as her serenity can offer the opportunity to really hear. Finally, seek help from a psychic or medium. You can get your first online reading for free right now!