Tarot cards won’t actually tell your future. But that’s beside the point.
Starting reading tarot is the most powerful way to tap into your intuition. The cards and their rich imagery and meanings give you access to your subconscious mind. With tarot, you’re free to follow your own instinct and shut your monkey brain. A lot of people describe tarot cards as a mirror presenting to us what is hidden within ourselves.
Reading tarot for someone else, on the other hand, creates a positive environment where discussion between you and the person whose cards are being read can flourish. You’re just pulling the cards and suddenly you’re in a profound, deep, meaningful conversation. There’s something about the special energy in tarot that just melts away any psychological resistance.
Also? Reading tarot is so much fun.
Getting into tarot can feel overwhelming. After all, people have been reading tarot for centuries and there are so many books on the matter. Here’s an easy guide to take your first steps.
Choose Your Deck
Anyone who’s dipped their toes in the tarot waters knows that there is a long list of Dos and Don’ts. But many tarot readers, including Brooklyn-based artist Rachel Howe, believe that many of them are things of the past – when keeping people away was a necessary protective measure. One of the supposed rules to boldly ignore is that you shouldn’t buy your own deck. Not many of us have friends who are into tarot themselves that could gift us one and these sort of boundaries to keep people away don’t need to apply anymore. So, if you’ve got a new age shop nearby, go there and handle all of the Tarot decks on display. What energy do you get from each of them? Trust your vibes.
Know Your Cards
Establishing a relationship with your deck can feel intimidating. After all, we’re talking about 78 cards, each with its own meaning, divided into 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana. That’s a lot of information to process and memorize. But, as is usually the case, thinking kaizen can help you. Every morning pull just one card from your deck. Keep it in mind and think about its meaning as you go through your day. Trust your subconscious mind, and it will do a lot of the processing work, guiding you to a deeper understanding of the cards and their hidden meanings.
Ask Great Questions
It should be clear by now that the aim of a tarot reading is to reflect on your life (or let others explore theirs through your guidance) and answer open questions about yourself.
In order to do that, ask yourself questions that are clear and concise. Those dealing with who, what, where, and how are the best. What do you need to be aware of right now? What’s your biggest challenge for the day? How can you deal with it?
Look For A Space With Good Vibes
You should be mindful of the energy of the space where you’re opening up. Think of a loving space where negative energies are not allowed. You could also consider preparing your area before a tarot reading by lighting candles, laying crystals, burning rosemary or sage. Your headspace matters as well, and that’s why many tarot readers love to cleanse their auras with music before they start.
Take these four steps and, over time, you’ll become such an insightful tarot reader that you’ll be able to tap into your intuition, live an inspired life, and offer others guidance.