Learn to Read Tarot Cards
Tarot Card Suits
Understanding Tarot Spreads
Tarot Card Meanings
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What is Tarot?
Tarot is a divination tool designed to give you answers from the universe and your Higher self. Many people see it as a form of fortune telling, which is a major misconception. Tarot gives you advice on how to handle different aspects of your life and insight into specific things that may be problem areas for you. It is thought to tap into something subliminally, because of the way you use card interpretation to come to conclusions in your reading.
About Tarot card decks
There are 2 main decks of tarot cards: the Major Arcana, which has 22 cards and the Minor Arcana, which has 56 cards. The Major Arcana are the overarching cards of tarot and do not include suits. The Major Arcana is also often referred to as The Fool’s Journey. The Minor Arcana is broken down into 4 different suits. Pentacles (which are also sometimes called coins), Wands (which are sometimes called staffs), Cups, and Swords. These suits originated from the basic suits in playing cards: hearts, spades, clubs and diamonds and people used to use these cards to play games with.
Pentacles – cards in the Pentacles suit refer to things in the material world, such as money, success, and career.
Wands – the suit of Wands represent energy, ideas, and innovation. They are often telling of your sense of purpose in life, in your career, or in your love life.
Cups — The suit of Cups refer to relationships and your emotions. They often give insight into how you feel or how others feel about you.
Swords — The Swords cards reveeal your greatest challenges in life. They often show truths that you need to face in order to move forward. Although swords cards can tell of heartbreak, illness, loss or death, they can give the strength of the heart to ultimately deal with issues and move forward.
About Tarot spreads
Spreads are set ways of pulling and laying out tarot cards to read into different aspects of your life. It is not necessary to use a spread at all times, especially if you know your tarot cards and have been doing readings for awhile. You can simply pull a card and intuit its meanining in your life or the life of the person you’re doing a reading for. Tarot spreads can be made specifically to tell you something about your love life, career, or finances. Each spread can also refer to situations in the past, present or future.
Laying out your Tarot cards
Once you’ve determined the spread that best fits your needs, you need to shuffle the deck. Occasionally while shuffling, you will get what’s known as a ‘jumper’ card or a card that pops out while shuffling the deck. These cards are generally set aside and given special consideration outside of the template of the spread. These cards are thought to be the universe trying to communicate a message to you. It is important to read messages aloud before you pull cards to fully communicate your needs to the universe.
How to read Tarot cards
Each card has a specific meaning. You can find more details on the specific meanings on our tarot card meanings pages. Figuring out how to interpret each card comes with time and it depends on the reading and the other cards pulled in the reading, which is why you can’t read a spread card by card. They all interact to form a larger picture. The most important part is listening to your intuition and letting it tell you what the tarot deck is trying to communicate.