A simple and effective approach to learn tarot.
Learning to read tarot cards does not need to be a difficult process. In fact, it is a quite enjoyable undertaking. The more time you put into understanding the craft of tarot reading, the more you will get out of it.
To be a good tarot reader, you must learn how to appropriately interpret the cards. The best tarot readers are those who have learned how to interpret the cards using their own personal associations. This is not the type of information you can get out of a book. Rather, it comes from your own identification to the cards and their imagery. This is not to say that books on the tarot don't have a place in the learning process. They can be a valuable reference guide for whenever you are unsure of something. They are great resources for tarot history, tarot spreads, and for general tarot card meanings.
While having a good understanding of this information is certainly important, developing your own personal relationship with the cards is a much more effective and rewarding way to learn tarot than trying to memorize information from a book. To do this you will need to put to familiarize yourself with the cards. I usually recommend taking half an hour each day to spend studying and journaling. It’s important that you do this in a place where you feel relaxed and calm. You will also want to make sure that you won’t be interrupted, so try to avoid any distractions.
To begin, you will need your own tarot deck, a notebook and a pen. Choose a place in your home that encourages you to relax. You may want to burn some incense, light some candles, or put some gentle music on. Let go of the day's events.
When you feel ready, pick up your tarot deck and start shuffling. Try to set your mind free of any fears or expectations. Close your eyes and relax. Take the time to slow your breathing and sit with your feelings. If anything pops out at you make sure to acknowledge it in your journal. Often, when we fail to acknowledge our feelings or issues, our ability to read the cards becomes skewed. Unprocessed emotions have a tendency to cause us to lose objectivity and neutrality.
When you feel at peace, draw a card from anywhere in the deck. Place it down in front of you in an upright position. Take a moment to really examine the card. In your notebook write down the name of the card and answer the following questions when they apply.
- What story does the image you see tell you?
- How does this story apply to your own life story?
- How does it make you feel?
- Does it make you think of any experiences you have had in the past?
- Who is the subject or subjects of the card? What might they say to you? What might they say to each other?
- What other symbolism and imagery appears on the card and what do you think it may represent?
- What’s the message of the card?
- Does the card share a life lesson?
If you are uncertain about a card’s meaning, it is ok to check your interpretation by referencing a book. Keep in mind though that there are no set rules and that the objective is to learn tarot by establishing your own personal understanding and connection to the cards.
After you have completed this task, you will want to note everything you have learned in your journal. The goal is to journal on each card in the Tarot. When you complete this exercise for all 78 cards of the tarot deck, you will have your very own book of tarot interpretations and meanings. You will be able to use this as a resource in the future.
To learn tarot, you simply must be willing to take the time to develop your own relationship to each of the cards. In the end, learning tarot reading is a personal journey. You are always the source of its magic.
© 2011 Tarotreadingpsychic.com. All Rights Reserved. Images of individual tarot cards are from the Aquatic Tarot Deck created by Andreas Schröter and are used with his permission. They are for example purposes only.