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Cartomancy: Starting in Tarot

A good combination of experience and experience with the tarot's symbols is needed to learn how to use tarot. There is no best way to do it because basically everyone finds their own solution with which they feel happy. The tarot depends on images taken from a broad continuum of human consciousness. Many decks, each with their own unique collection of symbols and structures, are available. It could feel like there is Too MUCH to absorb if you're only beginning to learn how to read Tarot cards! This is why selecting a deck that resonates with you can be key to your success. Let alone the expectation to get "correct" for any reading! Nearly all decks come with a book that has guided understandings and ways to learn the "right" interpretation of each of the 78 cards. To make matters worse, there are undoubtedly various (and often contradictory) card meanings in your guidebooks, there are a whole lot of reading strategies, you get lost in complicated building blocks and terminology that can be a bit out there but it doesn't have to be tough, complicated, or frustrating to practice Tarot. Here are some top tips on how beginners can read Tarot cards.

  1. Choosing your deck: There needs to be honor and understanding that we all have different types and personalities when choosing a deck. This is because different Tarot decks can communicate with us in different ways, and communicating with that and discovering the deck that is perfect for you is very important. Just remember that you don't have a flawless solution here, and eventually, you need to find that deck that sounds right to you. That said, look for a nice deck for studying. If this is your first Tarot deck, you want to make sure it's a deck you can practice with and that's going to make it simple and fun for your learning process. Think of stuff like the images, the pictures on the card, that you can understand very easily, as well as you can go much, much further with your research until you start to go further with learning about the Tarot. Choose a deck that you mentally, energetically resonate with, and make sure you have the time to run through the cards and check if the deck resonates with you. This is where I personally do an interview spread with the deck as they normally let me know at this point if we are going to be able to work together or not.

  2. Get to Know the Individual Cards: Just go through the cards one by one, basically, and spend some time on each one. Flip over the first card and just look at the pictures on the card.

What have you noticed?

What's going to you through?

What do you see?

What does your intuition tell you this card means?

Maybe it's a sign. Maybe you'll hear something. In your body, you could feel something. You might almost start to see a story coming out of that particular card. Now, with that knowledge, you do not have to do anything. This is all about linking the cards to and learning of them. Spend 3 to 4 minutes on each card. Just really drink it, take in the graphics, the strength of the deck, and really get acquainted with those cards. Then pick up your second card and do it all again, before you start making your way through your deck all the way. At this point, I start taking notes specifically on what each individual card is telling me it means, what its story holds and what it could stand for in a spread.

3. Daily Readings: Simply drawing a card each day is the perfect way to practice Tarot and to establish a personal bond with the cards. "Every day, ask the Tarot," What energy do I need to concentrate on today? And manifest your energy proactively during the day. Or, ask the Tarot, "Today, what will I experience?" Match what happened all day long at the end of the day and what you know from the Tarot card you pulled. Your 'bank' of personal encounters with the Tarot will broaden and evolve over time. After the interview spreads, you could miss phase two and do this. For each card, it will allow you more time and a better picture of what the card represents in a spread for you.

4. Past, Present, Future Readings: The Celtic Cross Tarot spread contains almost every Tarot beginner's guide. It's a lovely spread, but it's not a perfect starting point for a Tarot novice at 10 cards. Using quick Tarot spreads of 3 cards instead. You'll be happily shocked by how much perspective you can learn by reading just 3 cards. Build a holy place to begin with, whatever that means to you. You may as well get your crystals out, put on some relaxing music, and light some incense. Ask your question, then. Second, shuffle the cards and lay them out (a comparison to some of my favorite 3-card spreads is available here). Pay attention to the pictures as you are reading the cards. What tale do they tell you? Bear in mind, this story may be different from the context of the textbook. To get the best intuitive hits, really focus on the cards. In your Tarot book, make sure you log your readings and agree to make sure you do one step to manifest your objectives.

Don't be ashamed if you have to go back to your book for referencing or to clarify a reading. Sometimes the cards will pull in a way that is confusing and unreadable and you sometimes need to double-check with the book especially when you are first starting out!

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