A Starter Guide On How To Read Tarot Cards

A Starter Guide on How to Read Tarot Cards

You're interested in learning to interpret tarot cards. Maybe you have been for quite some time, but you've been too intimidated to get started. That's understandable. Many new to the practice find it overwhelming at first. There are a lot of card meanings to learn, and it can all seem a bit complex. What you need is a basic overview to get a feel for what this mysterious ritual is all about. Read on for a simple starter guide on how to read tarot cards and you'll soon be ready to give it a go for yourself.

About Tarot

Tarot is a kind of divination that's meant to help you use your intuition to make meaning of your life. It goes back to Europe in the 14th century, so the practice has been around for a while. Tarot isn't quite like fortune-telling or horoscope. It uses universal energy to bring your innermost thoughts and feelings to the surface so that you can use this information as a guiding framework. The insight gleaned can give you answers about things like love, career, health, and more.

The Tarot Deck

You'll find 78 cards in most tarot decks. These are broken down into two main categories. The Major Arcana contains 22 cards, and the Minor Arcana has 56. Major Arcana cards are a representation of big life events, which is why there are fewer of them. Your Minor Arcana cards are for everyday life. There are four suits in the Minor Arcana deck, with each one having its own theme. Each themed suite is made up of cards one through 10. Similar to playing cards, there are four Court cards in each suit. These are Page, Knight, King, and Queen.

The Suits

First, let's look at the Pentacles suit. It's also sometimes known as "Disks" or "Coins." These cards are meant to address things in the physical world like career and money matters. They may also refer to other types of prosperity such as emotional or spiritual. Wands, or Staffs, are generally spiritually oriented. They may represent such concepts as growth, new beginnings, and self-discovery. Wands have to do with ideas, shifts, and modifications. They typically refer to aspects of career and purpose, but may also include love. Cups is the third suit. It's all about emotions, relationships, and affairs of the heart and soul. These cards will reveal your true feelings, or even how others feel about you. In addition, they can be referring to your emotional condition. Finally, there are Swords. These cards are about conflict or strife in your life. This can be an internal conflict or issues with others. Challenges are revealed through Swords, helping you to face hard truths and move forward.

Laying Out A Spread

When you do a tarot reading, you will first lay the cards out into a pattern known as a "spread." There are various spreads, like the Celtic Cross. These can be learned as you go. An easy way to start as a beginner is to simply think of a subject or question, then pull one tarot card after shuffling the deck. Use this card to extract insight and meaning according to what was asked. Tarot spreads of multiple cards will have positions representing different meanings such as "past", "present", "future" or "possible outcome." The position of each card provides specific context to its interpretation.

Reading Your Cards

Determining the meaning of each card will probably take you some time and study. That's okay. Right now, you just need to have an understanding of the process of reading a spread. You can take your time and learn in a manner that feels right to you. Once you learn the literal meanings of the cards, you will use that as a starting point to gain a more personalized interpretation for the person you're reading. You'll want to study each card as you lay it out. Consider its position as context to the question being asked. You'll use your intuition to determine a meaning based on all the information at hand.


Reading tarot cards is an acquired skill and will take time to master. Don't worry, though. There is no incorrect way to interpret the cards. What matters most is the meaning you get based on your intuition combined with the individual factors being presented. Over time as you learn more and get more practice reading tarot cards, the better you will be at interpreting their meaning. All it takes is some practice and time.

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