How To Give A Tarot Card Reading

Here are some basic instructions to help you learn to read tarot cards. With some practice, patience, and intuition, you can become a successful reader and answer most questions.

Have you ever wanted to learn to read tarot cards? Here's the basics to get you on your way to becoming a successful reader--while it take much time and patience to become familiar with the cards, and to learn how to fine-tune your intuition, anyone can learn to conduct tarot card readings.

* Select a deck of tarot cards you feel comfortable with. Get a feel for them. Look at the illustrations. Find a deck that suits you. Beginners will be best off with decks that have the cards' meanings written on the face of the cards. It is also a good idea to purchase a book that details the readings and their meanings. While decks will come with their sets of instructions, these are generally very simplistic. Books will detail many readings and will offer additional advice to improve your skills.

* Become familiar with the cards. While you can't be expected to learn all cards from the beginning, at least look at them all and start to learn how they are related, fit into categories. etc. The traditional deck consists of 78 cards and is divided into two parts called the major (22 cards) and minor (56 cards) Arcana. You might like to try reading only with the 22 major Arcana cards to begin with.

* The next step is to realize how exactly the cards are to be used. Basically the cards are used to address a question and conclude an answer by interpreting what they have to say. It will help you in your readings to remember that specific questions most easily derive an answer.

* The basics of a reading go like this: the questioner and reader sit opposite one another. The questioner is the one who shuffles the cards and at this point asks the question to the reader. The reader, who has chosen the spread according to the nature of the question, then interprets the cards as they appear and dealt from the deck into the spread. As you read specific spread instructions and the cards' meanings this will all become a smooth process. It is important too, that the reader interact with the questioner and clarify as needed with additional questions, information etc. Because some questions may seem to vague upon asking, it's acceptable to ask the questioner to clarify his/her question.

* To give you an idea of how you may begin reading, let's look a simple three card reading. This method provides insight into the past, the present, and the future and can be used in most instances. To begin with, the questioner and reader sit opposite one another as described above. The reader hands the cards to the questioner and the questioner shuffles them, while concentrating on the question he/she wants answered. The questioner then places the cards in front of himself/herself on the table and then cuts the deck twice. The reader then turns over the first three cards, and places them down from left to right, face up. The card on the left signifies the questioner's past; the middle card signifies the present; the card on the right signifies the future. The reader interprets these cards in that order, and thus draws a linear picture of the question, based on the cards' placement and their individual meanings.

This is a great method to begin with. Once you've mastered this and feel comfortable giving readings, try moving on to more advanced spreads which include both the major and minor Arcana. The more you practice the more comfortable you will be with the cards and the more intuitive and precise your readings will be.

* Always take good care of your cards!

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