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Understanding your Goal in Tarot Readings

If you’re reading this, you probably are searching for a way to deal with uncertainty in your life. The tarot can become a great tool for helping ease anxiety as well as discovering hidden truths about the self, so long as we understand its purpose. At Labyrinthos, we don’t believe that tarot tells the future — that is a point of view that takes agency and authority from us. Instead, we believe that tarot helps you explore yourself.

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Learning How to Read Tarot as a Language

The first principle you must learn about the cards is that tarot essentially works as a language. The vocabulary that we are working with in tarot cards the archetypal experiences that we all have as human beings. When you pick any card from the deck, it essentially represents an event, state of being, or person that we encounter throughout our lives. For example, the Empress card is essentially about motherhood — we all have mother figures in our lives that we can associate with this card.

With these words, we can start weaving together sentences and stories with the tarot, all of which have unique meanings to our lives. What one person gets from a reading is bound to be different from another’s, and yet they all have a universal thread.

To easily learn the vocabulary of the cards, our Labyrinthos Academy app helps you with simple, easy to use exercises.

The Hero’s Journey — How to Read Major Acana Tarot Cards

Now that we’ve learned that each tarot card is part of a vocabulary, let’s step backward and take a look at the concept of the Hero’s Journey. You’ll notice that some of the cards in the deck are special. We see four suits, along with what look like trump cards. These cards are known as the major arcana.

The Hero’s Journey is a common storyline that is told over and over again within our cultures. It is the idea of a human soul setting out into the world, facing obstacles and overcoming obstacles to achieve some goal. You’ve undoubtedly heard many tales that follow this framework, and the tarot is meant to tell this tale in a universal way.

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The Minor Arcana — Understanding The System within the Cards

In the standard 78-card deck, we see multiple stories being told — not just the Hero’s Journey. The suits are wands, cups, swords and pentacles — all of which represent opposite and adjacent elements and properties. Each of these are numbered, and they have their own story to tell as well.

For more about the different suits in the cards, as well as explanations about each one, you can visit the respective articles in the blog. Or if you’re curious about tarot in general, you can learn with us on the Labyrinthos Academy App.

The Ace of Wands is a minor arcana tarot card that represents passion, desire, and vitality.
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Piecing the Story in the Tarot Reading Together

Once you have the framework for the cards, you can start stringing the meanings together. You can either choose a spread — which gives you a structure for each card, or draw a few cards and see how you can combine them.

An easy spread using two cards can help you look at the negatives and the positives of a situation. Or think about your current challenge and your obstacle. Try these if you’re just starting out.

Guiding the Tarot Reading with your Intuition

While the framework is a great way to start with tarot reading and build confidence, do not be afraid to follow the guidance of your unconscious. At times, the pictures in the cards will speak to you directly — do not ignore it, but see how it can add to the reading. Your experiences will shape your perception of the base meaning of every card, and is part of your own uniqueness as a human being. Don’t be afraid to share it with others!

In the Labyrinthos Academy App, we also include guided tarot readings to help you get the hang of using your own intuitive mind.

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How to Read Tarot Cards: A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Their Meanings — Allure Astrology

What’s the difference between the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana cards?

Let’s talk about the structure of the deck and the meanings of its cards. Any magical practice — tarot, astrology, or spell work — is based on the Hermetic axiom «as above, so below.» In other words, the macrocosm of the cosmos is reflected in the microcosm of individual experience. Accordingly, the entire universe exists within a tarot deck, with each card representing a person, place, or event. These symbols are depicted in both the Major Arcana cards, which speak to greater secrets, and the Minor Arcana cards, which speak to lesser secrets.

The Major Arcana cards represent monumental, groundbreaking influences. They punctuate our journeys and each stands alone as a powerful message, representing life-changing motions that define the beginnings or ends of cycles. These dynamic cards appear during major transitions, signaling distinctive moments of transformation. The cards are numbered to represent stations within our greater journey through life; their chronological order reveals the passing of time.

The World, the Wheel of Fortune, and the Sun are all Major Arcana cards.

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The Minor Arcana cards, on the other hand, reflect everyday matters. These cards showcase ordinary people engaging in mundane activities, such as dancing, drinking, sleeping, or quarreling. They suggest action that is triggered by human behaviors and appear during gentle transitions that may be temporary or have only minor influence.

The Minor Arcana cards are broken up into four suits, each containing ten numbered cards and four court cards. In the Minor Arcana, the card’s number reveals the stage of an event: The ace card represents the beginning, while the ten symbolizes the end. Similarly, the progression of the court cards demonstrates our understanding of circumstances on an individual level, representing either personality types or actual people. The Page (or Princess, in some decks), Knight, Queen, and King interpret circumstances with increasing levels of understanding and wisdom.

The Swords card is among the Minor Arcana cards.

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The suits (Wands, Pentacles, Swords, and Cups) correspond to their own unique areas of life and astrological elements. Wands symbolize passion and inspiration (corresponding with the fire element), Pentacles represent money and physical realities (corresponding with the earth element), Swords depict intellectual intrigues (corresponding with the air element), and Cups illustrate emotional matters (corresponding with the water element). These suits reveal which spheres of influence are being activated, offering guidance on how to best manage any circumstances at hand.

How can I get started reading the cards?

Together, the Major and Minor Arcana cards create a comprehensive pictorial language. It is important to remember that all the answers we seek exist innately within the deck, with each card illustrating a person, circumstance, or potential outcome. Since there are no secret puzzles or hidden agendas with tarot, the ability to discern meaning lies within your own narrative interpretation.

Before any reading, be sure to shuffle (or «clear») the deck. This deliberate gesture should become a meditation. Feel the physicality of the cards in your hand, visualizing your question. If you’re reading for another person, use this reflective moment to get to the root of their situation and help you formulate specific queries for them. Take as long as you need. Clearing the deck is a critical first step in reading tarot cards, as it opens the pathway between spiritual dimensions. Whenever you’re ready, cut the cards into three and reorder the pile, face down. On your favorite cloth (be precious with your tarot deck), prepare to pull cards for your tarot «spread.»

Neoclassical, hand-painted tarot etchings, Italy, 19th century (Photo: Getty Images)

The «three-card spread» is one of the most simple and effective tarot spreads. You can adjust the categories to accommodate any situation (past, present, future; yourself, the other person, the relationship; opportunities, challenges, outcomes; mind, body, spirit). The cards and their corresponding positions will effortlessly expose bonds and dynamics. But before reading the straightforward explanation of each card, take a moment to create your own story based on observation. How do the cards you drew make you feel? What are the colors and symbols? If there are characters, are they facing towards or away from each other? Do the illustrations seem cohesive or disjointed?

How to Read Tarot Cards: A Step by Step Guide

There are a million different ways to read Tarot Cards, but this is my favorite!

In this simple, step by step process, you will learn how to give yourself a meaningful, intuitive Tarot or Oracle card reading, regardless of your level of experience. This process helps you tap into your intuition and look at your Tarot cards in a whole new light.


If you prefer to listen to me guide you through these steps, just download the recorded version of this Tarot reading process.


Before I get into the nitty gritty, I want to clarify that there are two ways to read Tarot cards. The first way is to memorize all the Tarot card meanings that are in your Tarot book. The second way is to use your intuition and psychic abilities to interpret the cards. Most Tarot readers do both – they know and understand the meanings of the Tarot cards, but they also use their intuition to guide them.

The method of Tarot reading that I am going to explore here is based primarily on using your intuition. So if you are totally new to Tarot cards, you don’t need to rush off and memorize all the Tarot card meanings. You don’t need to “know” anything to do this exercise!

Before you begin this exercise, make sure you are sitting comfortably with your deck of Tarot or Oracle cards in front of you. Have a notebook and pen nearby.

Step 1: Relax

When you are relaxed and your mind is quiet, the soft voice of your intuition can be heard. Make yourself comfortable and begin by taking slow, deep breaths in through the nose and out through the nose or mouth. Visualize exhaling everything that’s on your mind – you can come back to your worries later – but for now, let your mind become clear and empty.

Relax your body by breathing into any areas of tension or discomfort and exhaling the tension until your body feels warm and calm.

Step 2: Clear your Tarot Deck

Since your deck will have absorbed the energies of your last reading or of the last person who touched it, it is important to clear your deck of any residual energies. The best way to do this, in my opinion, is by shuffling.

After you shuffle your deck a few times, hold it in your hands and give it a “light bath” – visualize breathing in a beautiful white light and sending that light down your arms and into your tarot deck so that it is bathed in white light. This not only clears your deck, but it helps you connect more strongly to your Tarot cards.

Step 3: Ask Your Question!

As you hold your deck, ask your question silently in your mind or out loud. If you don’t have a specific question, you may simply ask your Tarot cards “what do I need to know right now?” or “What messages do you have for me today?”

Let your question settle into the deck. Imagine that your question is traveling from your mind, down your arms and into your Tarot cards.

Step 4: Cut the Deck

Place your Tarot deck on the table in front of you and using your left hand, cut the deck in half and place the top half on the left. You should have two piles of cards now. Choose the card that is on the top of the right pile and turn it over.

Steps 5-10: The Reading

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How to Deal or Spread Tarot Cards

Tarot Basics

One of the most important aspects of a tarot reading is the laying down of the cards. Most readers will use a certain pattern or spread. Each position in the spread has its own meaning which modifies the interpretation of the card – it adds another layer of information to help answer the question. This article offers guidance on preparing to read, choosing which spread to use and how to use it to deepen your readings.

It is important to remember that there is no one ‘right way’ to perform a tarot reading. Your own style will develop with time and practice.

Formulating a Question

Before you start, you and your client or ‘querent’ should discuss the question they wish to ask. You need to be sure that you understand what they are asking. The best kind of questions to ask the tarot are open-ended ones, in other words, questions that cannot be answered by a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. An example might be that your client has asked if her former lover will return. That could be answered with a yes or no, so think about what would be most useful to her. How about “What does xxx need to know about her relationship with yyy?”. That covers everything, including whether or not he wants to resume their courtship.

Preparations Prior to Laying out the Cards

Set up the space for the reading. Many readers light a candle and lay out a silk or woolen cloth. Others dispense with accoutrements and simply ensure the surface of the table or desk is clean. It is always worth making a quick mental blessing requesting insights and clarity.

If you are reading for another person, have them sit next to you, rather than opposite. This is so you can both see the cards from the same direction. Crucial if you are using reversed (upside-down) cards.

Quieten your mind and begin shuffling the cards. Focus on the person you are reading for. Visualize making a mental connection with them. I always use the image of a web of blue lightning connecting me to my client. Very useful if they are elsewhere in the world.

Your method of shuffling is completely up to you. If the deck is large and your hands are small, just make piles of cards and pick them up in random order. Turn the piles or portions of the deck now and then if using reversals. If you are a complete beginner, try to ensure all the cards are upright – leave the reversals until later.

How to Ask the Tarot a Question

When you are done with the shuffling, hold the cards between both hands, thinking about the question; feel the transference of energy.

Ask the querent to cut the cards with their left hand, take the bottom pile and place on the top. Look at the card at the bottom of the deck and make a mental note of it. I find that this card can be enlightening as to the motives of the questioner. You don’t have to show them or discuss it – this is information for you. If it is particularly relevant to the question, then I might point it out to them at the end of the reading.

Start turning the cards from the top, placing them on the table in the spread you have decided on.

How to Choose a Spread

It is a good idea to have a small collection of spreads to choose from. The one you choose depends on how long the reading is to be, the question and your personal preference.

For quick readings, you can use a single card. Very valuable if you are reading for many people or offering free tarot readings from a website. This single card, by its nature, does not have an allocated position – use it to answer the question in a straightforward manner.

Two card readings are extremely useful and you can allocate positions. Card one might be ‘atmosphere surrounding xxx’, while card two could be ‘help or hindrances’. Or how about any of the following combinations?

  • Him/her
  • Situation/solution
  • If I take this path/if I take this other path
  • Why did that happen?/What can I learn from it?

You get the idea. Just be sure you are clear in your mind before you begin shuffling.

There are any number of predefined spreads available. One of my well-thumbed resources is Power Tarot by Trish MacGregor and Phyllis Vega. It contains 100 spreads as well as a large section on tarot interpretations when applied to different aspects of life. I highly recommend it.

Large Spreads

Using a greater number of cards can give a very in-depth reading.

Fascinated By Tarot Cards? Learn How to Read Them

When you think of tarot cards, what comes to your mind? Gypsy women and crystal balls, right? You’re not the only one. On the contrary, tarot cards are more than extravagant hocus pocus. For some believers, they are considered as a powerful tool that can explore an individual’s life’s inner workings. There aren’t any rules or regulations that guide what you find while reading the cards. However, the idea is that every time you spread the cards, it shows you the hidden meanings behind life’s tough questions. Learning to read tarot cards may seem like a difficult task for beginners, but it isn’t an impossible thing to do.

The history of tarot cards dates back to mid 15th century. And, if you are interested in giving tarot cards a chance, in finding answers to your questions, this article is the perfect place to begin. Learn the mysteries behind the tarot cards and how you can change the way you view life. By the end of this article, you will know how tarot cards can be read and interpreted.

Tarot Card Reading Instructions

Today, there are different types of tarot cards used by psychic readers. The two most important factors to learn while reading the cards are the numerological and the elemental suits (Ace to King). In the following article, we will take a detailed look at how these factors affect the overall tarot card spreads and make them readable.

The Effects of Numerology in Tarot Reading
To help you understand how numbers can affect tarot reading, let’s go over them one by one. This will provide you greater knowledge about Minor Arcana tarot cards and numbers as well.


  • Corresponds with #1; beginning of an idea, action, or venture.
  • The number consists of raw energy and power; the moment of new conceptions, new beginnings.
  • The energy of #1 is powerful, critical and dynamic, yet uncontrolled and unstable.
  • Corresponds with color red for passion, immediateness and rage.
  • Hence, Aces are raw expressions of the element which they represent.
  • Aces are rulers of the element suit which they represent.
  • Aces relate to great power and force.
  • An Ace in the spread indicates sudden change and/or disruption, however promising hope and progress.
  • When all 4 Aces appear, they tend to overwhelm a large spread (due to their power).


  • Twos in the Minor Arcana is friendly and loves to make peace.
  • The idea of the one becomes two; joining with another, being involved, intimate and partnership.
  • The concept of working in groups, negotiation, compromise, sharing warmth and feelings with another.
  • The egotistic behavior of «1» gets transformed into a shared experience.
  • Twos are cooperators, rather than being leaders; being part of a team.
  • Twos spread experience and loving feelings.
  • The cards represent harmony, healed rifts, reconciliation and being allies.
  • Corresponds with color orange for non-judgmental, instilling peace, harmony and overall balance.


  • Threes represent completion, reaching the end of a phase.
  • They also bring in the necessity of beginning a new stage in life; movement and progress.
  • Threes provide rational progress from 1 and 2.
  • Symbolic connotations: the Father, Son and Holy Ghost trinity of Christianity.
  • Similar principle used in Isis, Osiris, Horus mystery of Egyptian tradition.
  • For pagan mythology: 3 faces of Goddess — virgin, mother and hag.
  • Threes indicate the ability to enjoy life, intellectual growth, outgoing, social and like to have a good time.
  • Corresponds with color yellow for stimulating the mentality and intellect; think logically.


  • Fours represent material completion.
  • Other connotations: 4 suits and 4 elements of material existence.
  • Pyramids built on a «4 square» base; each side allotted to 1 element.
  • Elements: North-Earth (bull), South-Fire (lion), East-Air (man), West-Water (eagle).
  • Fours link with the concept of intellect, emotion, spirit and material life.
  • In astrology, a squared is considered as tough to manage, yet it can bring huge rewards (for those who get things in balance).
  • Fours indicate progress and achievement, but you have to strive for it with careful nurturing.
  • Corresponds with color green for relief from mental unrest and grief.


  • The number «5» is connected with planet Mars.
  • Hence, fives represent drive, courage, daring and ambition; yet also discord, fear, turmoil and uncertainty.
  • Fives represent constructive use of one’s freedom, a person’s struggle to adjust with demands and responsibilities and bring balance.
  • Fives bring freedom from restriction, routine in life and convention.
  • Although with influence, fives can turn dramatic.
  • Fives bring concerns about dealing with freedom, handling it and leading to conflict.
  • Corresponds with color blue for bringing calm and peace to frayed nerves, settling disquiet.


  • In numerology, sixes refer to individuals who help others, can be trusted and has affection in his/her heart.
  • Warm, compassionate and responsive to others.
  • Sixes indicate enjoyment of life, harmony with the surrounding and recognizing beauty within.
  • As «3» is the completion stage, six is the middle point, halfway to ultimate completion (9 being the ultimate completion stage).
  • Sixes bring harmony to situations, people, plans and surroundings.
  • Sixes connects material and spiritual life together in harmonious balance.
  • Sixes functions as healing, recovery and reconciliation from third party.
  • Corresponds to color indigo for meditation, wisdom, contemplation and intuition.


  • Sevens refers to as a magical number: lucky seven, seven spectrum colors of rainbow, seven veils of existence and seven original planets.
  • According to Buddhism, #7 represents the seven steps of ascension into Godhead.
  • The creation of world was completed in 7 days; we have 7 days in a week.
  • Sevens represent new self-image, self-confidence, innate abilities and proceeding to the journey.
  • Corresponds to color violet for wisdom, experience and knowledge.


  • Eights suggest wholeness and completion.
  • Eights help develop business skills, organizational skills and executive qualities.
  • Practically applying ideas and concepts; working additions to our life’s expectations.
  • Eights relates to work, ambitions, jobs and business.
  • Corresponds to color rose pink for encouragement, team-leading and moving forward.


  • The ultimate completion stage is represented by #9.
  • Nines show rewards of labors and selfless giving.
  • Nines indicate a sense of harmony, balance, love, strength and energy.
  • People influenced by nines are idealistic, moralistic, set standards and hold strong beliefs.
  • Corresponds to color gold for wealth and riches.


  • Last of the pip cards; 1+0 = 1, beginning.
  • Doesn’t necessarily mean positive results in the end.
  • Tens recognize a completion of stage in life.
  • The #10 sums up everything; the new point of realization, next idea or concept.
  • Ten is the beginning and the end.

The Effects of Elements in Tarot Reading
The tarot cards are made up of Major Arcana cards (no suits) and Minor Arcana cards (4 suits). These suits are Wands, Cups, Plates, and Swords that make up for the 4 elements mentioned below. As for Major Arcana cards, they are the other cards present in the deck but are not associated with the suits. To understand the Minor and Major Arcana cards in detail, read more on tarot cards and their meanings. Getting thorough knowledge about both the Arcana cards will deepen your understanding in learning and reading tarot cards easily.

Element of Earth

  • Physical expression in world
  • Physical creation
  • Demonstration

Element of Water

  • Language of Spirit
  • Compassion
  • Emotions/feelings

Element of Fire

  • Motivation
  • Conflict
  • Force
  • Action
  • Power

Element of Air

  • Communication
  • Enlightenment
  • Concepts/thoughts
  • Ideas

The Actual Methods of Tarot Reading
Now that we have seen the two factors which guide the fundamentals on reading tarot cards correctly, let’s go over the guidelines on how beginners can tarot cards. Remember, the tarot cards, by themselves, are rather benign. They only possess so much power due to our individual belief in them.

Materials Required

  • Tarot cards software
  • Tarot cards
  • Card tables
  • Journal and pen

Step #1: Sit at your desk with a new deck of tarot cards. Since this is a tarot spread for beginners, select the Rider-Waite deck. You can easily find them at bookstores.

Step #2: Place a clean cloth over the desk or table and place the deck over it. This will ensure that your cards stay safe and clean for a long time. Also, find a clean, organized area to keep the deck wrapped properly in the same cloth when you’re not using it.

Step #3: Concentrate on the question you want to ask. Now shuffle the deck carefully or mix them with both hands. Hold all the cards properly after shuffling.

Step #4: Now cut the deck (as in, divide the deck evenly, in 2 stacks). As you’re cutting the deck, ask the question out loud. Looking at the tarot cards software, you can choose any kind of card spread. You can choose from the five card spread, the ellipse spread, the Celtic spread, the mirror spread, the mandala spread, and the relationship spread. The simplest spread you can choose is the 4 cards diamond spread.

Step #5: Take a look at the design on each of the cards. The ones which are looking towards the right side up of you are indicating a positive position. And the ones which are looking upside down of you are the reverse cards. Generally, reversed tarot cards indicate conflict or blocked energy.

Step #6: Now that you have the spread in front of you, go over the cards one by one and look up their meanings. Just follow your instincts and use the software as your guide.

Once you have learned the meaning of the tarot cards, you can easily incorporate them in your everyday life. Learning how to read tarot cards is really fun when you can see them transforming into your life. And once they do, you won’t forget how to read or interpret them.

Tarot reading. How to read tarot cards? Learn now!

Tarot cards are shrouded in many legends and myths, beginning with the theory of their appearance, ending with the method of prediction. Only we must understand that myths are born not because the magic of tarot reading doesn’t exist, but because it’s impossible to say with confidence about how the Tarot works, what principle lies at their basis, why the predictions made by experienced tarot specialists come true. How to read tarot cards?

In order to understand how tarot reading works, it’s necessary to be able to read and recognize the images printed on the cards. Their location is not accidental, all the pictures and images are symbolic, the maps are saturated with signs of occultism, esoteric images, hermetic symbols, astrological signs. To be able to read such signs, using their internal resources-this is the main task of those people who want to understand how the Tarot reading work.

It’s believed that even an inexperienced person can learn to guess on Tarot cards, because in the numerous symbols depicted on the maps one can find something that will concern exactly his situation. However, this statement is incorrect if you want reliable predictions. After all, it’s not just what card a person drops out. To understand how the Tarot work, you need to understand the full picture of the location of the cards.

A lot depends on the neighborhood of the Tarot cards. A misinterpreted prediction can lead to negative consequences. An inexperienced person will see something that should never happen to him and will chase this ghost of the future. Even worse, if you run into an amateur who will treat you his own “visions” in his own way. Don’t forget that the magic of the Tarot, like any other magic, is very dangerous, especially it will negatively affect those who will take it lightly and will play Tarot cards in predictions.

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In order to understand how the Tarot reading work, it’s necessary to possess not only a well-developed intuition and a flair, but also a knowledge of psychology. It’s very important to be able to feel the situation thinly, to have a good imagination. Some psychics say that when they work with tarot cards, pictures seem to come to life, begin to live their lives, point to the future, answer questions.

To work with Tarot cards, you must also be able to ask questions. They should not only be clear, but also come from your heart. That is, the very desire to get an answer to the question exciting you is very important in order to understand how the Tarot reading work. If you don’t believe that you can find out the truth, that maps tell you about the future, then you don’t need to get involved in divination by tarot.

To understand how to read tarot cards, you need to know that the cards “work” only as a result of constant training and practice. It’s impossible to sit at the table, take the tarot cards in hand and start to predict. You should understand that if a person calls himself a tarot, he has gone a long way in studying the predictions on maps and has vast practical experience in this area and constantly develops his skills. An example of such specialists can serve as employees of the Coliseo, who are engaged in continuous improvement of knowledge in the field of predictions on the cards of the Tarot.

When working with this cards there are a lot of nuances that are very important. For example, in order to understand how the Tarot works, it’s necessary to treat the cards with care, and work with them carefully. You can not spoil them or leave them uncleaned on the table, you must store them in a specially designated place and order, soak up your energy. Only then it will be possible to count on the fact that maps as accurately as possible will be able to predict the future.

In addition, in order to understand how the Tarot reading works, it’s necessary to learn to separate the grains from the chaff. Don’t look for hidden meaning where it doesn’t exist, to invent non-existent events. Therefore, it’s very important that a person who predicts on the Tarot cards be impartial to the one who asked for help. This is the only way to see the truth, and not something that doesn’t exist.

To understand how the Tarot works, you need your great desire to figure it out, your dedication to learning and faith. If you go deeper into the mysteries with which the magic of Tarot cards is covered, sooner or later you will find the key to their solution in your head. However, don’t forget that every person has his own door, leading to consciousness. Therefore, your skills and knowledge about this cards, your working methods and perceptions may differ from those of other people.

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Divination Reading with the Tarot Deck of Cards

Tarot is the extended deck of cards used for divination reading. It’s an old tradition, dating back to the Renaissance. Here’s how to do it, and the meaning of each card. You can also get your own online reading for free.

Divination by Images

It must be understood that the Tarot cards work by images, especially the Rider-Waite card deck, which has descriptive and meaningful images for all the 78 cards. And that’s the thing.

Since the Renaissance, Tarot cards were decorated with allegorical images, carrying lots of symbolic meanings familiar to people at the time. When they saw these images, their minds went spinning on how to interpret them in relation to the question at hand. That’s still the best way of working with the Tarot cards.

Any card deck with a number of images that are meaningful and suggestive to the viewer will inspire an enlightening reading. Watch the pictures and let your mind spin. The card meanings are in the images.

That’s why, ultimately, you need to make your own Tarot card deck with the images to which you relate the most, the ones that make you react and get your imagination going. The card images with the most meaning to you. Maybe you can use your photo album, or search the internet for pictures you find significant — somewhat like the old tradition of collecting material for a scrapbook.

Until then, I recommend that you work with the Rider-Waite Tarot card deck, which has wonderfully suggestive images, rich with meaning, on all the 78 cards — although these pictures are very evidently from an era other than ours. These cards were originally published in 1909. Click the link to read more about them.

Click the header to get your own free Tarot card spread and reading of its meaning. It’s the Celtic Cross, the most established and widely used of the spreads. Deal the cards and read their meanings. I recommend you to read about the Celtic Cross spread first, but if you’re impatient you can go ahead and try the Tarot Online reading immediately.
What to think of Tarot card divination? Is it real, is it fantasy, is it of any practical use? Click the header to read my speculations about this and similar forms of divination.
The Tarot card deck consists of 78 cards, each with its own divination meaning: 22 in the Major Arcana and 56 in the Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana cards are the trumps, which are unsuited. Each card represents a major force to be taken quite seriously when appearing in divination. Read more about the Major Arcana and the meanings of the cards in it, by clicking the header.
The 56 Tarot cards of the Minor Arcana are divided into four suits: Wands, Pentacles (also called Coins), Cups, and Swords. Each suit has its general meaning, and each card of it brings its very own message in a divination. Read more about the Minor Arcana and the meanings of the cards in it (click the header).
In divination with the Tarot cards, there are different spreads used. By far the most famous and used card spread is the Celtic Cross, which consists of ten cards, each with its own specific meaning. Here’s how to do the Celtic Cross Tarot card spread, and how to read it (click the header).

Playing cards are originally of Chinese invention, documented already in the 9th century, but the actual Tarot cards appeared in Europe around 1440, also at first for card games. The European use of the Tarot card decks for divination, cartomancy, where all the cards were given their divinatory meanings, commenced already in the 16th century and grew during the following centuries. That’s just about its only use today, and it has become widely spread.

See the most famous variations of the Tarot card deck from the 15th century until today, by clicking the header.

The Tarot card deck has many similarities to regular playing cards. That’s no surprise, since they have the same origin. But there are also significant differences, not only in the number of cards each deck contains. Read more about it (click the header).

The Book

This book presents all the 78 Tarot card images and their allegorical symbols. Several divination spreads are also explained. The book will help you find your own intuitive way of making inspired Tarot card readings. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.More about the book here.

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I Ching Online

The 64 hexagrams of the Chinese classic I Ching and what they mean in divination. Free online reading.

Complete Horoscope

How predictions are done in classical astrology with the full horoscope chart. Many examples.

Creation Myths

Creation stories from around the world, and the ancient beliefs about the world and the gods revealed by the myths.

Other Books of Mine

Your Health in Your Horoscope

What the horoscope says about your health, according to the old tradition of medical astrology. Click the image to see the book (and Kindle ebook) at Amazon.

Life Energy Encyclopedia

Qi, prana, spirit, pneuma, and many other life forces around the world explained and compared. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

About me

I’m a Swedish author. In addition to fiction, I’ve written books about the Tarot, Taoism, astrology and other metaphysical traditions. I’m also an historian of ideas, researching ancient mythology. Click the image to get to my personal website.


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