10 steps to reading tarot cards

Consistent tarot reading takes a lot of practice and dedication. This guide is intended to help those who have already learned the basics of how to draw tarot cards, that is, how to perform the physical and mechanical act involved in tarot card readings.

The following 10 steps will help you improve your readings, hopefully by giving you some tips on how to more accurately interpret the information the cards present to get to the root of the answer to your question. The task of understanding tarot can be intimidating at first. After all, there are an infinite number of meanings and interpretations of those meanings. But be patient, and you’ll soon see that anyone, as long as they’re willing to work at it, can hone their psychic tarot skills.

  1. The first thing is to relax your body and mind before going into a tarot card reading. If you’re anxious and worried about the answer you might get, or if you’re heavily biased toward a particular outcome, it may be best to wait until you’re more calm. A clear mind is required to interpret tarot successfully.
  2. Don’t keep asking the same question over and over in the same reading. If you don’t like the result or can’t interpret the cards, wait until a few days or weeks have passed before asking the question again, so your situation has a chance to develop.
  3. Remember that tarot cards are not meant to stand alone. Their meanings are meant to enhance each other to create a layered picture that more accurately describes the answer to your question. When you ask simple questions like “How is my day going today?” it’s okay to do a quick scan of a card on the fly. It will give you a quick and general snapshot. But for a more complex question, you need to do a full read.
  4. The tarot is made up of 78 cards divided into minor and major arcana. Major arcana have more weight. Their meanings are more solitary than the minor arcana. Major arcana mean big changes or problems. The minor arcana serve as auxiliary cards. The major arcana add connotations and layers of meaning. Cups signify emotional matters, Swords represent choices, Pentacles practical matters and Wands major challenges.
  5. Once the cards are on the table, see what kind of cards stand out. Are there mostly major arcana? This could indicate that big changes or challenges await. A predominance of aces could mean new beginnings. Keep an eye out for these things.
  6. Look for associations and patterns between cards. Certain cards will tend to appear when you ask certain questions, or perhaps consistently before or after a certain different card. Being aware of the patterns and figuring out what they mean is a key step in improving tarot reading.
  7. Keep a journal of your readings. Write questions or comments. This will help you analyze your progress and develop your ideas. Simply seeing the words on paper and/or trying to put our thoughts on paper can be a great help in figuring out the answers we are looking for.
  8. Choose a deck that you feel a connection with. It should be a cover that you feel comfortable with. As you become more experienced, you may want to have different covers for different circumstances. The Rider-Waite deck is recommended for beginners.
  9. As you get better and more experienced at tarot card readings, you will begin to notice signs and clues in the cards. Pay attention to these. Their meanings may not be immediate at first, but if you study them, their meanings will reveal themselves. This is the kind of stuff you want to put in your journal.
  10. Finally, remember that you shouldn’t simply ask tarot cards if there will be an outcome or not. Instead, ask for guidance, as this will get to the question of HOW, which is much more helpful than simply asking “will this happen?” Don’t ask “Will I get my boyfriend back?” Rather, ask “How can I get my boyfriend back?” Tarot is not about definite outcomes. It just tells you the possible outcomes and how they might occur.