What Is A Tarot Reading and How Can It Help Me

What Is A Tarot Reading?

By Huseyin Turkay  

What Is Tarot Reading would be the first question that comes to mind, especially if you are either new or an enthusiast, looking for more insight and understanding? It is always necessary to educate yourself with the truth of Tarot Card Reading and to fully appreciate their origin and purpose, and why they came into existence. There is much misunderstanding and reservation when it comes to having a tarot reading, and this is solely down to the lack of appropriate knowledge and the understanding that provides. An example would say, a word such as “divination” and to most, this word and collected association would present itself in quite a theatrical and dramatized fashion, that can be so far from the truth yet leaving fear and trepidation in its wake. Another example would be the word “Occult”. Now I know exactly what you are thinking, and the sensations it delivers, as-consciously you begin experiencing the resistance within it.

Occult mealy means “hidden knowledge” not, satanic blood thirsty ritualistic devil-worshipping… etc. etc., you get the gist of my meaning, the list could go on and on, so we have to become the researcher/experimenter in our own lives, trusting and following our intuition all the way when it makes itself apparent in whichever way it chooses to do that, which ultimately leads us to question the given reality or truth, a word an event or an experience will not feel as it appears it should and will warrant a change of perception of it, i.e. your real truth will want to emerge, breaking the inappropriate association you have that keeps you locked in a limited state of consciousness and awareness which is not your real truth of it at all.

It makes sense that we are confused and hesitant when it comes to Divination, and tarot readings being the subject of focus is just a part of the bigger picture of that which we all are, by our true nature the ability inherent in all of us. The media has overdramatized, blown out of proportion with fiction and mystery the whole real true concept of Spiritual Awareness and Psychic Ability, implying that only a few selected individuals have been bestowed with this ability to reach higher states of consciousness, to demonstrate psychic ability and communicate in other dimensional states. This is not the case, we can all achieve raising our vibrations at will, given we know how to, with the intention of connecting to your wisdom mind, or Buddha mind to receive guidance from the higher-order.

The imagery of the Tarot cards is specifically created to encourage and stimulate interpretation from the sub-consciousness part of your mind and to deliver that interpretation in a story like a manner. One has to let go of all pre-conceived notions and limiting beliefs and to become somewhat childlike again and open-minded to the amazing possibilities it can provide. An important element to learning the tarot cards and tarot reading, or even if you are on the other side of a tarot reading and are having your tarot cards read, is to take a back seat approach and relax, and of course, have fun too if you want the magic and mystery to unfold. Being dogmatic and rigid will only limit and restrict the information given and also your interpretation of it, so one must always quite the mind and body and relax. Another important element to having a personal tarot reading whether in person or via telephone is not to judge and manipulate your Tarot Reading as its enfoldment relies solely on your willingness to be open-minded and receptive to digest the information given without dismissing it because of ones lack trust and faith, and then to apply that knowledge into your life.

More often than not you will find that your personal tarot reading will reveal many relevance’s and appropriateness to you as you continue on with your day, recalling and reflecting on the information received when the time is right, which you will know. You will then find the confirmation you were looking for has made itself apparent, and you will know it and feel it. Having a Psychic Tarot Reading will not attract evil forces to your door or hound you with misfortune and negativity. This is just one person’s perspective and reality within the realm of infinite possibilities. There is much for us to base our opinion on, however; we must always be diligent and honest with ourselves when digesting the information given. By doing so you begin to release any past negative associations and attachments you may have picked up that has clouded one’s own power and clarity of judgment and right perspective with trust, in the process of life and the Universes guiding influence that knows better than we think we do, when it comes to us knowing what would bring us contentment and peace. Trust in what you feel when you are in the flow of your Tarot Reading.

We are all on a magnificent journey of self-discovery whether we are aware of it or not, and a tarot reading is really just a mere spoke on a wheel which leads to that greater universal truth of all-knowing. You will find that all developed Spiritual People will find their own method and tool of application in the development of their awareness and state of consciousness whichever is suited to them as a stepping stone to enlightenment and self-actualization.

Tarot Card Reading has been in practice for hundreds of years and was regarded as an extremely valuable asset to the well-being of the community and was regularly practised by the tribe’s shaman or doctor as part of their spiritual practice that would indicate and outline the un-seen, and any unexpected events that would put the community at risk. Whether it is a potential threat from other divisions and adversaries, to weather conditions that would affect, produce and natural resources. This way of interpreting information and the world we live in became the backbone to these civilizations survival and was relied upon heavily, allowing these communities the awareness and opportunity to prepare themselves in advance of any potential hazard or conflict. Performing and receiving psychic readings is as valid and appropriate today as it was back then, however the Individual reading the tarot cards would be expected to have a fundamental spiritual understanding of the process of life, energy and vibration, the human condition and the neurological process involved in the construct of our reality, and so would have a well-developed broader perspective to perceive in many instances, thus this would assist more productively in the querents understanding of the information and guidance given. Like all things there is diversity and selection, and reading tarot cards is no different as many people read the tarot cards on a professional basis, however there are many without this fundamental Understanding which in turn causes many negative experiences for the tarot reader and the querent, as one needs to be grounded in their knowing and experience with trust in the source of their information.

The potential of a Tarot Reading is nothing short of amazing. The tarot cards focal point, query, or subject matter can be literally on any subject or topic. The only thing to limit our direction of the subject is our imagination. Use your imagination or focus on the area of your life you want to change and bring these desires and curiosity to a tarot reading and see what higher guidance you will receive, that answers your truest deepest heartfelt desires bringing you to your desired destination, your goal with understanding. One more step into uncovering the true meanings of the tarot cards is to study the tarot card meanings in-depth and to reflect & contemplate their relevance in your situation, and in turn, exercise your own ability.

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How to Do a Tarot Card Reading

By M. James

Tarot Card Reading is Simple.

1. Gather Items

Gather together all the items you will need to do your reading, including tarot cards. You want to stay put once you start your reading.

2. Set the Mood

Before you start your tarot reading, consider lighting candles and incense, quietly meditating or taking some slow deep breaths. This will help you get centred and open. It also creates a sacred space for your tarot reading.

3. Decide on Your Reading Focus

The focus of your tarot reading can be a question or an issue. The key is to choose a question or issue that is very specific. However, you can also do an open tarot reading, where you do not have any question or issue in mind at all — you simply want to see what the tarot cards reveal to you.

4. Connect with Your Tarot Cards

Once you have your question in mind, begin shuffling the tarot cards in any way you feel called to. This is when you focus on connecting you, your question, and the tarot cards. This connection will help bring you a clear tarot reading. You can also cut the cards, once you feel ready to stop shuffling.

5. Lay Out Your Tarot Cards

Beforehand, you should have a layout chosen for your reading. Tarot reading layouts can be found in books or online. You can also create your own tarot layout. After you have shuffled and cut the cards & feel as though it is time to lay out the cards, do so.

6. Interpreting Your Tarot Card Reading

You have many options. Some tarot decks come with books that contain interpretations for each tarot card. It is acceptable to use the book to understand the tarot cards. However, you have other options for reading tarot layouts. You can look at the artwork on each tarot card, seeing it as a picture-show about your question. You can use symbolism and interpret each tarot card. You can rely solely on your intuition, & let your inner voice tell you what each tarot card means. Or, you can see the tarot cards as a story, with the first tarot card the beginning of the story, and the last tarot card the end. It is important to look at each tarot card individually and at the layout as a whole. In other words, get two perspectives–see the “forest” and the “trees”.

7. Further Interpretation

If there are parts of your tarot reading you do not understand, or parts you want more information about, you can layout more tarot cards. For instance, if you don’t understand the third card in your layout, you can lay a new tarot card next to it, asking for clarification. Or, if you understand your tarot reading, but have another question or concern, pull a tarot card or two to focus on the additional information.

8. Remembering Your Tarot Reading

You might consider keeping a tarot reading journal where you record each tarot reading you do. List the date, question, and each tarot card in the layout. The benefit of recording your tarot reading is that you can go back later and reread what your tarot reading contained. It also becomes like a diary of your life. If you do not want to do this additional work, you can stay in the moment with your tarot reading and choose not to record it.

9. Ending Your Tarot Reading

End your tarot reading slowly and respectfully. Thank the Universe (or anyone else) for the guidance you received and pick up your tarot cards, mixing them back in with the deck. You may say a few words to end your tarot reading and clear the tarot cards of your old question. The idea is to put away a tarot deck that is clear of energy from the last reading, so that when you do your next reading, you are starting fresh. Put your tarot reading supplies (deck, candle, and anything else) away as if you are ending a sacred ritual.

10. Getting Back to Reality

When you do a tarot reading, you are working in a sacred space. You are healing yourself and connecting with spirit. Once you’re done, you become re-engaged in mundane life. Make sure you are fully present and back in your body before you go back to doing things like driving a car or making dinner. You can shake your body, stretch, take deep breaths, and do other things that clear the energy of the reading event from your body.

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Free Tarot – The Basics of Tarot Reading

The most popular version of the Tarot was established in 1910 by the artist Pamela Colman-Smith. She worked under the guidance of occultist A.E. Waite. The Waite deck was the first tarot deck to include symbolic imagery on all 78 cards.

By Carolyn Naiman

The tarot has its roots in many different philosophical and religious backgrounds. It originated in a time imbued with symbolic imagery that was influenced by many cultures, languages and historical references. The tarot’s symbolism is based on archetypal elements and metaphors, giving its imagery an universal appeal. Regardless of one’s cultural, religious or educational background, the Tarot experience is collective. Their interpretations are recognizable by everyone.

The modern Tarot deck is comprised of 78 cards, 40 in the minor arcana, 16 court cards and 22 cards that make up the major arcana. The 16 court cards consist of pages, knights, queens and kings. The four suits in the minor arcana include the Suits of Cups, Swords, Wands and Pentacles. Each Suit is connected to one of the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. They are also connected to the four directions: North, South, East and West. The imagery of Tarot reflects an association to these elements. This enables the tarot reader to identify the key aspects that are influencing a particular situation or individual.

The Suit Cards

In tarot, the cups suit represents the dream world, the unconscious, feelings and relationships. The wands suit represents fertility, creativity and one’s sense of purpose or career endeavors. The sword suit represents reason, life challenges, the mind and truth. And lastly, the pentacles suit represents the material, financial and ethical aspects of a person’s life.

There is a king, queen, knight, and page in every suit as well. They are referred to as the court cards and each one (excluding the page cards) has an astrological sign associated to it. This adds yet another level for interpretation in tarot card readings. To be helpful, here are the astrological associations. I often encourage people to identify their sign and the associated tarot card meaning. This can offer tremendous insights into ones strengths and vulnerabilities.

* Aries: King of Wands

* Taurus: Queen of Pentacles

* Gemini: Knight of Swords

* Cancer: King of Cups

* Leo: Queen of Wands

* Virgo: Knight of Pentacles

* Libra: King of Swords

* Scorpio: Queen of Cups

* Sagittarius: Knight of Wands

* Capricorn: King of Pentacles

* Aquarius: Queen of Swords

* Pisces: Knight of Cups

The Major Arcana Cards

The Major Arcana cards reflect where one is in his or her life’s journey. There are 22 tarot cards in the Major Arcana. The first half of the Major Arcana (the Fool through the Hermit) identifies the transition from child to adult and all of the challenges we must face as we progress into a deeper level of maturity and spirituality.

The second half of the Major Arcana (The Wheel of Fortune through the World) reflects our personal and spiritual world view. In a tarot reading, the second half of the major arcana typically points to a more inward-looking stage or process in our development. Keep in mind, this does not always happen in procession. In fact, in some areas we are still the “fools” while in other areas we can be the “The Hermit”.

The Minor Arcana Cards

The Minor Arcana, or Pip cards, are the numbered cards (1-10) that comprise each suit. The Minor Arcana reflect day to day issues. They can represent how you interact with people, your work, your emotions, your finances, and your personal relationships. In a tarot card reading, the minor arcana reveal the who’s, how’s, and what’s. There is no sense of permanence. If there are a number of minor arcana suit cards in your spread, know that you can make changes, work through blocks, and understands where you are emotionally.

Interpreting Tarot Card Meanings

They key to understanding tarot card meanings is to not always be literal. It often requires one to attach their own life experiences to each of the tarot cards. Tarot card meanings can also vary depending on the type of reading that is being done or even where a particular card might appear in a tarot spread. Upside down cards, known as “reversed tarot cards”, also have their own unique meanings as well.

The Basics Of Tarot Reading

Now that you know a little about the basics of the tarot cards, we can now look at what you can expect from your first tarot card reading. Most readings typically consists of shuffling the deck, drawing a set number of cards, and placing them in a specific configuration known as a “tarot spread”. There are hundreds of tarot spreads in use today, but most psychic tarot readers tend to favor some spreads more than others. They will often use different tarot spreads for different types of readings as well.

Once the cards are pulled and placed in a spread, the tarot reader will begin to interpret the symbols of the cards. Often they will point out the implications of the past, what is happening in the here and now, and what will influence your future. You may ask particular questions and additional tarot cards may be drawn for specific areas of your life. The configurations the cards are placed in add to the complexities of their meanings.

The tarot’s power lies in its ability to distinguish a person’s path through the psychic ability or intuition of the tarot reader. In some cases, a psychic tarot reader will rely primarily on their own psychic abilities to interpret the cards, while a non-psychic tarot reader will rely more on the tarot card meanings themselves. Either way, trust the cards can do their job and ask a lot of questions.

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