Most Tarot decks consist of 78 cards: 22 Major Arcana, and 56 Minor
Arcana cards. The Minor Arcana consist of four "suits", just like a
deck of regular playing cards.
The four suits are:
(or Disks or Coins), which deal with work/money/success issues.
(or Staffs), which deal with more spiritual issues
which deal with emotional issues,
which some see as representing negative experiences and loss.
If you want
a deeper explanation of these cards, then check out
Tarot for New Witches
- Part 1.
out, I highly recommend making your life easy, and getting the person
to ask you a question out loud. Both parties should focus on the question
while you shuffle the cards. As you get more experienced or confident
with the cards, you won't care if they ask a question, but repeating
the questioner's question out loud yourself does seem to assist the
Shuffle the cards until the person you are reading for feels it is right
to stop, or until you feel it is right to stop. You may also choose
to design your own ritual such as shuffling the deck three times. After
you are done shuffling, you need to cut the deck. Most readers divide
the deck into three piles. At this point you can either have the person
you are reading for pick which pile to pick up as the top of the deck,
or you can pick them up in an order that feels right to you. Another
option is to fan the cards out face down, and have the person you are
reading for pick out the cards they want you to read. Then lay them
out in the order they are suppose to appear for the spread.
Card spread is the most concise of all spreads, intended to provide
a quick take on a situation, or to reduce it to a single issue that
you can meditate on. . Simply ask a question and then draw a card
to divine the answer to your question. It is surprising to what
extent these types of one-card readings can be exact, or even solve
your problem for you.
spread is good for yes or no questions. After you are done cutting
the deck lay the cards out from left to right.
1 represents the past/issues
affecting the problem.
2 represents the present/problem.
3 represents the future/outcome.
of this is to read the three cards as the Mind, the Body and Spirit,
which is more like a "personality read" and can give you a good
indication of where someone is currently at in their life.
the cards on the table in the following order
1 is placed face up it represents
the person asking the question and the foundation of the matter.
2 is placed across sideways
the first card and represents obstacles or issues dealt with the
person in the present.
3 is placed beneath the first
two represents what is on the subconscious mind of the questioner
and everything he or she has been through with regards to the matter.
4 is placed above of the first
two represents the potential and the best that can be accomplished
given the choices the questioner has made so far in his life regarding
5 is placed to the left of the
center card represents what has transpired in the past.
6 is placed to the right of
the first two, represents what will take place in the immediate
7, 8, 9, 10 are laid out from
bottom to top to the right of these cards.
7 represents the fears of the
person. Generally, this card will show you what is inside of them
that is blocking him or her from reaching the desired outcome. It
can also represent the atmosphere or influences that strongly affect
8 represents how others see
the person or the situation.
9 represents the hopes and fears
that the questioner might have for the future.
10 represents the predicted
outcome of the situation or the actual answer to the question.
Some individuals like to keep pulling an additional six to ten cards
after this cross is laid down to determine what will happen in the
spread provides insight into the interaction between two people
or entities. It is the spread of choice for questions about partnerships,
be they in romance or business.
how you see yourself and your role in the situation.
- Represents how you see your partner.
- Represents how you feel about your partner.
- Represents what or who stands between you and your partner
or the obstacles in your way.
how your partner sees you.
- Represents what your partner feels about you.
the present status or challenge faced by the two of you in the relationship.
It is important
to remember, that no matter what maps or directions you are given, Tarot
reading is an intuitive art and after you do it enough you will begin
to develop an intuitive sense of what the cards mean when they are placed
in relationship to each other.
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By: Sam Stevens