How to Read Tarot Cards Like A Pro?
From a beginner tarot reader
I’ve been intrigued with tarot reading for as long as I can remember but it wasn’t until last year when I started to learn how to read tarot cards.
When I first started my journey, it felt difficult because I couldn’t fully grasp the meaning of each card. I felt like I wasn’t reading people incorrectly and sometimes I felt that my reading was really off.
As I continued to become experienced in tarot reading, I realized that there’s no “right” answer to a question. Rather, it’s about the energy and vibe that you have based on your intuition. That’s why some things might come true and other things may not come true. It’s because one’s energy can change through different experiences and possibly through time.
However, it’s good to remember that every individual card has their own significant meaning. So, it’s good to sharpen some knowledge on what each card means before you dive into tarot reading.
Today, I’m sharing some easy ways for you to read tarot if you’re a beginner who’s just starting your journey in tarot. I’m assuming that you’ve done the basic research on tarot cards and you know a little bit about each card already. If you don’t that’s still okay because this is a beginner’s guide to reading tarot if you don’t know where to begin.
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that everybody has their own style of reading tarot cards. Some people like to shuffle until a card flies out, while others might pull out a certain amount of cards after a certain amount of shuffling. It’s really up to you and what you believe works for your reading style.
1. Trust Your Intuition
I like to think of my intuition as my gut feeling or that immediate image that I see when I read my cards. My body usually knows when a message feels right and then I take that message into consideration.
If you had a reading before, you’ve probably heard your tarot reader say, “I feel something” or “I get the vibe about something.” That “feeling or vibe” is usually referring to their intuition.
According to Biddy Tarot, your intuition is like a muscle. You have to practice it and build it up through time. It’s important that you tune into your cards and be present when you’re reading your cards.
2. Read it Like A Story
One thing that I like to do is I lay out my cards in front of me. Then I take a good look at them and I read it based on the order that I see in front of me.
Of course this isn’t the case all the time but I find that it helps me piece a more “orderly” reading. When I have a reading that flows better, it usually makes more sense to me.
I like to think of it as me piecing a puzzle together and trying to uncover an unknown message.
3. Look At The Direction and Placement
This is actually a tip that I learned from The Gem Goddess on YouTube. One of her tips was to look at the direction and placement of the card because it can give you insight on what a message is trying to tell you.
Those directions and placements can tell you something about the past, present, or future. It can give you some insight on a person, a group of people, or a situation.
For example, there can be a card that looks like it’s staring at another card from the past because it’s looking behind them. Maybe you see every card looking to the right where the future is and that message can pertain to a future opportunity.
4. Imagery & Color Schemes
If you had a reading before, you might have had someone say that they see a certain image when they see an x amount of cards. I like to take those images into consideration because they can tell me a lot about a situation.
I don’t get images in my mind all the time but when I do, I take it as a significant sign that it’s an important message.
Also, I’m a believer that color schemes can tell you a lot about moods, energies, and/or vibes. Sometimes it can represent a favorite color, emotion, a logo, or a person based on whatever question(s) you’re asking.
5. Look At the Location and Scenery
Another big tip that I think is very important in tarot reading is to take the sceneries into consideration. The scenery can sometimes give you a certain emotion, feeling, or vibe. That’s another great way to practice trusting your intuition too because a location can just appear in your mind. That can be a significant message when you’re doing a reading too.
For example, let’s say you’re doing a love reading about a potential person that you want to pursue. If one card pops out with a desert location, maybe it’s representing something dry, secluded, or emptiness. Maybe that’s how the relationship feels because there might not be enough emotions between you and that person.
6. Don’t Focus on the Meaning of the Cards
From my experience, I like to take the meaning of the cards into consideration but most of the time, I try to go based off of my intuition and what the cards are trying to tell me.
Just because a card can have a negative meaning, it doesn’t mean that the whole reading is bad.
For example, if you got the devil card and then the fool card right next to it. It can be an interpretation of getting out of a toxic situation or a contract so you can start your new journey in your career or relationship.
That’s why I read my tarot cards like a story sometimes because the order of the card can give me more insight on what the overall message is more than the actual meaning of the individual cards.
However, it’s still important that you know what each card represents so you’re not misinterpreting the message of a particular card.
- Trust your intuition
- Read your cards like a story
- Look at the direction and placement of the card
- Take any imagery that you see in your mind or colors from the cards into consideration.
- Look at the location and scenery
- Don’t worry too much about the overall meaning of each card. Rather, focus more on your intuition.