How to Read Tarot Cards Like A Pro?

From a beginner tarot reader

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I’ve been intrigued by 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.

When I first started my journey, it felt difficult because I couldn’t grasp the meaning of each card. I felt I wasn’t reading the cards correctly and sometimes I felt that my reading was really off.

As I continued to be experienced in a tarot reading, I realized there’s no “right” answer to a question. Rather, it’s about the energy and vibe that you get from the reading.

However, it’s good to remember that every individual card has its own significant meaning. So, it’s advised that you should sharpen learn the general meaning of each card before you dive into tarot reading.

Today, I’m sharing some easy ways for beginner readers to read tarot.

Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that everybody has their own style of reading tarot. 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 consider that message.

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 their intuition.

According to Biddy Tarot, your intuition is like a muscle. You have to practice it and build it up through time. You must tune into your cards and be present when you’re reading your cards.

2. Read it Like A Story

One thing I like to do is I lay out my cards in front of me. Then 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 uncovering the unknown message.

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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 tell you something about the past, present, or future. It can also give you some insight into a person, a group of people, or a situation.

4. Imagery & Color Schemes

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.

I’m also a believer that a certain color scheme can say 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 I think is important in a tarot reading is to consider the sceneries. The scenery can sometimes give you a certain emotion, feeling, or vibe. That’s actually another great way to practice trusting your intuition.

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 empty.

On the other hand, 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 consider the meaning of the cards but most of the time, I try to go based on my intuition and what the cards are trying to tell me.

Just because a card has a negative meaning, it doesn’t mean that the whole reading is bad. That’s why I read my tarot cards like a story 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.


  • 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.

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