The Tarot is a symbolic map of consciousness that encompasses our journey through life, both spiritually and practically. Tarot reading is the practice of divining wisdom and guidance through a specific spread (or layout) of Tarot cards. However, contrary to popular belief, the cards do not simply tell your fortune, and one does not have to be a psychic to give Tarot readings.
The cards are meant to provide insight into the innermost truths of your higher self. In other words, the cards provide an evolved awareness of what you already know deep within. The origin of the Tarot is unknown, but we do have documented references of Tarot card use back to fourteenth century Europe. The Tarot has been used as an oracle, in the basic form we know today, since the beginning of the seventeenth century. (all paragraphs from, sagegoddess.com)
What is the meaning of Tarot?
There are 22 cards of the Major Arcana, which divulge greater secrets, and 56 cards of the Minor Arcana, which divulge lesser secrets and are further divided into four suits. The suits of the Minor Arcana include Wands, Swords, Cups, and Pentacles. The fourteen cards in each suit are numbered Ace through Ten, plus the Court Cards: Page (Princess), Knight (Prince), Queen, and King. Decks can vary some in naming. The suits and the individual cards are not always called the same thing, but their core meanings are fairly universal. For example, in some decks, the Knight equates to the King and not the Prince. Most decks come with a booklet you can use to get familiar with its specifics.
The Minor Arcana of the Tarot symbolize daily aspects of life, giving insight into our challenges, talents, opportunities, and experience of ups and downs. Each suit represents an element: Wands are Fire, Swords are Air, Cups are Water, and Pentacles are Earth. The suits can reflect attitude and temperament, such as a fiery person or someone who is “up in the air” or “down to earth.” Determining a card’s significance is dependent upon the question, the reader, the person receiving the reading, and the placement of other cards in the spread.
The Major Arcana are numbered 0 through 21, starting with The Fool, and ending with The World. These cards align with the milestones of life’s story or The Hero’s Journey which can be explored further with Joseph Campbell’s book “The Hero With a Thousand Faces.” In this sense, the cards of the Major Arcana represent the 22 inevitable phases or passages of every journey, which we’ll all encounter during our lives (not necessarily in this order). It’s also possible for these phases to repeat themselves, and recur multiple times throughout one’s life, creating a cyclical nature in which there is no true beginning or end. (all paragraphs from, sagegoddess.com)
Which is the Best Tarot Deck?
There is no “best” Tarot deck. The Rider-Waite is one of the oldest and most widely used decks, with original artwork dating back to the early 1900s. However, hundreds of decks with various themes have been created since then. You can find everything from fiction-based decks like Lord of the Rings, Alice in Wonderland, and My Little Pony, to other themes like Kamasutra, Steampunk, Hollywood, and even Gummy Bears (there’s really something for everyone). More universally relevant decks include The Crowley Thoth Tarot, The Golden Tarot, The Hermetic Tarot, The Wildwood Tarot, and many more. In choosing a deck, let your intuition guide you to whatever theme and imagery resonate with your soul and journey. (all paragraphs from, sagegoddess.com)
Types of Tarot Spreads
There are many types of Tarot spreads. Perhaps the most classic is an eleven-card layout called The Celtic Cross (11 cards including the Significator). There is also a Tree of Life spread, a Planetary spread, the Tetraktys spread, and the Pentagram spread, among many, many others. Some readers like to do simpler, smaller spreads using only three cards. A three-card spread can have many interpretations in and of itself, such as Past-Present-Future, Mind-Body-Spirit, or Situation-Action-Outcome. The variation of three-card spreads is virtually endless.
(all paragraphs from, sagegoddess.com)
Reversed Tarot Card Meanings
Tarot card illustrations are generally a single image in an upright position, unlike common playing cards that display a dual image facing both right-side-up and upside-down. When Tarot cards are collected and shuffled or moved about, they can show up upside-down in a reading. The reversed Tarot card can be interpreted in various ways. Many believe this simply means the significance of the card is present in your life, but its powers are weakened or blocked by something.
Others believe it means you’re unwilling to work with the energy the card signifies. And yet others interpret a reversed Tarot card to mean that the opposite or inverse of that card’s significance is present. Some deck booklets (such as the classic Rider-Waite) provide you with an official “reversed” meaning along with the main divinatory significance of each card.
When learning the Tarot, it’s advisable to stick with right-side-up interpretation, simply turning the card around if it falls upside-down, at least in the beginning. Many people omit the potential confusion of reversed cards by turning them all right-side-up and exploring the full spectrum of energy at play, including both shadow and light expressions. (all paragraphs from, sagegoddess.com)
Tarot Readings for Beginners
Though tarot card reading has become widely popular, it wasn't too long ago that there was a negative stigma attached to them. Thanks to horror movies, tarot cards were often looked at as scary or intimidating tools used to bring forth spirits. Now, however, a new outlook on card reading has been set forth and more people are using them.
Although common belief is that tarot cards are a way to tell the future or reveal someone's fortune, according to Gaye Weintraub — owner of the holistic wellness company Soul'ed Out — this is actually far from true. (all paragraphs from, insider.com)
"Tarot cards do not tell the future; rather, tarot is a tool for spiritual guidance and enables the person receiving the reading to connect to his or her inner wisdom," she told INSIDER. "Tarot readings help a person understand what he or she needs to know about a particular situation. Decks are best used as a tool of inner wisdom and guidance, as readings give a person insight to past, current and future events based on the person's current path at the time of the reading. The cards do not necessarily reveal what will happen, but instead, allow a person to gain an understanding of a situation and determine the best course of action based on what is known and what the cards show."
Though there is no right or wrong way to read tarot, there are a few things that could help you get the most out of your learning experience. So, if you're curious about where you should start, these seven tips should help you out. (all paragraphs from, insider.com)
Choose a Good Deck
One of the main ways to get a good start with tarot reading is to choose a good deck. "A good place for students to start who cannot find a local class would be with the Rider-Waite deck and a thorough book, such as "The Ultimate Guide to Tarot," Weintraub told INSIDER. "There are many online sources as well to guide students through the deck and the card meanings. Essentially, tarot tells The Fool's Journey, and decks consist of major and minor arcana. There are 78 total cards."
You can choose a classic deck, one inspired by pop culture, or whatever you find interesting. Whatever deck you choose, be sure that it resonates with you.
Though tarot card reading may come naturally to some, just like anything else you pick up, practice makes perfect; practicing every day is just as important as choosing the right deck.
"Choose one card to meditate on every day. Look at the imagery and see how it speaks to you," she said. "Compare it against the advice in the book to see if that makes sense and then decide what the card means when you pull it in a spread."
You'll only get used to reading if you give it your best every day and tarot experts say the more that you bond with your deck, the better readings you'll give — and get. (all paragraphs from, insider.com)
Learn Tarot Card Meanings
Tarot is all about your intuition. It’s the inner voice of your higher self, and Tarot cards can help you hear your inner voice and embrace it's message. Having these Tarot card meanings and interpretations at your fingertips, help you better understand what your inner voice is trying to tell YOU! Learn about the best cards for: love, money, healing, and reconciliation. (paragraph from tarot.com)
Here is the link to the site, you can click on any of the links and cards to learn their meanings:
Tarot Card Spreads
A tarot card spread is a method by which a tarot card reader physically lays out or places the cards on the table and then interprets the card meanings for the querent. Not only are there many different types of tarot card decks available, there are also many different spreads used by card readers. For example, the very popular Celtic Cross spread does not follow one standardized card layout. The basic cross and column diagram is the same, but the order in which the cards are spread in the cross varies greatly. Listed below are some tarot card spreads using the popular Rider-Waite tarot deck, which are also used for free readings in the Oracle Room. Variations exist between these different spreads, as well. Card readers determine the spread and the deck to use based upon their personal preferences. No matter what deck or spread is used, the outcome is the same ? you will receive answers to your questions and predictions for your future. (paragraph from psychiclibrary.com/tarot-card-spreads)
Here is the link to the Tarot Spreads, take your time to study each spread so that you will become comfortable with them. After some time you will be able to decide which ones you will want to use in your daily, weekly, yearly or personal readings. Each spread will determine a different outcome so use your intuition to decide how you develop outcomes for your card readings.
How to Use These Career Tarot Spreads
Whether you’re working a nine to five, or hustling on your own, when we lead more fulfilling work lives, we tend to enjoy richer lives overall. In 2014, employees in America spent roughly 47 hours per week at work. That makes it a huge chunk of our time, and if we’re lucky, we might be doing something that is worthwhile, or at least spend it with people that we enjoy. And if things are not so great in our work lives, it means that sadly, it easily can slip into other areas - whether we’re taking it out on our loved ones, or stressing about finances.
These spreads were meant to take a closer look into your work self, and can be used whether you’re happy where you are, and just trying to understand where your current job is going, or whether you’re looking around for other options. In particular, we’re focusing on 3 situations, and we hope you’ll find these useful. (all paragraphs from labyrinthos.co/blogs/learn-tarot-with-labyrinthos-academy/
Here is the link to the Career Tarot Spread:
3 Card Tarot Spreads
For all the looming, more daunting questions and problems in our lives, we have the giant 12 card, 20 card spreads. But (hopefully?) the majority of our time is not filled with those questions, and for those moments, simplicity is best. Sometimes, we just need a status check, or a little hint or suggestion for things to become clear. Sometimes, we need to start a conversation, to weed out the gaps, and to learn where there still unknowns - in order to start asking the right questions. For all these little daily needs, there are single card spreads, and 3 card tarot spreads. (paragraph from labyrinthos.co/blogs/learn-tarot-with-labyrinthos-academy/
Here is the link to the 3 Card Spread: