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You just bought the tarot deck that you were the most attracted to and you are ready to rock and roll with learning the tarot. You just enrolled into a tarot course, and the first thing you had gotten from the course was that the Rider-Waite-Smith deck is the only deck to start out with. You didn’t get the RWS deck because you had found another deck that spoke to you clearly. The RWS did not but now you are wondering if you have gotten off to the wrong start while taking on your tarot journey.  

And the worst thing is that the further you get into your course, not only did you start off with the wrong deck but you now have to invest your hard-earned money into loads of crystals, incense, sage, and a special tarot reading dark purple velvet cloth in order to start practicing. Otherwise, your intuition will be weak and you will not be protected. You don’t have that kind of disposable income to spend. And the worst thing is that even though you are using the ‘wrong’ deck, you still are taking the course. You were shown a way to shuffle the cards because it was the correct way and yet you don’t have the coordination to shuffle that way. Additionally, the spreads you have been taught to use don’t mesh with you either the same way the RWS deck did not. 

Well, you are now screwed! You cannot move forward with this because you did not pick the RWS deck, and you don’t have the money to spend on all of this apparatus, and you lack the coordination to shuffle the way you were shown which is the only way to go! You also don’t catch on with the spreads that you are being taught that are the only correct spreads to use when you are reading the tarot! Learning tarot seems to not be in your cards, as you are thinking. But is it? 

I will tell you right now that it is! Because the first thing you need to do is to quit taking the course and better yet, ask for a refund because that is baloney! If no refunds are issued, well it will be a loss. Because there are no set rules that you need to follow when you are reading the tarot! Let’s go over this right now, shall we?

  • You only buy the deck that you feel the closest to, that you feel a true connection to. Some decks may be more challenging than others to start with but if you feel connected to the deck and jive with it well – then it is the right one for you. It does not have to be the RWS deck and quite often it is not. 
  • You don’t need a zillion pieces of apparatus such as crystals, incense, and other stuff. The other stuff is optional. You can get crystals if you want, and you can get incense if you want. And you can get that velvet table cloth if you want! If you choose not to get anything else, that is fine too. There are very simple ways to cleanse your cards which do not involve any of that. Knock on the deck 3 times and blow on it before you begin to read. Call upon Archangel Michael to protect you before you start reading. It is as simple as that. And the more you practice, the sharper your intuition will become – with the deck you had chosen! You don’t need crystals in addition to that again unless you want to get some. 
  • There is no right or wrong spread. You can follow the spreads that you feel connected to, and you can even do one-card readings. The Celtic Cross is a common and popular spread but I personally don’t like it. You will even make up your own once you become more comfortable with the practice. 
  • Shuffle the cards the way you want. You don’t need to shuffle the cards in a fancy way, and if you are clumsy like I am, then you will want to shuffle the cards as simple as possible. 

All you need to do is learn the meanings of the cards, and it is important to cleanse the deck every now and then as well as protect yourself before a reading. But I have already stated what they are. Other than that, there are no rules to follow when you are reading the tarot. You do what is most comfortable to you and leave it at that. 

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