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The Beginner’s Guide to Reading Tarot for Yourself and Others

While you might think you need to visit a trained, certified tarot reader to get real answers on problems ranging from relationships to career wellbeing, the Tarot is available for everyone to experience and learn. Although having a Tarot practitioner analyzing the symbols of the cards drawn is certainly an enchanting experience and probably “less risky,” many people purchase their own decks and begin reading its cards with the help of Tarot manuals or mentors.

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The One-Card-a-Day Method of Learning to Read the Tarot

Since the Tarot cards have so many different meanings depending on the order they are drawn and placed in relation to each other, many people quickly give up the effort of learning to read them. But one of the easiest and least stressful ways to learn the Tarot cards is through a One-Card-a-Day meditation.

  • Each day, begin your meditation by picking a card from your deck and studying it.
  • Look up the meaning of your card, and reflect on this for a while.
  • Then, consider what the card you picked means to you. So, if the card suggests to you positive career development, for example, it does not matter if the Tarot manual says it means something entirely different. As long as it means this to you, it will always mean that when it comes up when you’re reading the cards. As more experienced tarot readers put it, “the card responds to you, not the other way around.”

By picking at least one card every day, you will slowly but surely familiarize yourself with the Tarot deck in a natural easy way.

Tips to Strengthen Your One-Card-a-Day Practice

  • Keep notes and later read the Tarot manual to check how close your guessing was to the “original” meaning.
  • The important thing here is to concentrate on the cards and let their images be “absorbed” by your brain.
  • Ask questions and give answers to yourself in relation to the pictures you see and the story that the card is trying to convey.
  • Remember that it does not matter how close to the “true” meaning you really are. What matters is how easily you will remember your original thoughts when you draw the same card later during this familiarization procedure.

In less than a month you will be able to associate the cards together and “translate” their meaning. Remember that this is nothing more than a game to learn better yourself and how you react to a given set of variables. Then Tarot will be a fun experience to devote some time alone or with your friends.