Archive | September 24, 2016

Tarot Tips 15-29

Tarot Tip 15:

The predictions of a tarot reading are not set in stone. Every decision you make each day affects your life.

It’s better to ask questions about how your actions will affect a situation than what the outcome of a situation will be.

Instead of “will I get the job?” or “does she like me?” ask “how do I make a good impression in this interview?” or “what do I need to do to attract the best possible match?”


Tarot Tip 16:

A 3 card reading can be just as versatile as a larger reading and is much faster and easier to understand, making the reading ultimately clearer.

Possible card position meanings in a 3 card reading:

  • Past, Present, Future
  • Now, Later, Finally
  • Head, Heart, Spirit
  • You, Them, Us
  • This Month, Next Month, Third Month
  • Winter, Spring, Summer
  • Maiden, Mother, Crone
  • New Moon, Full Moon, Dark Moon


Tarot Tip 17:

When reading your own cards take notes and make sure you write down the date, time and moon phase. Keep a tarot journal. Snap a photo of the cards with your phone.

Documenting your readings is the only way to know if your predictions are accurate and how a reading has affected your actions.


Tarot Tip 18:

Clarity can be helpful but they should be limited to one or two per reading. Don’t make the mistake of drawing card after card until you get the one that tells you what you want to hear. A bad reading doesn’t help you and it doesn’t change the outcome.


Tarot Tip 19:

It can be difficult to explain tarot to people who have preconceived notions about it. First of all, it doesn’t matter what people think. Second, just tell them it’s a tool, like meditation or church or that psychology class they took in college. They’re all tools to know yourself and your place in the universe.


Tarot Tip 20: Major Arcana

Fool: New Beginning

Magician: Manifestation

High Priestess: Inner Knowing

Empress: Creativity

Emperor: Stability

Hierophant: Learning

Lovers: Love

Chariot: Moving Forward

Strength: Character

Hermit: Meditation

Wheel of Fortune:  Cycles of Luck


Tarot Tip 21: Major Arcana

Justice: Reward and Punishment

Hanged Man: Suspension

Death: Transformation

Temperance: Moderation

Devil: Bad Habits

Tower: Disaster

Star: Inspiration

Moon: Illusions

Sun: Success

Judgement: Inner Knowing

World: Completion


Tarot Tip 22:

Feel like your tarot learning has reached a plateau? Pick up a different deck of cards. Try different decks such as Oracle or Lenormand decks. Lenormand is very literal while tarot is symbolic. Oracle cards bring different sets of deities, symbols and archetypes into your awareness. If you can read a deck of playing cards you’ve mastered your understanding of the suits and numbers.


Tarot Tip 23:

If you have trouble with the court cards, think of them as Disney or fairytale characters. For example, I like to think of the upright Queen of Cups as Ariel or Ursula.


Tarot Tip 24:

When court cards don’t seem to refer to people, interpret them like this:

Pages: Messages

Knights: Travel, Movement

Queens: Creation

Kings: Focus, Management


Tarot Tip 25:

Think you’re ready to make money? If you live in the local city you can read at your local park. Check to make sure its legal first. You can charge a $1 per card or you can charge $10 for a 3 card reading. You can also talk to your local coffee shop about reading cards for their customers. They might set you up with a table or help you plan a special event.


Tarot Tip 26:

Get comfortable with giving people bad news. Be respectful of their hardship and mental state, but always be honest. The future is changeable. Better to be warned of misfortune and try to avoid it, than to be blindsided and suffer. Also be aware that life is a game with no winners. None of us get out alive. That’s what makes it fun. Embrace your humanity. Our actions and decisions are just experiments. Don’t take it too seriously.


Tarot Tip 27:

The Devil can be a tricky card. It’s less frightening than it appears. Usually, it has to do with bad habits, substance abuse and knowingly making poor decisions. The key to the Devil card is that whatever is holding you back, whatever limitations you perceive, you did it to yourself and only you can fix it. We’re all addicted to something but we can all break free if we decide to.


Tarot Tip 28:

Try different methods of drawing cards. Fan them out and pick each card individually. Cut the deck in half. Place the top half on the bottom. Draw your cards. Drop the deck on your table. Whatever lands face up s your reading. This is cartomancy.  Pick out a specific card to represent your question (The lovers for relationships, The Empress for creative projects, etc.). Use it as your signifier and put it in the middle of your reading. Draw the other cards randomly as usual.


Tarot Tip 29:

Pay attention to the story your cards are telling. The Lovers + The Devil might mean and abusive relationship or a sex addiction, depending on the surrounding cards. It’s best to read cards chronologically (left to right) (Past to Future) and rank them in importance (Major Arcana are big, universal forces and Minor Arcana are what you can do about it).

Also, remember if the cards are touching, they influence each other. This goes side by side but also diagonally and above/below. Kind of like X’s and O’s.


Tarot Tips 1-14

Tarot Tip 1:

The Major Arcana tells you which universal force is surrounding you. The Minor Arcana tells you what you can do about it.


Tarot Tip 2:

There are two different types of tarot readings, both are equally valid. For an objective reading, seek out a reader you’ve never met before and avoid wearing any conspicuous clothing/jewelry.  Answer the bare minimum of questions.

For a sympathetic reading, find a reader who is a friend or family member, someone who knows you well. Be yourself. Answer all their questions.


Tarot Tip 3:

To learn tarot quickly, draw one card each morning and use it as guidance throughout the day. Keep a journal and write all the cards down. You’ll see your understanding deepen over time.


Tarot Tip 4:

When giving a reading always do “Tarot math”. Pay attention to the numbers on the cards and look for sequences. Every number has a meaning and sequences indicate the overall energy of a situation.


Tarot Tip 5:

Symbols are important. The pictures on tarot cards tell stories. They are full of allegory and often allude to myths, fairytales and archetypes. Knowing the meaning and history of each card’s symbols gives you a deeper layer of knowledge to use in your readings.


Tarot Tip 6:

Two tarot decks are better than one.

Use one solely for readings.

Use the second deck for meditation, visualization, spellwork, mood boards, decorations, and rituals. Tape them to mirrors and put them in your wallet. Don’t be precious with them.


Tarot Tip 7:

Want a clear reading?

The best times of the year for a clear and precise tarot reading are Samhain/Halloween (the night of   October 31st and November 1st) an it’s exact opposite on the Wheel of the year, Beltane/May Day (the night of April 30th and May 1st).


Tarot Tip 8:

The Tarot deck is full of twin cards.

The lovers and the two of hearts, for example. When these cards both appear in a reading, their energy is doubled. Almost every Major Arcana card has a twin in the Minor Arcana. See if you can figure them out.


Tarot Tip 9:

Reinforcing cards are cards with similar or harmonious meanings that serve the purpose of building upon the energy or meaning of any previous card or cards.

For example, if the first card drawn is the Hierophant and the second card is the 3 of pentacles, you know that other people (friends, co-workers, classmates etc.) are important factors in this reading because both cards mean teamwork, groups and planning.


Tarot Tip 10:

Opposing cards are cards with opposite or conflicting meanings that diminish the energy and meaning of any one card.


Tarot Tip 11:

If your cards are acting weirdly or your readings are feeling off, your deck probably needs to be cleansed. Pass the cards through incense smoke, leave them out in the moon light or place them in a bag with some citrine crystals.

If that doesn’t work, try switching up your reading style. Try reading reversals or picking up your deck at a different time of day. This should fix the stagnant energy and get your cards working again.


Tarot Tip 12:

When shuffling the deck, pay attention to any cards that pop out or drop on to the floor. Sometimes those cards have a special meaning or message for you.

Always take a second and look at the card at the bottom of the deck. Often the same card will appear over and over again. This card usually has a message for you.


Tarot Tip 13:

“Bad” cards aren’t always bad and “Good” cards aren’t always good.

The two of hearts next to the Devil isn’t indicative of a healthy relationship. The Death card is ultimately positive but the experience of change and rebirth is rarely easy.


Tarot Tip 14:

The court cards often correspond to people in your life.

Page: children, younger people in your life

Knight: youths, sometimes new suitors

Queen: an adult woman (you, if you identify as a woman)

King: an adult male (you, if you identify as a male)

*Note: the gender of the person indicated is not always in line with the gender depicted on the card. For example, the Queen of Hearts represents a kind, caring, loving person who could just as easily be male as female.