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
High Priestess: Inner Knowing
Chariot: Moving Forward
Wheel of Fortune: Cycles of Luck
Tarot Tip 21: Major Arcana
Justice: Reward and Punishment
Hanged Man: Suspension
Devil: Bad Habits
Judgement: Inner Knowing
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:
Knights: Travel, Movement
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.