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The Four Modes to Tarot

Court Cards:

Court cards answer the question “who?” They show what personality aspect is involved in the situation. They can also signify the style of action or social role being played. Based on rank you can determine if the person is acting youthfully and naively or being mature and in charge. Court cards can have additional meanings such as messages or journeys or the end of something.


Minor Arcana Numbers (2-10):

The number cards answer the question “what?” They describe the situation and events that the “who” is in. They tell you what is going on and “what” the “who” is dealing with. They may also describe phenomena and effects.


Major Arcana:

The Major Arcana answers the question “why?” They describe the lesson you need to learn in this situation and the archetypal energies being expressed. They tell you “why” the “who” is in the “what”. The Major Arcana represents principles, laws, archetypes, and psycho spiritual needs. They’re also known as celestial causes.



Aces fill their own particular functions. Aces answer the question “where?” Aces show the element, realm, or sphere where the situation has the most potential, especially for producing something new.



Great Topics to ask the Tarot with just 3 Cards

The shadow side of a situation.

Advice from a mythical being.

What would a mythical being say?


Changes in thoughts.

What do I need to understand?

What’s unexpected?

What do I fear?


Limitations in my life.

What is being ignored?

What am I not trying to face?

What am I not seeing?

What needs to be recognized?

What are they doing right now?

What am I denying?

What’s being rejected?

What am I seeing that’s an illusion?

What am I seeing that’s a lie?

What do I need to try and get away from?

What do I have to defend?

What’s being withheld from me?


News that’s blowing in, shifts in the wind.

What’s the new direction?

What have I forgotten?

What’s my mistake?


A distraction, disturbances. A sign dealing with an issue.

What is being confused?


The message that’s trying to convey. An insight.

What’s the past trying to tell the present?

What’s the future trying to tell the present?

What needs to be taken charge of?


Someone’s response.

How will the trip go?

What has been lost in the issue?

What are they getting away with?

What’s being exposed?

What’s forcing the issue?

What’s the source of the problem?



Deception behind an issue

A temptation


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.

Recharging your Tarot Cards

Moon Energy Bath:

Place the deck on your window sill where it can catch the Moonlight. The energies of the moon can recharge the cards really well. The full moon and new moon are great times for this. Moon energy is Feminine, Intuitive, and Creative Energy.


Sun Energy Bath:

In this method, the cards are placed directly in the sunlight. Usually a couple of hours of being bathed in the warm sunlight does the trick for charging the cards. In comparison to the moon, the sun represents Masculine, logical, clarity-filled energy. With the sun, there are no phases to consider. You can charge your cards in a couple of hours and are pretty much good to go.


Breath Of Life:

In this method you hold your cards and envision a bright white light cocooning over your cards. Envision any impurities and negative energies leaving and only power and light passing through the deck. Breathe into your deck by placing your deck to your mouth and asking the deck for guidance, love, light and truth. Finally hold the deck to your heart for five heartbeats.


Crystal Charging:

In this method you place a crystal that calls out to you on top of the tarot deck. I prefer Amethyst, Rose Quartz and Clear Quartz but any crystal will do. A quartz crystal is a wonderful absorber of energies and it is not a bad thing to keep one with your tarot whenever you store it away.

6 Mistakes to Reading Tarot for Yourself and How to Avoid Them

Here are six common mistakes that are made when reading tarot for yourself, and how you can avoid them.


  1. You do a Tarot Reading When you’re highly emotional: You want to be able to remain objective, calm and focused.


  1. You keep drawing extra tarot cards as “clarifiers”: Commit to drawing clarifying cards only when necessary and never draw more than two extra cards.


  1. You do multiple tarot readings on the same topic: Wait at least a month before reading on the same topic, or at least until you see a significant change.


  1. You research multiple tarot card meanings for the one you want: Don’t get stuck on trying to find the perfect, most convenient meaning. Instead, go with your instinct.


  1. You use a complicated tarot spread: Many questions simply need only a few tarot cards to find your answer.


  1. You interpret your tarot reading the way you want: You can interpret your own cards, but you may want to also seek the opinion of an objective third party.


Reading Tarot for yourself can be incredibly powerful and insightful if you do it correctly. By avoiding these six mistakes you will be well on your way to creating accurate tarot readings for yourself.

How To Create Your Own Tarot Spreads

Start with common questions:

What do you need to know about?

What is blocking you? /How can you overcome this blockage?

What do you ultimately aspire to do in this situation?

What are your strengths? /What are your weaknesses?

What are the opportunities? / What are the challenges?

What is outside of your control?

What hidden factors do you need to consider?

What will be the outcome if?

Where are you headed in the next three/six/twelve months?


Focus on empowering you or your client:

What is the best thing you can do right now to?

How can you bring about the best possible outcome?

How can you overcome your obstacles?

How can you resolve these issues?

Where do you need to focus your attention?

Where do your greatest opportunities lie? And how can you leverage these opportunities?


Decide on a layout:

Card layouts can be created in any shape you like. There are a couple of things you need to ask yourself before you choose one. Do you want this to be a large spread with many cards? Or a small spread with just a few? Is there a specific number that can have an impact on the spread? How much information do you need? Is there a shape that lends itself to the idea you have? Does it need a shape? Or is it fine to lay them out in a line or square? I have seen spreads in shapes from simple squares to elaborate birthday cake or triple moon layouts. The shape is completely up to you. As an artist I tend to give my spreads a bit of shape, especially if there is a shape that will lend energy to the reading.

Please Remember!

There are a few basic principles to designing you own tarot spreads. First you must decide what it is you want to know. The n you can begin to think about what the layout should look like. Finally, you can determine the meanings that you will assign to specific positions.