Fun fact: today is (or rather was) Occult Day! And since I’ve always thought the mystical, supernatural and magical had something pretty cool about them, and my love for Tarot Readings has recently awoken from its slumber, I thought it would be THE perfect day to tell you why I love these cards so much, and how they can be so much more than silly (OR IS IT? I promise you, sometimes something freakishly accurate will come out of those cards. Spooky.) superstition. Read on!
They help you relax when you’re having some kind of block.
I love turning to my Tarot Decks the minute I feel stuck on whatever level, whether its creatively, professionally or if its just a personal slump. Why? Because whichever card you pull has the potential to offer clarity and has a meaning so widely interpretable that it’ll help you put things into perspective and will even push you towards finding a solution.
There are no bad cards in Tarot.
If, on the contrary to not believing in them at all, believing in them too much and being scared of the bad cards is what’s stopping you from trying Tarot, fear not! It’s a common misconception there even are any, especially with cards like Death and The Devil. You see, those cards just challenge you to confront certain sides of your character that may be slowing you down or keeping you from getting the most out of life. The Devil merely nudges you to ask yourself if you’re being too material, are living in fear or being dominated by others, etc. And Death? Death can imply an ending to a ton of things, but your life? Very unlikely.
They prompt questions you wouldn’t have thought of on your own.
Because all of those cards can have so many meanings, they urge you to think about how you could interpret them, meaning you’re pushing yourself to pose questions about your life or situation you wouldn’t even have thought of otherwise. They open doors in your mind that were previously hidden or even locked, just to visualise it, often pointing out something so obvious that you can’t believe you missed it before.
They act as a mirror.
More than anything else, a Tarot reading’s meaning is an important interpretation of who you are, who you want to be, and who you could be. In that way, to me personally (although I would love to believe in the mystical for 100%, first and foremost because it would be quite awesome if all of it was real, don’t you think?.), Tarot is more about self-care and self-reflection than it is about the supernatural. It makes you look inward and helps you get to the core of how you’re feeling about, well… About anything really.
Want to give it a try yourself but no idea where or how to begin? Well, then I’ve put a little Tarot 101 together for you. The only thing you’ll need? A deck and good ol’ Google. Scroll on!
1) Choose your deck.
You don’t even need a special Tarot Deck, regular playing cards will do! The only thing you’ll have to keep in mind is that the Major Arcana (the special cards like The Moon, The Sun, Justice, etc.) will be missing, though, and Tarot also uses different names for the kinds (suits) of cards, so this little overview might come in handy for you:
♥️ are Cups
♠️ are Swords
♦️ are Pentacles, Coins or Discs
♣️ are Wands, Rods, Batons or Staves
Want to get your very own Tarot Deck anyway, perhaps after you’ve tried a couple of spreads and loved it? There’s tons of versions to be found on the internet, so they’re just a click away, really. I have two: a deck based on the Rider-Waite edition, which is probably the most common and used of all the versions out there, and handiest for a quick Tarot Reading because of their size. And the Illuminated Tarot by Caitlin Keegan, a very pretty edition you can also use as regular (although quite large, haha) playing cards.
2) Pick A Spread, Ask Your Question and Choose Your Cards.
3 Card Spreads are the easiest to use on a daily basis, so I’ve included my two favourite ways to lay them out. There are tons of other possibilities, though, either for three OR more cards so feel free to look them up!
Then, the ask a question bit. You can’t do a Tarot Reading without one, and it might seem a bit stressful at first to think of a good question you need answering. Don’t worry, though, this can really be any kind of question. Even one that sounded a bit shallow or half-hearted in your head will be cleared out the minute you start turning over your cards.
The choosing of cards, oh well… You can be as spiritually, or instinctually, or spontaneously, or nonchalantly guided as you want, it’s the questions that each card poses that will help guide you in the end, not the cards themselves. Find the spreads and their various guidelines underneath, and choose the best option for the kind of question you want to pose!
3) Card Interpretation.
This is where Google comes in. There are a lot of websites that offer a full explanation of each card, my favourite being Labyrinthos (really handy for finding different kinds of card spread, as well!). As you can see, whether your card is turned upright or reversed also matters. Rather important detail when it comes to the interpretation stage. ;-)
So there you go. All you need as a beginner for a good old Tarot Reading! I hope you do try it out some time, and that it’ll help you out of a tight spot or any kind of slump like it has often done for me.