10 Proven Tarot Tips For Smart Tarot Readers
If you're ready to learn to read Tarot it's time to dispel the old knowledge and rumors that don't work and keep even smart beginner's from reading.
Here are my top 10 proven tips that every Tarot reader should know.
1. There is no one "Right" way to do Tarot.
In Spirituality and life in general, there is no one size fits all answer. To anything. And that includes the Tarot cards.
Tarot works best when you explore the cards, find meanings and answers that work for you, and develop your relationship using it.
2. Start with a 1-3 Card Spread.
When you're first learning Tarot, you'll want to keep your readings to just a couple of cards. There's no need to jump right into complicated spreads like the Celtic Cross or Horseshoe.
Taking things more slowly and focusing on small spreads keeps things simple, and 3 card spreads don't have to be boring or just Past, Present, Future. This makes it easier for you to learn and build a strong foundation so that you can enjoy Tarot for many years to come!
3. Spend 10 minutes every day drawing a Tarot card and journaling about it.
The best way to learn Tarot is to be consistent, even for just a few minutes a day. This time with the Tarot really adds up!
You can ask the Tarot, "What energy do I need to focus on today?" or "What message do you have for me today?"
Draw a card and spend a few minutes delving into meanings. At the end of the day, revisit your journal and see where things match up.
4. Stop looking for the right answer and start describing the card.
Most people get stuck as soon as they draw a Tarot card. They panic and say things like, "I don't know what this means!"
Instead, take a deep breath, and start with the NAME of the card. Literally read the name of the card out loud. For example, "I drew the 4 of Cups," or "I drew the Emperor card" or "This is the High Priestess."
This gets you out of your head and focused on the card. Then start describing the details of the card. Is there a person or animal on the card? What is he or she doing? What are they wearing?
Start talking about what they are doing and why, and pretty soon you'll be talking about situations that are meaningful to your own life. This is literally the technique I've taught thousands of students around the World to use to start reading Tarot in less than 3 minutes.
You'll be amazed at the insight and knowledge you gain!
5. Connect with your intuition.
Everyone is intuitive! The two biggest obstacles to connecting with your intuition are belief that you can and self-doubt when you get your answer.
The more you practice connecting with your intuition, the easier it becomes. Put down the books and trust the answer that the cards give you. Everyone is also psychic, even though you don't have to be in order to read.
6. Create space for your reading.
Before you break out the cards take a few deep breaths and ground and center yourself. Say a prayer or connect with your Guides.
Creating sacred space for your reading can be as simple as that. You don't have to over-complicate things by casting a circle or doing complicated rituals. A moment to really focus, tune in, and connect with the cards is the most important aspect of your reading.
7. Read Tarot for yourself.
If anyone says you can't read Tarot for yourself, ignore them. Tarot is an amazing tool to gain insight and to help transform your life, your finances, and your relationships.
Make time every day to read for yourself, and your relationship with Tarot will grow exponentially. Plus, you'll learn amazing things about yourself!
8. Learn a few key meanings of the cards.
At some point you will want to memorize some possible meanings for each card so that you don't feel like you have to constantly look things up in a book.
I've made this easy for you by creating a Tarot Meaning Cheat Sheet with both upright and reversed meanings. Keep it handy!
9. Don't use the cards just to "predict the future."
Tarot is so much more than a parlor game to be used to tell you when you'll meet a tall, dark, handsome man.
The best use of Tarot is to EMPOWER you to make better choices in your life and to help get insight that can guide you to more options and positive outcomes.
Tarot can tell you what is most likely to happen if you stay on the same path you are on right now. But the future is always in your hands. Once you make a different decision, you are creating an entirely new future that is completely up to you!
10. Forget the "Rules."
You'll find all kinds of nonsensical, outdated advice about using Tarot such as not being able to buy your own deck (totally false) or you must wrap your cards in silk (so not true).
The only rule is to do what works for you! Want to let others touch your deck? Great! They'll love it. Don't want to read reversals right now? Then don't, maybe you will later (or maybe you won't).
There are no rules in Tarot except to read ethically and ask good questions. In fact, I spend a lot of time in Tarot Therapy 101 talking about the importance of asking the right questions.
Tarot will give you back what you put into it. So dive in, and get started on your Tarot Adventure.
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