Tarot can seem slightly intimidating and taboo, but it doesn’t have to be. With practice, it’s a great addition to your spirituality, friendships, career, mental health, and much more! The possibilities are endless.
There are 78 cards in a deck. 22 cards cards make up the Major Arcana and 56 cards make up the Minor Arcana. The Minor Arcana can be broken down into 4 different sets of 14 card suits: Wands, Cups, Swords, Pentacles ( also coins). In each suit, there are 4 cards known as Court Cards: Page, Knight, Queen, King. Court Cards represent people in your life. The minor arcana represents general human events and experiences. The major arcana represents life paths and changes.
Things I wish I knew when I first discovered tarot:
- Chill. It’s not life or death when asking a question. Whatever card you choose and however you choose it, its the right card. Trust. (:
- Avoid yes or no questions.
- Reversed cards can be added later in your practice. They can provide provoking thoughts if read with an open mind. If you do practice with reversed cards, discover their meanings slowly and wisely. Get a journal to write down notes!
- Take care of you deck. I personally have one deck that only I use and I have another deck (that was my first deck) which now I only use with other people.
- Have your tarot read by a professional! It will help you learn the art of reading cards for other people, and yourself!
There are many spreads one can use during a reading. You might know spreads to be mostly yummy jams, butters, and the occasional cream cheese. Tarot spreads can be just as delicious. Tarot spreads are when cards are arranged in a way where each one takes on a branch of your question tree! For example, try using three cards in a “Past + Present + Future” reading. I like to pull one card most days but multiple cards/spreads can be really eyeopening!
In my practice, I like to write down the meaning of the card in this amazing tarot workbook journal I found on Etsy! And for this post, I am using the Tarot deck by the artist The Wild Unknown. There are many wonderful decks out in the universe to choose from. Start with one, and then have fun collecting! I love using tarot as a medium for insight and direction. I hope you do too.
In tough situations, I like to seek out spiritual guidance. I don’t consider myself religious, but I do recognize there is a higher power. This aids my decision making, focus, and self-awareness. The same year I started practicing Tarot I also began practicing yoga. Sometimes I will practice both right after each other which is my favorite thing to do! (Post on yoga soon! 🙂
Please reach out if you’d like to discuss practicing tarot!