Introduction to Tarot Reading

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Tarot Cards are universally recognized Tarot Cards are universally recognized as a tool for reading ones past,

as a tool for reading ones past, predicting ones future and to predicting ones future and to somesome extent defining ones character. Over extent defining ones character. Over the centuries they have evolved and the centuries they have evolved and changed with how they are used and changed with how they are used and today we see many varieties of the today we see many varieties of the cards.

cards.

The deck of Occult Tarot Cards were The deck of Occult Tarot Cards were first popularized by Etteilla, a French first popularized by Etteilla, a French occultist who made them known to a wide audience and became the first

occultist who made them known to a wide audience and became the first professional occultist.professional occultist. Etteilla published his ideas and thoughts on tarot, astrology and the four classic elements Earth, Etteilla published his ideas and thoughts on tarot, astrology and the four classic elements Earth, Wind, Fire and Water and

Wind, Fire and Water and made his living by card made his living by card divination in the 1700's.divination in the 1700's. The Occult Tarot Card deck comprises of seventy eight cards in total and

The Occult Tarot Card deck comprises of seventy eight cards in total and is split into two very is split into two very  distinct parts, the first is the Major Arcana (greater secrets) and then second is Minor

distinct parts, the first is the Major Arcana (greater secrets) and then second is Minor ArcanaArcana (lesser secrets).

(lesser secrets).

The Major Arcana has twenty two cards within its group and

The Major Arcana has twenty two cards within its group and whilst there is some variation,whilst there is some variation, the main names and numbers that comprise of the group are as

the main names and numbers that comprise of the group are as follows:follows: 1 The Magician / The J

1 The Magician / The Juggleruggler 2 The High Priestess / The Popess 2 The High Priestess / The Popess 3 The Empress

3 The Empress 4 The Emperor 4 The Emperor

5 The Hierophant / The 5 The Hierophant / The PopePope 6 The Lovers 6 The Lovers 7 The Chariot 7 The Chariot 8 or 11 Justice 8 or 11 Justice 9 The Hermit 9 The Hermit 10 Wheel of Fortune 10 Wheel of Fortune 11 or 8 Strength /

11 or 8 Strength / FortitudeFortitude

12 The Hanged Man / The Traitor 12 The Hanged Man / The Traitor

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13 Death 13 Death 14 Temperance 14 Temperance 15 The Devil 15 The Devil

16 The Tower / Fire 16 The Tower / Fire 17 The Star 17 The Star 18 The Moon 18 The Moon 19 The Sun 19 The Sun

20 Judgment / The Angel 20 Judgment / The Angel 21 The World

21 The World

The Minor Arcana consists of fifty six cards, which are grouped in

The Minor Arcana consists of fifty six cards, which are grouped in to four suites with fourteento four suites with fourteen cards in each. These, again, can vary dep

cards in each. These, again, can vary depending on who is using them but they ending on who is using them but they generally havegenerally have a Latin name that then relates to the four

a Latin name that then relates to the four classical elementclassical elements and are matched as s and are matched as follows: Wandsfollows: Wands and Fire, Coins and Earth, Cups and

and Fire, Coins and Earth, Cups and water, Swords and air. It is water, Swords and air. It is considered that Wands relateconsidered that Wands relate to creativity and will, Coins relate to material body or possessions, Cups with emotion and love to creativity and will, Coins relate to material body or possessions, Cups with emotion and love whilst Swords relate to reason.

whilst Swords relate to reason. How many cards are pulled out, in

How many cards are pulled out, in what order and placed where is dwhat order and placed where is determined by what spreadetermined by what spread  you choose. There are all manner of different spreads which can be

 you choose. There are all manner of different spreads which can be chosen dependent on whatchosen dependent on what  you want to find out. From relationship tarot spreads to decision making tarot spreads it really   you want to find out. From relationship tarot spreads to decision making tarot spreads it really 

is determined by you which one you choose. is determined by you which one you choose.

Tarot dates back some 5000 years and initially comprised 22 cards called the Major

Tarot dates back some 5000 years and initially comprised 22 cards called the Major Arcana.Arcana. The Tarot is based on a

The Tarot is based on a form of Numerology and the twenty two cards represented the journey form of Numerology and the twenty two cards represented the journey  of an apprentice (The Fool) through various stages until he reached the end

of an apprentice (The Fool) through various stages until he reached the end of his journey of his journey  having acquired the full spiritual knowledge to become a Magi (The Magician). In later years, having acquired the full spiritual knowledge to become a Magi (The Magician). In later years, the French added a further 56 cards

the French added a further 56 cards called the Minor Arcana in order called the Minor Arcana in order to play the game of to play the game of  Tarot. The 56 cards of the M

Tarot. The 56 cards of the Minor Arcana are divided into four suits: inor Arcana are divided into four suits: Wands, Coins, Swords andWands, Coins, Swords and Cups. Most professional clairvoy

Cups. Most professional clairvoyants dismiss the Minor Arcana and only use the ants dismiss the Minor Arcana and only use the 22 cards of 22 cards of  the Major Arcana.

the Major Arcana. Tarot spreads Tarot spreads

An instruction book will tell you that there are

An instruction book will tell you that there are several spreads:- Celtic Cross, Tree of Life etc.several spreads:- Celtic Cross, Tree of Life etc. Again, my opinion is that you should ignore these and devise a

Again, my opinion is that you should ignore these and devise a spread which is personal tospread which is personal to  you!

 you!

Throughout my career I have always rebelled against regimentation. No two people are the Throughout my career I have always rebelled against regimentation. No two people are the same, we are all unique. No book can

same, we are all unique. No book can provide intuition. You must use your own!provide intuition. You must use your own! HISTORY OF TAROT AND CARD

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Reading Tarot cards is all about sensing and feeling, not

Reading Tarot cards is all about sensing and feeling, not interpreting a card from a book!interpreting a card from a book! Professiona

Professional clairvoyants use the Tarot as a focus and, duril clairvoyants use the Tarot as a focus and, duri ng a reading, will seldom mentionng a reading, will seldom mention the card upon which they are focusing. Beware the reader

the card upon which they are focusing. Beware the reader who says, for example, " I've got thwho says, for example, " I've got thee King of Cups and it means..." That reader

King of Cups and it means..." That reader is probably telling you something he has learned,is probably telling you something he has learned, rather than "sensed" or "felt" However, a professional might say "looking at the cards in front of  rather than "sensed" or "felt" However, a professional might say "looking at the cards in front of  me, I sense and feel ...

me, I sense and feel ..." which will prove he " which will prove he is a genuine clairvoyant.is a genuine clairvoyant. Upside down or Reverse Tarot cards

Upside down or Reverse Tarot cards

The meaning of reverse cards depends upon the card

The meaning of reverse cards depends upon the card and the reading. Suppose, for instance,and the reading. Suppose, for instance, that you are asking about a relationship and the spread of

that you are asking about a relationship and the spread of cards includes a man and a woman.cards includes a man and a woman. One is the right way up,

One is the right way up, the other is reversed. This would indicate that the the other is reversed. This would indicate that the people concernedpeople concerned are going in the opposite direction.

are going in the opposite direction. Reading the cards

Reading the cards

The Major Arcana is indeed beautiful and

The Major Arcana is indeed beautiful and mystical. The following meanings are supplied by mystical. The following meanings are supplied by  Graham.

Graham. 0 The Fool 0 The Fool

Positive Unrestrained and naïve, an innocent, childish nature, fun loving Positive Unrestrained and naïve, an innocent, childish nature, fun loving Negative Making poor decisions by failing

Negative Making poor decisions by failing to learn from past experience, to learn from past experience, clownishclownish I The Magician

I The Magician

Positive Creative genius, flair, impressive skilful, ability to

Positive Creative genius, flair, impressive skilful, ability to inspireinspire Negative Use of skills to destroy, control or deceive other people Negative Use of skills to destroy, control or deceive other people II The High Priestess

II The High Priestess

Positive Wisdom, patience, someone who listens and has a

Positive Wisdom, patience, someone who listens and has a helpful naturehelpful nature Negative Opinionated, shallow, interfering, running other people's lives Negative Opinionated, shallow, interfering, running other people's lives III The Empress

III The Empress

Positive An accomplished fema

Positive An accomplished female, perhaps rich le, perhaps rich or in a position of authority or in a position of authority  Negative A female with an inflated ego or abuser of power

Negative A female with an inflated ego or abuser of power IV The Emperor

IV The Emperor

Positive An accomplish

Positive An accomplished male, perhaps rich ed male, perhaps rich or in a position of authority or in a position of authority  Negative A male with an inflated ego or ab

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V Jupiter V Jupiter

Positive Kind, generous, philanthropic, relaxed, easy going, jovial,

Positive Kind, generous, philanthropic, relaxed, easy going, jovial, proudproud Negative Lazy, complacent, reliant on others for

Negative Lazy, complacent, reliant on others for support, a sponger, pompoussupport, a sponger, pompous VI The Lovers

VI The Lovers Positive Harmony

Positive Harmony, new love or deep , new love or deep appreciation between two peopleappreciation between two people Negative Unrequited love, a secret affair or other form of betrayal Negative Unrequited love, a secret affair or other form of betrayal VII The Chariot

VII The Chariot

Positive Triumph through hard work, panache, style,

Positive Triumph through hard work, panache, style, daring, courage, flairdaring, courage, flair Negative Failure through lack of caution or taking on too much

Negative Failure through lack of caution or taking on too much VIII Justice

VIII Justice

Positive Getting what you deserve, reward

Positive Getting what you deserve, reward for past effortsfor past efforts Negative Getting what you deserve, retribution f

Negative Getting what you deserve, retribution for past misdemeanoursor past misdemeanours IX The Hermit

IX The Hermit

Positive Caution, need for isolation or contemplation, ageing, older

Positive Caution, need for isolation or contemplation, ageing, older personperson Negative Physical deterioration, antisocial, reclusive, outcast,

Negative Physical deterioration, antisocial, reclusive, outcast, over cautiousover cautious X The Wheel of Fortune

X The Wheel of Fortune

Positive Imminent change for the better,

Positive Imminent change for the better, good luck through trusting in good luck through trusting in fatefate Negative Imminent change for the worse, failure of a new venture

Negative Imminent change for the worse, failure of a new venture XI Strength

XI Strength

Positive Strengthening of body or mind,

Positive Strengthening of body or mind, success in head-on success in head-on confrontationconfrontation Negative Failure through underestimating the

Negative Failure through underestimating the opposition, aggressive natureopposition, aggressive nature XII The Hanged Man

XII The Hanged Man

Positive Letting others have control, standing back, waiting to

Positive Letting others have control, standing back, waiting to see what happenssee what happens Negative Complete loss of power, helplessness, someone else calls all

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XIII Death XIII Death

Positive Major transition, a drastic turning point preceded by loss, starting afresh Positive Major transition, a drastic turning point preceded by loss, starting afresh Negative Physical death or loss of someone close, sad

Negative Physical death or loss of someone close, sad endings, extreme dangerendings, extreme danger XIV Temperance

XIV Temperance

Positive Kind, patient, sympathetic, helpful, spiritually evolved, protective Positive Kind, patient, sympathetic, helpful, spiritually evolved, protective Negative Too good to be true, a dreamer,

Negative Too good to be true, a dreamer, unrealistic, opting outunrealistic, opting out XV The Devil

XV The Devil

Positive A need to face up to phobias, fear,

Positive A need to face up to phobias, fear, oppression or violenceoppression or violence Negative Victim of crime, physical or

Negative Victim of crime, physical or mental abuse, bullying, black mental abuse, bullying, black magicmagic XVI The Lightning Struck Tower

XVI The Lightning Struck Tower

Positive Rebuilding after a serious blow, c

Positive Rebuilding after a serious blow, c oming to terms with disasteroming to terms with disaster Negative Sudden, utter disaster, financial ruin,

Negative Sudden, utter disaster, financial ruin, physical or mental breakdownphysical or mental breakdown XVII The Star

XVII The Star

Positive Contentme

Positive Contentment, happy retirement, finding an ideal nt, happy retirement, finding an ideal niche in lifeniche in life Negative Wasting time, failing to deliver,

Negative Wasting time, failing to deliver, basking in self-glory basking in self-glory  XVIII The Moon

XVIII The Moon

Positive Dreamer, poet, person who is

Positive Dreamer, poet, person who is not what (s)he seems, ability not what (s)he seems, ability to disguiseto disguise Negative Deceit, betrayal of trust, infidelity, someone with a hidden agenda Negative Deceit, betrayal of trust, infidelity, someone with a hidden agenda XIX The Sun

XIX The Sun

Positive Open, honest, a good example

Positive Open, honest, a good example to follow, encouraging, positive attitudeto follow, encouraging, positive attitude Negative Someone who lose

Negative Someone who loses out by being s out by being too honest and opentoo honest and open XX Judgement

XX Judgement

Positive The moment of truth, reward

Positive The moment of truth, reward for good effort, promotion, recognitionfor good effort, promotion, recognition Negative The moment of truth, c

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XXI The World XXI The World

Positive Success, getting what you want, prosperity, major financial gain,

Positive Success, getting what you want, prosperity, major financial gain, traveltravel Negative Materialistic, greedy, hedonistic, corrupt

Negative Materialistic, greedy, hedonistic, corrupt Minor Arcana

Minor Arcana

The following are suggestions only, based on

The following are suggestions only, based on the astrological system.the astrological system. Ace Unity, self awareness, self

Ace Unity, self awareness, self development, personal interests, clothing, fashiondevelopment, personal interests, clothing, fashion Two Duality, money, investment, security, comfort, luxury items

Two Duality, money, investment, security, comfort, luxury items Three Illicit love,

Three Illicit love, talking, school, travel, letters, email, siblings, neighbourstalking, school, travel, letters, email, siblings, neighbours Four Home, family, mother, protection, self

Four Home, family, mother, protection, self defencedefence

Five Luck, gambling, love affairs, children, hobbies, pleasures, art Five Luck, gambling, love affairs, children, hobbies, pleasures, art Six Health, healing, nutrition, work, training, service, duty, pets Six Health, healing, nutrition, work, training, service, duty, pets Seven Partnerships, marriage, divorce, compromise, cooperation Seven Partnerships, marriage, divorce, compromise, cooperation Eight Legal matters, wills, sex, psychic

Eight Legal matters, wills, sex, psychic activity, mysteries, transformactivity, mysteries, transformation, deathation, death Nine New horizons, freedom, long journeys, wisdom, study, hands-on learning Nine New horizons, freedom, long journeys, wisdom, study, hands-on learning Ten Career, vocation, reputation, status, ambition, father

Ten Career, vocation, reputation, status, ambition, father

Page (Jack) Friends, social life, meetings, politics, humanitarian actions, independence Page (Jack) Friends, social life, meetings, politics, humanitarian actions, independence Cavalier (Prince) Compassion, charity, escapism, institutions, inner

Cavalier (Prince) Compassion, charity, escapism, institutions, inner self, isolationself, isolation Queen Beauty, feminine strengths, superior or

Queen Beauty, feminine strengths, superior or influential female, wifeinfluential female, wife King Authority, masculine strengths, superior or influential male,

King Authority, masculine strengths, superior or influential male, husbandhusband Swords (Fire)

Swords (Fire)

Assertion, drive, leadership, aggression, domination, quickness, power,

Assertion, drive, leadership, aggression, domination, quickness, power, stress, combat, yang.stress, combat, yang. Pentacles (Earth)

Pentacles (Earth)

Steadiness, stability, support, practicality, materialism, money, inertia, common sense, yin. Steadiness, stability, support, practicality, materialism, money, inertia, common sense, yin. Wands (Air)

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Intellect, thought, ideas, communication, procrastination, variety, opinions, change of mind, Intellect, thought, ideas, communication, procrastination, variety, opinions, change of mind, travel.

travel.

Cups (Water) Cups (Water)

Emotion, love, hate, sensitivity, loyalty, dependence, intensity, artistic talent, change

Emotion, love, hate, sensitivity, loyalty, dependence, intensity, artistic talent, change of heart.of heart.

If you have ever wanted to find some easy to If you have ever wanted to find some easy to follow tarot cards instructions then you

follow tarot cards instructions then you have comehave come to the right place. Many people want to l

to the right place. Many people want to learnearn more about the tarot and using tarot cards, more about the tarot and using tarot cards, butbut finding tarot cards instructions that are geared for finding tarot cards instructions that are geared for beginners can be tricky, especially if you are

beginners can be tricky, especially if you are unsure of what, exactly, tarot cards are for. unsure of what, exactly, tarot cards are for.

First here is some basic tarot card information: tarot cards are not going to

First here is some basic tarot card information: tarot cards are not going to predict the future.predict the future. They aren't going to give you answers from the cosmos. What tarot cards do is speak to your They aren't going to give you answers from the cosmos. What tarot cards do is speak to your intuition. Tarot cards are not going to tell

intuition. Tarot cards are not going to tell you anything that some part of you doesn't already you anything that some part of you doesn't already  know. The card can shed insight into a

know. The card can shed insight into a current situation or help you figure current situation or help you figure out answers toout answers to problems yourself. Keep that in mind as you read the

problems yourself. Keep that in mind as you read the following tarot card instructions.following tarot card instructions. 1. Choose your tarot card deck carefully. This is not

1. Choose your tarot card deck carefully. This is not a normal deck of playing cards or a a normal deck of playing cards or a pack pack  of trading cards that you are picking up.

of trading cards that you are picking up. Each tarot card deck has its own energy and it isEach tarot card deck has its own energy and it is important to take your time in figuring out which deck you feel

important to take your time in figuring out which deck you feel the most comfortable with.the most comfortable with. Look at the illustrations on the cards and pay

Look at the illustrations on the cards and pay attention to your senses. You will eventually findattention to your senses. You will eventually find a deck that you feel a connection to and

a deck that you feel a connection to and that is the deck you should purchase.that is the deck you should purchase.

2. Even if you haven't started to learn what each of the cards means, take some time to become 2. Even if you haven't started to learn what each of the cards means, take some time to become familiar with each of the cards in your tar

familiar with each of the cards in your tarot card decks. Really look at the illustrations andot card decks. Really look at the illustrations and start figuring out how each one of the cards

start figuring out how each one of the cards fits into the different categories of cards.fits into the different categories of cards. 3. Begin studying what each of the cards

3. Begin studying what each of the cards means. Putting meaning to each card is easier if youmeans. Putting meaning to each card is easier if you can easily call to mind the card when

can easily call to mind the card when you are reading about it. Sure you are reading about it. Sure it is easy enough to do ait is easy enough to do a tarot card spread and then look up the

tarot card spread and then look up the meaning of each card, but a meaning of each card, but a tarot reading is far moretarot reading is far more fulfilling if you already know what the cards mean.

fulfilling if you already know what the cards mean. 4. The easiest tarot card spread is the

4. The easiest tarot card spread is the three card spread. This card spread givthree card spread. This card spread gives you insight intoes you insight into the past, the present and the

the past, the present and the future that surround the question you are concentrating on.future that surround the question you are concentrating on. We've already said that tarot cards cannot predict the future, but

We've already said that tarot cards cannot predict the future, but they can give you somethey can give you some insight into your feelings about the future. Once you've mastered the three

insight into your feelings about the future. Once you've mastered the three card reading, youcard reading, you are ready to move on to other card

are ready to move on to other card spreads.spreads.

These are just a few simple tarot cards instructions. Obviously there are more complicated card These are just a few simple tarot cards instructions. Obviously there are more complicated card spreads and there are techniques to learning about the individual

spreads and there are techniques to learning about the individual cards and what they mean. If cards and what they mean. If   you are just starting out, though, hopefully these tarot cards instructions will provide you with  you are just starting out, though, hopefully these tarot cards instructions will provide you with

enough background informa

enough background information to start you on your tion to start you on your journey to being a practiced reader of journey to being a practiced reader of thethe tarot cards. Before you know it, you will b

tarot cards. Before you know it, you will be advanced enough to do readings for other people.e advanced enough to do readings for other people. TAROT CARD INSTRUCTIONS

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Many times I have heard it said, that a picture paints a 1000 words, and this is so true of the Many times I have heard it said, that a picture paints a 1000 words, and this is so true of the tarot cards. When I do readings for people, th

tarot cards. When I do readings for people, the meanings just jump out at me. The e meanings just jump out at me. The deck I use isdeck I use is the Rider-Waite tarot deck, and I love the

the Rider-Waite tarot deck, and I love these because of the pictures on each card.se because of the pictures on each card. When I use tarot I

When I use tarot I answer all types of questions, but well over 90% of answer all types of questions, but well over 90% of these have been onthese have been on relationship issues. Many people come to me in a desperate state, and I use

relationship issues. Many people come to me in a desperate state, and I use the cards to helpthe cards to help them gain more insight into their situation, so that they can find a

them gain more insight into their situation, so that they can find a way forward.way forward. Now 

Now let’slet’s have a look at some cardshave a look at some cards

5 of Cups 5 of Cups

This card shows a person looking down at 3

This card shows a person looking down at 3 spilt cups on the ground, and bspilt cups on the ground, and behind them are stillehind them are still 2 cups standing.

2 cups standing.

Looking at the person, they are clearly quite down, since that

Looking at the person, they are clearly quite down, since that is the way they are looking, andis the way they are looking, and they are also dressed all in black. The

they are also dressed all in black. The 3 cups spilt on 3 cups spilt on the floor clearly show that they have hadthe floor clearly show that they have had some kind of loss, perhaps in regard to a

some kind of loss, perhaps in regard to a relationship, or some other event. The person is quiterelationship, or some other event. The person is quite unaware of the 2 cups behind

unaware of the 2 cups behind them, but if they only stopped concentrating on the them, but if they only stopped concentrating on the 3 cups in3 cups in front them, and looked behind, they would

front them, and looked behind, they would realise that they still have something to salvage. Therealise that they still have something to salvage. The card is really saying that not everything is bad

card is really saying that not everything is bad in their life, because of this one siin their life, because of this one situation, andtuation, and that they still have a lot going for them.

that they still have a lot going for them. Ace of Swords

Ace of Swords

This card shows a hand holding a sword,

This card shows a hand holding a sword, and if you look closely at the card, iand if you look closely at the card, it shows that thet shows that the sword is double edged. The expression "double edged sword", comes to mind, which

sword is double edged. The expression "double edged sword", comes to mind, which meansmeans some situation that has both a favorable, as well as unfavorable consequences. An example of  some situation that has both a favorable, as well as unfavorable consequences. An example of  this would perhaps be in a

this would perhaps be in a relationship where a married woman is seeing another man, andrelationship where a married woman is seeing another man, and the good side is where she is

the good side is where she is getting all the love and attention that she needs, but getting all the love and attention that she needs, but the other sidethe other side is being full of guilt for cheating on

is being full of guilt for cheating on her husband.her husband. The Devil

The Devil

The devil card shows a picture of

The devil card shows a picture of the devil and in front the devil and in front of him are a couple who arof him are a couple who are chained toe chained to the devil. This card is all

the devil. This card is all about being bound, and about being bound, and this could be something to do with this could be something to do with the past,the past, perhaps still thinking about a past relationship, and unable to

perhaps still thinking about a past relationship, and unable to move forward. The card ismove forward. The card is calling out to break the chains that are h

calling out to break the chains that are holding you back.olding you back. 6 of Swords

6 of Swords

This card shows a boat, and inside the

This card shows a boat, and inside the boat is a body covered by boat is a body covered by a sheet. Looking closely at thea sheet. Looking closely at the water it is quite choppy where it

water it is quite choppy where it is, but ahead the water is is, but ahead the water is much calmer. This can mean that atmuch calmer. This can mean that at the moment a person is in troubled waters with a

the moment a person is in troubled waters with a lot on their mind, and lot on their mind, and at present are unableat present are unable to find a way forward (shown by being covered), but things will

to find a way forward (shown by being covered), but things will start to get better soon, sincestart to get better soon, since the water is much calmer ahead.

the water is much calmer ahead. TIPS FOR LEARNING TAROT CARDS TIPS FOR LEARNING TAROT CARDS

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8 of Cups 8 of Cups

This card shows a person walking away from 8 cups, and n

This card shows a person walking away from 8 cups, and n ot looking back. What is cardot looking back. What is card shows is that it is time to move on, everything possible has been

shows is that it is time to move on, everything possible has been tried, and that they is no tried, and that they is no needneed to look back, since nothing more can be done.

to look back, since nothing more can be done.

There are a plethora of books and articles about how

There are a plethora of books and articles about how to read tarot cards and many of to read tarot cards and many of themthem contradict each other. When you are starting to learn to read

contradict each other. When you are starting to learn to read tarot cards this can be very tarot cards this can be very  confusing. You can easily get caught up in wondering who to listen to and

confusing. You can easily get caught up in wondering who to listen to and whichwhich interpretation is the "right one."

interpretation is the "right one." The truth is, there is n

The truth is, there is no right answer.o right answer. The pictures on tarot cards tell a

The pictures on tarot cards tell a story and as such make them a terrific way to cstory and as such make them a terrific way to c onnect withonnect with  your Higher Self or Intuition because pictures are the oldest form of learning and

 your Higher Self or Intuition because pictures are the oldest form of learning and can make acan make a direct connection with your unconscious mind. As this is personal to everyone, this

direct connection with your unconscious mind. As this is personal to everyone, this is theis the reason why you get very different viewpoints on every card.

reason why you get very different viewpoints on every card.

Over time, certain cards will come to mean certain things to you. Despite that you

Over time, certain cards will come to mean certain things to you. Despite that you can still findcan still find that you will suddenly get an intuitive flash as

that you will suddenly get an intuitive flash as you look at a card and iyou look at a card and it may mean somethingt may mean something that it has not meant before. This is wh

that it has not meant before. This is why it is very important to build y it is very important to build up a personal relationshipup a personal relationship with your cards and develop your own interpretations.

with your cards and develop your own interpretations. Once you have chosen a deck of tarot cards that

Once you have chosen a deck of tarot cards that appeals to you personally, the best thing appeals to you personally, the best thing to doto do is put the booklet that came with it to one side and have a really good look at each of the cards. is put the booklet that came with it to one side and have a really good look at each of the cards. Take a card out of the

Take a card out of the deck. You may want to start with the deck. You may want to start with the Fool card, which is the first Fool card, which is the first card of card of  the Major Arcana or you may want to pic

the Major Arcana or you may want to pick a card randomly. It does not really matter.k a card randomly. It does not really matter. Notice the colors, the symbols and what is actually going on in the

Notice the colors, the symbols and what is actually going on in the card, as well as any card, as well as any  immediate feelings that you get when you look at the card.

immediate feelings that you get when you look at the card. Does it remind you of someone or do you find

Does it remind you of someone or do you find yourself thinking of particular situation? Do youyourself thinking of particular situation? Do you relate to situation the picture?

relate to situation the picture? If you do that is b

If you do that is brilliant.rilliant.

Next, take another card and have a really

Next, take another card and have a really good look at it. Make a note of any good look at it. Make a note of any observationobservations.s. Then lay it next to the other card and see how the story has changed. One card may be light Then lay it next to the other card and see how the story has changed. One card may be light and bright and the other may add

and bright and the other may add a more challenging aspect. As you look at the two cards,a more challenging aspect. As you look at the two cards, allow yourself to build up a story of what

allow yourself to build up a story of what is going on. How have things changed from one cardis going on. How have things changed from one card to another?

to another?

Imagine you are telling a story to a child

Imagine you are telling a story to a child (or to another adult if you have picked very (or to another adult if you have picked very 

challenging cards). Use the pictures to stimulate your intuition. It may feel like imagination challenging cards). Use the pictures to stimulate your intuition. It may feel like imagination and that you are just making things up, h

and that you are just making things up, however this is a very powerful way for your intuitionowever this is a very powerful way for your intuition to connect with you or your client and

to connect with you or your client and to learn to read tarot cards.to learn to read tarot cards. LEARNING THE CARDS THROUGH THE ART OF

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If you are doing a reading for

If you are doing a reading for someone else and you simply describe to them what you can seesomeone else and you simply describe to them what you can see  going on in the pictures, you will b

 going on in the pictures, you will be amazed at how accurate your reading is. It e amazed at how accurate your reading is. It may not makemay not make much sense to you,

much sense to you, however your client's subconscious mind takes your words along however your client's subconscious mind takes your words along with thewith the visual image of the picture and creates the exact right message for them. This a

visual image of the picture and creates the exact right message for them. This a lso happenslso happens when reading for yourself.

when reading for yourself.

You can then add another card and

You can then add another card and continue the story. A reading based on continue the story. A reading based on 3 cards is one of 3 cards is one of thethe simplest spreads. It is often used as a Past-Present-Future situation, although it does not need to simplest spreads. It is often used as a Past-Present-Future situation, although it does not need to be.

be.

When you learn to read tarot cards and

When you learn to read tarot cards and you are offering an interpretation of the cards in you are offering an interpretation of the cards in frontfront of you, whether for yourself or for others, it

of you, whether for yourself or for others, it is very like a recounting a story and is very like a recounting a story and the more youthe more you can let that ability flow, the easier you wi

can let that ability flow, the easier you will find it to ll find it to learn to read tarot cards.learn to read tarot cards.

Tarot cards can be a wonderful tool for

Tarot cards can be a wonderful tool for enhancingenhancing one's own intuition. Many professional tarot card one's own intuition. Many professional tarot card readers will tell you that, while each card

readers will tell you that, while each card has itshas its historical meaning, each tarot card also means historical meaning, each tarot card also means something a little bit different for each individual something a little bit different for each individual reader, depending on their own intuitive insights. If  reader, depending on their own intuitive insights. If   you are just beginning to become interested in tarot  you are just beginning to become interested in tarot

cards yourself, all these different

cards yourself, all these different interpretations may interpretations may  be overwhelming and confusing. Take heart, it takes be overwhelming and confusing. Take heart, it takes  years to develop a really good foundation by which to  years to develop a really good foundation by which to

accurately read tarot cards. But with a few tips accurately read tarot cards. But with a few tips onon symbol and number meanings, anyone can learn to symbol and number meanings, anyone can learn to read tarot cards. By and large, the

read tarot cards. By and large, the historical meaningshistorical meanings are always taken into account, but intuitive reading is really about what e

are always taken into account, but intuitive reading is really about what e ach card means toach card means to  you, the reader.

 you, the reader.

Each time you use your tarot cards, you will learn something new. In fact,

Each time you use your tarot cards, you will learn something new. In fact, good professionalgood professional tarot readers will admit that the learning process never ends. And

tarot readers will admit that the learning process never ends. And each time you do a readingeach time you do a reading for yourself, depending on the layout, the same tarot card may have a

for yourself, depending on the layout, the same tarot card may have a different perspective fordifferent perspective for  you. To become more comfortable with the idea of trusting a deck of cards

 you. To become more comfortable with the idea of trusting a deck of cards to help you navigateto help you navigate life, handle your tarot cards often. Pull a single card every day, or try a three-card spread. If  life, handle your tarot cards often. Pull a single card every day, or try a three-card spread. If   you are a newbie to tarot reading, b

 you are a newbie to tarot reading, by far the easiest, best choice is a y far the easiest, best choice is a simple three-card spread.simple three-card spread. A little past, present, and future. You

A little past, present, and future. You can worry about more elaborate spreads later, when youcan worry about more elaborate spreads later, when you are more comfortable with the process. Don't just read the meaning in a b

are more comfortable with the process. Don't just read the meaning in a b ook.ook. First, look at each card individually. Notice any intuitive perceptions you may have

First, look at each card individually. Notice any intuitive perceptions you may have about theabout the card, then write that in a

card, then write that in a journal. If you do a three-card journal. If you do a three-card spread, once you have assessed eachspread, once you have assessed each tarot card individually, look at the overall picture. Trust what your

tarot card individually, look at the overall picture. Trust what your intuition is telling youintuition is telling you about the cards. And don't forget to note the

about the cards. And don't forget to note the symbolism in the artwork. Over time, this practicesymbolism in the artwork. Over time, this practice will help you develop your intuitive skills. In fact,

will help you develop your intuitive skills. In fact, tarot cards are a wonderful way tarot cards are a wonderful way to learnto learn how to trust your intuition. And we all

how to trust your intuition. And we all need to trust our intuition. If yneed to trust our intuition. If you are just beginning toou are just beginning to read for yourself, enjoy the process, have fun with it, an

read for yourself, enjoy the process, have fun with it, an d trust your gut instincts. They neverd trust your gut instincts. They never lead you astray.

lead you astray.

TAROT CARDS CAN ENHANCE YOUR INTUITION TAROT CARDS CAN ENHANCE YOUR INTUITION

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When giving a tarot reading, the tarot reader will

When giving a tarot reading, the tarot reader will use a spread of cards from the use a spread of cards from the tarot deck.tarot deck. There are many spreads a reader can choose from, some are specific for

There are many spreads a reader can choose from, some are specific for different purposes,different purposes, whilst others are for general readings. Spreads can involve drawing as many cards as the whilst others are for general readings. Spreads can involve drawing as many cards as the whole deck of 78, whilst a spread can

whole deck of 78, whilst a spread can also be just two, or even just also be just two, or even just one card.one card. The most common spread is probably the 10 card

The most common spread is probably the 10 card Celtic Cross Spread.Celtic Cross Spread.

Together with the general and usually random selection of cards from the deck, a

Together with the general and usually random selection of cards from the deck, a card mightcard might also be chosen prior to the reading as a

also be chosen prior to the reading as a representation of the person receiving the reading. Thisrepresentation of the person receiving the reading. This card is called the Significator.

card is called the Significator.

The Significator card has its own position in some spreads, and in

The Significator card has its own position in some spreads, and in others it has no position atothers it has no position at all and can simply be drawn or

all and can simply be drawn or chosen from the deck before the reading.chosen from the deck before the reading. The purpose of the Significator card is to

The purpose of the Significator card is to help the reader focus on the person receiving thehelp the reader focus on the person receiving the reading. The chosen card can be

reading. The chosen card can be an indication to the reader of the an indication to the reader of the person's character, orperson's character, or aspects of character and personality that are hidden. Such a card

aspects of character and personality that are hidden. Such a card can also be chosen as acan also be chosen as a representation of the particular or specific issue relevant to the subject of the readi

representation of the particular or specific issue relevant to the subject of the readi ng at thisng at this time.

time.

As the Significator is normally used by a tarot reader to signify the character

As the Significator is normally used by a tarot reader to signify the character of the personof the person receiving the tarot reading, it is not normally a randomly drawn card,

receiving the tarot reading, it is not normally a randomly drawn card, although it can be. Thealthough it can be. The court cards lend themselves well as representations of the human character and personality, court cards lend themselves well as representations of the human character and personality, because they are pictorially and symbolically human. An example is the Queen of Cups. because they are pictorially and symbolically human. An example is the Queen of Cups.

This Queen embodies feminine mystery, and exemplifies fragility and a keen intuition. Such a This Queen embodies feminine mystery, and exemplifies fragility and a keen intuition. Such a person will have a

person will have a strange watery seductive power, and strange watery seductive power, and one not necessarily associated withone not necessarily associated with  great beauty. She will like the attention of others, while not a

 great beauty. She will like the attention of others, while not a ttracting it overtly. The Queen of ttracting it overtly. The Queen of  Cups is easily hurt, and will b

Cups is easily hurt, and will be inclined to seek solitude for protection.e inclined to seek solitude for protection. However, it is not essential that a court card

However, it is not essential that a court card be used, as any card in be used, as any card in the deck can represent athe deck can represent a person.

person.

As is true with many aspects of the tarot, there are

As is true with many aspects of the tarot, there are no hard and fast rules concerning no hard and fast rules concerning the use orthe use or otherwise of Significators in a tarot reading, and the tarot reader can decide

otherwise of Significators in a tarot reading, and the tarot reader can decide whether towhether to incorporate it.

incorporate it.

If a tarot reader uses a spread

If a tarot reader uses a spread that has a position for a Significator, the reader that has a position for a Significator, the reader can choose tocan choose to ignore this position, if they do not want

ignore this position, if they do not want to incorporate this element in the reading. If to incorporate this element in the reading. If they dothey do want to incorporate the Significator, they must select the card.

want to incorporate the Significator, they must select the card.

There are many ways to select the significant card, including matching a court card's p

There are many ways to select the significant card, including matching a court card's p hysicalhysical characteristic

characteristics to the subject of s to the subject of the reading, to selecting a card randomly from the deck.the reading, to selecting a card randomly from the deck. How a Significator is chosen, or whether one is used

How a Significator is chosen, or whether one is used at all, is up at all, is up to the tarot reader.to the tarot reader. PICKING A SIGNIFICATOR

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In matters of Love, there is nothing like a

In matters of Love, there is nothing like a good Tarot reading. Thegood Tarot reading. The Tarot offers a unique perspective, shedding light on the nature of  Tarot offers a unique perspective, shedding light on the nature of  our relationships. They are there to guide you on y

our relationships. They are there to guide you on your journey,our journey, both personally and romantically. Questions of love are, by far, both personally and romantically. Questions of love are, by far, the most common inquiries made during

the most common inquiries made during a Tarot reading.a Tarot reading. However, many people find themselves disappointed or However, many people find themselves disappointed or unsatisfied. The cause of this is often due to the

unsatisfied. The cause of this is often due to the questions that arequestions that are asked. The most important aspect to

asked. The most important aspect to a successful Tarot reading, isa successful Tarot reading, is asking the right questions.

asking the right questions.

The most common error that is made during a tarot reading is The most common error that is made during a tarot reading is thethe withholding of information. People tend to do this when they  withholding of information. People tend to do this when they  question or test a Tarot reader's ability. Its quite n

question or test a Tarot reader's ability. Its quite n ormal to feel apprehensive when workingormal to feel apprehensive when working with a new Tarot reader, particularly if

with a new Tarot reader, particularly if it is your first time getting a it is your first time getting a reading. Under thesereading. Under these circumstances

circumstances, the b, the biggest issue that arises is iggest issue that arises is a lack of opena lack of open-mindedness. Unfortunately, this-mindedness. Unfortunately, this doesn't serve you or the Tarot reader. Withholding information can, ultimately, impede that doesn't serve you or the Tarot reader. Withholding information can, ultimately, impede that Tarot reader's ability.

Tarot reader's ability.

When you get a Tarot reading, the best

When you get a Tarot reading, the best approach is to remain open and have your approach is to remain open and have your questionsquestions about love prepared before you start the reading. A

about love prepared before you start the reading. A professional tarot reader understands theprofessional tarot reader understands the cards and has learned how to interpret

cards and has learned how to interpret their meanings. The more specific you get with thetheir meanings. The more specific you get with the tarot reader, the better the they will b

tarot reader, the better the they will be able to assist you in e able to assist you in your reading. Take the time to clearyour reading. Take the time to clear  yourself of any doubt and let the cards guide

 yourself of any doubt and let the cards guide you. You will be surprised at you. You will be surprised at how muchhow much information you can receive when you

information you can receive when you remain receptive.remain receptive.

The best questions to ask during your first Love Tarot reading, should not b

The best questions to ask during your first Love Tarot reading, should not b e black and white.e black and white. In other words, asking if someone likes you or if your relationship is going to

In other words, asking if someone likes you or if your relationship is going to work out may work out may   give the Tarot reader very little to w

 give the Tarot reader very little to work with. The more open ended you are wiork with. The more open ended you are with yourth your questions, the more information the Tarot reader will be able to

questions, the more information the Tarot reader will be able to receive. Here are somereceive. Here are some examples of open ended questions that could be useful during a

examples of open ended questions that could be useful during a relationship Tarot reading.relationship Tarot reading. 1. What is currently influencing my relationship?

1. What is currently influencing my relationship? 2. What is currently influencing my love interest? 2. What is currently influencing my love interest? 3. How might I make this relationship grow? 3. How might I make this relationship grow? 4. What do I n

4. What do I need to understand about myself?eed to understand about myself? 5. What do I n

5. What do I need to understand about my love interest?eed to understand about my love interest? 6. What is the potential outcome of this r

6. What is the potential outcome of this relationship?elationship? 7. What do I n

7. What do I need to work on in order eed to work on in order to bring a loving relationship into my life?to bring a loving relationship into my life? The list can go on and

The list can go on and you can get creative as you want. Asking carefully planned questionsyou can get creative as you want. Asking carefully planned questions can lead to a very fulfilling Tarot reading.

can lead to a very fulfilling Tarot reading.

It’s

It’s also wise to let a Tarot reader also wise to let a Tarot reader know the background of your situation. This is particularly know the background of your situation. This is particularly 

true for Love Tarot readings. By allowing the Tarot reader to fully

true for Love Tarot readings. By allowing the Tarot reader to fully understand the nature of understand the nature of   your situation, the more they will be able

 your situation, the more they will be able to guide you. The history of to guide you. The history of a situation oftena situation often enhances the Tarot Reading. It gives the reader a

enhances the Tarot Reading. It gives the reader a wider perspective and allows them towider perspective and allows them to comprehend the issues that you are facing. It also helps them to discover what has been comprehend the issues that you are facing. It also helps them to discover what has been influencing your relationship.

influencing your relationship. ABOUT LOVE TAROT READINGS ABOUT LOVE TAROT READINGS

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Finally, it's important to remember that a good Tarot reader will n

Finally, it's important to remember that a good Tarot reader will n ever tell you what to do.ever tell you what to do. They are, in essence, messengers. You are your own master and have your own free

They are, in essence, messengers. You are your own master and have your own free will. Youwill. You have the power to choose your own directions and behaviors. In love matters, you are always have the power to choose your own directions and behaviors. In love matters, you are always  your own best guide. While tarot readings can

 your own best guide. While tarot readings can often disclose important influencesoften disclose important influences, you always, you always have the power to make your own decisions and have the power to make your own decisions and choose your own course of action.

choose your own course of action.

This spread is used to determine the correct course This spread is used to determine the correct course of action. The layout is five cards in

of action. The layout is five cards in the shape of athe shape of a plus sign.

plus sign.

Card 1 - (center) Present, general theme Card 1 - (center) Present, general theme Card 2 - (west) Past influences

Card 2 - (west) Past influences Card 3 - (east) The future Card 3 - (east) The future

Card 4 - (south) Reason for asking the question Card 4 - (south) Reason for asking the question Card 5 - (north) Potential for gain or loss

Card 5 - (north) Potential for gain or loss

Also the most common and most revealing spread available, it is the most complicated to lay  Also the most common and most revealing spread available, it is the most complicated to lay  out and to interpret. It is

out and to interpret. It is used for a variety used for a variety of questions and problems, but is most commonly of questions and problems, but is most commonly  used to answer complex questions with many outcomes. The layout starts off as the five card used to answer complex questions with many outcomes. The layout starts off as the five card spread, with one extra card laid on top of the center card. There is also a line of four cards spread, with one extra card laid on top of the center card. There is also a line of four cards lined end to end

lined end to end off to the east side of the off to the east side of the cross.cross. 1 - (center) The present

1 - (center) The present

2 - (center, on top) Immediate challenge, usually a very difficult obstacle 2 - (center, on top) Immediate challenge, usually a very difficult obstacle 3 - (east) Foundation, distant past

3 - (east) Foundation, distant past 4 - (south) Recent past

4 - (south) Recent past 5 - (north) B

5 - (north) Best possible outcomeest possible outcome 6 - (west) Immediate Future 6 - (west) Immediate Future

7 - (bottom of line) Inner feelings and factors affecting the situation 7 - (bottom of line) Inner feelings and factors affecting the situation 8 - (one up fr

8 - (one up from bottom of line) External influencesom bottom of line) External influences 9 - (one down from top of l

9 - (one down from top of line) Fears and hopes revolving around the situationine) Fears and hopes revolving around the situation 10 - (top of line) Final

10 - (top of line) Final outcome. If ambiguous, draw three more cards to clarify outcome. If ambiguous, draw three more cards to clarify 

The ellipse spread is another variation that can be used

The ellipse spread is another variation that can be used to answer direct questions. This oneto answer direct questions. This one would be about middle of the road

would be about middle of the road as far as complex questions go. Lined up in as far as complex questions go. Lined up in the shape of a V,the shape of a V, with the fourth card being in

with the fourth card being in the middle, it will travel southeast before it travels back the middle, it will travel southeast before it travels back up in aup in a northeast direction in a sequential order (1-7).

northeast direction in a sequential order (1-7). 1 - Past influences that are now part

1 - Past influences that are now part of the situationof the situation 2 - Present influences acting on you at the

2 - Present influences acting on you at the time of the readingtime of the reading 3 - Future influences that will have b

3 - Future influences that will have bearingearing 4 - Direction, telling you your course of a 4 - Direction, telling you your course of actionction 5 - External influences that can affect the

5 - External influences that can affect the situationsituation

The Five Card Spread The Five Card Spread

The Celtic Cross Spread The Celtic Cross Spread

The Ellipse Spread The Ellipse Spread

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6 - Fears and hopes about the

6 - Fears and hopes about the question or outcomequestion or outcome 7 - Final result, how it will end

7 - Final result, how it will end

Remember to stay calm during a reading, and to fu

Remember to stay calm during a reading, and to fully explore yourself when experiencing ally explore yourself when experiencing a reading. With these basic Types of Tarot Spreads, a few

reading. With these basic Types of Tarot Spreads, a few basic and complex answers can bebasic and complex answers can be attained. There are many more Types of Tarot Spreads that can be

attained. There are many more Types of Tarot Spreads that can be learned in books, online,learned in books, online, videos, or personal mentors.

videos, or personal mentors.

1 tells about you and your feelings 1 tells about you and your feelings in the relationship.

in the relationship.

2 would tell you about the other 2 would tell you about the other person's character.

person's character.

3 would give you an overall 3 would give you an overall feeling about the situation. feeling about the situation.

4 would identify the obstacles in 4 would identify the obstacles in  your path towards achieving the  your path towards achieving the

full love of the person you want to full love of the person you want to love you back.

love you back.

5 would indicate what exactly the 5 would indicate what exactly the other person thinks or feels about other person thinks or feels about  you.

 you.

6 is about the expectations of the

6 is about the expectations of the other person from you and the relationshipother person from you and the relationship 7 will tell you where exactly

7 will tell you where exactly the relationship is at present.the relationship is at present.

The horseshoe is a common spread where 7 cards are arranged in a

The horseshoe is a common spread where 7 cards are arranged in a semi-circle. The cards readsemi-circle. The cards read from left to right represent the past, pr

from left to right represent the past, present, influences, obstacles, expectationsesent, influences, obstacles, expectations, best course of , best course of  action, and likely

action, and likely outcomesoutcomes..

The star spread starts in the lower left an

The star spread starts in the lower left an d follows the 5 points of the star. Thd follows the 5 points of the star. The cards represente cards represent what you see, what you can't, what you can change, what

what you see, what you can't, what you can change, what you cannot change, and what youyou cannot change, and what you can expect.

can expect.

The Seven Card Relationship The Seven Card Relationship Spread

Spread

The Horseshoe Spread: The Horseshoe Spread:

The Star Spread: The Star Spread:

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Ten cards are arranged in four r

Ten cards are arranged in four rowed pyramids. Each pyramid represents the elements: earth,owed pyramids. Each pyramid represents the elements: earth, air, wind, and fire. Each card

air, wind, and fire. Each card has a different meaning, and the card has a different meaning, and the card at the top of the at the top of the pyramid ispyramid is the significator.

the significator.

The Planetary Spread is an excellent layout to use when you The Planetary Spread is an excellent layout to use when you wantwant insight into a personality.

insight into a personality.

You will lay out eleven cards in

You will lay out eleven cards in a circle, and read each carda circle, and read each card individually. Start with the first card in

individually. Start with the first card in the center of the circle, thenthe center of the circle, then lay out the next eight in

lay out the next eight in a circle starting with the NW a circle starting with the NW position in a standard compass rose, andposition in a standard compass rose, and proceeding clockwise to N, NE, E, SE, S, S

proceeding clockwise to N, NE, E, SE, S, S W, and W. Place the tenth W, and W. Place the tenth card beside the first card,card beside the first card, and the eleventh card crosswise on top of them both.

and the eleventh card crosswise on top of them both. ... 3 ... 3 ... ... 2 2 44 ... ... 9 9 10 10 1 1 55 ... ... 8 8 /11 /11 66 ... 7 ... 7 1.

1. The Sun. This is your The Sun. This is your ego card, showing how you view yourself.ego card, showing how you view yourself. 2.

2. Mercury. This card represents how yMercury. This card represents how you communicate.ou communicate. 3.

3. Venus. This card represents what you love and value, and hVenus. This card represents what you love and value, and h ow you act toward whatow you act toward what  you love and value.

 you love and value. 4.

4. Earth. This card represents what you consider your possessions and treasures, and how Earth. This card represents what you consider your possessions and treasures, and how   you act toward your possessions and treasures.

 you act toward your possessions and treasures. 5.

5. Mars. This card represents what gives you your energy and drive.Mars. This card represents what gives you your energy and drive. 6.

6.  Jupiter. This card represents your luck and  Jupiter. This card represents your luck and skill.skill. 7.

7. Saturn. This card represents how you deal with traditions.Saturn. This card represents how you deal with traditions. 8.

8. Uranus. This card represents how Uranus. This card represents how you rebel against those traditions.you rebel against those traditions. 9.

9. Neptune. This card represents your Neptune. This card represents your unconscious self.unconscious self. 10.

10. The Moon. This card represents your dreams, hopes and fears.The Moon. This card represents your dreams, hopes and fears. 11.

11. Pluto. This card represents how Pluto. This card represents how you transform yourself.you transform yourself.

This is the most basic and straightforward spread of all times. For

This is the most basic and straightforward spread of all times. For this spread, draw three cardsthis spread, draw three cards from a well shuffled deck and lay them out

from a well shuffled deck and lay them out in a straight line. This in a straight line. This spread has many differentspread has many different applications. These 3 positions can either stand for 'Past, Present and Future' or 'Sit

applications. These 3 positions can either stand for 'Past, Present and Future' or 'Sit uation,uation, Advice and Outcome' or 'Option one, Option two, Outcome' and so on. You can b

Advice and Outcome' or 'Option one, Option two, Outcome' and so on. You can b e totally e totally  creative with this spread. Also observe the flow of the reading and

creative with this spread. Also observe the flow of the reading and read in the direction whichread in the direction which seems natural to you.

seems natural to you. Tetractys:

Tetractys:

The Planetary Spread The Planetary Spread

3-Card Spread: 3-Card Spread:

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This is a step-up on

This is a step-up on the basic 3-Card Spread. For this draw the basic 3-Card Spread. For this draw 5 cards from a well shuffled deck 5 cards from a well shuffled deck  and lay them out in a

and lay them out in a straight line. Like the previous spread, this too has straight line. Like the previous spread, this too has several applications.several applications. For example, the five positions could be 'Past, Present, Hurdles, Advice, and Outcome'. Here is For example, the five positions could be 'Past, Present, Hurdles, Advice, and Outcome'. Here is my favorite position definition for this spread: 'Fire, Water, Air, Earth and Spiri

my favorite position definition for this spread: 'Fire, Water, Air, Earth and Spiri t' where eacht' where each element and its practical associations are explored with the card drawn in

element and its practical associations are explored with the card drawn in that position.that position.

Again a very good and simple spread. Draw 7

Again a very good and simple spread. Draw 7 cards from a well shuffled deck and lay them cards from a well shuffled deck and lay them inin either a straight line or in

either a straight line or in a horse-shoe pattern. The positions would be: 'Past, Present,a horse-shoe pattern. The positions would be: 'Past, Present, Situation, Hurdles, Advice, Outcome One and

Situation, Hurdles, Advice, Outcome One and Outcome Two'.Outcome Two'.

One of the most difficult things about Tarot reading, after you've learned the cards

One of the most difficult things about Tarot reading, after you've learned the cards themselvthemselves,es, is picking a spread to use for your

is picking a spread to use for your reading. There are a variety of spreads for Treading. There are a variety of spreads for Tarot readingsarot readings and knowing which one is best is not alw

and knowing which one is best is not always an intuitive thing, at least not at ays an intuitive thing, at least not at the start. Thisthe start. This article is going to give you some basic guidelines for choosing a spread to use

article is going to give you some basic guidelines for choosing a spread to use as well as go overas well as go over what the most common spreads are. Hopefully, after reading this, you'll have a good

what the most common spreads are. Hopefully, after reading this, you'll have a good startingstarting point for the spread you decide to use

point for the spread you decide to use for your subjects.for your subjects.

There are many spreads, some of which are extremely complicated. However, I have found There are many spreads, some of which are extremely complicated. However, I have found that there are three spreads in particular

that there are three spreads in particular that fit just about any occasion and should bthat fit just about any occasion and should be moree more than enough to get you started. We can d

than enough to get you started. We can dive into more advanced spreads in future articles.ive into more advanced spreads in future articles. The most basic spread is the Celtic Cross. This is

The most basic spread is the Celtic Cross. This is the most commonly used, and quite honestly,the most commonly used, and quite honestly, will probably be more than good enough for j

will probably be more than good enough for just about any reading that is asking a generalust about any reading that is asking a general question. What I mean by a general question is

question. What I mean by a general question is one such as, "Will I one such as, "Will I be getting a promotion atbe getting a promotion at work?" This is a common question that people will ask and

work?" This is a common question that people will ask and doesn't require too much in depthdoesn't require too much in depth analysis. For questions of these types, a Celtic Cross spread, which consists of laying out ten analysis. For questions of these types, a Celtic Cross spread, which consists of laying out ten cards in a certain order, should be

cards in a certain order, should be more than good enough to answer the subject's question.more than good enough to answer the subject's question. You will probably use this spread about 95%

You will probably use this spread about 95% of the time.of the time.

The next most common spread is the Celtic Block. This spread is ac

The next most common spread is the Celtic Block. This spread is ac tually very similar to thetually very similar to the Celtic Cross as the first ten cards are laid

Celtic Cross as the first ten cards are laid out the same way. However, with the Celtic Block out the same way. However, with the Celtic Block  spread, you deal out four more cards, 11

spread, you deal out four more cards, 11 through 14, underneath the fist ten that were through 14, underneath the fist ten that were dealtdealt out. This spread is usually used when a

out. This spread is usually used when a little more information is required. You will begin tolittle more information is required. You will begin to build an intuition for when to

build an intuition for when to use this spread. One thing you must understand is that you can'tuse this spread. One thing you must understand is that you can't start with a Celtic Cross and decide to convert it

start with a Celtic Cross and decide to convert it into a Celtic Block. These are two into a Celtic Block. These are two differentdifferent spreads and you must decide beforehand which one you are going to

spreads and you must decide beforehand which one you are going to use.use. The third most common spread, and the most complicated of the three, is

The third most common spread, and the most complicated of the three, is the Predictivethe Predictive Manteia. This spread allows you to go into the most depth

Manteia. This spread allows you to go into the most depth of the three spreads. The foundationof the three spreads. The foundation of this spread is the Past, Present and Future

of this spread is the Past, Present and Future Triadic Solidifiers. All the other cards in thisTriadic Solidifiers. All the other cards in this spread are placed around these three cards in

spread are placed around these three cards in a certain order. Each solidifier will a certain order. Each solidifier will have a block have a block  triad associated with it, totaling nine cards, three for each solidifier. The

triad associated with it, totaling nine cards, three for each solidifier. The spread then concludesspread then concludes with cards ten through fifteen, which all have their

with cards ten through fifteen, which all have their own meanings. This spread, unlike the firstown meanings. This spread, unlike the first two, cannot be continued. It is complete in

two, cannot be continued. It is complete in and of itself. This spread should only be and of itself. This spread should only be used for theused for the 5-Card Spread:

5-Card Spread:

7-Card General Spread: 7-Card General Spread:

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