Learning Tarot

Tarot cards have been intriguing people since the Middle Ages in Europe.  Even though they’re a very old idea, the cards still captivate our imaginations and make us wonder what power they really hold.

The truth is the Tarot holds whatever power we give it.  It can be a tool for amusement and entertainment, a method for meditation and self-knowledge, or a way to gain insight into our every day lives.

It’s a complicated tool, but a fascinating one as well.  Tarot cards are archaic and mystical, but they have a modern place in the world, too.

Learning to use the Tarot and give readings can be an easy process or a difficult one.  Either way, it’s the start of a long journey into understanding the nature of ourselves and the people around us.

There are two basic approaches to learning the Tarot.  One way is to get out the little white book that comes with the deck and memorize the meaning for every card, upright and reversed, and give readings based on what you remember.  That’s a long and tedious process.

The other way is to let the cards speak their own meaning to you as you use them.  In other words, the intuitive way.   It helps to keep the little white book around and refer to it when needed, but the true usefulness of each Tarot card is what it means to you in the moment you’re seeing it.  In other words, use your intuition.  Once you’re familiar with the cards, then take the time to learn about the symbolism, history, and tradition.  You can proceed on just your intuition, of course, but your understanding and readings will be richer if you study Tarot, too.

With either approach to learning the Tarot, it can take a lifetime to master the cards.  But it’s easy to get started, and I hope you’ll jump right in and join me.