This little spread is one I created and is based on elemental and cardinal directional correspondences. Card number 2 is meant to be laid out in the northern quadrant of your table or tarot cloth. Card 3 south, and so on until you end with 5.
Stop Learning Tarot Cards Like Flash Cards (You’re Better Than That)
One thing I’ve noticed as I’ve started teaching tarot cards to other people is that they have a tendency to think that every card has an individual meaning and it is their duty to memorize 78 complex sets of meanings before they can begin reading for others.
That’s simply not true.
It’s also incredibly inefficient and totally kneecaps you when you move on to learn another deck (and try memorizing ANOTHER 78 complex sets of meanings). Cards exist in relation to one another. Understanding those relationships lets you remember meanings quicker, better understand how cards in a spread might be connected, and give much smoother readings.
If you’re learning Tarot for the first time or looking to bush up, here’s my advice after reading cards for 10 years. Please, learn from my mistakes.
Tarot is a language
In the same way you learn letters
and string them into words and then string words into sentences to communicate,
tarot is a language you learn so your intuition can communicate more fully with you and others. And like a language, it’s often best to start with the phrases that you’ll use the most.
through your deck and pick out no more than 12 cards that are really calling to
you and look up those meanings. Write them down if you’re up for it. Go through your deck and pick out no more than 12 cards that give you a
feeling of unease and do the same. Notice any reoccurring symbols?
Tarot is a story
How you understand that story may vary on your
tradition, your experience level, your aims. Most standard Tarot decks follow the Fool’s Journey through the Major Arcana as he becomes more skilled and then more enlightened. A similar pattern can be seen in each of the suits. The Court Cards are less narrative in my opinion but a similar progression can be seen.
Practice: Take out each of the suits one at a time and lay
them out in a row. Read the meanings of each card and see how the story
progresses. Write down a summary. Do the same with each of other suits’ courts and the major arcana.
Tarot is a system
You aren’t fluent until you know the language
well enough to speak smoothly and in most situations. Similarly, it takes
understanding Tarot at a high level to give the best quality readings and read
without a book. No card exists in isolation and just like when they show up in a reading, you must read them in relation to the rest of the spread - it helps a lot to know them in relation to the rest of the deck.
Practice:Lay every card in your deck out like this (pardon my bad MSPaint job). Major Arcana up top and Court Cards off to the right and all the numbers lined up with the Fool and World left hanging. Pick one of the cards that resonated with you in the first exercise and look at how it relates to all the other cards in the deck. If it’s the 8 of Pentacles, what do the other 8′s look like and speak to? What do 8 (Strength) and 18 (the Moon) in the Major Arcana connect to it (if at all)? How does it relate to the rest of the story of the Pentacles?
Hope this helps! If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
Where have you grown? While it most certainly is the dawn of a new day, keep in mind your roots are proof that you have already come a long way. The soil is your past. What lesson can you learn from days gone by?
2. The Weed.
You wish to flourish and grow strong, but there is undoubtedly something that is stunting your progress. What are your obstacles, what’s holding you back?
3. The Seed.
Within your immediate future, which area of your life will you first see signs of growth? Which seed has taken hold?
4. The Sun.
The love and support of others is helpful. But the will to grow comes from within. Let the sun be a reminder of what you need to keep in mind in order to help yourself grow.
5. The Rain.
A blessing in disguise. Understand that not all things are always as they seem. Grey skies can sometimes bring you down, but like the sun, rain too is necessary. Through struggle, you will find strength. What blessing in disguise is upon your horizon?
What is Tumblr’s deal against paying divination readers what they deserve? I’m so tired of seeing my friends offering readings for a measly amount - I’m talking $1 to $3 - and people flat out refuse. But, of they offer free readings? They’ll get fifty requests!
A reading in real life can cost anywhere from $20 to $100, depending on how in-depth the session is. They are emotionally and physically draining on a reader, regardless of how big or small the reading is. You can get spiritually burnt out quickly.
I just want to see readers on this site respected. :/