How to Read Tarot Cards When You Don’t Know Shit
OR: HOW I STOPPED WORRYING AND LEARNED TO LOVE PRACTICING TAROT
This is a simple exercise I’ve done really to hone my intuition while divining. I like to pull a three card spread (past, present, future) but you can really use whichever spread you’d like.
- Most trump cards can be self explanatory if you’re good at word association.
- The Fool card starts a story that follows a journey through to the World, the end. Everything in between is character development.
- Death does not mean death. Unlike most horror films, its appearance can actually signal a new beginning or change.
Know what each suit means or symbolizes in general.
- Cups: Water, focuses on your emotional self, creativity and romance, following your heart over your head.
- Pentacles: Earth, focuses on your physical self, material ideas like business or wealth, manifestation.
- Swords: Air, focuses on your mental self, action and concentration, intelligence and conflict.
- Wands: Fire, focuses on your spiritual self, intuition and inspiration, values and flaws.
All in All:
- Use the context clues in the imagery of your cards to guide your intuition.
- Don’t worry about misreading a card or getting anything wrong. This is really about trusting yourself and your gut instincts.
- Don’t be afraid to take the surface value of the card during this exercise. It’s just an exercise.
I hope this helped you if you’re just starting out, want to try a different method to divining with tarot, or just want to generally work on trusting your gut.