Today I am going to explain the very basics for understanding how tarot reading works. I know that some of you will already have the basic knowledge of tarot reading but there are sure to be some of you that are fresh to the ways of the tarot so this section is for them really. Once everybody has gotten a little understanding of how the tarot cards are structured & know the basic techniques for giving a tarot reading I will then go on with teaching you how to read the tarot cards yourself…those of you that really want to be tarot card readers will succeed & become great tarot readers but those of you that think that just by knowing how to read tarot cards is all that it takes to become a really good tarot reader & yet have no real desire for it then yes you will be able to read the cards but you will never become really great at it!
The basic method or technique for a tarot reading is to first shuffle the cards & then create a “spread”, some tarot readers with myself included will ask the “querent“ (who is the person having their cards read) to cut the shuffled cards 3 times before laying the “spread“ so as to add a little of their personal energy to the reading, this is the only time that your cards should be touched by anyone other than yourself . A tarot “spread” is created by taking the cards one at a time starting from the top & laying them face-up in a certain pattern that has been specifically designed for reading the tarot, spreads each have their own names such as “The Cross”, “The Calender” & “The Horse-shoe” to name but a few. Each card in a “spread” represents a particular subject such as “The Past” & “The Present” etc which again I shall explain in greater depth for you later on in the blog. Many tarot card readers will also “reverse” some of the cards before shuffling them which is said to “reverse” the meaning of the card but I choose not to “reverse” any cards as if the card is meant to give a negative meaning then …if you are a good reader, the card will show you this when you come to read it, after all we are supposed to read the meaning being shown in the cards rather than the meaning being obvious because it is positioned up-side down aren’t we? But I’l not condemn you if you reverse your cards, at least untill you learn how to tell if the meaning should be reversed with the cards the right-way-up anyhow!. Although each card holds its own meaning it also depends upon the position of the card within the “spread” to determine what the card is showing us…the “hidden” meaning if you like. This may sound a little difficult to understand at first but once you have given a few readings it all falls nicely into place & you will wonder why you didn’t see it in the first instance as in tarot reading the saying “practice makes perfect” is quite literal.