I have been learning to read Tarot for a couple of years and I love it more and more every day. While I desperately wish that magic was real, I just can’t bring myself to believe it. But I do think that I believe in the power of the Universe and good energy, and I believe that directly relates to my ability to intuitively read tarot cards.
I grew up in the Bible belt and know that even seeing tarot cards can freak people out. I wish that wasn’t the case. Tarot can be a powerful tool to help with mindfulness, self-discovery, and self-awareness. There’s nothing mystical about them, they simply help us unlock our own thoughts and organize them in ways that make sense and help us live our best possible lives.
I have a fabulous book on tarot – Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot – that gives detailed meanings of each card. The author has such a firm grasp on the symbolism – both in the pictures represented and even the numbers assigned; she finds connection and meaning in everything. I will be honest, this book overwhelmed me as a beginner tarot reader. I thought that there would be no possible way that I could remember everything about all of these cards – and there isn’t. I’ve slowly been learning to interpret the deck in ways that make sense for me, and I use this book as a means of studying the cards and as a jumping off point if I’m feeling really stuck.
I typically use The Original Rider Waite Tarot Pack, which is the classic deck that you might imagine when you think of tarot cards. I have another deck, but I’m most comfortable with this one and feel as though I’m finally able to give a solid reading with it. There are so many beautiful decks out there – if you’re new to tarot and just want to enjoy the process, pick the one that jumps out at you. That’s the universe trying to tell you something, friend. Even if there’s not a lot of books out there to help you learn it, if you love looking at it and playing with it, then you’re going to assign your own meanings to the card. That’s what is most important.
I believe that intuitive tarot readings helps unlock your true desires and understanding about life. The universe gives you the cards that you need to see, but your own self-conscious spirit interprets the cards for you. When we’re studying a card and trying to assign it meaning in our lives, we are tapping into the parts of our brains that are usually hidden. We might be trying to hide something from ourselves or others, but that is the very thing that’s going to bubble up when you’re looking hard for how it relates to you – guaranteed.
Learning to read the cards and create a story out of them has helped me become a better writer. It’s almost like a daily writing prompt; I love being able to look at three general ideas, formulate them into a single theme, and then write a simple blurb describing my current situation and how my own wisdom helps me solve those dilemmas.