I recommend that before you start to study the tarot that you begin a tarot journal. For those of you who aren’t inclined to write, don’t worry. This is not a journal in the sense you’ll have to write 500 words about each tarot card. Instead, just find yourself a nice book with empty pages, and set aside at least two pages for each of the 78 cards in the tarot deck. Also, leave some space to write down ideas about the suits, numbers, and court cards.
Your journal is a place where you can do almost anything you want: jot down notes, keep track of ideas, draw or colour, make lists and charts of keywords and associations, write down dreams or visualisations you may have in relation to your tarot studies, do collage, impress herbs or plants – the list is endless. If you’d like , you can even write essay or stories about each card. No matter how much you think you’re not into journaling, you’ll find it a useful tool. There’s so much to learn about tarot from so many different sources, that it helps to have it all organised in one place so you can look thing up easily. You can use your computer for this purpose also if you prefer.
The easiest way for a beginner tarot reader, to start to read the tarot cards is to make a list on a piece of paper of six areas of life, which are of special interest to themselves or someone they are practicing on.
Then simply pick out six cards, either from the top of a shuffled tarot deck or at random and make up a story based on the card meanings.
Once you have grasped this method, choose six more tarot cards , either right off the top of the deck or with selected cards and see how the story progresses.
Alternatively, choose one or two categories out of the six and put another card or two on top of them to ‘zoom in’ onto a particularly important aspect of interest.
It may also help to write down the story you feel the cards have told you in this session, so you can refer back to it in the future to check accuracy.
People who are studying the Tarot or working with their own psychic development often ask if it’s really possible to read Tarot for yourself. The general issue seems to be whether you can remain objective when it’s a reading for you as opposed to when you are giving a psychic reading to someone else.
The short answer is, yes you can indeed read Tarot for yourself!
I love Tarot cards as they are filled with the most profound symbolism, but for me they are just a jumping off point to another level of consciousness where we can see things more clearly and often catch glimpses of the future. The symbolism, can spark any latent psychic ability you have and therefore the magic is within you, and not in the cards which are, after all, just coloured pictures on pieces of cards, So maybe the question we really have to start with is, how tuned in to your own psychic intuition are you before you pick up the cards and start using them?
Psychic development involves practicing tuning in to our intuition and paying attention to it as a source of information that is just as important as anything you might see or hear. Often it can be more important, because we can distort what we see and hear, whereas our intuition is usually crystal clear.
We can dull our ability to tune in to own psychic intuition simply by not paying attention to it, either because it’s not really valued in our ‘rational’ society, because we drown it out with the hustle and buzzle of everyday life, or because it goes against what we want to be the case.
One way to get a better reading for yourself may be by keeping a tarot journal to chart your journey when you do readings for yourself. Scribble down absolutely everything that springs to your mind without second guessing or censoring yourself. Just put it all on paper. You’ll get used to sensing whatever is coming in is from your own psychic intuition and when your own voice is starting to creep in.
Alongside that, make a note of how you were actually feeling when you did the reading. Were you calm and open to messages? Were you excited, upset, or otherwise finding it hard to concentrate? How did you feel about what you saw in the reading?
Over time, you’ll be able to look back and actually measure your progress by noting whether future events have unfolded the way you saw them. That direct feedback will help you see where you are doing well and where you might need to improve. What you’ll probably find is that when you are calm and open, you are more able to listen to what your intuition is trying to tell you and that you do a better reading as a result.
In this way you can start experimenting with how to become focused and centred before you pick the cards up. Regular meditation helps with this.
Experiment with this method for a few weeks and see what happens!
This is probably the simplest tarot spread for beginners to start using the Tarot on a daily basis. Nothing could be easier. In a reflective state of mind, you shuffle the tarot cards and, when it feels right, you either cut the deck, lifting off the top card, or you draw a card at random from the tarot pack. Note the current date and the name of the card in your Tarot journal or notebook. This step is important if you want to learn the tarot. Review your notebook from time-to-time. You will be amazed how your knowledge of the symbols continues to grow.
Before looking up in a tarot textbook anything about the meaning of the the tarot card you have chosen, simply study its images on your own. What do you see when you look at the card? What thoughts and feelings does it stir up in you? How would you describe the card to another person?What action is taking place?Who are the characters in the card? What action is taking place?
Let your imagination roam free. And then note your observations in your notebook. Remember your personal experience with your tarot cards is your primary source of learning. The meanings you find online or in tarot books are secondary. It’s your own experiences that will eventually lead you to discovering a mulitude of hidden meanings in each card and unlocking the hidden wisdom of the tarot.