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Tarot 101

September 19, 2023
September 19, 2023 Jennifer Doran

Tarot 101

So, you’re interested in Tarot. Here is a quick 101 guide. I will delve deeper as we move along.

Step 1: Choose a Deck

Tarot decks have more cards than regular playing cards and come in various styles. Pick one that resonates with you.

Step 2: Understand the Basics

Tarot decks have 78 cards divided into major and minor arcana. Major arcana covers significant life themes, while minor arcana addresses everyday issues and is divided into four suits.

Step 3: Formulate Your Question

Keep your questions open-ended for introspection. Clear and concise inquiries that focus on who, what, where, and how work best.

Step 4: Prepare Your Space

Set the mood with items like tablecloths, candles, or crystals. Some cleanse their area with sprays or incense.

Step 5: Shuffle and Cut

Shuffle your deck while contemplating your question. Cut the deck into smaller piles, then restack them randomly for the reading.

Step 6: Pull the Cards

You can pull cards intuitively or use specific spreads. Beginners can start with a one-card spread for simplicity.

Step 7: Begin Learning

Learn the meanings of the minor arcana suits (cups, wands, swords, pentacles) and the court cards (king, queen, page, knight).

Bonus Tip: Keep a Tarot Journal

Record your card interpretations and compile your own encyclopedia of meanings over time.