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Learn to Read Tarot Cards

The Suit of Swords

Each Suit contains 14 cards. Similar to a regular deck of cards, they have an…

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Eight of Cups

An eight of any suit is also tied very closely with the Neptune, which is…

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Ten of Wands

The Ten of Wands is linked very closely to Jupiter, the planet of good fortune.…

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The Star

Upright: Hope, healing, generosity The Star card shows a woman pouring water from a bowl…

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Ace of Cups

An Ace is seen as the one in a suit of cards and is usually…

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The Magician

Upright: willpower, creation, manifestation The Magician tarot card represents your ability to make your goals…

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Eight of Pentacles

The Eight of Pentacles has strong ties to the Planet Mercury, which is the planet…

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Fortune Cookie

Open the Fortune Cookie Although there is always some question about where the fortune cookie…

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Nine of Pentacles

The Nine of Pentacles has strong ties to the Planet Mercury, which is the planet…

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Tarot Card Suits

Nine of Wands

The Nine of Wands is linked very closely to Jupiter, the planet of good fortune.…

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Five of Swords

A five of any suit is tied very closely with Uranus, the planet of shock…

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Queen of Pentacles

All Queens showcase the feminine side of the element they represent. The Queen of Swords…

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Heartbreak Love Spread

A Heartbreak Spread is often used after an intense argument or disagreement. It can hep…

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Understanding Tarot Spreads

The Tower

Upright: Painful loss, awakening, revelation The Tower is a stone tower, like any other, at…

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Eight of Swords

The Eight of Swords has strong ties to the Planet Mercury, which is the planet…

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Ten of Pentacles

The Ten of Pentacles has strong ties to the Planet Mercury, which is the planet…

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Ten of Cups

A ten of any suit is also tied very closely with the planet Neptune, which…

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Tarot by Zem

Skilled and accurate Tarot reader and intuitive with years of experience. I am a skilled…

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Upright: Life lessons, fairness, law Justice sits in front of a purple backdrop, which is…

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Compatibility Spread

In this basic spread, you will be to divine how much you and your partner…

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King of Swords

The King of Swords is tied very closely with Uranus, the planet of shock and…

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Page of Swords

The Page of Swords has strong ties to the Planet Mercury, which is the planet…

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Tarot Card Meanings

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What is Tarot?

Like many forms of divination, Tarot cards are a tool to help you tap into your own intuition and the wisdom of the universal energy that guides your life. Tarot, which has origins in 14th century Europe, is not a form of fortune-telling. It’s more like a mirror that reflects what is happening in your life at the moment. Tarot is able to tap into hidden thoughts, feelings, and truths and bring them to the surface so you can use that information to make decisions about life, love, emotions, health, career, and more.

About Tarot card decks

Most Tarot card decks consist of 78 Tarot cards broken into a Major Arcana (22 cards) and a Minor Arcana (56 cards). The Major Arcana cards typically represent significant life events on a large scale, while the Minor Arcana cards deal with day-to-day life. The Minor Arcana includes four “suits” that each has a theme. Each suit is numbered one through 10, with four additional Court cards (Page, Knight, Queen and King).

Pentacles — Also referred to as “Disks” or “Coins,” cards in the Pentacles suit pertain to things in the material and physical world. Pentacles cards often indicate money matters, career and success, but they also can indicate levels of emotional and spiritual prosperity, too.

Wands — Sometimes called “Staffs,” the suit of Wands is more spiritual and is used to illustrate the energy of movement, growth and new beginnings. Wands represent ideas and innovation. They are often related to your career or your sense of purpose in the world, but they can deliver strong love messages, too.

Cups — The suit of Cups is connected to our emotions and to our relationships, and to matters of the soul. Cups cards can reveal how we truly feel — and how others truly feel about us. They also speak of our emotional well-being.

Swords — The Swords cards are most associated with conflict and strife, which can refer to internal conflict, as well. Swords cut to the heart of a matter, revealing our greatest challenges. They can tell of illness, heartbreak, war, loss and death, but they can also reveal truths we need to face in order to move forward, which ultimately is a positive thing.

About Tarot spreads

Tarot cards are shuffled and laid out in any number of Tarot spreads. The best known spread is the Celtic Cross, but there are countless other Tarot spreads you can choose depending on what type of question you want to ask and how many cards you wish to draw.  If you want to start out very simply, you can draw just one card about a specific person or situation. In fact, your question doesn’t even need to be a question! It’s called an “open reading” when you simply think about a person or situation instead of asking a direct question — the cards will still provide insight.

Each position in a Tarot spread has its own significant meaning, just as every card has its own meaning. For example, your spread may feature positions for “past,” “present” and “future,” or for “possible outcome,” so it’s important to pay attention to the position in which each card turns up. A card speaking of heartbreak would surely mean something different if it turned up in the past instead of the future, right?

Laying out your Tarot cards

Once you’ve determined your Tarot spread, it’s customary to shuffle all 78 cards in the Tarot deck and cut the cards as many times as you like while thinking about your question. This allows your energy to interact with the energy of the cards to achieve the best results. It also helps if you do your reading in a peaceful and relaxed environment.

When you are done shuffling and feel the moment is right, speak your question out loud, then pull your first card from anywhere in the deck and lay it on the first position of your spread in the upright position. Do the same for the remaining cards until every card is in place. Now comes the hardest (and most fun!) part — figuring out how to interpret your Tarot reading.

How to read Tarot cards

Tarot beginners will likely need to refer to or to a Tarot reference book to find the meaning of each card in their spread. The illustrations on each card depict archetypes of the human experience, but they can also take on personal meaning for you.

Let’s take The Fool card, for example. This card features a happy young man gazing into the distance. He’s about to step off a cliff into the unknown as the Sun rises behind him, and he has a small knapsack of supplies. Now think about how this literal description of The Fool might be translated into an insightful message. The classic interpretation is that of a person at the beginning of something new — perhaps a new relationship or a life-changing adventure — and they should be feeling positive about it because they have everything they need to succeed.

See, doesn’t that make sense? Now you try. Begin by studying each card and the position it is in, write down notes about how the card makes you think and feel based on its imagery and symbolism, then look up the classic meaning and make a note about that, too. Once you have done this for all the cards in your spread, you’ll start to see a story developing — a story that’s all about you!

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