The Original Complete Guide to Tarot Reading

A tarot reading cannot change the future, but what it does is take a little look down the road you’re currently travelling. If you like the destination of where you’re going, keep doing what you’re doing! If you don’t like the outcome, your tarot reader can provide you with ideas and suggestions for how to deal with what’s coming and how you might be able to do things differently to improve the outcome.

What is a Tarot reading?

A Tarot reading is a method of divination using a deck of 78 playing cards. Divided into the Major Arcana (a set of archetypal images) and the Minor Arcana (four suits, similar to standard playing cards but with four court cards instead of three), Tarot was first developed in the mid fifteenth century as a card game. In the eighteenth century, it gained popularity for its ability to offer insight into the future and today is most commonly used to provide emotional and spiritual guidance and insight.

Tarot card spreads

When you consult a psychic tarot reader, such as the lotus tarot readings from, frequently they may use any of a wide variety of different tarot reading spreads to answer your question. Simple yes or no questions can be answered with a single card, and daily tarot readings pull out one card to give you an idea of the themes or challenges you might face that day.

Tarot Cards3 tarot card readings give a little more information. For example, you’ve pulled out a single card that suggests that someone is causing you problems or offering you support. This can be expanded into a 3 card reading to give you additional input on the motives of that person or what they’re trying to achieve.

A Celtic cross tarot spread is probably the most commonly used. This ten card spread looks at everything from your current situation, external influences and internal hopes and fears, the past that brought you here through to the immediate and near future to the final outcome to give you a detailed account of your current situation and things to come.

Whatever type of spread your tarot reader uses, you should be able to ask them to pull out extra cards for clarification if there’s anything that’s unclear or you’d like more information on.

Finding a tarot reader

Finding a tarot reader is easy. A quick internet search will throw up plenty in your area. Finding a good tarot reader is a different matter and if you can get a personal recommendation from a friend, this is the best way to know that the person you’re consulting is going to give you the best tarot reading possible.

Tarot ReadingThese deceptively simple images contain a wealth of information and every combination offers something new. Many readers use their innate psychic ability when they interpret the cards to offer you a truly personalised experience and once you’ve seen for yourself how uncannily accurate tarot reading can be, you’ll want to consult the cards on a regular basis for the added benefits they can bring to all aspects of your life.

If you can’t find a tarot reader you can trust local to you, don’t worry. An online tarot card reading can be just as good. After all, the cards are archetypal images and whether you’ve got your reader sitting in front of you or they’re on the other side of the world, you’re still tapping into that psychic realm to give you the answers to your questions.

An online tarot reading from a reputable site such as a lotus tarot reading by can be really useful, especially if it’s an emergency and you need an answer to your questions now. Tarot card reading online is just as reliable as a reading sitting with a psychic and if you’re nervous about consulting the cards or you’re feeling self-conscious about your question, this is a good way to access their ancient wisdom safely.

Tarot horoscope

Although tarot and astrology are two different disciplines, there is some overlap between the two methods of divination. A tarot reader doesn’t need to know your sun sign to read your cards and there is a danger that if you supply your date of birth, they’ll simply look up details of your birth chart and parrot those to you.

However, this is where online tarot reading really comes into its own. There are many psychic websites that successfully combine the two techniques to offer you horoscope tarot, readings that give you general advice pertinent to your sign, so even if you don’t have any specific questions, you can still incorporate the wisdom of the tarot into your daily life.

Tarot love reading

Tarot Love ReadingProbably one of the most common reasons why people consult a tarot reader is because they want advice about their love life. A love tarot reading can be brutally honest, so it’s worth bearing in mind that you shouldn’t ask any question you aren’t prepared to hear the answer to. Tarot can tell you whether your partner’s being unfaithful or if your fears are unfounded, as well as letting you know whether your current love is The One or just Mr/Miss Right Now.

Whatever the answer, even if it’s not what you wanted, one of the best things about tarot is that it can offer hope as well as despair. If your partner isn’t the one for you, there may well be true romance just around the corner and tarot can offer the reassurance of a light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how bleak it may seem right now.

Tarot cards and their meanings

These days, there’s a dazzling array of tarot cards for readers to choose from. Among the most popular are still the traditional Rider Waite and Thoth decks, but the best deck for someone to use is the one that speaks to them and modern decks such as the Robin Wood tarot have some beautiful images that make them another favourite.

Each deck offers a different nuance to the reader, which is why it’s so important to use a deck that has meaning to you rather than one that’s a best seller. Oracle tarot cards are another option, using anything from fairies to angels, animals to trees, to give you guidance and support.

Reading tarot cards is a lifelong learning process, but familiarising yourself with a basic understanding is a good idea and can help you get more from your reading. It also means that when the Death card shows up, you won’t be worried – the death it represents isn’t a literal one but rather the death of a situation to allow for a new cycle, so if you’re looking to change jobs, for example, it can be a very positive card to draw. In contrast, if you get the Tower, you’d be justified in feeling concerned, since it represents a major change, often negative and one which cannot be avoided.

Tarot cardsWriting out an in depth guide to the cards would be another article in itself, but there are a few tarot reading secrets that are easy to remember to help you get more from your reading, so if, for example, you have a reading with lots of pentacle cards and you’re being told that this is about your love life, you know that your reader doesn’t understand how to interpret the cards.

In the Minor Arcana, coin or pentacle cards represent money and earthly concerns; cup cards concern the emotions, especially love; wand cards are about action and making things happen; swords are about thoughts and plans. Aces delineate new beginnings while the court cards frequently represent a person. (Kings are mature men; women are represented by queens. Knights are younger men while pages tend to denote children or, in some decks, are replaced by princesses to mean younger women.)

If a Celtic cross tarot spread contains a lot of Major Arcana cards, sit up and take note. Something important is about to happen and whereas in most cases, you can change the outcome of a reading with careful preparation, a reading with a lot of Major Arcana cards tends to symbolise a more inevitable future, so you’ll want to be prepared.

Asking the right questions

As with so many types of divination, the quality of your reading has a lot to do with the quality of the questions you ask. Try to phrase your questions so they’re as clear and unambiguous as possible when you ask tarot for advice. The answer you’ll get to ‘should I set up my own business?’ will be very different to ‘if I set up my own business, will it be profitable in six months?’ so think carefully about what it is you need to know.

If you’re unsure of where to start, a general reading is a good way to discover the main themes for the immediate future. “What will the next six months be like?” or “what are the important events of the coming six months?” is a great place to start. Anything that strikes you as important from your general reading can then be used as the basis for clarification or a follow up reading.

When to get a tarot reading

You might think that the best time to get a tarot reading done is when you’re in a crisis, but, in fact, this is the worst time to consult the cards. Extreme emotions influence a reading so that you only hear what you want to hear – or have your worst fears confirmed. Either way, it’s difficult for your psychic to see through your emotional state to get to the underlying truth.

As a general rule, you shouldn’t need a detailed tarot reading more than once or twice a year. You should be able to get enough information from this to see you through the next few months. However, if an opportunity comes up or you’d like to know about a new relationship or business venture in the interim, then don’t be afraid to see what the cards have to say before making up your mind. You could find out details that a general reading didn’t cover.

Daily tarot card reading gives you more of a flavour for the day. Consulting lotus tarot online for a simple spread can give you a heads up for how the next 24 hours or so are going to be and if you have your own deck, carrying around your card for the day can help attract the energies of that card to help ward away negativity.

Ultimately, it’s up to you how frequently you feel you need your cards reading. However, the one thing you should never do is ask the same question more than once, with the exception of ‘how will my day be?’ for a daily tarot reading.

If you do break this rule, the cards will eventually tell you what you want to hear and while that might be pleasant, it doesn’t help you prepare yourself for any pitfalls or challenges waiting for you and negates the whole point of a real tarot reading – you should be told what you need to know, not what you want to hear.

The limits of tarot

One of the beauties of tarot is that it can cover any and every subject, whether you want a tarot reading for love, money or choosing a holiday. If you decide to study tarot yourself, you’re bound to find that many of your friends want to come to you for readings, which is a good way to hone your skills and develop a deeper understanding of the cards.

However, you’ll soon discover that one of the things that tarot can’t do is let you read your own future. You’re simply too emotionally invested to be able to see things clearly, even if you pull out a card and look up its exact meaning in a book instead of relying on psychic intuition and your personal interpretation of the image.

This is where virtual tarot readings can be so helpful. A lotus tarot reading can help you interpret cards for yourself where working on your own you might miss details, so even if you become adept at working with your own deck, there’s always going to be a need for you to consult an external source when it comes to your own life.

Once you’ve seen how useful tarot can be as a tool, you’ll start to incorporate it into all aspects of your life and you’ll discover that not only does it assist you in understanding your issues better, it can also lead to a greater understanding of yourself. It really is a phenomenally powerful tool and with the advent of online tarot reading, there really is no bar to using tarot whenever you need.

Sorrell Cochrane

Sorrell Cochrane

Sorrell Cochrane has been reading tarot cards for almost 30 years and has written numerous articles on psychism and related subjects. Happily married, she enjoys exploring the countryside with her small dog and brood of children.
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