1. Tarot is an Art. Like any other art; it requires time, patience, and practice to get good at it. It can be useful to talk to other people who are experienced in this skill, but recognize the value of your own experiences as well. Tarot is complex, so learning from other people and from books can be very useful. However, no one person or book of knowledge holds the only one right and true way to become a great reader. Exercise your own intuitive judgment when evaluating what sources are giving you good information or not.
2. Tarot is a form of Divination. What that means is that you as a reader are looking for some kind of divine guidance when you are reading, whether for yourself or for others. Tarot seems to work quite well for people of more than one faith, as long as the person reading understands that they’re trying to be in tune with a higher power. It’s okay to be Pagan, Christian, Jewish, of a Tribal People, and reach out for higher consciousness. I have also known some completely non-religious people who read quite affectively, and most of them seem to be able to relate on a level of some of the Jungian ideas of tapping into the collective unconscious.
3. The images in Tarot cards are somewhat archetypal, and most people will be able to relate to the kinds of events and feelings that each of the cards symbolize. Understanding the basic meaning of each card in very simple terms allows you to easily reorganize them into different stories. These stories can be highly metaphorical. When you rearrange the cards with some understanding of their meaning and placement, different metaphorical stories which use the same basic aspects of life emerge.
4. It is easier to learn the many different meanings of the individual cards by studying them in smaller groups. The first 21 cards are the Major Arcana, and they tend to represent major events and transitions in peoples lives, as well as subjects of a ‘higher’ importance. The rest of the cards are known as the Minor Arcana, and can be thought of as describing important events and patterns in every day living, and people and their personalities.
5. The Minor Arcana are made up of 4 suits; cups, wands, pentacles and swords. They correspond to the four suits of today’s common playing cards which have hearts, clubs, diamonds, and swords. Each of the suits also corresponds to one of the elements and has it’s own number. Learning something about the elements and what things are attributed to each will help, as will learning about the different symbolic meanings associated with each number.
6. Pick a deck that has art that appeals to you. There are many different types of Tarot decks designed by many talented artists. Different artists may have a different approach to the way they depict each traditional image. If you find a deck with art that inspires you or moves you in an emotional and intellectual way, you’re well on your way to feeling that intuition emerge on a deeper level.
7. Tarot can give you a lot of insight into your own mind, and can help you understand your life better. However, when making big decisions, it is always best to use a balance of logic and intuition. Any time your decisions involve health matters, your primary consultants should be doctors and health professionals. Use your rational thinking mind to make choices about what kinds of situations Tarot is most appropriate and helpful in.