The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. ~ Lao Tzu
Yes. Anyone can read tarot cards. The cards themselves are simply 78 pieces of paper with images placed onto them. Each card tells a story from your perspective and allows you to receive insight into various areas of life. You don’t have to be a psychic. You simply have to have the desire and dedication to learn what each card means to you.
I started reading tarot at one of the lowest points in my life and found that through tarot I could find reflection and focus. I purchased my first deck through Amazon, and along with that, my first tarot book (Tarot Plain and Simple). I remember being overwhelmed with the thought of having to learn 78 cards. 78! And then, to know that reversed cards had different meanings. So now I was to learn 156 cards! For a person who can barely remember yesterday, that was a large feat.
However, I pushed on.
Although I, and a lot of others, will say start with one card a day, I was too excited to learn as much as I could. I went straight to reading for others, all the while continuing my studying. I consumed everything I could on the tarot and then went on to study the other layers that make up a tarot card (for me that was numerology and astrology). Believe me, if I can learn tarot, you can, too.
Tarot is both a learned skill and an art. To thoroughly learn it, you’ll need to invest time, resources, and even money towards your skill. You’ll need to practice your art, and practice it often. There are numerous communities online where you can read for others for free, and you can often get very valuable feedback. Of course, you can also read for yourself, your family, your friends, and your greater community. Just… read.
So, how to do you get started?
Get a deck
Any deck will do, however, I recommend Rider-Waite. This deck is universally known, and most training resources will use these cards as guidelines. However, many people find that they work best with a deck that speaks directly to them. For finding a deck visit the website Aeclectic.com: there you’ll find plenty of decks to choose from.
Read books, read blogs, watch videos, join courses, listen to podcasts, find community
Learn the rules and then let them go. Reading is an intuitive and personal thing, but knowing some traditional guidelines and keywords will help you in the long-term. You want to set a solid foundation so that you don’t feel completely lost and overwhelmed.
Don’t get down on yourself if you don’t see what others see in the cards. Your unique life experience will help you develop your own understanding. Someone who lost everything in a fire will see fire differently than someone who hasn’t. I’ve created a list of resources here.
Begin with one card a day and journal your thoughts
Or two, or three. Just not enough to overwhelm yourself. Study the card.
- What do the images provoke for you?
- What colors are there?
- Are there people? If so, what are they doing?
- What story does this card tell, for you?
- What could this card mean for you today?
Write down your thoughts and keep a journal. If you aren’t a paper kind of person, I recommend using WordPress (or any other blog system) and Evernote for all of the information you’ll find.
Oh, the Android App Galaxy Tarot is fantastic for on-the-go learning — plus it includes a journal.
Practice with others — every day.
Reading for others will give you an understanding of how certain cards tell a story for different types of questions. It’ll also give you ample opportunity to practice reading cards, so that you don’t ask the same questions about yourself over and over.
Ready? Set. Go! Happy reading.