The Basics of Tarot

Tarot can be read highly strategically or entirely intuitively. The ideal is to have a combination of both. A learned skill combined with a natural gift. There are 4 major suits – such as in a regular deck of playing cards: Cups, Discs, Wands and Swords. I equate these to Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs and Spades. They reference the emotional self, the physical existence, the passionate and action oriented self and the mental energy of thoughts, ideas and words. There is also a ‘Major Arcana’ in a Tarot Deck, something a playing deck doesn’t have – these are cards that represent much depth, inner work, contemplative wisdom and archetypal energies. The best way to learn is to practice! Part of truly reading a deck is by opening yourself to what you hear, feel, and see while you are doing a reading. Taking time to gaze into a card and reflect upon what you see there can help you know the deck better, which can allow you to read more easily and trust your intuition when someone is in front of you.