You might wonder if you can do your own tarot card reading, even as a beginner. The truth is you can. Tarot cards help you to have more insight into what is going on in your life and when you use your intuition, you can use the cards to guide you.
Cleanse Your Space
The first thing that you need to do is to make sure that your space is free of negative energy. Cleanse your space by using bells or chimes, putting out crystals, taking a salt bath, burning herbs, or using other cleansing methods.
Doing this can cleanse the energy and make sure that you aren’t picking up negative energy when you do your reading.
Picking a Deck and Shuffling
Start by meditating and doing breath work. This can help you to get the guidance that you need when you are ready to pick the cards. Make sure that you keep your heart and mind open. Once you pick out your deck, close your eyes and meditate again. Do this until you feel ready to shuffle and then open your eyes and shuffle the deck.
As you shuffle, think about the questions that you want answer to. There is no right or wrong way to shuffle the deck and you need to use your intuition to do this. Once you are ready, you will lay out a spread and this will influence the way that you do your reading. You will use the cards in a combination to get the answers to your questions.
It is a good idea to know what kind of spread that you are doing before you start shuffling but sometimes you might just want to draw one card a day to get you through things in your life.
Don’t ask the same questions over and over again because once you get your answer, that is the answer. Anything else can become confusing and even if you don’t like the answer, don’t try to pull out a new card to get the answer that you want.
The best way that you can deal with this is to accept your answer and find out what you can do to change the situation for the better and to help yourself to reach your greater good. Remember, the future isn’t set in stone, and you can change it by your actions.
Picking a Spread
You have different kinds of spreads that you can work with, and some are easier than others. It is best to start with a three or a five-card spread. Read the cards individually as you place them down and then you can see how they all fit together. This is what tarot card reading is and it basically tells you a story.
Some believe that you should read a reversal card and others believe that you shouldn’t, this is up to you. Reversal is when the card is dealt upside down and they highlight something that is opposite of what the card says. Sometimes a reversal card won’t change what the card means but other times it can mean something completely different.
This can cause you confusing and if you are a beginner, it might be best to just focus on the cards that are upright and once you learn the meanings of the cards then you can start working on the meanings of the reversed cards and learn them. Always be in tune with your intuition.
The best questions to ask aren’t going to be yes or no but they should be open-ended. Instead of saying, “Will I meet my soulmate?” you can say, “What do I need to do to meet my soulmate?”
Past, Present and Future Readings
If you are new at tarot card reading the best might be to start with a three or five card spread. These are easiest to use, and they work with love, spiritual development and more. A three-card spread usually talks about the past, present, and future energy of the situation that you are in where the five-card spread will build information and will tell you the obstacles that you face and how to solve them.
- Three Card Spread
When you want to know about your relationship you can do a three-card spread to figure out the situation. This can be for a friendship or even a romantic partner or any other kind of relationship that you need insight into.
The first card that you pull will show the energy that you have for this person. The second card will show how the energy of them relates to you and the last card will combine both of your energies.
This kind of spread will help you to get information on what is going on in your life so that you can approach the person and communicate clearly with them.
- 12 Card Reading
To get information about what is going to happen in your year, you can do a 12-card reading. This is when you pull a card for each month. This allows you to know what kind of goals that you should set for your upcoming year.
- Celtic Cross Spread
This spread is harder but if you have a question that is more complex, it is a good spread to try. This has 10 cards, and you can reach a resolution. This is complex and you need to get comfortable with the cards before you do this kind of reading. This card spread will let you see things from different angles.
The first six cards will be laid out in the shape of a cross, and they represent the issue and the last four will form a vertical line that represent influences. Here are what the cards mean:
- Present: This is the situation that is happening now.
- Past: What caused this situation to happen?
- Challenge: What challenges have to be faced to be able to move forward?
- Future: This is a short-term outcome.
- Conscious: This is the goals and desires that are based around what is going on.
- Unconscious: The beliefs and feelings that have created the situation.
- Your influence: This is the card that will show the influence and the possible outcome that you can have. It can show you how to move forward.
- External influence: This is how the world around you sees your situation.
- Hopes and fears: The things that are influencing what you are going through.
- Outcome: This is the card that can show you what the outcome can be if you take action.
As you practice doing these spreads, you will see that you will be able to use your intuition to do readings. This will become something that is easy for you. Even though sometimes reading the tarot cards can be hard, the more you practice the more you will be able to give readings without having personal bias in the reading. The cards will give you the insight that you need to figure out your journey.