So You Want to Read Tarot?
"How did you get into Tarot?"
"How do you know the cards are saying that?"
"Can you teach me?"
When people find out that I read Tarot for a living, I usually get asked a whole array of questions. Most of the time, newbies are a little nervous but incredibly curious about what I do. I've heard it all, from "How do you become psychic?" to "should I quit my day job and travel Asia for 2 years?" You name it, people have asked it.
Many people I've met have expressed their interest in learning how to read Tarot. I've been there too - in the beginner's seat - fascinated by the symbols, the interpretation, and the history of these curious cards. The world of Tarot can be intimidating at first, but whether you want to develop your skills for personal or professional use, here are my top tips for those starting out.
My Top 5 Tips for Beginners
1. FOCUS ON YOUR FOUNDATION FIRST. Take your time on learning the basics and building a relationship to each card. There are 78 cards in a Tarot Deck, including 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana cards. I can tell you now that rushing into memorization will not work. Tarot is rich with layers of lessons and symbology for you to uncover, enjoy the journey and appreciate where you are!
2. EMBRACE BEING A STUDENT. I consider myself a lifelong learner myself - the learning (and re-learning) never stops! Don't be afraid of branching out and integrating other schools of thought and knowledge that you learn along the way. In addition to learning Tarot foundations and history, try dipping your toes into numerology, colour theory, psychology - how you expand your learning and your skills is limitless
3. PERSONALIZE YOUR PRACTICE What other tools and modalities do you gravitate to? Integrative the things you're interested in or already know, into your budding Tarot practice. You have a passion for mental health? Think about using Tarot as a tool to help alleviate stress and anxiety. Do you love art and illustration? Explore the world of different decks out there, or even try your hand at drawing your own cards!
4. TRUST YOUR INTUITION. At the end of the day, Tarot is about working with our intuition to get clarity. Trust what your intuition is telling you and follow the signs on where to go next. From listening to my intuition, I've been lead on a path that has made me a more confident, informed, and experienced reader. Studying Tarot theory doesn't have all the answers - learning through practice and saying "F-it Imma do it!" can be exactly what you need.
Level-Up Your Learning
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Until next time,