Many people, once bitten by the Tarot bug, decide to
invest in their own deck and start to do readings for themselves, friends and
family. This is always exciting at first, but once you have figured out the
basics it can be hard to know how to take it to the next level, and what you
can do to make your readings more meaningful.
Let’s have a look at some things that you can do to
improve your Tarot reading.
Develop your intuition
As you will know from your initial forays into Tarot,
the practice of reading the Tarot cards depends very much on accessing your
intuition, to reveal knowledge that is buried there and pick up on energies and
signs that are manifest in the world around you. As such, your intuition is one
of the most important ingredients of a Tarot reading, and developing your
intuition can improve your readings.
There are many things that you can do to develop your
intuition, such as practicing mindfulness, automatic writing or psychometry.
But the most basic thing that you can do, before trying these other practices,
is to develop a meditation practice.
There are many different ways to practice meditation,
but in essence, it is a matter of sitting still and observing the thoughts of
your conscious mind, of that part of your mind that is continuously active and
fills your day with endless chatter. It is a matter of recognizing these
thoughts of the conscious mind for what they are, ideas sent to you in reaction
to certain stimuli largely filtered by social norms and past experience, and
putting them to one side. This practice quiets your mind during the practice,
and in time, in general.
This quietening of the conscious mind gives you the
capacity to access the other parts of your mind, such as the subconscious. The
nature of the conscious mind means that it is unable to process all the stimuli
that our senses, including our psychic senses, collect, so it filters that
stimuli to something manageable. However, the subconscious mind can also
process much more data, and therefore has a clearer and more accurate view of
your life and the world, so accessing your subconscious mind can provide you
with profound insights, and these insights are often characterized as
A regular meditation practice will strengthen your
access to your subconscious and your intuition, allowing you to connect what
you see in the cards with what you know about the world more profoundly.
Know your cards
When you started out with Tarot you probably spent quite
a bit of time learning the meaning of the different cards that came in your
guide, and this is a great place to start. There are plenty of websites where
you can learn all of the Tarot card meanings such as www.numerologysign.com. Once you have come to grips with
these meanings, it is time to go deeper.
While the meanings given in your guide have been
developed by experts who have spent a lot of time with Tarot, what the cards
mean for you, depends on you, so spend time discovering what the cards mean for
Spend time with each card, reviewing the meaning given
in your guide, but then really examining the card, and seeing which of the
meanings described in the guide resonate with you most strongly. Also look at
the imagery and think about how the card makes you feel and see if the card has
any other meaning for you that isn’t in your guide. These meanings are the ones
that are most significant for you and will stick in your mind and easily come
up when you see the card again.
Also keep a reading journal, writing down what you
asked, which cards came up and in what arrangement, and how
you interpreted them. Regularly return to your readings and make comments
on your reading with the benefit of hindsight. This will help you see where
your readings have been strong, and where they have been unclear. It will help
you see which cards you are struggling to interpret and need to spend more time
with, and will help you notice patterns in your readings and if the same cards
keep showing up in particular circumstances.
Pay attention to relationships
Again, learning the meaning of the individual cards is
one of the first things we do when we start out with Tarot, but a reading is
not just about the meaning of the individual cards, but how the cards dealt
relate to each other and the story that they tell as a whole.
To improve your readings, move your study beyond the
individual cards and start to look at card relationships and combinations.
There is lots of discussion about this online to get you started.
Also try different Tarot spreads, which combine the cards in
different ways to form different meanings. Trying many different spreads,
rather than always using the same one, will help you see new and different
relationships between the cards which will help with all your readings, even if
you go back to your favorite spread as your go to.
Make sure you are asking the right questions
Again, one of the first things that we learn when we
start Tarot is to always ask open questions, rather than yes or no questions,
in order to give the cards more scope to pull the information that we need.
However, it can be easy to fall out of this habit, so it is a good idea to check
back in with yourself and make sure you are asking not only
open questions, but questions that give you an opportunity to
actively take control.
Perhaps you have recently started a business, and you
are worried if it is going to work out. Make sure you are not asking questions
such as ‘will my new business venture work?’, and convert it to an open
question. While your new question could be something along the lines of ‘what
can we do to ensure that our new business venture is successful?’, this too is
not the most useful question that you can ask. We all know that often when we
start something we think we know what we want, but with time and experience we
realize that what we need is something quite different, and what we get in the
end can be something very different to where we started, to the point of not
even really being the same thing. As such, you should rather by asking ‘what
can I be doing to bring success into my life?’ This opens up your question to a
greater range of possibilities and focusses on what you can actively be doing
to improve your life.
This proactive, open, growth mindset is one of the
cornerstones of Tarot, and it is a good idea to check in with yourself
regularly to make sure that you are bringing this mindset to your readings.
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