Back in the day I used to read tarot as a hobby. I didn’t read the cards professionally. I just read for myself and some people I knew. I didn’t charge. The point of the reading was to sharpen my tarot skills, satiate curiosity, and perhaps offer guidance. I don’t think I was too bad at it either. Granted, I didn’t do the readings with no knowledge of a person. Since I was reading for those I knew at least on a facebook friend level, I could relate the cards to aspects of their lives. Some readers might call that cheating, I call it helpful since I am not psychic. Anywho, I stopped reading regularly probably 4 or 5 years ago. I stopped reading for others because they stopped showing interest, and frankly my friendships have drastically dwindled down due to the period of life we call adulthood in which almost everybody goes their separate ways. I stopped reading for myself because I have simply wanted to take life day by day. The only guidance I have really wanted is what career path to take, and I don’t know how to find that in a tarot deck. It is not as if my cards are going direct me to be a sales consultant or bank teller. If they have, I don’t have the reading skill to determine that.
Some people would say you can read tarot and still take life day by day. I’m sure you can. Some people draw a daily card or read for others without often reading for themselves. For me though, I have to feel like doing a tarot reading. I don’t think it would be very effective if I was not really into the reading. For me, the best time to read tarot is when at a crossroads. That’s when energy pours into the reading. It is like spell work in that regard. I am not going to hope for great results without a fair amount of energy put into it. That being said, plenty of people are more energetic than me. There are people who can read every day and be really into it. Such a person might end up reading this.
Now I will give some tarot tips for beginners. Just because I have slacked these past years, doesn’t mean I can’t offer some advice.
- Get a deck with imagery you connect with. This is very important in my opinion. I had purchased two decks before I found one that really resonated with me. I had actually forgotten about one and just remembered it. At some point (probably as a teen), I bought a deck that I thought I would like because it was a fairy themed deck (possibly an oracle deck). When I got it home and opened the box, I got a bad vibe from the deck. The images really disturbed me and I had to return the deck. The first deck that I bought and kept had nice major arcana cards but very vague minor arcana cards. Like a 3 of cups was just a picture of 3 cups with a simple background. That made it difficult to interpret the minor arcana cards. I discovered my go-to deck by browsing images on the aeclectic website. The right deck can feel natural to you, like a tool personalized for you.
- It is probably best to start off using a tarot deck that doesn’t stray too far from the Rider-Waite symbolism. This is because most tarot books are based on the imagery in that deck.
- Don’t go crazy buying tarot books. I know you are adults and you can spend your money how you want to. This is just advice from someone who has a small library of tarot books and only really used two of them (mainly the one that came with my deck). I would advise carefully choosing one or two books to start with. Get more later if you feel there is more you want to learn on the subject.
That’s all folks. Blessed be.