Reading Tarot Cards
There is no doubt that a tarot card reading, when interpreted correctly, can be very accurate.
The use of tarot cards is a tool that fills me with curiosity along with a sense of caution.
My first encounter with tarot cards came when I was at high school one day and I saw this guy playing with a regular deck of cards in the library. I asked him what game he was playing, and he said he wasn't playing a game, and invited me to sit down.
He gave me the deck to shuffle and laid out the cards on the table and started telling me about how my grandmother was sick (she was), my parents were looking to invest some money in the property market (they were) and that I would soon get my first real boyfriend, but it would be a relationship based on lust and greed. I thanked him for the reading, trotted off and forgot about it.
About a week later I saw the same guy doing a tarot reading for the boy I had a crush on. He was telling him various things, then he said "There is a girl who likes you, but she's keeping her feelings hidden."
I froze. He then said "You will get into a relationship with her, but it won't work out."
This should have been enough for me to forget the idea, but no. I was a teenager ruled by my hormones and emotions. I learned the lesson for myself.
The first thing to do when you decide you want to read tarot cards is to decide on a deck.
When you get a new deck, spend some time touching the cards, playing with them and shuffling them and looking at the pictures. This puts your energy into the cards and in turn attunes the cards to your own energy.
If you are using real tarot cards, make a note of any thoughts and feelings as you concentrate on each one.
This will help you to develop your insight when doing a reading. It is important for the interpretation of the cards, as a reading will always vary in meaning from one person to the next. This isn't necessary if you're just using regular playing cards.
There are many different layouts for a tarot card reading, but my personal favorite is the Celtic Cross. I find that this layout is quick and straight to the point. It is detailed enough to pinpoint main issues and their underlying causes but broad enough to give you a full story, beginning, middle and end.
Shuffle the deck and place 7 cards as per the spread illustrated below:
The use of regular playing cards when doing a tarot reading is known as cartomancy. The meaning of the cards is below.
Please note: My belief is that the tarot reading is true for you in that very point in time. But you have the power to change your own destiny - nothing is ever set in stone.
King of Clubs: Honesty, and may mean unexpected good news in the near future.
Queen of Clubs: Love of money and success in business.
Jack of Clubs: Movement, a journey. Perhaps a change of residence.
Ten of Clubs: You will gain something, but then your own thinking will cause you to lose it. But you can get it back again.
Nine of Clubs: You are protected against all harm.
Eight of Clubs: There is about to be great activity in your love life. Things are going to move quickly.
Seven of Clubs: You are going to enter into some kind of argument, and you will win.
Six of Clubs: Good times are ahead.
Five of Clubs: Things are not what they seem. Can be taken two ways - either things are not as good as they seem, or things are not as bad as they seem.
Four of Clubs: Harmony in the home.
Three of Clubs: Success from business and investments.
Two of Clubs: Material gain, at the expense of spiritual loss. Don't "sell out" on this issue.
Ace of Clubs: The beginning of a new project. Could represent business or pregnancy among other things.
King of Hearts: You will learn through creating. You may attract a mentor to help you.
Queen of Hearts: Represents female wisdom. Listen to your mother!
Jack of Hearts: Someone will approach you with an opportunity.
Ten of Hearts: True love. Nine of Hearts: Contentment.
Eight of Hearts: The problem isn't as big as it seems.
Seven of Hearts: To find the answer, you need to look within.
Six of Hearts: An issue from the past will impact the future, either in a good way or a bad way.
Five of Hearts: You will get what you want, but it won't be as good once you get it.
Four of Hearts: You need a break. Take some time out and things won't be as bad as they seem.
Three of Hearts: A period in your life is coming to a happy conclusion. Let it go to make way for more good things.
Two of Hearts: Love, passion and friendship.
Ace of Hearts: True joy, contentment and abundance.
King of Spades: You will either judge, or be judged. May indicate a lawsuit.
Queen of Spades: A time of female sadness and embarrassment.
Jack of Spades: If you continue in your current thinking, there will be a fight and someone will get hurt.
Ten of Spades: You will be left to pick up the pieces after an altercation.
Nine of Spades: Disappointment, despair and fear.
Eight of Spades: Bad news or a crisis, perhaps sickness.
Seven of Spades: After a period of failure, you will begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Six of Spades: A trip overseas, either for business or pleasure.
Five of Spades: Be careful what you say. Your words will come back to bite you.
Four of Spades: Step away from the situation temporarily to allow yourself and the issue some breathing room.
Three of Spades: Get out of the situation. Run for the hills!
Two of Spades: A good and loyal network of people will be there for you during a difficult time.
Ace of Spades: You will get through this difficult period, and come out triumphant. Hang in there - a change of fortune is coming your way.
King of Diamonds: Mental intelligence.
Queen of Diamonds: Emotional intelligence. Keeping a level head.
Jack of Diamonds: Responsibility. Doing the right thing.
Ten of Diamonds: Prosperity for yourself and those you love.
Nine of Diamonds: Success and accomplishment come through using your discernment.
Eight of Diamonds: Success in work and employment. Putting your skills to good use.
Seven of Diamonds: Good professional relationships. Always give a little more than you take.
Six of Diamonds: You will receive a lovely gift for all your hard work and effort.
Five of Diamonds: Be careful with your money. Make sure you are saving because you will need it soon.
Four of Diamonds: You will always have plenty of material wealth. Be grateful, and don't get too greedy.
Three of Diamonds: Important people will think highly of you.
Two of Diamonds: Fun is the answer. If you hit an obstacle or receive unwanted news, think "What is the fun way around this?"
Ace of Diamonds: Perfect contentment, prosperity, comfortable material conditions. You are a very lucky person so be grateful.
Meanings based on 'Pictorial Key to the Tarot', by Arthur Edward Waite
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