When you purchase a Tarot deck you may be tempted to think the booklet that comes along with the cards is all there is to it. But if you want to master the art of Tarot cards you are going to have to look deeper. Here are some techniques for delving more deeply into the mysteries of Tarot cards.
Read Tarot Card Books
There are many excellent Tarot card books that can teach you new spreads and new ways to read the Tarot. Some will also teach you more about the history of Tarot, which can help you gain a new appreciation for the art form. Try Beyond the Celtic Cross by Paul Hughes-Barlow and Catherine Chapman. This book will teach you some new ways to examine Tarot spreads by studying the elemental relationships between the cards. Other good examples of books to try include Tarot and the Magus by Paul Hughes-Barlow, The Complete Tarot Reader by Teresa Michelsen, and 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card by Mary K. Greer.
Meditate on the Cards
Every reader interprets the cards just a little bit differently. As you spend time with each Tarot card you’ll discover what they generally mean for you, and you’ll grow beyond simply trying to memorize other people’s interpretations of each card. You should always be prepared to let each Tarot card tell you a story, which is why you should always choose a deck that offers plenty of artistic detail. Of course, it’s important to learn the basics first by reading up on the traditional meanings of each card.
Once you’ve achieved a foundation of knowledge you can meditate on each card individually to allow your subconscious mind to make more connections and offer you greater insights. Meditating on each individual card at a rate of perhaps one card per day is also a good way to bond with a new Tarot deck, ensuring that you spend enough time with it to make it effective.
Practice Whenever You Can
It takes thousands of hours of practice to get truly adept at working with Tarot cards. Don’t pass upon an opportunity to develop your skills. Tarot skills include interpreting the cards and learning which spreads to use for which situations. They also include developing your overall intuition, learning how to listen to it and trust it. Learning how to focus and open your mind enough to get insights on the relationships between the cards matters too. Finally, each card offers five or six meanings at a time even when you only look at the traditional meanings.
A good reader can generally pick up on which interpretation is the right one. Trying to apply all interpretations to all questions usually leads to a bad reading. Applying the meaning of the card to the card’s position in a spread is another important skill. If you find The Moon in the “outside influences” position it could mean the querent is a victim of deception. Finding the same card in the “subconscious mind” position probably means the querent is busy deceiving himself! Getting them mixed up won’t lead to a good reading.
Talk to Experienced Psychics
It’s always a good idea to learn from those who have cultivated the skills you are attempting to master. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or to seek help from others in the psychic community, whether in person at conventions and fairs or online through forums and chat rooms. Many people are more than willing to share some of their knowledge with someone who is eager to learn.