What is Tarot and how does it work?
If you want to know the tarot the way a person who’s experienced with them does, you have to throw all your preconceptions out the window and “meet” them for the first time. Because no matter how much you read about where they came from or what they can do, do you know what tarot is, basically?
Tarot Cards Meaning List: A Beginner’s Guide
The Rider-Waite Tarot deck is considered as the most familiar deck used in reading tarot cards. One of the most fascinating aspects of tarot cards is their ability to offer a glimpse into the future. From the meanings you’ve started to associate with the cards’ images, you can start making stories. They don’t have to be real, they don’t have to follow any rules outside of your own – but do you know what you are making, then? Your own stories. About your life, the way you think, the way you live, the way you see the world. >>>>>
To be able to read the tarot card takes years of practice. Tarot reading is not as easy as 1-2-3. However, the Internet offers helpful information on how you can start being a good tarot card reader.
Of course, after learning what a tarot card is, and how it works, the next step is to purchase your first deck of tarot cards. There are many types of tarot decks. Throughout the decades, various artists were commissioned to illustrate cards for commercial use, and have added their own interpretations of the themes of the cards and their meanings. There is a superstition that it is bad luck to purchase your first tarot deck and that it must be given as a gift, otherwise, it will bring lots of bad luck to the novice tarot card reader.
For those who do not believe in such superstition, acquaint yourself with the different types of tarot decks before buying. Start with a deck tailored to suit your level, such as the Rider-Waite meaning and symbolisms. The Rider-Waite deck is the most common tarot deck, especially among the novice.
The Purpose of Tarot
Now, did you know that your life is all about you telling your own story? Yes, there are things apparently outside your control, but you may not realize you can control more than you think, just by telling your life’s story to yourself in a different way. The tarot cards can help you do that. Yes, to a degree it can help you know about the future, but that’s really coming from what you didn’t know you knew about the past and present.
The tarot is better used as a tool for reflection; specifically, learning what you didn’t know you didn’t know, what you need to face in yourself, what possibilities you see in the future from your current point in time, and what you can do today so the future will be brighter. The future is always changing; and you know who changes it? You.
Of course, free Online Tarot Readings can help guide you through the process, and reading books can help you gain new skills and work better with the cards, but the best, if not the only, foundation of your relationship with the tarot cards starts with your own journey of getting to know them better, on your own terms.
Learning the Tarot
These days there’s a specialized tarot card deck for almost every theme and flight of fancy you could think of, and choosing one to your liking can help you connect with the cards better. We also have a list of tarot card meanings below, but we are writing them in terms of how they make sense in a story – from the tarot’s own, to yours, to the people you may end up reading for.
Bullet lists of meanings may also help, but we figure you can add your own as you gain more experience; the important thing is that you get the gist – the essence of each card’s meaning as generations of readers have associated these with them, so you understand where they are coming from and are free to be creative from there.
We’re glad to have you with us in humanity’s journey to retell their stories with the tarot, from the ancient past to the modern age! Here’s a list of all 78 cards that you can explore consecutively or according to your whim.
Even if you’ve finished reading every page, the journey into tarot is never done! Check out our regular blog posts to learn more about how tarot can help improve your daily life. At every end of the journey where we find the World, the spirit of the Fool sets you off onto a brand new journey once more!