Tarot cards are usually made up of two different parts, the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana is a 22 card set, and the Minor Arcana is a 40 card set. There are many different ways to layout tarot cards, depending on what you need guidance for at that time. Still, they usually include one of the Major Arcana cards, which represent your life path, as well as two other cards from either the Minor or Major Arcana cards.
The Minor Arcana is broken up into four different suits, with each suit containing ten number cards from Ace through 10 and four face cards made up of King, Queen, Knight, and Page. These numbers can indicate time, situations lasting a certain amount of time, people in your life or the direction you are heading.
How to read Tarot cards
When you are ready to learn about the different meanings of tarot cards, you can either take a class or read books on the subject. The best way is to find someone that does professional tarot readings and see if they would be willing to give you some one-on-one lessons. If you do not know anyone locally, there are several online tarot card reading courses that you can take from the comfort of your home.
You should be very careful when getting a love tarot reading done for yourself because if it does not feel right, trust your intuition and walk away from it. There is a lot of bad information out there to mislead you and also a lot of quacks that want to take your money. Once you feel like you have a good grasp of how Tarot works, it will be easier for you to read for yourself or friends and family with accurate results.
Interpretation of tarot reading
When the cards are laid out in a certain pattern, the layout will tell you about your current situation. For example, if one of the cards has a picture of a tower on it, then there is some sort of big change happening in your life or something that needs to be addressed. You should always make sure that you are focusing on what the cards are telling you and not trying to put any personal feelings or judgments on them.
If you are looking for something specific, you will probably get that because it is what your mind is set on. The key to getting accurate information from the cards is knowing when to pull them and also trusting yourself to be able to understand the cards once they are laid out before you.
Tips for doing your own free tarot reading at home or with friends
A tarot reading can help you gain insight into your life and how it might play out. You can do this by yourself at home, but I find that having someone to guide me through the process makes it more interesting and powerful. But if you want to try doing readings on your own, here are some tips:
- Find an open place where you will not be bothered by people or other distractions
- Create an atmosphere that is relaxed and open. Try not to be in a state of serious or intense thought at the time of your reading. You want to clear your mind, but not in a way that blocks out all thoughts. If you are having trouble with this, try simple breathing exercises beforehand
- Just before beginning your reading, say a small prayer/affirmation asking for guidance from the universe or God.
- Remove the cards from the box one at a time and place them face down. Turn over each card in succession without letting yourself look ahead. Let your intuition guide you to read each card accordingly. Read what is on the face of the card and in the surrounding spaces. Then set it aside when you feel you are finished with that card.
- If you choose, keep a journal of your readings. Write down what each card means to you and how it applies to your life at the time. You will find that this can be helpful in analyzing future or past events in your life.
Common tarot online misinterpretations and mistakes
Tarot cards have been around for centuries, and they’ve had a lot of time to gather misconceptions and mistakes. If you want to get the most out of your Tarots, it’s important that you know what not to do with them. Here are some common Tarot misinterpretations and mistakes:
- Don’t shuffle your deck before asking a question. This will just confuse the cards and make them less likely to answer your question accurately.
- Don’t use two decks at once unless specifically instructed by the reader or instructor doing the reading. Some people think using two decks is more accurate, but in reality, it’s much more confusing because there can be too many possibilities for interpretation when combined together; this could lead someone to come to wrong conclusions as a result.
- Don’t assume that all upright cards are positive or that all reversed cards are negative. There are no set standards when it comes to reading Tarot cards because each card has different meanings depending on its orientation and place in the spread. This is especially true when using reversed cards because there are different meanings for each position and orientation of a reversed card.
- Don’t think that if two cards in your spread look similar, they must mean the same thing. Just because two cards may represent something negative, it doesn’t mean they always will. It’s probably more likely than not, but there is no way to know for sure unless the card is turned over and given a more specific meaning.
- Don’t assume that just because you drew a certain card, it will mean the same thing every time it’s drawn. This isn’t true for most things in Tarot, where there are set meanings, but with court cards, there is much debate about their meanings because they can change depending on the context in which they’re drawn.