How to Read Tarot Cards – A Quick Introduction

To learn how to read tarot cards you need to decide which tarot cards you want to use. Picture tarot cards are a good choice if you are just starting as the pictures are great guides and you can learn as you go. You need to familiarize yourself with the tarot cards. You should determine how you would interpret each card and focus on the material, spiritual and emotional connotations of each card.

You want to interpret each card yourself before you look up the standard card meanings. This links your intuitive response to the card, which is what you will be using when reading tarot. Many times a person’s individual interpretation will actually be very close to the standard card meaning.

The 78 tarot card can be divided into two groups, numbered 0 to 21 which contain the 22 Major Arcana cards and suits of 56 Minor Arcana. Many beginners start with the Major Arcana cards. You can shuffle the tarot cards so that they are upright. If the cards are reversed then the tarot card meanings are different. All tarot cards will contain both positive and negative energy.

The Major Arcana cards include 0 – the Fool, which stands for innocence, blinded by ignorance and the novice. 1 is the Magician, which stands for skill, self-control, and taking charge. 2 – the high priestess stands for wisdom, secrets, tenacity, intuition and mysteries. 3- the empress stands for kindliness, health, mother, abundance and fertility. 4 – the emperor stands for ambition, father, willpower, lovers tarot card as a situation and benefactor. 5- the hierophant stands for religion, mercy, marriage and good advice. 6-the lovers stands form love, beauty, trials overcome, sexual union and emotional success.

7-the chariot stands for providence, vengeance, war, and triumph. 8 – strength stands for courage, success, fortitude and self-discipline. 9-the hermit stands for treason, inertia, caution, and prudence. 10 – wheel of fortune stands for luck, abundance, destiny and the hand of fate. 11 – Justice stands for control, a contract, balance, the law and truth. 12 – the hanged man stands for self-sacrifice, initiation, intuition, prophecy and wisdom in difficulties. 13 – death stands for inevitable major changes, a new but difficult start, and ending corruption.

14 – temperance stands for economy, moderation, wise counsel and management. 15 – the devil stands for deceit, greed, jealousy, violence, anger, and sexual passion. 16 – the tower stands for ruin, repossession, catastrophe, adversity and calamity. 17 – the star stands for expectations, goals, enlightenment, and hope. 18 – the moon stands for nightmares, dark forces, hidden fears, and illusions. 19 – the sun stands for joy, rebirth, happiness, success, and freedom. 20 – the last judgment stands for outcome, final result, rebirth and a major decision. 21 – the world stands for assured success, long distance travel, harmony, and successful completion.

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