And now for something completely different! Our “Learn Tarot #withme” series is now well under way over on our YouTube channel so if you’re looking for something to while away the time under lockdown, why not take a look?
Whenever I tell someone that I read tarot, responses can be mixed. Some give you that strange look that very clearly tells everyone in the vicinity that they think you’re not quite firing on all cylinders. Others look at you as if you’re the very definition of evil and the spawn of the devil. Each to their own. They’re entitled to their beliefs, just as I’m entitled to mine.
But my absolute favourites are by far the majority I’m pleased to say – the ones that are curious and interested in the secrets and mysteries the tarot has to offer. Often these folk would just like a reading and that’s fabulous of course, but every now and then I come across a person who would like to learn the tarot themselves, to do their own readings. As a reader myself, that’s always something of a thrill to discover about someone.
But Where to Start?
It’s the same with any new skill isn’t it – there seems so much to learn and it’s not always obvious where to begin. When I began, I was 12 and got a free pack in a magazine so that’s always a good place to begin looking, just to see if you’re interested without spending too much cash.
The tarot is, by its very nature, deeply symbolic being linked to astrology and its various glyphs, myths and legends and can be interpreted both upright and in the reverse. With 78 cards in a standard deck, that’s 156 different meanings to learn! That’s before we consider different spreads, how the cards placements affect matters and how the cards can even affect/be affected by other cards in the reading.
A good alternative then might be to invest in Angel Cards, Goddess Cards or Oracle Cards as these often come with their meanings literally written onto the card.
If you’re interested in seeing how this works in practice, I have recently uploaded a video on this very topic to our YouTube channel which I’ve included a link to here:
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And, if you’d be interested in more of these “How to” videos, let me know in the comments and I’ll see what I can do.