Before you can learn how to read the tarot cards, you must choose a tarot card deck. Some say that they must be given to you, or you must find them: that is not the case (although, if you really believe that to be true, then, of course, it will be true for you). Although it is awesome if someone gives you a deck, or you discover one in your grandmother’s attic, that is not how most modern-day tarot card readers come across their decks. Go look at them, (all of the cards in the deck that you think you like), and feel them. If a merchant will not let you feel them, go somewhere else (you do not have to go to a psychic fair, even popular book stores, like Borders, carry tarot cards nowadays. However, you might not find as large of a selection as if you go to a self-help/spirituality/new age store). Pick the deck that pleases you the most, and go ahead and buy it for yourself.
Once you have yourself a tarot deck, you will want to do things like, cleanse it (not with water, but with the smoke of incense or burning sage), bless it or attach the tarot deck to yourself (infuse it with your energy), and store it in a nice silk scarf, or box. Now, once you have used your own psychic energy (your thoughts, infused with your spirit) to cleanse the vibration of commerce and other people from your new tarot deck, you are ready to do a reading. Well, almost. That is, first, you want to choose a format, or how many tarot cards you are going to throw, in what order, and what you are seeking to learn from the tarot cards when you toss them (You will, of course, shuffle the cards well, or have the querent (person you are reading for) shuffle them, and cut them at least 3 times with your/her left hand first).
An easy reading to get started with is the 7 day tarot card reading. A seven day reading gives the querent what s/he expects: a reading covering what energies will be present in the next seven days. After the cards are shuffled and cut, the reader will deal out seven cards, in a horizontal row. Next, before analyzing the cards, the reader will deal seven more cards, one on top of each of the previous seven cards. Two cards are required for each day because the focus of a psychic reading is always energy. And, energy is always in motion.
The first set of tarot cards reflect the energies for the next day. It is important for the tarot reader to pay attention to the potential interactions of the two cards and hence the two energies. What also must be considered is the energy of the querent. I have found that the querent’s energy is often reflected in the position of the card. For example, if the card is positive, such as the Wheel of Fortune, and it lands upright in the reading, the querent will interact with the positive energy in a positive way, and there is likely a positive result: that is, a great day with some goal realized.
If however, the wheel of fortune comes up reversed, (or similarly, if it covered by another card that is not so positive, such as the ten of swords) then the outlook for that day is not as positive, and the cards are more difficult to read. Perhaps the querent will have a great opportunity but will take an inappropriate stance and will not realize on the potential positive energy. Perhaps the querent will get the benefit of the energy, but will have to overcome some drama or other obstacle before acquiring the goal. One benefit to utilizing circular tarot cards, such the Motherpeace tarot, by Vicki Noble and Karen Vogel, is that the card can land, not only upright, or reversed, but also, it can land a little to the right, a little to the left, or a lot to the right or a lot to the left. A circular card can land in any position and can give you a wider degree of variables.
The next two cards will reflect the energies for the day after the day following the reading, and so forth, until the reader details the querent’s (or her own) next week. The reading will get less precise as time goes on. This is because reading tarot cards and telling fortunes are prophetic arts. And, people change all the time. When a person changes, her or his energy changes. How the person thus interacts with the energies coming into her or his life will hence be different. Over the longer term, a shift in a person’s energy will ultimately affect what energies will come into her or his life, rendering any previous reading even less accurate. The reason that a psychic reading tends to be relatively accurate is because most people do not change themselves very quickly or very often (there are many exceptions to this generalization). Use this information to remind yourself that every day is a new opportunity to change how we interact with world, and hence change the world we live in.
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