Like most people, you’ve probably been curious about tarot cards in the past. Though decks of tarot cards are printed in a wide variety of styles with a wide variety of intentions, they’ve been used to help people make decisions (and tell fortunes) for hundreds of years. If you’re interested on getting a reading for yourself, whether you’re about to make a big decision or you’re just curious what it’s all about, you might be confused on where to start.
Let’s begin with a brief explanation of what tarot cards are, and how they work. To perform a reading, you’ll need a deck of tarot cards (or a professional with a deck, so they can read them for you). These decks generally have 4 suits of 14 cards, including 10 pip cards and 4 face cards (i.e., King, Queen, Knight, and Jack). Tarot decks also have a fifth, unique suit with 22 cards, featuring the Major Arcana. While this deck can be used to play trick-taking card games, it’s more frequently used to tell fortunes, provide spiritual guidance, or help people make decisions.
Where to Get a Tarot Reading
If you’re interested in getting a reading, you’ll have three main options:
Learning the Cards
Regardless of how you choose to get a reading, it’s a good idea to acquaint yourself with some of the cards in advance of the reading; that way, you’ll have more context for the results of the session. For example, each suit symbolizes a distinct range of elements, feelings, and characteristics. Wands symbolize passion, desires, creativity, and energy. Cups symbolize emotions, love, romance, intuition, and spirituality. Swords symbolize challenge, conflict, action, and change. Pentacles symbolize health, wealth, and material possessions.
Even more importantly, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with each of the 22 major arcana cards; these tend to be the densest cards in terms of meaning, and some of them can carry an opposite meaning if they appear upside-down.
Tips for Your First Reading
If you want your first reading to be successful, there are a few tips you’ll need to follow:
Ultimately, tarot cards are a wonderful tool for introspection and decision-making, even if you don’t believe in their mystic power. Just by learning more about the symbolism of the cards and applying them to your own life, you’ll end up equipped to make better changes and better decisions for yourself.