Written by Maeven Eller-Five

Your First Tarot Cards

When choosing your first Tarot Cards, there are many things to consider. We are going to answer 11 of your most asked questions. To begin with, when you hear the term Tarot Cards, you probably think of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. It is the most popular tarot deck in the Western world. First published in 1910, the imagery of the cards has set the standard for most modern decks. However, there are so many decks out there now, where do you being?

What are Tarot Cards?

Tarot Cards are a card deck comprised of 78 cards. The deck has two sections. The first section is the Major Arcana, which means big secrets. This part of the deck has 22 cards. The second part of the deck is the Minor Arcana. Minor Arcana means the little secrets — this part of the deck of 56 cards. Tarot Cards surfaced in the early 15th century in several cities throughout Europe. To begin with, the cards were used for a parlor games such as Tarocchini.

Are Tarot Cards Evil?

In a word, no. Some religions do not agree with any form of divination, however, the cards were not designed to be evil. They are meant to be a tool to help us live our best lives.

Are all Tarot decks the same?

They are most assuredly not. In the larger Tarot Deck classification, you will find a diverse variety of cards. Besides Tarot, there are Oracle Cards, Angel Cards, and Totem Cards.

Do You have to be gifted a deck?

You absolutely do not! This limiting ideology is nothing more than an unfounded myth. While it is always nice to be given a lovely deck of Tarot Cards, it’s certainly not necessary.

How do I choose my Tarot Deck?

Take some time to find a deck that feels good to you. To do this, hold different decks, look at the cards to see which ones speak to you.

How Do I Learn The Tarot?

You may learn to read the cards by taking a card reading class. With so many books available on the subject that teach tarot card reading, you are sure to find one that works for you. There is also a wide variety of tutorials online and articles on the topic.

What Do Reversed Cards Mean?

When a Tarot Card pull is laid down in reverse, it lessens the intensity of the interpretation of the cards. Not all readers choose to recognize reversed cards. It is a choice left for the individual reader to decide, as well as to interpret.

What Is A “Jumper Card?”

A jumper card is a card that jumps out of the deck while someone is shuffling the cards for a reading. Many readers recognize it and note how it impacts the overall reading.

Which Spread Is The Best?

With so many different kinds of, no one spread is the best. Try out different types of spreads to find the ones that work best for your personal style as a reader.

How Do I Care For My Cards?

Caring for your cards, when they are not in use, is an essential consideration for each reader. It is advised to protect your cards from absorbing unwanted energies while they not in use. You may choose to wrap them in a silk scarf, a particular piece of fabric, or a favored box. While wrapping them protects them from outside forces, it also protects the energies the cards have gained upon their own. Keeping a crystal or stone with your wrapped cards can help this process.

Can I Read The Tarot Cards For Myself?

You certainly may. It can even be a helpful way to learn your cards as you get started. With that said, most card readers choose someone else to read for them at least part of the time.

How Else Can I Use Tarot Cards?

A great way to use your cards is a daily card pull. To get started, hold your deck and focus. Ground and center yourself. Then inhale and exhale slowly. Shuffle the cards while keeping your mind clear and relaxed. When you are ready, pull one card from the deck. Focus on the tarot card you drew. See what jumps out at you first? Determine the meaning of the card. Keep this card in mind throughout your day. You may find it beneficial to write down your daily card and record your experience.

September 02, 2022 — Lorraine Annacone

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