Hey wanna learn how to make sound decisions (aka intuition) and communicate directly to your soul? Tarot (tear-row) is one of my favorite tools. It's a deck of 78 wonderfully witchy cards with deep symbolism that can help answer your life's conundrums. It works because your soul speaks from a subconscious level that is mainly visual.
All you need to do is get your hands on a deck. The Rider-Waite is most popular, but there are many others to suit any vibe that speaks to you. The key is to simply begin doing your own readings. Follow the step-by-step below to draw 1 card. It may feel strange at first, but over time, you will develop skill. I've been going over 5 years and just now started to feel intuitive messages from the cards on first glance. A more advanced reading will include 3 cards or more because you'll be reading them like a language, in sentence form! You can enjoy a lifetime learning from these cards, as each aligns with different astrology signs and numerology, you can go deep into the meanings.
1. Holding your cards in hand, take a deep breath and imagine you are standing at the center of the universe, and golden light fills up your entire being. The exhale surrounds your whole body in a golden orb of protection while you ask for guidance on a specific topic or general advice for the day.
2. While gently shuffling the cards, become open to the insight that will best assist you to bring your light to the world today in the most loving and useful way.
3. Take another deep breath, spread the cards, and let your hands float over the cards until you feel the one that is “right” for you. Pull it out, keeping in mind what you initially wanted to ask the cards about.
4. Flip it over and read the meaning below. Feel into the answer and write down your immediate thoughts, do not question or second-guess. Meditate on your answer!
**When a card flips over upside down, look to the "reversed" meaning after the "/"
MAJOR ARCANA are the big dogs and have more emphasis:
The Fool - beginnings, innocence, spontaneity, a free spirit / holding back, recklessness, risk-taking
The Magician - manifestation, resourcefulness, power, inspired action / manipulation, poor planning, untapped talents
The High Priestess - intuition, sacred knowledge, divine feminine, the subconscious mind / secrets, disconnected from intuition, withdrawal and silence
The Empress - fertility, femininity, beauty, nature, abundance / creative block, dependence on others
The Emperor - authority, establishment, structure, a father figure / domination, excessive control, lack of discipline, inflexibility
The Heirophant - spiritual wisdom, religious beliefs, conformity, tradition, institutions / personal beliefs, freedom, challenging the status quo
The Lovers - love, harmony, relationships, values alignment, choices / self-love, disharmony, imbalance, misalignment of values
The Chariot - control, willpower, success, action, determination / self-discipline, opposition, lack of direction
Strength - strength, courage, persuasion, influence, compassion / inner strength, self-doubt, low energy, raw emotion
The Hermit - soul searching, introspection, being alone, inner guidance / isolation, loneliness, withdrawal
Wheel of Fortune - good luck, karma, life cycles, destiny, a turning point / bad luck, resistance to change, breaking cycles
Justice - justice, fairness, truth, cause and effect, law / unfairness, lack of accountability, dishonesty
The Hanged Man - pause, surrender, letting go, new perspectives / delays, resistance, stalling, indecision
Death - endings, change, transformation, transition / resistance to change, personal transformation, inner purging
Temperance - balance, moderation, patience, purpose / imbalance, excess, self-healing, re-alignment
The Devil - shadow self, attachment, addiction, restriction, sexuality / releasing limiting beliefs, exploring dark thoughts, detachment
The Tower - sudden change, upheaval, chaos, revelation, awakening / personal transformation, fear of change, averting disaster
The Star - hope, faith, purpose, renewal, spirituality / lack of faith, despair, self-trust, disconnection
The Moon - illusion, fear, anxiety, subconscious, intuition / release of fear, repressed emotion, inner confusion
The Sun - positivity, fun, warmth, success, vitality / inner child, feeling down, overly optimistic
Judgement - judgement, rebirth, inner calling , absolution / self-doubt, inner critic, ignoring the call
The World - completion, integration, accomplishment, travel / seeking personal closure, short-cuts, delays
MINOR ARCANA are more subtle and carry 14 variations in each suit:
ACE (1) - signifies success in all aspects.
2 - patience, balance, extremes and the struggles inherent in these processes
3 - loyalty, bonding, indulging and crossing the point of no return
4 - stability and consistency
5 - you're either in power/in control or are completely submissive
6 - departure, transition, harmony
7 - waiting for something you want, an unexpected delivery
8 - boundaries, know your limitations, accept what cannot be done
9 - shed light on your past, present, and potential future
10 - completion, end of a cycle, renewal
Page - encourage you to go for it and give you the green light for a new project or initiative
Knight - embarking on a new project or idea and there is no stopping you
Queen - someone who has matured, has a deeper understanding or herself and others, leadership, reaching that stage in life when you’re happy in your own skin, finding your niche, becoming a person others look up to and follow
King - order, status, wisdom, strategy, dominance, responsibility, sound judgment
SUITS carry deeper themes that reinforce your answer:
Swords (AIR) - mental, intellect double-edged with power, thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, conflict, decisions, knowledge, action, power, change, courage.
Pentacles (EARTH) - physical, material, money, work/career, body health, manifesting outer world, how you create it, shape it, transform, and grow it.
Wands (FIRE) - spirituality, inspiration, determination, strength, purpose, ambition, drive, willpower, meaning, passion, intensity, sexuality.
Cups (WATER) - emotions, love, feelings, relationships, connections. Thinking with your heart rather than your head, creativity, intuition, healing, cleansing.