Tarot Basics

Tarot Basics

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

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.

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