If you’ve grown up with any amount of pop-culture in your life, you’re probably familiar with the image of the woman dressed to the nines, headscarf and all, sitting behind a little wooden table with her crystal ball and tarot cards. Let me be honest with you. That’s so far from the truth of reading tarot and it is a racial stereotype that needs to disappear. Anyway, that’s not what I’m here to talk about today. There are a few things that need to be said about the tarot, and I’m going to give you the top five today.
Number One: Tarot will not tell you your future!
– It might seem counterintuitive to what you’ve seen or been told. A lot of people equate reading tarot with fortune-telling. In a way, they’re not wrong. However, tarot will not tell you your future because it isn’t set in stone. The future is changing all the time and one single decision, no matter how small, can change the course of your future drastically. Tarot is a tool to use to give you guidance and show you your choices. It is also used to give insight into situations and experiences you might be having.
Number Two: Tarot is not evil!
– Now depending on your beliefs (and I’m going to assume that if you’re reading this blog, you’re an open-minded person), this is up for debate. Simply put, the tarot is just a deck of cards made from paper and ink. That’s it! When we use tarot, and depending on how you believe it works, we are calling on certain things to ask for guidance. This could be your own subconscious, a deity or deities, or simply the universe.
Number Three: Go ahead and buy your own!
– There’s a huge misconception out there that you absolutely cannot buy your own first deck of tarot cards. I say bulls**t. If you want to learn to read tarot, go out and buy your own deck. Not everyone has someone who is willing to buy them a deck of tarot cards, especially if everyone they know thinks tarot is evil/devilwork/stupid/etc. This misconception comes from some people thinking that any deck you buy yourself won’t work for you, will have bad luck, or whatever. I don’t believe this to be true at all. So go out, buy your deck if you want, and get to work!
Number Four: It takes practice!
– You’re not going to pick up your deck of tarot cards and immediately be 100% accurate or even good at it. Like any other craft, it takes practice and time to get comfortable reading the tarot. Work up a daily/weekly/monthly routine to get yourself acquainted with the cards and into a comfortable position to read for yourself and, if you want, other people.
Number Five: No need to memorize every card!
– There’s 78 cards in a tarot deck, and each one has their own meaning. If you want to memorize each and every card, go for it, but it’s not necessary. I’ve been reading tarot for several years and still refer back to the books that come with the cards if something isn’t clear or if I forget the meaning of a card. There’s also a method of reading tarot based solely on your intuition and has nothing to do with the meanings prescribed to the cards. So read in a way that works for you, and trust yourself and your guides.
There’s a lot that goes into reading tarot cards, and everyone does it different, but I find that these five things are more common than not in those of us that use the tarot.
Until next time!
*Note: The image above pictures the Three of Cups from The Wild Unknown tarot by Kim Krans. You can get it here (The Wild Unknown) from Amazon. This is an affiliate link. If you purchase this deck using this link, I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you!
3/16/2021 – Post edited to clarify the first paragraph and remove the censored slur.