June 10th 2018
Tarot reading is an awesome tool to use if you wish to further understand yourself and find ways to improve in the future~
I got my first tarot deck for Christmas this past year. It was a cheap set from 5 Below as a part of a gift package from my best friend because we decided to do massive 5 Below shopping sprees for each other last year. When I opened it up and saw that she had remembered me mentioning I wanted one, I was touched. It wasn’t until months later that I learned it was bad luck to buy yourself your first tarot deck, so for that I was even more grateful.
For a few weeks, the set sat on the floor of my room unopened because I couldn’t bring myself to get started. It was a mix of being worried it would be too difficult and time consuming, as well as being uncomfortably accurate. Once I pushed past the initial anxiety, I began practicing.
I started by practicing on myself, learning the placement of the cards and pinning down each card’s individual meaning with some being more cryptic than others. Soon enough, I had grown comfortable with reading myself and moved on to reading close friends and friends of friends for more practice. Now, I feel pretty confident in my ability to do readings on the fly and I actually find it quite interesting and enjoyable to see how much truth there is to the random selection of cards.
Which brings me back to the very beginning of why I wanted cards in the first place. You see, tarot had interested me for quite some time and it wasn’t until a summer day where my best friend and I stumbled on a deck in the house that her parents were renting that I really took an interest in learning myself. I had been read before but never thought I was capable of learning to read, however, when I learned that it was actually a quite easy process to pick up a deck and start learning, I really want to give it a shot.
I think the largest pro and the largest con of reading cards to be the same thing, you learn a lot about yourself (whether you want to or not). A large part of reading cards is learning that the cards will tell you what they want you to hear whether you want to hear it or not. And it is not that the cards or the card reader have any special powers, it is just the fact that when you flip over a card and hear it’s meaning, you immediately know if it applies to you…and sometimes you really wish it didn’t.
I spent a lot of my early readings in denial of things I was being told because I didn’t want to hear them. I’d ask questions and become disappointed in the answers I already expected. The biggest hurdle in reading is not being attached to the outcome and not letting the cards determine your life. Just because the cards say something doesn’t mean they are right…I mean, come on, they were printed in a factory and sold at 5 Below or Barnes and Noble…don’t take them THAT seriously. Just go in with an open mind, the worse that could happen is the cards let you down gently that something you want won’t work out and you can either accept it or continue life as you would if you hadn’t gotten the reading!
At this point in my time reading, I have 2 favorite spreads which are the yes/no past, present, future spread and the 9 card spread for predictions of a week to a few months. I think the 9 card one is my personal favorite because I modified it to fit my style.
The yes/no spread is a pretty simple spread. It is done using only the Major Arcana cards of the Rider Waite tarot deck. First, you shuffle the cards your desired amount of times while speaking your question aloud. Then you take the first six cards from the top of then deck and create the top line and the first 6 cards from the bottom of the deck to create the bottom line. Separate the cards into 3 sets of 4 (2 top, 2 bottom in each set) to display the past (situation you’re leaving), present (what you are entering now), and future (outcome to your question). If your answer is unclear, select for more cards (2 top, 2 bottom) in the same manner as before.
The 9 card reading is even more simple because you just shuffle and place the first 9 cards down in a 3×3 square. You read the cards vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. The center card of this reading is your “now” card and it is the card that sums up the current place you are in in your life.
I still have a lot to learn and look forward to buying my next deck so I can practice even more!