A Guide to Reading Tarot Cards for Yourself

Tarot cards Tarot, the hermit card in the foreground.

Tarot cards Tarot, the hermit card in the foreground.

Tarot Reading is a very popular tool used by psychics. During the late 18th century, tarot cards have been used for divination. The name “tarot” is derived from Egypt, having reference to the Book of Thoth, one of the gods of Egypt. Tarot cards are not ordinary cards. They represent the universal truth of humans beings.


There are many ways of doing a reading with tarot cards. Below are the steps to learn how to read tarot cards.

1. Simplicity Is Key

There’s a lot of ways on how to read tarot. From the Tetrakys Spread to the popular Celtic-Cross Spread, there’s a wide variety to choose from, each differs on what is your purpose when attempting to do a tarot reading. As a beginner, the best method of reading is the simple 1-3 card spread. Not only will you not overwhelm yourself but also learn the ways of the tarot in small steps.

2. Clear Your Mind

When attempting to have a tarot reading, make sure you are comfortable. Take deep breaths. Clear your mind of unrelated things. You’ll be able to hear yourself with a clear mind.

3. Prepare Your Cards

A typical Tarot deck would include 78 cards, 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards divided into 4 suits, like playing cards. When attempting to do a reading, make sure to separate the Major and Minor Arcanas in a separate deck. Once separated, make sure to shuffle them.


4. Prepare Your Question

Consulting the Tarot is always accompanied with a question. “What do I need to do right now?”, “What is in store for me in the future?”. These are typical questions clients or you yourself ask when attempting a reading.

5. Cut Your Deck

With your left hand, cut the tarot deck in half. Place the top half on the left. When attempting to do a three-spread, shuffle the pile of Minor Arcana cards 8 times before cutting them into 3 separate piles.

6. Read the Interpretation

Tarot cards all have different meanings, depending on the user, they type of card, and the way they are revealed to the client (or yourself). There are two types of interpretations: individual and intuitive.


Individual interpretations cover the theme of the spread, the person him/herself. Intuitive Interpretation tells different meaning based on the card. For example, the Death Card doesn’t necessarily mean death itself. It may mean the end of something or the start of something new.


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