The Basics: Tarot
First of all, you must ask yourself, "Why do I want to Learn to Use the Tarot?"
Tarot, is simply a tool to see a situation from different perspectives. It can tell you the future, but this is not the be all and end all of what will happen. Every personal result happens based on a specific choice you make; and tarot can help you understand what decision will lead to what result.
Understanding each tarot card completely takes a lot of time and practice. This is not a skill you can pickup in a day and start reading for others. It takes time to use the tarot; for some it only takes months and others, years. This all depends on how much time you take to practice and learn the interpretations.
Choosing a Tarot Deck
When choosing a Tarot deck, it is important to let your intuition be your guide. Choose the deck that you are drawn to and is the most appealing to you. You can buy tarot decks at new age shops and Borders Stores. I recommend taking some time to look at all of the decks and then making your final decision.
After years of using the tarot, I have come to the conclusion that it is best if you use your own interpretations for the cards. There are many tarot books out there with many different interpretations, this can lead to frustration on knowing which interpretation is best; so it is better if one learns their own personal interpretations. This may be difficult for beginners, as they may have little understanding of the tarot, so I will give some basic information on the structure of the tarot, as well as my own interpretations.
MINOR ARCANA - PERSONAL OCCURANCES
MAJOR ARCANA - CURRENT LESSON BEING LEARNED
The Structure of the Tarot
*WANDS - FIRE ENERGY, SPIRITUAL PLANE
*PENTACLES - EARTH ENERGY, PHYSICAL PLANE
*CUPS - WATER ENERGY, EMOTIONAL PLANE
*SWORDS - AIR ENERGY, MENTAL PLANE
- Personal Experience, Working hard for success/profit, Business/Career, Potential
- Finanial Matters, Financial Security, Business Affairs, Promotions, Enterprise
- Romantic Relationships, Lovers, Emotional states, Feelings, Marriage, Friendships
- Mental States, ideas, perspectives, attitudes, illnesses, conflicts
Major Arcana - Very Soon
Aces - Seasons
Ace of Wands ~ Autumn
Ace of Pentacles ~ Spring
Ace of Cups - Summer
Ace of Swords - Winter
Court Cards - Months
Dec 22-Jan 19: PAGE PENTACLES
Jan 20-Feb 19: QUEEN PENTACLES
Feb 19-Mar 20: PAGE CUPS
Mar 21-Apr 19: KING WANDS
Apr 20-May 20: PAGE SWORDS
May 21-June 20: KING PENTACLES
June 21-July 22: KING CUPS
July 23-Aug 22: QUEEN WANDS
Aug 23-Sept 22: QUEEN SWORDS
Sept 23-Oct 22: KING SWORDS
Oct 23-Nov 21: QUEEN OF CUPS
Nov 22-Dec 21: PAGE WANDS
- New Beginnings, New Cycles
- Unions, Balance, Polarities
- Self-Expression, Communication
- Foundation, Organization
- Freedom, Risks, Creativity
- Service, Community Involvement
- Solitude, Soul-Searching
- Material Prosperity, Worldly Influence
- Humanitarianism, Integration, Resources
- Transition, Ending and Beginning
- Children or immature people under the age of 21
- Males or Females from age 21-35
- Mature women over the age of 35
- Mature men over the age of 35
MY PERSONAL INTERPRETATIONS
- Lack of Discipline
-Ignoring Advice, Signs, Warnings
- Control of own life
- Use of Resources
2 HIGH PRIESTESS
- Learning & Knowledge
- Menstrual Cycle
- Motherly Influence
- Individuality in beliefs
- Following own path
- Opposing Elements
- Seeing all perspectives
- Self Examination
10 WHEEL OF FORTUNE
- Situation you have no control over
12 HANGED MAN
- Willing Self-Sacrifice
- Abrupt, Stressful Change
- Ending of a Cycle
- Self Bondage
- Inner Demons
- Tramatic Event
- Purification through Fire (out with the old, in with the new)
- Spiritual Enlightenment
- Hidden Forces
- Psychic Ability
- Legal Matters
- Final Decisions/Answers
- End of Doubts
- Goals Reached
- Worldly Power
ACE OF WANDS - Beginning of a new cycle of growth. Enterprise, new job, project; something you have to earn by working hard.
2 OF WANDS - Established enterprise. Don't be afraid of accepting advice or help from others. Learning to balance resources.
3 OF WANDS - Be open to the ideas of others, they are spiritual messages.
4 OF WANDS - Security and foundation. Celebrating threshold, enjoying rewards for work.
5 OF WANDS - Competition, working hard to be the best or better than the rest.
6 OF WANDS - Enjoying success and recognition for hard work and accomplishment.
7 OF WANDS - Feeling the burden of hard work and competition, holding off and losing motivation.
8 OF WANDS - Situation moving fast, Air Travel, Shot ideas into the air and waiting for results/feedback.
9 OF WANDS - Solid Foundation, protecting it. Possessive and proud.
10 of WANDS - Taking on too much responsibility, or that of others.
PAGE of WANDS - Travel, foreign culture, foreign dealings in business; Adventurous child
KNIGHT OF WANDS - Hard worker, solid personality, good sense of humor, stable; male ages 21-35.
QUEEN OF WANDS - Hard working, simple yet intelligent, creative, love of nature, tries to be dominant but a natural submissive; Female over age 21.
KING OF WANDS - Hard worker, strong yet sentimental, Greate sense of humor, love of family/children, Dominant, Gets the job done efficiently, well-earned ego, College Degree; Male over the age of 35.
ACE OF PENTACLES - New business/enterprise, job, career, source of profit, inheritance.
2 OF PENTACLES - Learning to balance income/budget.
3 OF PENTACLES - Graduation, promotion in current job/career.
4 OF PENTACLES - Being stingy with money, holding on too tightly.
5 OF PENTACLES - Being blind with money, not budgeting, WARNING CARD
6 OF PENTACLES - Charity, having more than enough money
7 OF PENTACLES - Built solid security, on the verge of reaping rewards.
8 OF PENTACLES - Working hard for reward, using resources and craftsmanship, has worked many years
9 OF PENTACLES - Security, enjoying it, relaxing
10 OF PENTACLES - Family inheritance, family security
PAGE OF PENTACLES - Scholarship, college; bookworm child.
KNIGHT OF PENTACLES - Enterprenuer, lighthearted personality, good sense of humor, stable; Male age 21-35.
QUEEN OF PENTACLES - Strives for security, superficial, material minded, book smart & lack of common sense, extravagant, 'gold digger'; Female over the age of 21.
KING OF PENTACLES - Money minded, Business man, powerful, Dominant, excellent budgeter, Materialistic; Male over the age of 35.
ACE OF CUPS - New Romance or friendship
2 OF CUPS - New Bond/Union, potential for lasting relationship, marriage
3 OF CUPS - New Romance, Infatuation, Lust, Celebration, Fun, One night stand
4 OF CUPS - Needing space, withdrawing from a relationship or person
5 OF CUPS - Feeling sorry for self after dissapointment in relationship, Not trying to fix anything, hopeless, giving up
6 OF CUPS - Nostalgia, Memories, Thoughts of the Past
7 OF CUPS - Looking over options and choices in a relationship, Trying to decide on a path/solution
8 OF CUPS - Wishing relationship turned out differently, Time to move on
9 OF CUPS - WISH CARD, Wishes fulfilled, Happiness, Fulfillment in relationship
10 OF CUPS - Happiness in love. Mutual and unconditional love. (True Love)
PAGE OF CUPS - Young love, immaturity, unstable emotions, obsession
KNIGHT OF CUPS - Prince charming, Swept off feet, "The One"
QUEEN OF CUPS - Loving, Emotional, Submissive, Moral, Coventional, 'Goody Goody', Ditzy; Female over the age of 21.
KING OF CUPS - Loving, Emotional, Water signs in astrology chart, somewhat feminine/submissive, ditzy; MALE over age 35.
ACE OF SWORDS - New perspective, New frame of mind, New attitude
2 OF SWORDS - Conflicting ideas/perspectives
3 OF SWORDS - Seperation, Break of communication and exchange of ideas
4 OF SWORDS - Calm after a battle, enjoying the victory
5 OF SWORDS - Adjusting after a loss or dissapointment. Waiting for an answer, but it is right in front of you. Calm and clear the mind (meditation needed).
6 OF SWORDS - Leaving to a new life, something better, journey (possibly over water), Moving
7 OF SWORDS - Have gotten the upper hand on a situation, but more difficulties are likely to come
8 OF SWORDS - Feeling trapped, isolating self
9 OF SWORDS - Sickness, Severe Depression, Illness
10 OF SWORDS - Dissapointment, suffering
PAGE OF SWORDS - Malicious thinking, not seeing all sides of a situation; Malicious child
KNIGHT OF SWORDS - Dominant, Forceful, Egotistical, Malicious, Stern, Sense of humor comes at the expense of others; Male ages 21-35.
QUEEN OF SWORDS - Dominant, strong willed, malicious intent; Woman over the age of 35. Also, can signify a widow or Older lady.
KING OF SWORDS - Dominant, possessive, over critical, verbally abusive, demanding, may have malicious intent; Male over the age of 35.