Why do I call this "Tarot by Tere"? A tad presumptious, you say? Well, it's because I put my own meanings in the cards as opposed to the traditional. Sometimes my meanings coincide with the traditional, sometimes they clash. They work for ME and that's what's important. My clients don't seem to have a problem with it.
There are (traditionally) 22 cards in the Major Arcana and 56 in the Minor Arcana. Why do I put "tradionally" in parenthesis? Well, that's my first break from tradition. I do not use the card "The Fool" in the Major Arcana, I use it as a minor. Why? Because of all the different meanings I glean from it. When you read about "The Fool", hopefully, you'll see and understand what I mean.
In my Tarot classes I have some rules:
The Ace Number One Rule is: Never read another reader's throw. If someone else is doing a reading for you they may see and interpret the cards differently than you do. The reader is reading with her/his own energy and will very likely be much more accurate with the interpretation. Even though I have been reading the cards for 44 years, I follow this rule religiously and it works. I have found that although I can do a major reading for myself, I am not as objective as I need to be. When I merely ask the cards for information and guidance to help me make more informed decisions, I do, indeed, have the correct level of objectivity.
Rule Number Two is: Remember The Question If the person is asking about finances, you certainly don't want to answer in a romantic vein. Honest!
Rule Number Three is: The interpretation of the meanings of any card depends on the other cards that are with it.
And the final rule - but NOT the least important is: Everything is subject to change due to human emotion. So, you can read your little heart out and know it's the very best one you've ever done in all your whole real long life, but, if the client chooses NOT to follow the advice, or chooses a different option, your reading will not stand. (Especially anything pertaining to the future.)
I use the Rider-Waite cards to teach with because, to me, they have a simpler, less cluttered design. If you are a beginner, I would reccomend that you, too, use the Rider-Waite to learn with. Personally, I use the Sacred Rose Tarot Cards for my bread and butter readings. I do, however, have about 75 other decks (some specialized) that I use on occasion, depending on my client's needs.
Please, remember that these meanings are the basic ones and can be spiralled into deeper meanings. Also know that not all the meanings to the Minor Arcana will hold in all decks. For example, the 2 of Wands in the Rider-Waite means, to me, a short trip. In my Sacred Rose, the 2 of Wands means confrontation. I have found that the basic meanings I have assigned to each of the Major Arcana DO hold from deck to deck.
Ok, that's it. You're ready to begin learning the meanings of the Tarot Cards as interpreted by Me. Good learning, and if you need assistance or have questions, feel free to email me