If you feel like you have a touch of mysticism in you, give Tarot cards a try. 

Tarot cards have been around since the 15th century and have helped people gain clarity during difficult times. Tarot readings help clear away negative energy and give you the motivation to take positive risks. 

If you want to explore your spirituality and unlock your inner eye, why not become a tarot reader? Read on to learn how to become a professional tarot reader.

How Do Tarot Cards Work? 

The tarot is a pack of playing cards representing questions or decisions in your life

A professional tarot reader meanwhile gives insight into these events. By drawing a few cards and interpreting their meaning, the reader gains insight into the problem.

Tarot cards developed from early religions like Christianity and often give surprising messages. These cards operate on the basis of the inner and outer worlds mirror each other to give interpretation to reality

How to Become a Tarot Reader? 

To become a tarot reader, there are no specific qualifications or certifications needed. But some schools or websites like Biddy Tarot offer lessons on tarot basics. Having a tarot certification shows that you know what you are doing. 

 You can get one here to prove your authenticity to your clients. 

Learn the Types of Tarot Cards

There are two types of tarot cards: the major arcana and the minor arcana. Every tarot deck has 78 cards composed of 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana.

The major arcana represents breakthroughs, lessons, challenges, and possibilities. It also represents the life events of the past, present, and future of an individual. The appearance of any major arcana card in a spread reflects a person’s life lesson and theme.

The minor arcana are supplementary cards that represent day-to-day turmoil and events. They mirror specific daily challenges and show thoughts, feelings, experiences, and beliefs. These cards show you moments that could change or influence your life. 

Know the Meaning of All Your Cards

In the major arcana, the fool represents a new beginning and has the most important role in the arcana. 

Each subsequent card afterward represents an event of “The Fool’s Journey.” Below are the names of the other cards and what they represent: 

  • The Magician: Manifestation of Will or Inner Strength
  • The High Priestess: Mysticism or Divinity
  • The Empress: Nurturing or Feminism
  • The Hierophant: Spirituality or Higher Wisdom
  • The Lovers: Mutual love or Passion
  • The Chariot: Control or Progress
  • Strength: Courage or Power
  • The Hermit: Solitude or Inner-calling
  • The Wheel of Fortune: Luck or Destiny
  • Justice: Balance or Law
  • The Hanged Man: New perspective or Sacrifice
  • Death: Change or Transformation
  • Temperance: Patience or Motivation
  • The Devil: Addiction or Destruction
  • The Tower: Release or Upheaval
  • The Star: Hope or Renewal
  • The Moon: Deceit or Dream
  • The Sun: Success or Happiness
  • Judgment: New Phase or Revival
  • The World: Travel or Celebration

The minor arcana divides into wands, cups, swords, pentacles. Wands represent passion, creativity, energy, and sexuality. The cups are the suit for emotions, feelings, and intuition. Swords are logic-driven so it represents our thoughts, words, and action. 

The pentacles represent the material world. They offer guidance in finances, career paths, and material possessions. The court cards such as the King, Queen, Knight, and Page represent people, personalities, or situations. 

Choose a Good Tarot Deck

Tarot decks differ by illustrations, design, symbols, and mythology. The most common and popular deck is the Rider-Waite deck. The deck has easy to understand symbols which can make an instant connection with your intuition. 

Another popular deck is the Wild Unknown deck illustrated with rainbow colors of nature. Another deck is the Angle Oracle deck with inspiring messages to connect with your intuition. It has 36 cards divided into three major divisions: form, creation, and paradise. 

If you want a woodcut, try the Universal Marseille deck which has a pallet of red, yellow, and blue. If you want cards with figures of gods and goddesses of Greek, you can get the Renaissance deck. 

Connect and Prepare the Deck 

Before preparing the deck, you or your client need to hold the tarot deck and think about a clear and open-ended question. Have the deck in your hand and shuffle it at least three times before picking from the top or bottom. Place them face down in your spread and check your deck’s reference book to see how the card relates to the question. 

The most basic tarot card spread or layout is the three-card spread. This layout is great for centering yourself during chaotic times. The first card represents what you can surrender to change your life. 

The second card offers direction on how to care for yourself during the process. The third card serves as a guide for centering yourself during the change. The three-card layout can also represent the past, present, and future. 

Another layout is the five-card spread which gives illumination and clarity. 

The first card answers what is happening at the moment and the second tells you how to deal with it. The third card gives the lesson of the moment and the fourth tells you what is leaving. Finally the fifth tells you what is arriving. 

You can make a spread or layout that suits you or get inspiration from these tarot card spreads.

Benefits of Being a Professional Tarot Reader

Being a tarot reader for a few days gives you valuable coaching and listening skills. You learn to communicate with clients and ease them during readings. You will also have a clear view of your reading ethics, the dos, and don’ts during a reading. 

Many people become a tarot reader to help people focus on, decision making, and moving on in life. You also have the freedom to go to work at any time and travel to give tarot readings to people around the world. 

Become a Tarot Reader 

Tarot cards are a tool to connect with your higher wisdom and intuition. During times you feel anxious or worried, try drawing a card for reminders or advice. Remember to practice by doing readings for your friends and family. 

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