Using Tarot Cards

Defining Tarot

What is Tarot? Simply defined, Tarot cards are decks of cards with pictures, symbols, and numbers printed on them. Tarot cards were originally used as playing cards in Europe, but began to be used for divination purposes in the 18th century.

In theory, Tarot cards are used for divination and can give insight into your past, present, and future.

To many, Tarot reading may seem supernatural and intimidating to approach. However, Tarot cards can be quite simple and offer a different perspective to a difficult situation or question you may have. Additionally, reading Tarot cards can be simply a fun hobby.

How Tarot Cards Work

The tarot deck is made up of 78 cards divided into the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana are the labeled cards and represent principles, concepts, and ideas, and are typically more significant. The Minor Arcana are divided into four suits and represent the details of the situation described by the Tarot spread.

It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the cards before continuing. Click on the following links to get a better understanding of the Major & Minor Arcana!

Major Arcana

Minor Arcana

Tarot cards work by arranging them in a certain "spread." There are several different types of spreads you can practice for different situations, and they reveal different amounts and types of information. Tarot spreads range in difficulty, and some can be very complex to interpret. Therefore, we will be focusing on the simple three-card spread to get a better feel for how Tarot works!

Getting Started

If you are a beginner to Tarot, the three-card spread is a great place to start learning and get some practice reading Tarot cards! Even if you are an experienced Tarot reader, this spread is great for quick answers and getting back to the basics.

The three-card spread is good for suggesting some sort of linear path or sequence of events. The three-card spread can be used for many different questions and situations. For the purpose of this instruction, we will be focused on the three-card spread that gives insight into your past, present, and future.