This is a different topic for me to write about, but I feel called to write about it, anyway. Ever since I got the idea to write this blog post, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. So, here I am.
I recently purchased a beginners kit for tarot cards and I’m obsessed. I’ve always been attracted to spiritual things but have never really given myself the time to dive deep into them, until now. And by spiritual things I mean crystals, Tarot cards, metaphysical stuff, manifestation, and the law of attraction. I love going to metaphysical stores and I love learning about all the things.
Since I was a little girl, I remember feeling drawn to these types of things, despite being raised to not believe in them. I think I have some innate abilities, powers if you will, that might be a lot stronger if I exercised them. I am Native American, so I believe I have natural born spiritual abilities. But these abilities, along with your intuition are just like any other muscle in your body. If you don’t work out or use the muscle, it will get weaker and weaker. However, with continued practice and exercise, you can absolutely build that muscle up.
The tarot cards are an attempt to work on and exercise my intuition and abilities.
I now use tarot cards in my life and business as an entrepreneur. I find that it helps me find clarity and direction. I understand that I still have a lot to learn, but this is my starting point and I love it. For starters, I bought a beginner tarot bundle. It came with two decks of tarot cards, a book, a spreadsheet with the Celtic Cross spread on it, and a handy-dandy quick reference guide.
Best Tarot Deck for Beginners
When I was purchasing the kit, I talked to the lady who was helping me, telling her I was a beginner and am excited to get started. She gave me one piece of advice and she said:
“If you’re a beginner, you will want to start with the Rider-Waite deck. The meanings are beginner friendly. Until you’re, I don’t know, five years into your journey with tarot will you want to pick up the Crowley Thoth deck
She was 100% right. The Rider-Waite deck is what many of the other decks are based on. It has clear, easy-to-understand pictures, so it’s perfect for beginners to learn and practice on. I’ve found that this deck is by far one of the most popular and is frequently recommended.
Learning About Tarot – Where to Start
Learning the tarot is easy once you understand the basics. Turns out, a tarot deck is a lot like a regular deck of cards. There are 78 cards in a deck; four suits based on the four elements (fire, water, air, and earth), the Minor Arcana, the Court cards, and the Major Arcana.
Fire = Wands
Water = Cups
Air = Swords
Earth = Pentacles/Disks
These are the four suits of the deck. And just like a regular deck of cards, each has suit is numbered one (ace) to ten. Not only do each of the cards have their own meaning, the numbers matter as well.
Basics of Reading Tarot Cards
The major arcana is represented by 22 common archetypes known as universal life experiences. Archetypes such as the fool, strength, moon, and lovers. Of course, the numbers are important on these cards as well. Even the number 22 is important. In numerology, 22 is the master number.
Reading tarot comes from two things, knowing the meanings and listening to your intuition. It starts by learning the meanings of the cards. There are a lot of books and information on the internet that can help you. The book that came with my tarot kit gives really detailed descriptions of each card from both decks. Plus, it has chapters that cover different layouts, rituals, how to treat your cards, and more. It covers all the basics.
But, reading tarot is more than just knowing the meanings. Your intuition should be in control. Relying on your intuition might feel weird at first, or you might struggle to hear your intuition but that’s ok. Like I said earlier, intuition is a muscle. The more practice you have using and listening to your intuition, the easier it becomes.
Can beginners really read tarot?
My answer is yes. Just like anything else, there is beginner and advanced techniques. Some layouts used for readings are complex, while others are more simple and beginner friendly. Jumping right in and doing the Celtic Cross as your first reading is jumping the gun.
How I Use Tarot as an Entrepreneur
My recommendation is to start with simple single card readings that aim to answer one question. For instance, this is how I am using tarot in my life as an entrepreneur.
I use tarot to help gain clarity in my daily activities. In the mornings, I will start with a leading question. Here are a few examples of things I might ask:
- Where should I focus my energy today?
- What do I need to focus on today?
- In what way do I need to show up in my business today?
I sit quietly and focus on my question. Then I shuffle the deck. Some people say do it three times, some say it doesn’t matter. Follow what feels right to you. You can tell when it’s time to stop shuffling. I don’t know how to explain it, but you can tell when you go from shuffling to fiddling with the cards. You can actually mess up the reading if you over-shuffle the cards.
After you shuffle the deck, focus on your question once more, split the deck, and draw one card.
Whether the card is upright or not is as significant as the pictures and numbers. When I do my reading, I usually read up on the card from the book but I’ll also look it up online. I like to get a few different opinions on the meaning of the card. Through this little research, I can usually understand how this card relates to my life and how to apply it to answer my question.
A lot of the reading comes from your intuition. Again, it takes practice but gets easier in time. There’s a lot to learn but I’m really enjoying it.
I want to know your thought on tarot cards. Let me know in the comments below what your experience with tarot cards is!