The Tower - Number 16
The Star - Number 17
The Moon - Number 18
The Sun - Number 19
Judgement - Number 20
The World - Number 21
Learning how to do Tarot ReadingsIt is important to remember that what we see in the cards are possibilities at that point in time for the person receiving the reading and that it is not fixed. The Tarot reading presents what is going on around and what is coming up in the inquirers life, it also offers advice and ways of handling situations, problems, relationships, career interests, financial matters etc in whatever areas in relation to the question asked. What shows in the cards is the energies around the person and what they are drawing to themselves at that point in time and space. What the reading has to offer and what the inquirer chooses to use is entirely up to him/her. We all have freewill and can choose our own path.
When first starting out it would be best to purchase a new pack of cards which are to be used by you for the sole purpose of doing readings. Ideally the cards should only be handled by you and the inquirer. It would be best to wrap the cards in silk when not in use and keep them in a special place. The cards can be cleansed occasionally by laying them out in the sun or holding each card individually over the smoke from a burning incense stick. Tarot readings are not a game and should be carried out with sincerity and serious intent by the reader as well as the recipient. Never force a reading on anyone.
Creating a relaxed atmosphere is a priority when reading the cards. Before going ahead with a reading the inquirer must decide whether they want a general reading or one around a specific area ie love life, career, finances etc. The question they ask must relate to the subject in question. You must shuffle the cards before using the cards for a reading in order to clear them of previous vibrations. Then give the cards to the inquirer to shuffle, ask them to think about their question while shuffling, then ask them to split the pack in three piles with their left hand and put the piles back together in whatever way they wish. Now you are ready to place the cards out for the reading.
The Celtic Cross is the most popular so I will describe that layout. You can experiment with many other layouts even create your own. You can also ask if the inquirer wants a reading covering a certain period of time eg approximately the next 3 months, 6 months, 12 months or whatever period. I have found that events can sometimes happen earlier or later than the time period mentioned so it is definitely an approximate.
2 The Crossing Card
3 The Conscious
4 The Sub-Conscious
5 The Past
6 The Near Future
7 The Advice
8 The Home & Immediate Environment
9 Hopes & Wishes
10 The Outcome (long-term)
Numbers & their meaningsTarot cards, except for The Fool and the Court cards, have numbers and the meaning of these numbers can help with interpretation especially if the same numbers turn up more than once in the same reading. You can also add up the numbers from all the cards in a spread (as in numerology) to get a final overall number which I have found usually reinforces the message from the reading.
Ace or 1 New energy, new beginnings, births
Astrological Signs & Tarot Cards
Each Tarot card has astrological equivalents. This can help in a reading for understanding the character of a person. The following is a list of star signs and corresponding cards which could indicate either the star sign of the person sitting for the reading or someone of that star sign strongly around them or coming into their lives.
EARTH Taurus, Virgo,
WANDS - FIRE - relates to energy, enthusiasm, action, vitality, achievements, a positive approach to life, loves a challenge. Tends to live in the future. Thrives on achieving goals, which gives them a sense of purpose. Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
CUPS - WATER - relates to love, imagination, harmony, relationships, an approach to life through feelings, emotional sensitivity and creativity, nurturing, caring, enjoys giving & receiving love. Is content to flow with the changes life brings. Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio
SWORDS - AIR - relates to thoughts, ideas, concepts, beliefs, attitudes, difficulties, communication, understanding and practical effort. Swords can bring pain but also understanding. This suit deals with the trials we put ourselves through in order to transform our understanding of life. Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
PENTACLES - EARTH - relates to the material and physical. Pentacles
types are down to earth, practical, realistic and grounded. They are at home
with the business world and material things, they tend to live in the present.
They know when the time is right to conserve resources and when to let go and
enjoy the fruits of their labour. Love nature and could have a green thumb.
Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
The Pages & Their MeaningsAll the Pages in the Tarot refer to study, news ie telephone call, letter because the Page traditionally brought the news to the court. Pages also represent the seeds of new beginnings. Quite often refers to a child or a young person.
Page of Wands - The act of starting a new project. You could be
trying to master something new, maybe a new job or a new approach
to a situation. If the reading is for an older person then they may be feeling
young again. Could also indicate the birth of a child; good news on the way. A
restless young person around you or entering your life. The beginning of or a
new stage of a relationship. This relationship could well be filled with