Tarot for Beginners: How to Use Your Intuition

Posted on: 12 April 2016

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When you are first starting to learn to read the tarot, the idea of having to learn the meaning of each card can be daunting. But while each of the cards in a tarot pack have an individual meaning, which will be listed in guides to tarot, it isn't necessary for you to memorise the meaning of each card before you begin. Below we look at various techniques that will allow you to perform readings using just your intuition.

Relax and Shuffle

Before you begin to read the cards, you should make sure that you are sitting comfortably with the deck of tarot cards in front of you. Close your eyes, take a deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Concentrate on your breath and let your body become comfortable in the chair. Being relaxed will help to clear your mind, making it easier for you to intuitively read the cards. Once you are relaxed, you should shuffle the cards.

The Question

While you are shuffling the cards you should ask your question. You can either say the question in your mind or out loud. If you can't think if of a specific query, you could simply ask the cards what message they have for you today. Once you have asked the question, keep it in your mind and continue to shuffle the deck for another minute or so.

Cut the Deck

Put the cards down and use your left hand to split the deck. Put the top section to the left of the bottom cards. Take a card from the right pile and turn it to reveal the card.

Your First Impression

You should pay attention to the first immediate feeling, reaction or thought you have when you turn the card over. First impressions can be useful as they are made completely intuitively, before the more analytical parts of your mind have had a chance to respond.

Say the Name of the Card

Saying the name of the card out loud is a useful way of probing what the card might mean, and for provoking thoughts and feelings within yourself which will help you to read the meaning of the card.

The Story

Every card tells a story, look at what is going on in the card and attempt to tell a simple story about it. Cards show images that are rich in colour and symbols, listen to how these speak to your emotions and use them to build the narrative of the card.

Repeat this exercise as many times as needed to train your intuition. You should avoid over thinking the process and always remain open to the message the cards have for you. For more information, visit a psychic.