Tarot Card Reading 101: Everything You Need to Know About Your Tarot Card Reading

Posted by: Lucinda

Are you anxious, nervous or curious about the immediate overview of something happening in your life right now? Are you concerned about how your future may be affected by this overview? Or, do you just want to know what the future has in store for you? 

Our readers here at 76Psychics use their intuition and their vast knowledge of working with the tarot to offer you the most applicable insights and solutions to your questions. 

Have you ever wondered what tarot card readings can tell you about your life? Tarot readings are a great way to gain insight into current situations and scenarios in your life. They also offer a great overview of what may be presenting itself in your future. They can offer good, solid, valuable advice and guidance. In this blog post, we will discuss what you need to know about tarot card readings. We will cover how tarot readings work, the benefits of tarot readings, and how to decipher the meanings of tarot cards. Get ready to dive deep into the wonderful and magical world of one of history's most ancient and accurate schools of divination.  

First let's look at some clear and defined ways a tarot card reading can help you.  

A tarot card reading can:  

  • Help you understand a current situation in your life 
  • Offer advice and guidance on what to do next 
  • Help you make decisions about important life choices  
  • Show you an overview of your future  
  • Help you understand your past  
  • Bring clarity to a situation  
  • Is your current "love" the one 
  • Help you connect with your intuition or Higher Self  
  • Help you uncover hidden knowledge or information  
  • Help to calm you if your nerves are on end 
  • Make better decisions 

What is so fascinating about using the Tarot is that you can pick one card for a quick insight or you can do a spread. A spread is a great way to take look at the situation from the beginning and see where it is headed. Basically, you are looking at what it was like, what it's like now, and where it will be going. 

A Brief History and look at the Tarot 

The tarot is a deck comprising of 78 cards which can traced back to northern Italy as early as the 14th century. Traditionally used for card games, it was soon discovered that the tarot could be used for divination purposes as well. The tarot has since become one of the most popular and widely-used tools for divination in the world. The tarot is composed of two main parts: the major arcana and the minor arcana.  

The major arcana are 22 tarot cards that represent universal themes and life lessons. These tarot cards are also known as the trump cards or trumps. The major arcana tarot cards represent our journey through life, from birth to death and everything in between.  

The minor arcana are 56 tarot cards that represent the day-to-day experiences we have in life. The minor arcana tarot cards are divided into four suits: wands, cups, swords and pentacles. Each tarot card suit represents a different aspect of our lives: 

  • Wands represent our creativity, passion and energy.  
  • Cups represent our emotions, relationships and feelings.  
  • Swords represent our thoughts, words and actions.  
  • Pentacles represent our physical reality, including our bodies, possessions and material wealth. 

Now that we have a basic understanding of the tarot, let's look at how the readings is deciphered by the card reader.  

What a Tarot Card Session Looks Like 

When you are getting a tarot card reading, the reader will shuffle the deck of tarot cards and then will ask you to cut the deck (if it's in person) and then and possibly ask you to choose a certain number of tarot cards. Some readers just lay them out and some may ask you to choose your cards. There is not right or wrong. Just trust the process. The reader will then lay out the cards in a specific order and begin to interpret their meanings based on the layout and their own intuitive understanding of the spread. 

The reader will then start to give you information about your past, present and future based on the cards that were chosen. It is important to remember that a tarot card reading is not set in stone. Any unfavorable influences can be redirected with the help of your reader and your willingness. The tarot cards will offer guidance and advice but it is up to you to follow that guidance.  

Tarot card readings can be done in person or online. If you are getting an online tarot card reading, make sure you choose a reputable tarot reader. There are many scams out there, so it's important to do your research before choosing a tarot reader. And I may be a little biased but our readers here at 76Psychics are truly the cream of the crop. I've met them all and they are my go-to now if I need some outside clarity. Yes, even as a seasoned card reader oftentimes need some outside assistance from others in the field. 

To get the most accurate tarot card reading, it's important to be clear about what you want to know. The tarot cards will give you specific answers to your specific questions. So, if you have a question about your love life, make sure to ask a tarot question about your love life. Regardless of your questions, be specific.  

Some tarot readers will also do a general reading, which can give you insights into different areas of your life. However, if you have specific questions that you want answered, again, it's best to ask specific questions.  

Sometimes looking at your card reading can become very confusing. Leave the interpretation to the reader as they have the grasp on what's really happening. However, you may want to take a picture of your card or your spread and spend some time with later on your own. 

What About an "Oracle" Deck Reading 

What's an Oracle deck? An oracle deck is a tarot card alternative. These decks are generally customized by the reader themselves starting with the Theme. The images, meanings and descriptions as well are customized. So, each card will have its own unique theme and each card like the tarot will have its own meaning. What I love about using Oracle decks in my readings is that they were channeled direct from spirit to the high-intuitive practitioner that created them. There are some absolutely, incredible high-vibe Oracle decks out there that are literal living, breathing entities just waiting to serve you! 

What is a "spread" in Tarot?  

A tarot spread is simply the layout of tarot cards. The tarot reader will lay out the tarot cards in a specific pattern or order, depending on the question you have asked or the topic you would like to focus on. The layout of the spread is then interpreted by the tarot reader, based on the card positions in the spread, and what they believe the tarot cards are trying to say. It is important to note that a seasoned card reader will use their intuition and their vast knowledge of working with the tarot coupled with the spread to offer you the most applicable insights and solutions to your questions. 

There are many different tarot card spreads that can be used for a variety of purposes. Here are some of the most popular tarot card spreads:  

  • The Celtic Cross Spread - This tarot card spread is one of the most popular tarot spreads and is used to gain a general reading of a situation.  
  • The Three Card Spread - This tarot card spread is used to gain specific insights into the past, present, and future.  
  • The Horseshoe Spread - A more in depth look into the past, present and future 
  • The Relationship Spread - This tarot card spread is used when you have specific questions about your relationships.  

I will mention though, that while there are specified spreads a true intuitive tarot card reader may oftentimes stray from the textbook spread and lay the cards out as she or he is guided to do once they have connected to your energy field. Like most forms of Divination...the intuition is the key.  

Tarot readings are based on the belief that the tarot cards can offer insight into your past, present, and future. The tarot reader will interpret the tarot cards to find out what messages they have for you.  

There are many benefits of tarot readings of which I have mentioned above but to briefly recap:  

  • Gain insight into your future 
  • Get guidance and advice about your life 
  • Understand your past 
  • Make better decisions in the present  

And in the End 

If you are thinking about getting a tarot reading, it is important to choose a tarot reader that you can trust. A good practitioner will be able to interpret the tarot cards accurately and give you helpful and insightful advice.

Tools of divination and intuitive readings of any kind can be a very powerful experience. It can offer clarity, understanding, peace of mind and can literally change the trajectory of your life to the most favorable outcome. If you are ever feeling lost or confused, a tarot card reading may be just what you need. Trust your own intuition and go with the flow.

So, there you have it! A tarot card reading 101. I hope this has helped you understand a little more about tarot card readings and how they can benefit you. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. 


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