How To Read Tarot Cards

A woman is learning to read tarot.

If you’ve been getting psychic advice for a while, but are now wondering how to become a tarot card reader this article is for you. While anyone can become a tarot card reader, the skill takes patience and commitment. 

If you’re ready to take the lead, keep reading. 

What’s In A Tarot Deck? 

What are tarot cards? They’re a popular deck of cards used for divination dating back to 14th century Europe. Each card represents a different symbol, karmic influence, or life situation. Cards also take on meaning based on their positions in a spread and its orientation (upright or reversed. Tarot readers use cards together to tell a story.

Most decks have 78 cards with 22 Major Arcana cards. Major Arcana cards are picture cards without suits that represent life events and changes. Some spreads only use Major Arcana.

The remaining 56 cards are called the Minor Arcana. These cards represent pieces of day-to-day life. In the Minor Arcana, there are four suits, each with its own unique meaning.

  • Pentacles represent the physical world and money. 
  • Wands (or Staffs) represent the spiritual world, ideas, and growth. 
  • Cups represent relationships and emotions. 
  • Swords represent conflict and strife. 

Each suit has a card number 1 through 10, followed by the Page, Knight, Queen, and King.

Selecting The Right Tarot Deck 

While most decks work the same way, certain decks are designed for beginners. They often come with detailed instructions, bolder pictures, and a lower price tag. They’re also a low investment, and there are plenty of different versions to choose from.

How To Do A Tarot Reading 

With tarot card readings, practice makes perfect. 

  • Gather Information

Start by asking for the name and birthday of the person you’re reading for. This information can help you learn a little bit about their astrological birth chart, which can help with reading the cards.

  • Tap Into Your Recipient

Before beginning, you need to tap into your client’s energy field. Typical methods include tuning into energetic planes, seeing visions, working with angels or spirit guides, or using your intuition. 

  • Ask For An Intention

Ask the person you are reading to set an intention or ask a question, so the cards have something to respond to.

  • Shuffle the Cards

Shuffle the cards while thinking about the intention. Make sure you’re in tune with the person you’re reading for as you’re shuffling. If stray thoughts pass your mind, they may create a foggy reading.

  • Create Spreads

Next, pull cards to create spreads. Popular tarot spreads include the Three Card spread, Five Card spread, the Celtic Cross, the Tree of Life spread, and the Astrological spread. The more experienced you become, the more cards they will be able to work with. 

The spread used depends on the questions asked, reading time, topic, and personal preference. In each spread, each placement can change the meaning of the card, so the more spreads you know the better you can help your client.

How To Interpret Tarot Cards & Their Meanings 

Before interpreting tarot card meanings, give them a scan and use your intuition to interpret the images. Take in the feeling, emotions, colors, objects, and symbols of each card. If you’re just starting, most decks come with a reference guide. If you need more help, Google’s got your back, too. 

Reading tarot is about context. Think about how each card relates to the intention—try to put a story together. As you read more, you’ll be able to rely more on your intuition. 

End Your Tarot Reading 

Establish an end-of-reading ritual. After each session, clear your mind and your cards, exercise gratitude, and store your deck in a safe place. This will keep the deck blank and ready to receive the intention of the next reading.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Over time, you’ll gain confidence with your tarot card readings. You’ll recognize patterns and their associated meanings, which will make you a faster and more accurate reader. 

Get A Tarot Reading Today 

One of the best ways to learn how to give a tarot card reading is to get one! Choose from one of our talented Keen advisors, so you can gain valuable insight into a specific area of your life while learning more about ways to better tap into your intuition. Here are a few of our top advisors to get you started. 



Butterfly Mystical 

Ms. Brianna

Katarinas Eyes

Echelon Consulting

Julie the Phoenix Rising

Miss Beverly


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