I will not go into detail as to the Who What When Where of reading tarot cards. When you first purchase your first set of cards there is always and booklet included giving the basics or you can purchase more advanced, intricate books one the deck of cards that you have chosen.
The question is not how to read tarot cards, it is how to be a better card reader. When I first received my set of cards I was quickly overwhelmed by the information I was expected to memorize; right side up and upside down not to mention where it is laid and next to what .
I tried flipping through the pages every time a card was pulled but the process took so long and felt so unprofessional. I created a system that not only worked for me but several of my friends.
With a few hours and a permanent marker I started writing “cheat notes” on the top and bottom borders of each card, small clues to the cards meaning.
Remember that the booklet will give several sentences to the meaning behind the card being pulled, you will have to break it down to the most important words.
For example: “drastic changes in love, life, a move or change in career will effect in a positive way” will not fit on the top of a card, so I break it down to [drastic change (+)].
Looking closely at the pictures is also helpful, simple reminders are already given in most cards designs: Swords are separations or battles to overcome, Cups is related to relationships and love, Wands or branches show growth, and Panicles or coins are signs of money and finance.
A new set of cards are virtually useless. They need to be “broken in”. Shuffling is a must and no matter which technique that is used as long as your hands have contact with the cards, time and prayer is involved then the cards are getting your flow of energy, so practice, practice, practice, shuffle, and pray over your deck for some real invested time before attempting to do real readings.
Prayers…. Everyone has their own prayers and style they feel comfortable with and that is fine, but be aware that nothing is impossible through the power of God and being a helpful guild to others is a responsibility to give messages that are constructive.
Using negative power to do that task is always destructive, no matter how alluring it may seem. My prayers are simple much like my relationship with God. “God please guild my hands and guild these cards to tell “life and future” of “name”.
I say this as I shuffle the cards; I do not speak loud enough for the client to hear my words. It has been my experience that direct implication that God is involved creates a sense of hopelessness to change.
After I shuffle three times to imprint on the cards, I place the cards in front of client and ask the individual to cut the cards… this is more then an exercise in trust but it gives the client an opportunity to have contact with the cards and do their own imprinting.
Readings can be done without this step but the results differ. Do not rotate the cards place the cards in the same direction as when you handed the client the deck. Holding the cards in both hands there is one more prayer to remove any negative vibe placed on by the client. “I pray this reading be correct in the name of God, Amen.”
When lying out the cards there are several ways to get a desirable result. Celtic cross is by far my favorite because the cards that are lain actual have reference to the past as well and can better create a sense of trust and connection to the client.
Research what is best for you. Remember when reading the pictures that jump into your mind are just as important as the cards themselves, they are just the clues given to better direct your response, and be gentle, you are not just reading cards or cheat notes.
Do not be discouraged if you can not read for yourself. Most truly gifted psychic can not be read at all let alone pull the cards for themselves. It is a kind of payment for a God given gift and they usually do not question Gods reasoning behind it.
You can always see clearly every grain of sand before you but never the spot in which you stand.” Just keep in mind that the calling to read cards should never be what the cards can give you? But rather what can you give in return?
Have a god blessed experience and share God’s word with others.