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How to Use Tarot Cards for the First Time

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A deck of tarot cards spread out on a wooden table
Tarot cards are meant to be used to help us on a psychological level. It helps us decipher the many symbols and patterns that are repeated throughout time in our universe and allows us to make changes and decisions to open up our imagination to possibilities that we would have otherwise overlooked. Tarot cards help us open our minds and step through limiting beliefs and subconscious patterns.

Tarot cards are a metaphysical tool to uncover our universe's hidden elements. Often used by psychic readers, the purpose of tarot cards is to seek the truth in all aspects of our lives. Whether love, career, finances, or family, we feel safe and secure when having clarity on our path. Tarot cards allow us to reflect on our motives, desires, actions, and thoughts. It can help us uncover the deepest parts of ourselves by pulling out our hidden subconscious fears and insecurities that we otherwise ignore or keep secret.

We can ask the tarot cards about anything, whether that be the meaning of life, how hurricanes are formed, or why water falls from the sky. Psychic visions can only take us so far, and if you do not scientifically understand how a hurricane is formed, you will not be able to see the truth correctly even when given an answer through intuition.

This is why the general focus is the basis of our lives—love, relationships, career, money, and health. It is not to limit ourselves. We can ask the tarot cards anything we would like, but if we cannot understand the answer, we will not be able to see it.

Can You Do Your Own Tarot Reading?

There is a myth in the psychic community that we cannot read about ourselves. We can do our own tarot reading, but you must recognize that tarot reading is a form of meditation. Your mind needs to be clear and your body calm. If you are overthinking a situation or are highly emotional, the tarot cards will pick up on this, and the reading will come out highly erratic.

You will not understand the messages you are receiving and become even more frustrated. Take the time to breathe, sit in silence, clear your mind, balance your emotions, and then kindly ask the tarot cards to pull the messages you seek. Energy is deeply felt, and tarot cards are susceptible to our vibrations.

Understanding How Tarot Cards Work

Our light source is filled with electricity. We share a frequency, jump on wavelengths, and move energy around. Whether by the wave of a hand or a word spoken from a mouth, we move energy and receive it. We live in an endless web of electrical currents that share timeless circular patterns that never end.

Our energy is sensitive to other energies and is felt through sensations, allowing us to feel our inner and outer realities. Tarot cards are no different, and once your mind, body, and soul understand the patterns and meanings of each card, you can learn to receive information through faith or by manipulating energies. Tarot cards act as a tool for us to understand the psychodramas of our lives. By projecting our energies through the cards, we can better understand ourselves and the world around us.

How Many Tarot Cards Are There in a Deck?

In a deck of 78 tarot cards, there are 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana. Major arcana are responsible for the major life events we experience that are out of our control. They are energies brought on by the universe to create change in our lives. Major arcana is the central theme in our recent stories—like a chapter in our book. They show that something important is happening.

Minor arcana reflect day-to-day events and are accompanied by suits or elements of nature that we utilize by will. These suits are known as wands, swords, pentacles, and cups. Minor arcana are temporary energies that move through our lives quickly.

Questions to Ask at a Tarot Card Reading

There are a variety of questions that you can ask at a tarot card reading. It all depends on what you are feeling or seeking to understand. If you have a question about love, you can ask about your ideal mate, which qualities best complement you, or even if your partner is cheating. If you have questions about your career, you can ask about your current job and the actions or possibilities to look out for if you're seeking something new.

Some questions are straightforward and only need a yes or no answer to give you what you need. For example: Does my crush like me? Am I on the right path to success?

You can ask the tarot cards whatever you want in a reading. You are encouraged to use your imagination and open your mind to various possibilities. Again, keep in mind that if you are looking for a complex answer, it is best to ask a professional psychic who has previously experienced these types of questions. If you're unsure of where to look, you can check out California Psychics and PsychicCenter.

How Can You Start Using Tarot Cards?

As a first-time tarot card user, it is essential to keep it simple. Focus on a traditional tarot deck such as the Rider Tarot deck or the Elemental Tarot. This will help you learn the meaning of each card and the fool's story first.

Once you have your tarot card deck, look for online resources or have a psychic professional teach you some keywords and definitions for each tarot card. That way, once those keywords are memorized, you can rely on your intuition to create the story.

Take your time. It is meant to be a meditative experience for you to open up your mind and imagination. Be present, take the time to learn the symbols and pictures of each card, and recognize how each card makes you feel. This will help you pull messages for yourself or your friends and seek out the truth in a situation.

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Rozalia is a holistic wellness and natural health writer and is a trained spiritual advisor, Reiki healer, astrologist, tarot diviner, and nutritionist.