Tarot cards have a long and illustrious history as psychic tools. Recently, tarot decks have become popular among young people looking for direction. If you’re interested in fortune-telling or developing your psychic powers, they’re an excellent place to start. Remember, the best tarot readings are a combination of study, spiritual intuition and self-knowledge.
Prepare for Your Future With a Tarot Card Reading
Many people think of tarot reading as seeing the future, but it’s more than that. A tarot spread can accomplish many things:
- Answer specific questions
- Reveal hidden influences
- Provide new perspectives
- Redirect focus
One of the most important things to remember is that the future isn’t set in stone. Everyone has agency, which means they can alter their destinies by changing their behaviors. When you read the tarot, the outcome (usually the final card) is the future as of that moment. Now that you know what awaits you, strengthens you and thwarts you, you have the power to choose another path.
5 Most Popular Tarot Spreads for Beginner Readers
All good psychics had to start as beginners, so be kind to yourself if you’re not progressing as quickly as you’d like. Reading the tarot is a journey of self-discovery as much as a study of lore.
If you want to become a great tarot reader, then you need to practice. That means reading for others or just yourself. When you conduct a reading, you arrange the cards in a particular order, called a spread. The position of each card in the spread has a specific meaning.
Experienced readers may use complex spreads or improvise. Before you reach that proficiency, you should get familiar with the basics. Here are five tarot card spreads every beginner should learn.
1. Three-Card Spread
Time is one of the most challenging details to pin down in a tarot reading, which is why the three-card spread is an excellent place to practice. To start, you place three cards from left to right. The first card is the past, the second is the present and the third is the future.
2. Five-Card Spread
The five-card spread is great for answering “why” or getting greater detail on a three-card spread. It’s basically a past-present-future reading with additional information.
3. Horseshoe Spread
This spread arranges seven cards in a horseshoe shape, giving it its name. This spread is ideal for decision-making, as it can reveal how others feel about the choice, as well as obstacles and hidden influences.
4. Celtic Cross
The Celtic Cross is a more complex spread and uses 10 cards, plus a signifier. Though it uses more cards, it’s a relatively easy way to ask an open-ended question, as every card plays a well-defined role in the answer.
5. One Card a Day
One of the best ways to get familiar with the tarot is to draw one card a day. You can ask a specific question or just inquire what the day holds, then draw at random from your deck.
Now that you have the basics, it’s time to practice. All mediums, from life path readers to love and relationship psychics, continually develop their abilities. With enough time, you can become an excellent tarot card reader.