Tarot are cards used since centuries ago to decipher hidden knowledge. They are powerful tools that can give you insight into your past, present, and future life. As a beginner, it is important to learn how to read tarot cards properly because they’re commonly used for addressing questions of a romantic nature.

If you wish to know more, this article will give you step by step instructions on how to read tarot cards for beginners.

What is the history of the tarot cards?

The history of tarot is a contested topic. Different historians and occultists have proposed several distinct uses and origins for the cards. The earliest evidence of tarot cards in Europe dates to 1392 and they were most likely developed at the end of the fourteenth century, when Charles VI brought many decks to France from Italy. These original decks had fifty-six cards comprising all five suits (wands, cups, swords, coins and staffs). The quality of the cards was poor and only about a third of the decks survive today.

The first tarot card decks were most likely used for games, like other playing cards of the time. They might have been handed over to court painters who decorated the back with a new painting and sold them as a completed deck; this is suggested by extant cards, which often feature devotional images and motifs (e.g., the Lovers card with a picture of the Annunciation on its back).

Tarot decks that were used for cartomancy (divination) appeared in Italy in the fifteenth century as series of intricately painted works of art. A new suit was added called “tarocchi” that was equivalent to the suit of trumps in Italy, but it took on a unique form.

Can you read your own tarot cards?

Basically, I think it is possible to read your own tarot cards. It might not be as accurate as reading with a professional reader but the meaning of the card should parallel what other people see when they read them. The reason why most people prefer getting their readings done by someone else is because it might be easier to trust someone other than yourself. It is also ideal to get a second opinion from another person not only because they will give you a different perspective but it helps to confirm your interpretation of the card that you’ve read.

How many cards are used in a tarot reading?

There are 78 tarot cards, 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana. The Major Arcana represents the great mysteries of life while the Minor Arcana serve to break it down into little chunks for us to digest. There are four suits in the Minor Arcana (Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles) which represent different aspects of our lives. In a tarot reading, there are many cards drawn one by one as each card provides a different insight to the person.

What is a reading cloth?

A reading cloth is a table cover made of velvet, silk or some other fabric on which you place the cards before you do your reading. The reason for this is to ensure that the cards are protected from direct contact with surfaces which might influence them and alter their energy. This also ensures that the cards are not influenced by your surroundings which will hinder their ability to provide insight.

How should I prepare for my tarot reading?

You can take your time in choosing the deck that you think will suit you best and since this is one of your first times, I suggest sticking with an easier deck like Rider Waite Tarot Deck.

How to shuffle tarot cards?

The shuffle of your tarot cards involves taking the deck in both hands, moving them around for about five to ten minutes. Some people like to chant their favorite mantra while doing this, but it isn’t necessary.

What does the moon tarot card mean?

The moon is about our intuition, imagination, dreams and what you want to create with it. It represents the subconscious mind, shadows within us, what we can’t see. When the moon is on the table it might indicate that you’re instincts are telling you something or there is some mystery surrounding your question that will become clear soon.

What does the sun mean in tarot cards?

The sun is always a positive card. It symbolizes joy, warmth, life. When finding the sun in your spread expect good things to come to you.

The sun is also telling you that you need to be happy, positive and spread your good vibes around! This card reminds us to wake up every morning and remember how precious life really is. The sun reinforces the lesson of perspective; even in the darkest hour there is always hope – the sun will rise again!

What does the star tarot card mean?

The Star Tarot Card signifies hope and optimism. It predicts good things to come, a positive result or answer to your question. You may be going through a rough time right now but you will soon see that it’s for the best as something better is just around the corner . The Star represents good things and positive energy, although it can also represent a new, positive relationship.

What does the hermit tarot card mean?

The Hermit is the 9th tarot card of the major arcana. The main theme on this card symbolizes isolation and withdrawal, which can be either voluntary or involuntary. The hermit doesn’t share their knowledge or wisdom with others which is why they choose to isolate themselves. They do this because they don’t want the spotlight and wish to discover themselves instead of being influenced by the outside world. All this time, however, they’re not lonely but very much alive.

What does the empress tarot card mean ?

The Empress is the third tarot card of the major arcana. It symbolizes fertility, creation and beauty on an emotional level. As the earth element represents the female principle, this card characterizes femininity in all aspects – nurturing but also destructive for those who do not respect her laws. The Empress gives life and demonstrates her power through creation. She’s the provider of nourishment and fertility which is why she’s sometimes depicted with a cornucopia or a horn of plenty.

What does the emperor tarot card mean?

The Emperor is the fourth tarot card of the major arcana. He represents the principle of authority, protection and power. It demonstrates firm behavior in relationships which can be both beneficial or harmful when it comes to love. The Emperor’s protective nature implies that he’s aware of his partner’s needs but also knows when to stop giving them attention.

What does the lovers tarot card mean?

The Lovers is the sixth tarot card of the major arcana. It symbolizes choices and decisions in love. The outcome of this card depends on your interpretation but it often stands for an important decision ahead of you which might affect your relationship, marriage or another partnership. This is a chance to choose between good and evil or pleasure and rationality.

What does the chariot tarot card mean?

The Chariot is the seventh tarot card of the major arcana. It symbolizes domesticity, security and order in your life but also reflects triumph over yourself. This victory shows that you’re capable of making difficult decisions in regards to your future or current situation.

What does the wheel of fortune tarot card mean? The

The wheel of fortune tarot card represents change and luck. It can be a sign that you’re experiencing a fortunate turn of events in your life, such as getting a promotion at work. Or it could represent an unexpected windfall, like winning the lottery or coming into some money unexpectedly. If you’ve been struggling lately, this card may also signify that your luck is about to change for the better.

The wheel of fortune tarot card might also represent a shift in your perspective on life or what you’re striving toward. Perhaps you were focused on getting that promotion at work and achieving material success, but now you realize there are other things just as important to you.

What does the fool tarot card mean?

The fool card represents a person who is na├»ve and silly. He’s not stupid, he chooses to ignore the rules of society and goes his own way.

He might be careless, or perhaps even brilliant. Sometimes this card shows up when you doing something new and different in your life. It also could show up when you’re someone who likes to stand out from the crowd.

There’s a whimsical feel to his card, but there’s also a darker side of it too. This person might be having trouble finding their place in society and even though they don’t follow the rules, they do what they want anyway.

What does the hanged man mean in tarot cards?

The hanged man symbolize a time of transition and meditation. This card can sometimes show up to let you know that you are feeling stuck in one area of your life, but it’s not necessarily bad news. If this card appears in your future it might be telling you that some things are ending or ending soon, but also the new beginnings will.

What do swords represent in tarot?

The suit of swords represents intellectual growth. Swords are also symbols of conflict, danger, strife and struggle. This means that when you draw the swords in your reading, there is currently a situation where you’re struggling to gain knowledge or awareness.

What does the world tarot card mean?

The World card is a symbol of completion and achievement, not only in the physical realm but also in your spiritual path. It is a sign that you have come full circle and reached a sense of inner harmony. This card represents success which comes from committing to your goals and realizing your ambitions. The World shows that you have wisdom gained from experiences.

What does the death tarot card mean?

The death card can mean transformation or rebirth, but is often associated with endings of things like relationships and careers. It’s akin to the idea of shedding your skin (ie. growing bigger).

Death may also show itself in its many forms; disease, disaster, famine etc. A deeper meaning of the Death card may be that change is inevitable and that you can choose to go with the flow or fight it.

What does the tower tarot card mean?

The tower is the major arcana card number 16. The Tower itself is representative of conflict, upheaval and destruction. When it appears in a tarot reading it can indicate that there will be dramatic change leading to an improved life situation.

This might be something you have created yourself or through your own bad behavior. It may also be because someone or something is bringing about this change.

What does the devil tarot card mean?

The devil is also a major arcana card and has number 15. It represents temptation, materialism and addiction. When the devil appears in a reading it can indicate that you may be getting obsessed with something or someone. That you need to remove yourself from such situations as they are not good for you at this time. The devil may also indicate that you will be going through a very difficult time in the near future.

What do the two of cups tarot card mean?

The two of cups is a minor arcana and part of the suit of cups. It represents relationships, love and happiness. When this card appears in your reading it indicates that there may be romance on the horizon. You or someone close to you may find love. It can also indicate that you may need to put more effort in your relationship with another person.


Thank you for reading this beginner’s tarot guide. We hope that the information has been helpful in understanding the basics of tarot.

Tarot is a great tool for gaining insight into your future. It can be used by yourself or with a reader to help address questions about love, work and much more.

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