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A Beginner’s Guide to the Tarot

The origins of Tarot cards has its roots in ancient cultures. There are various theories as to the origin of the Tarot but nobody knows for sure where it originated.  One thing that remains clear is that the symbolism and occult science of the Tarot have remained the same throughout the ages.   Many people who want to learn the Tarot become overwhelmed and don’t know where to start; so we created this short guide to give beginners the steps and symbolism necessary to begin learning how to use the Tarot.

Selecting Your Tarot Deck

The first step is to find a good Tarot Deck, but this can be a daunting task as there are literally hundreds of different tarot decks to choose from.  Each Different deck uses its own Art and interpretation of the symbolism of the tarot.  For a beginner,  your first deck should probably be the very popular Rider-Waite deck or one of its many clones. The Rider-Waite decks are the most popular tarot deck and most tarot books include a description of the symbolism of each card.  This deck and many other decks usually come with a small book that describes all the cards; which can be a helpful quick reference for beginners to start learning the interpretations of the cards.

Understanding How The Tarot Deck Works

Tarot decks are composed of 78 cards:  22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana.  In the beginning, you will want to learn the symbolism and story of the major and the minor arcana. Trying to learn all the cards can be overwhelming in the beginning and a lot of people have found it helpful to just pick a card each day and learn its symbolism.  We also have videos on our site explaining the cards that come up in your readings.

Major Arcana

The 22 cards of the Major Arcana can best be learned by understanding that they tell a story of our human condition and our journey to spiritual self-awareness and wholeness; with each card representing a stage on that journey.  The story is referred to as the Fool’s journey, and the Fool is represented by the number O, then the story unfolds as we move through the 21 numbered major arcana cards and the last card on this journey is the World, a card that symbolizes completion.

Minor Arcana

The Minor Arcana describes the people, events, feelings and circumstances we encounter on our personal “Fool’s Journey.  The 56 cards of the Minor Arcana are divided into four suits or worlds: Wands, Swords, Cups, and Pentacles.  Each suit contains 4 court cards, the King, Queen, Knight and Page and 10 numbered cards.

Getting Familiar with Tarot Card Spreads

A “spread” simply refers to the particular pattern or layout of your cards as you do a reading.  There are many different types of spreads, with the 3 most popular being the Celtic Cross  Spread, the Three Cards Spread, and the 5 Card Spread. Each type of spread forms a patterned framework for a tarot reading, with each position of the tarot cards in a spread having a meaning or reference towards the overall reading. Below you will find a quick summary of the 3 Card Spread and the Celtic Cross Spread. Further detailed descriptions are located above the card in each reading on our site.

The Three-Card Spread:

This spread is good for yes or no questions and is very easy to do.

Card #1 represents the past/issues affecting the problem.

Card #2 represents the present/problem.

Card #3 represents the future/outcome.

 

The Celtic Cross Spread

In this spread, ten cards are spread in the form of a cross. The overall pattern of the cards indicates the situation you are seeking to understand and predict.

Card #1 reflects the present position, your primary and main concerns.

Card #2 is influence and reflects the concern and situation that is soon to come.

Card #3 shows what your goals are.

Card #4 tells you about your past.

Card #5 represents the influences of your immediate past.

Card #6 represents your immediate future.

Card #7 represents the factors or inner feelings that affect the situation.

Card #8 represents your external influences and people or energies around the situation.

Card #9 represents your hopes and fears around the situation.

Card #10 represents the final outcome.

The 6 Steps to Doing a Tarot Reading

  1.  Relax – Learning to relax before a reading helps connect you to your own intuition. You can start by taking a few slow deep breaths, visualize your stress leaving as you breath out; try to clear your mind and let go to the present moment in whatever way that works best for you. 
  2.  Clear Your Tarot Deck – Ritually cleansing your tarot deck from your last reading or from someone who has touched your deck is an important aspect of getting ready for a reading.   Start by connecting to your cards and lightly shuffling them a bit, then imagine a white light enveloping and bathing your cards.   This helps clear your cards while also helping you to connect more strongly with them.
  3.  Ask Your Question – While holding your tarot deck, ask your Question silently in your mind or out loud. Feel free to shuffle the cards a bit more, you can shuffle in any way that feels right for you.
  4.  Cut your Deck – Place your Tarot cards on the table in front of you.   Then using your left hand cut the deck in half and place the top half on the left; then start taking cards from the top of the right-hand pile. Some people like to divide the deck into three piles, and then take the cards from the top of the center pile.    Either way is fine, just do what feels right to you in the moment.
  5.  Lay the Cards out in a Spread – Over time you will learn a variety of different Spreads.  You will then use your understanding of the current question to determine the spread that you are going to use.  Start taking the cards from the top of the deck and lay them out in the proper order for the tarot card spread that you are using.
  6.  Interpret the Cards – When interpreting the cards it is best to use your intuition and trust your first impressions. When reading the cards be aware of the images, feelings, and sensations that arise as you start to interpret the card.  Combine your intuition with your understanding of the tarot cards symbolism to complete the reading and to obtain the answer to the question at hand.

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Shades of the Aura and their Meaning

shades-of-the-aura-and-their-meaningDifferent shades of the same color can have differing meanings in an aura. We touched on the main themes of what aura colors are and what many of the colors mean in a previous article, but here we will discuss the shades of each color and their (sometimes very different) meanings.

Shades of Red Auras

Red is a very powerful aura color that is connected to the circulation system. It can be either attractive or repulsive.

Dark Red Aura

A dark red aura means you are well-grounded and very self-sufficient. You are able to survive in almost any situation. Strong-willed and realistic people commonly have these colors in their auras.

Cloudy or muddy Red Aura

A cloudy red aura (sometimes known as muddy red) is a sign of negative energy. It is usually a signifier of some deep-seated inner anger.

Brilliant Red Aura

This is the color of passion and sexuality. It is a sign of a high-energy individual who has a very competitive nature.

Pink Aura

Pink auras show an artistic quality in a person. It also shows sensuality and an affinity for the finer things. Psychically gifted people and those who have recently fallen in love also have pink in their auras.

Dark Pink Aura

A dark pink aura is a signifier of deceit and dishonesty. Immaturity is a common trait in people with dark pink in their auras.

Shades of Yellow Auras

Yellow auras pertain to someone’s life energy, or “chi”. They are commonly associated with intelligence, optimism, and an easy-going nature.

Bright Yellow Auras

Bright yellow auras show a fear of loss. This could be the loss of a spouse, job, good health, or control of a person’s life.

Pale Yellow Auras

These auras are a sign of latent psychic abilities or excitement about a new journey or path to enlightenment. They show optimism for the future.

Dark Yellow Auras

These show pressure to achieve goals. People with dark yellow auras are usually students that are on the verge of losing their passion for learning, or they may have already lost it.

Shades of Blue Auras

Blue auras are found in calm, collected folks and can show an intuitive nature, as well as an affinity for helping others. People with blue auras are the rock that others lean on for support.

Light Blue Auras

A light blue aura shows a truthfulness and serenity in your lifestyle. People with light blue auras are also excellent communicators.

Dark Blue Auras

Dark blue shows distrust with the future, usually because of a strong desire to be in control.

Royal Blue Auras

Royal blue has a connection with clairvoyants and people with high spiritual intuition. People with royal blue auras are open to new ideas and possibilities.

Green Auras

Green is a color closely related to nature and the heart and lungs. Those with green auras are great lovers of people and animals, and they often take up occupations involving teaching, healing, or otherwise helping others.

Yellow-Green Auras

These auras are associated with communicators. They are usually found in salespeople, musicians, and writers.

Dark Green Auras

A dark green aura shows a lot of underlying jealousy and resentment. People with dark green auras are not quick to take responsibility for their actions.

Emerald Green Auras

Emerald green auras are a sign of a very loving person. Healing comes naturally to these folks.

As you can see aura colors can tell a lot about someone and can help us understand ourselves on a deeper level.  You can even learn to see auras yourself with some practice.

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Four Myths about Psychics

four-myths-about-psychicsThere are many myths surrounding psychics, but that’s simply because many of us don’t know the facts about this special profession. So, if you’re on the fence or confused about psychics, let’s look at four myths and why they’re false.

Psychics are Naturally Psychic

Psychics aren’t like geniuses in the world of spirituality, the way Mozart or Beethoven were geniuses in classical music. Instead, psychics train and learn, just like you and I. And like any other professional, psychics are regular people who have to practice and hone in their skills. For them, that means learning to tune into their intuition and to communicate with the spiritual realm.

Psychics Can Read Your Mind

Psychics are actually energetic and emotional readers. So, they raise their own energetic vibrations in order to connect with both your personal energy and the energies from visiting spirits or spirit guides. And even though they can read energy and emotions, it’s up to you to be open to their readings. A psychic will never force their way into your mind, and you can think of it as an opportunity to receive special guidance from the spiritual realm.

Psychics Know Everything

Psychics are definitely not omniscient like God. They’re actually limited people who can make mistakes, too. But they can certainly help us understand things about ourselves because they’re more attuned to their intuition than we are. Whereas we might be too distracted to hear the messages from the spiritual world, psychics practice listening and can share these messages with you during a reading.

Psychics Predict and Control Your Future

There are so many factors that shape and guide every decision we make, and it would be impossible for a psychic to predict all of them! And yes, while psychics might have more practice listening to their intuition, they would never want to control you with it.

Instead, they want to help you hear your own intuition better. Psychics are like compassionate channels for the spirits and divine beings who want to communicate with you. Psychics help them communicate with you by transmitting the insight and advice they hear. It’s not a way to control your future; it’s a way to help you in the present moment.

As you can see, psychics have so much to offer us, and it’s worth learning more about these special people who can really help us on our earthly paths.

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What does the Color of Your Aura Mean?

Aura colors can reveal aspects of someone’s personality that they may not know about. Different colors have different meanings, and even different shades of the same color can have very different implications.

How do you see an Aura?
There are people who can see Auras in their visual spectrum, but most of us will need to use a technique called Kirlian photography. Kirlian photography records electrographs by using high voltages to catch light patterns emitting from the body. These ligwhat-does-the-color-of-your-aura-meanht patterns will have a certain hue, which can be almost any color on the light spectrum. It is rare to have an aura with only one color. Most Auras will have a dominant color, with other hues as smaller accents or layers.

Aura color meanings
The different colors of Auras have different meanings and connotations. Here we will discuss the meanings of some of the most common colors.

Red Auras
A red Aura is a sign of great power, but that power can be positive or negative. As it is the color of blood, it is related to the heart and circulatory system. Its polarized status means that it can be strongly attractive or repulsive.

Blue Auras
Blue-colored Auras are related to the neck area, most commonly the thyroid. They indicate that a person can stay calm in hectic situations, and they are usually intuitive, sensitive, and willing to help.

Yellow Auras
Yellow Auras are related to life energy (otherwise known as chi) and have a specific relation to matters of the spleen. Yellow is the color of an easygoing type personality, with intelligence and optimism for the future.

Orange Auras
An orange Aura has a connection to emotion and the reproductive system.  It is a representation of vitality and good health. It is a two-sided coin, however, as it can be a signal of creative energy and productivity, or a sign of stress and addictive personality.

Green Auras
A greenAaura is related to nature the health of the heart and lungs. People with green Auras are usually drawn to professions that involve teaching, healing, or otherwise helping people or animals.

Purple Auras
Purple is connected with the pineal gland, nervous system, and crown of the head. It is a sign of deep intuition, and people with purple Auras are said to have a high potential to be gifted psychically.

Rainbow Auras
A rainbow Aura is associated with healers and those with high potential for spiritual healing. They have characteristic stripes of different color emanating from the body, or certain parts of the body.

White Auras
A white Aura is an indication of purity and protection. It is linked with good health, truth, or a new energy manifesting in an aura. It is also related to spirituality and religion. Those with white auras are usually  in the process of transcending the physical realm into the spiritual.

Black Auras
Black Auras are associated with a nature that holds on to energy, usually negative energy. It can represent unforgiven trespasses, unreleased grief, or even lingering health problems.

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Best Tarot Cards for Love and Relationship

best-tarot-cards-for-love-relationshipsRelationships make up a fundamental part of who and what we are in relation to ourselves and the world around us.  Whether you are single or in a relationship, the power of the Tarot can help you discover or enhance aspects of your love life that you might not be consciously aware of.

There is nothing in this world that compares to the power of human relationships to provide love and  joy, or pain and suffering.   On an instinctual level we all seek love and avoid pain, but in relationships sometimes the lines can cross due to misunderstanding or  incompatibility.

When it comes to relationships, we all have different needs and preferences, and a one size fits all approach doesn’t always work.  Mainstream relationship advice mostly takes a psychological approach  and doesn’t always work as it rarely factors in the individuality of the human spirit.  The Tarot, on the other hand, is a powerful tool for discovering the unique forces that are currently enhancing or detracting from our own love and happiness.

Love, Happiness and the Tarot
Love, it’s a beautiful thing and we can never get enough of it.  Luckily, the Tarot can provide us with a road map for understanding and unlock the deeper patterns that are influencing our love and connection to others.

As you are probably already aware, in a tarot spread you can have both positive and negative cards or orientations.   In actuality, even the negative cards may not really be negative at all; as they may just tell us that we need to be more open and understanding, or that we may have gone astray on our road to happiness.

When it comes to Love, there are certain tarot cards that can give us insight into our present, past and future relationships.

Top 10 Tarot Cards for Love and Relationships
Our first 4 cards are the LOVE cards of the Major Arcana.  The Major Arcana (also known as trump cards) is comprised of 22 cards that form the foundation of the Tarot deck and symbolize the energies and karmic influences that impact the human condition.

The Lovers
The Lovers  is probably the most famous card when it comes to love. When this card appears in a spread it usually means that LOVE is moving to center stage in either a new relationship or a powerful re-bonding of an old one. This card can also represent a potential fork in the road; where you may be feeling ambivalent about a relationship or other issue in your life.

The Empress
The Empress is a symbol of unconditional love, completion, fertility, and union; all aspects that can be positive when it comes to love and relationships. Her presence also symbolizes mother earth, sensuality, and free thinking.   The Empress can also refer to birth, fertility, and pregnancy.

The Sun
The Sun is also one of the major tarot cards for love.  Traditionally, it represents success and achievement, and it also symbolizes psychic unity, where the unconscious and conscious are in harmony and acceptance.  The Sun card serves as a reminder to always be your true self and to let go to happiness, joy, and self-expression.   It can also signify marriage, children, and prosperity.

The World
Our 4th major arcana card for love is the World and it represents completion and reward in  love and relationships.  The World also represents growth, success, enlightenment, travel and new beginnings.

The next four cards are all Cups.  The suit of Cups is also referred to as Chalices or Hearts and they represent emotions, imagination and represent matters of the heart.

Ace Cups
For those that are single, the Ace of Cups is the main card that can signify the new beginnings of a love relationship. This is the card of emotional rebirth, and it also represents the spiritual aspects of love and commitment.  For an existing relationship, the Ace of cups can signify a deeper level of understanding or commitment.

Two of Cups
This card represents true love, mutual attraction, balanced partnership and commitment; all of the things that people normally look for in  love and relationships. The Two of Cups can signify a new relationship, or if you are in a relationship it can signify a proposal or new level of commitment. It can also mean a need for negotiation and cooperation with others.

Ten of  Cups
The Ten of Cups represents harmony and unity in relationships and with family. It is also a card that represents, emotional happiness and prosperity.  If you are in a relationship, then this card can represent  commitment; and if you are not in a relationship, then a “sweep you off your feet” relationship may be on the way.

Knight of Cups
As mentioned earlier the suit of cups is about love and relationships, and the Knight of Cups can mean your “Knight in shining armor” has arrived or is on the way.  The Knight of Cups can be seen as the ultimate romantic that is also highly creative and guided by his emotions.

Our final two cards in our top ten list are the Four of Wands and the Ten of Pentacles

Four of Wands
If you are in a relationship, this card can signify an additional commitment together  or possibly even marriage.  It represents completion, a new beginning or a right of passage and is a cause for celebration.  If you are single then the Four of Wands can signify that it is time to expand your social life and to start celebrating life around you.

Ten of Pentacles
When it comes to enjoying the fruits of the material world, the Ten of Pentacles is an all around great card and signifies that your life is probably going well with your relationships, your finances and with your health.  When it comes to relationships, this is a card that represents fulfillment and can signify moving to the next level, living together engagement or marriage.

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Three Tarot Cards to Increase Your Inner Knowing

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Do you ever feel overwhelmed by confusion or uncertainty? You probably want to find some clear answers, but with all the helpful tools out there, it can be tricky deciding which way to go. So, the next time you need a little more clarity in your life, try a tarot reading.  It’s a wonderful practice, and from among the 78 cards, there are three specific cards that can help you discover your own, inner knowing without getting lost in the shuffle.

The Moon
The Moon is a source of light, but unlike the sun, its dim light doesn’t dispel the darkness; it illuminates it instead. The moon represents the shadow self, where we repress our shortcomings and insecurities, and the moon invites us to explore our shadow self, which may be responsible for our confusion and uncertainty.

This tarot card also represents the fear and anxiety that we cast onto our past, present or future experiences. And even though we prefer to play it safe, sometimes we do need to move forward, even if we don’t know where we’re going, right? This is where the moon encourages us to follow our inner light and intuition, which leads us in the right direction. Just like a moonlit path – you can see the path, but you can’t see all of it. And that’s okay.

The Moon card usually depicts a deep pool of water, representing the still subconscious. And just as the moon acts upon the still seas by pulling in the tide, the moon can help you stir up the subconscious and shed light upon it, too.

The High Priestess
The High Priestess is a wonderful tarot card, not only because she’s associated with the moon, but also because she represents many of the things we need during our search for clarity and inner knowing: wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and serenity.

Like the moon, she is often pictured with water, which symbolizes vast subconscious, and you can think of the High Priestess as the gateway between the conscious and the subconscious mind. She reminds us that you can bridge the wide gap between unknowing and knowing.

The High Priestess is like the mediator between the darkness and the light; she represents the confidence and assurance it takes to trust and rely on yourself.  Your dreams and intuition are relevant and important, and you can listen to the wisdom they contain.

The Hermit
This last tarot card depicts a quiet Hermit, who withdraws from the distractions of the world. It isn’t that the world is bad, it’s just very busy, and it can prevent us from interpreting our experiences with a clear mind.

As he turns his consciousness inward, he invites us to do the same and to find our own quietude.  This card reminds us that we can find the truth deep within, but in order to do so, we have to welcome solitude and introspection. This soul-searching allows us to discover the truth about life, personal relationships, and any other situation.

In order to find this clarity, the Hermit invites us to meditate, contemplate, and examine ourselves. We often fear solitude, but we’re reminded that it’s okay to be alone; it gives us the much-needed space to hear our inner wisdom and to let it illuminate our consciousness. It’s how we can discover and create our own inner light, which will guide us throughout life.

So, when you receive one of these cards in your tarot reading remember it can be a wonderful tool to guide you in your search for more inner knowing and clarity.

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What Does it Mean When Tarot Cards are Reversed?

oracle-cards-437688_960_720This is a question that many people ask upon seeking a Tarot card reading for the first time. While there are countless different types of Tarot decks, most consist of 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana cards, for a grand total of 78 cards. When the deck is shuffled, some of the cards will be faced upright, while others will be faced down — or reversed. So, what does it mean the majority of Tarot cards are reversed during a reading?

Tarot Cards and Energy

Before we go into the meaning behind reversed Tarot cards, it’s important to note that all Tarot cards — reversed or not — symbolize energy. All forms of life consist of energy, from microscopic bacteria to large mammals. Tarot readings are intended to reveal the collective energy in a situation or event. This event may have already occurred, it may be occurring, or it may occur at some point in the future. Regardless, a Tarot reading reveals the energy about a particular situation.

During a Tarot reading, the client’s life force is imprinted on the cards, as the cards capture his or her energy levels as they correspond to the event. Reversed Tarot cards are unique because they have a contrasting meaning when compared to normal, upright cards.

Reversed Cards: What You Should Know

When Tarot cards are upright, it represents free-flowing energy, which is a good thing! Energy that’s allowed to flow freely and unrestricted promotes good health and well-being. But when energy becomes stagnant, it can lead to negative forces. Reversed cards are indicative of either negative energy or energy that’s not developed to its fullest extent. This doesn’t necessarily mean that a reading in which the majority of Tarot cards are reversed is a bad omen, but rather the energy hasn’t evolved to its full form.

Should you be concerned when reversed cards emerge during a Tarot reading? Not necessarily, as you need to identify the overall meaning behind the reading. The up-or-down position of the Tarot cards simply represents energy levels. It doesn’t reveal true meaning of the reading.

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