When learning to read Tarot, there are numerous resources available. From blogs like this one to YouTube videos, there are so many online tools to help you in your journey. So many, in fact, that it can sometimes feel confusing or overwhelming.
Additionally, there are varying opinions about how to learn Tarot. Each card has a designated meaning, so for some, the easiest and most efficient way of learning to read Tarot is to memorize the card meanings. Others, though, think that it’s best to learn without memorizing anything but rather by letting intuition guide you.
Personally, I learned Tarot by doing a combination of both. Every day, I would take a card and write down how the card made me feel. I would write what I thought the card meant, what my intuition told me. Then, I would look up the actual meaning of the card to compare.
Doing this was a great exercise because most of the time, my intuition was pretty spot on for what the cards actually meant.
Another great exercise to try? Comparing Tarot cards from various decks.
This is a great exercise to do if you have multiple tarot decks, but even if you don’t, you can look it up online. If you’re using a deck that’s not the traditional Rider Waite-Smith (RWS) deck, I would suggest looking up the traditional RWS versions of each card. This is a great way of learning your particular deck.
When doing this exercise, you should pay attention to the differences and similarities between the decks. Look for themes and symbols and try and focus on how the cards make you feel. You’ll notice that even if cards have very different images, they tend to evoke similar emotions.
Take the 9 of Cups for example:
Look at each of the above images. What do they tell you? What emotions do they evoke?
For one thing, most of the images depict a lone figure surrounded in some way by 9 cups. In the Sharman-Caselli deck, there are two figures, but it is a couple. They’re intertwined, almost acting as one.
Another similarity is that in every picture, the cups are upright. Even in the Light Seer’s deck, where the cups are flung into the air, they are all facing upwards.
This is a pretty symbolic visual. The upright cups imply that they are full and sturdy. As cups represent emotions and relationships, upright cups indicate a secure, happy relationship and feeling emotionally stable.
The figures depicted all appear to be content and happy. You could argue that in the Crystal Visions deck, the figure seems somewhat lonely, but a lot of that has to do with the colors and imagery used in that deck. If you actually zoom in to see her facial expression, she is blowing on a dandelion puff.
So what do these cards make you think and feel?
In tomorrow’s post, I’ll go into more detail about what the 9 of Cups means. But for now, think about your own interpretation so that you can see how it compares to the book definition.