How to Read Tarot Intuitively

by - September 08, 2017

Reading tarot cards can be hard. Memorizing all the cards can be even harder. It can make you second guess yourself, make you wonder if you will ever get all the meanings memorized.. No wonder it’s not more common.. this all sounds like hard work. 

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But it doesn’t have to be. You can learn to read the card intuitively. No, you don’t have to be psychic to have intuition. Everyone has it.. it’s that gut feeling you get. You just have to channel is and listen to it. Let your intuition guide you when you read each card. Below are my tips on how hone in your intuition to help you read tarot.

1. Put down the books. You don’t need them. All you need is your tarot deck, yourself, a quiet place and the person you’re doing the reading for. The more that you use the books, the more your stifle your intuition and reading tarot becomes more like school, more like something that you don’t want to do for fun. 

2. Open yourself up. In order to hear your intuition, you need to be quiet. Being quiet can be hard, but you only need to clear your mind and set your intention to ‘go with your gut’. Sit quietly and take a few deep breaths, let the days stresses flow out of you and then begin your reading. You will be in a much better place to read the cards if you let go of expectations as well.

3. Only learn the basics. By the basics I mean the meanings of the numbers and the meanings of the suits or elements. You don’t need to learn each card, you will be able to know what each card means with that little bit of guidance and your intuition.

4. Pull A card a day. Just one.. pulling just one card a day will help you get a feel for tuning into your intuition. Whether it’s the last thing at night (what do I need to know for tomorrow?) or first thing in the morning (what do I need to know for today?) pulling only one card will help you focus on the card and have less stress about the meaning your intuition guides you to. 

5. Journal about it. That’s right, journal about the card. Write down the meaning that you read, the symbolism of the number and the symbolism of the element or suit. How does this affect what is going on in your life right now? Why would you pull this card. Writing this down not only helps you go into further detail, it may lead you to deeper meanings. 

6. Tell the story on the card. Each card tells it’s own story. Everyone’s story is different. Just because the story that you see on the card isn’t like everyone else’s doesn’t mean that it’s wrong. It means that you are relating it to present circumstances and your intuition is guiding you to an answer that will be helpful to you or your client.  To read the story of the card, you look at the faces, the postures, the foreground and the background of each card. What stands out to you? What are they doing in the card? How does what the card is  telling you relate to your life?

7. Look for symbols. When the cards are laid out in front of you, look at all of the cards and see what stands out to you. Does the redness of  hat stand out or does a small object on the bottom of another card stand out the most? Create a link between these symbols and objects. These are what are screaming at you from your intuition that mean something in this reading.

Those are my 7 tips on how to read each card with your intuition and not a book. I hope that you will put these into practice and not beat yourself up with memorizing the books meanings or having only one right answer. 

Remember the card may give you a different meaning depending on the reading and the question. 

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