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Tips to Master Tarot Interpretation

Updated: Sep 29

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Tips to Master Tarot Interpretation


"You are the Secret. Let Tarot Explore you."
~ Shweta Tarot.

It's been all about tarot for the last couple of weeks, and who can blame us? As the opening quote suggests, tarot is a window into your soul and an incredible way to delve into your subconscious mind. Many people are embarking on their spiritual journeys and are exploring tarot as an option to get to know themselves. If that is you, and you are new to tarot, then check out last week's post, where we gave ten tips for learning the basics or mechanics of tarot. Practicing using those ten tips will provide you with a solid foundation for learning tarot.

However, if you already know the basics and are looking for ways to fine-tune your practice, read on. Below are ten tips for cultivating a relationship with tarot that will strengthen your intuition and help you master interpretation.


Treat tarot as the sacred practice it is.

Our first and most important tip is to always treat tarot as the sacred practice it is. Working with the spiritual realm, regardless of modality, should always be considered a Divine, revered, and sacred practice. Regardless of belief system, all faiths have a dedicated, consecrated way of contacting the spiritual realm. So take your practice seriously. If you want results, develop your practice into a routine that envelops a way to approach the Divine with the highest level of respect and reverence. Treat your practice as sacred as you would prayer, meditation, or any other modality with which you contact the Divine. What you put in is what you'll get out.


Cleanse your energy and the energy of the cards.

The second most important tip is to always cleanse your energy and the energy of any spiritual tools with which you work, and that includes your tarot cards. All things hold an energetic frequency that is constantly in motion. All spiritual tools can become stale or stagnant when not in use or regularly cleansed. Therefore, a good spiritualist or tarot reader should always practice good spiritual hygiene. Many suggested cleansing methods online include tapping your cards, saging, or using sound. Whatever your chosen method, before each use, ensure you and your cards are always energetically cleansed.


Work with your cards regularly, don't let yourself or the energy get stale.

While cleansing your energy and that of your tools is essential, you also want to ensure you work with them regularly. Of course, this will look different for everyone, but you will know when it's been a while since you worked with a deck or when the energy feels stale. Not only will the cards' power become stagnant but so will your interpretation skills. If you want to create a reciprocal relationship with tarot, you must practice regularly. Your gifts of intuition and discernment are like muscles that need working out with some consistency. We're not saying you have to make time every day but at least with enough frequency that your energy and your tools don't become stagnant.

Gravitate to and use decks that call out to you.

When new, the variety of tarot and oracle decks on the market can seem overwhelming, so when looking for a deck that will give results, always choose decks that you gravitate to or that "call out" to you. Take your time and see if any themes or particular images speak to you. You will create unique relationships with your decks, so try to choose ones that catch your attention, interest you, and elicit curiosity. The last thing you want to do is waste money on a deck that doesn't give you any impressions or speaks to your intuition. So take your time and grab the decks that call out to your soul.


Start with a card a day and work your way up.

In the same way the variety of available decks can be overwhelming, so can the number of available spreads. A Google search will give you everything from a 3 card combo to a tableau or Celtic spread. However, if you're just starting, we suggest beginning with a card a day and working your way up. To begin, we wouldn't even suggest asking any questions. Instead, start with one a day and spend time with that card. What is your first impression? What energy or message does the card relay? Spending time with a single card daily will allow you to get to know your deck without the intense pressure of attempting to read a humongous spread. Again, you will develop a relationship with your cards, so don't try to go immediately to third base. When you're new, start with a card a day and work your way up.


Don't ask questions in the beginning, or at least not ones that are mentally or emotionally charged.

Reading tarot cards for ourselves can be tricky because we tend to read them through rose-colored glasses. Until you get your bearings around the cards, begin to pick up messages intuitively, and be able to accept them, it may be better to steer clear of specific questions or at least not ask ones that are mentally or emotionally charged. You want to be a clear channel for any messages that come through, and being mentally or emotionally connected to a subject can cause you not to perceive the messages objectively. So to begin, you may find it easier not to ask questions at all. Instead, try shuffling the cards, seeing which fall out, and start interpreting the vibe from there.


If you are going to ask questions, ask open-ended questions.

Ahh, yes, questions again! If you just can't help it and find yourself dying to ask specific questions, make sure you ask open-ended ones. You want to know all the energy surrounding a particular situation, especially anything from a higher spiritual perspective. So rather than ask questions that will only give you a yes or no answer, ask ones that will tell you what is influencing the energy, how that energy will impact you, and what to do about it. Ask questions that will give you insight and challenge you to think outside the box. Structure questions that create a conduit for information to flow, and you will never find yourself short of answers.


Nothing is ever an accident or a coincidence.

Nothing is ever an accident or a coincidence. Nothing is ever an accident or a coincidence. Nothing is ever an accident or coincidence. Yeap, that's not a typo. If you start a regular practice, undoubtedly, you will find yourself saying this a lot. Ask any tarot reader, and they will tell you there is nothing more frustrating than getting cards that do not resonate or make sense at first glance. It happens to the best. However, we'll say it again; nothing is ever an accident or a coincidence. Any card that comes out came out for a reason. So when you have a message that doesn't seem to make sense, it just means it doesn't make sense right now. Ponder it, let it marinate with you, and eventually, you'll receive the appropriate meaning.


Don't memorize. Learn the concepts and then trust the cards to speak to you.

When you get started with tarot, it can be tempting to want to memorize all of the cards and their meanings. However, by doing so, you restrict your intuition and potentially dilute any messages you receive. While learning the mechanics or basic concepts relayed by tarot is essential, it's more important to trust the cards and let them speak to you. Otherwise, you risk becoming dependent on the books and not indeed developing your intuition. Remember that tarot is a medium with which to contact the Divine, but you have to allow what your Higher Being is trying to relay to flow through. You'll know when it's time to let go of the books. So rather than memorize images, learn the concepts and trust the cards to speak to you.


Describe the story the cards are relaying.

Another helpful tip is to describe the story the cards are relaying. What story does each card tell? Who are the players, and what is the scenery? Is there action or movement? As you get more comfortable, describe what the cards relay in relation to each other. Does someone have their back to the preceding card? You could be turning your back on a prudent thought, a profitable idea, or a timely message. Think outside the box as much as possible, no matter how outlandish. You never know what insight Source may give you through your creative interpretation of the cards.


Have the confidence to trust your intuition.

Our last and final piece of advice is to have the confidence to trust your intuition. Practicing tarot should be fun. If you're too wrapped up in the outcome or want to receive specific answers, you'll cloud the integrity of anything you receive. If you put pressure on yourself to have a perfect or life-altering interpretation, you will miss what is for your highest and best. If you are doubtful or question your intuition, you may dismiss any messages that could move you into the next stage of your life. Your Spirit Guides are there to lead you to the life you desire, so have confidence in any info given and trust your intuition.

Tarot truly is a window into your soul. As Shweta Tarot said, "You are the secret." Use your tarot cards and practice as a means to explore the deepest depths of yourself. Explore your subconscious to find what you truly desire and remove any blockages that may be hindering you. We know tarot is overwhelming to start with, and we trust you'll find these tips helpful in developing your practice and intuitive skills.

For some, tarot becomes a lifelong journey, and why wouldn't it be? You deserve to explore the deepest, most intricate parts of your soul. So whatever you do, have fun and enjoy the ride of discovering who you are!

As always, thank you for placing your eyeballs on our content.

The Rebellious Gem