Mind & Spirit | 14 July 20163 Powerful Ways to Read Your Tarot Cards Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Liz Dean’s The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Spreads: Reveal the Answer to Every Question about Work, Home, Fortune, and Love will not only teach you what tarot cards represent, she will guide you into properly reading and interpreting them for a more powerful life. Though mastering tarot card reading takes time and practice, there are several techniques in her book for more powerful ways to read cards. Here are three tips for more powerful card readings: While all the basic meanings of every card are listed at the back of this book, constantly referring to card meanings certainly disrupts the flow of a reading. That’s why it’s a good idea to spend time learning card meanings when you’re not reading, so that when you do read, you’re free to use your creativity and intuition supported by the guidance below. Choose whichever ideas inspire or appeal to you. In time, you’ll develop your own reading style, and you’ll be able to read your cards in a way that’s authentic to you. 1. Go with a Symbol Tarot card images are rich in symbolism. Symbols are thought-forms or values that can be unpacked and interpreted in a multitude of ways. When you look at a tarot card, you’ll find yourself drawn to one or two symbols. Note which symbols attract you instantly; your intuition, which is stimulated by imagery rather than words, guides you to notice the symbols that are the most important for you—or the person you are reading for—right now. The next time you look at the same card, you may be drawn to a different symbol. This is why a professional reader might vary his or her card interpretations; when a reader looks at a card, she is drawn intuitively to an aspect of it that’s relevant to the client. Because tarot cards are so rich in symbols, which take turns jumping into our awareness, no two tarot readings can be exactly the same. If an animal appeals to you—for example, The Fool’s dog or the crayfish on The Moon—the traditional message is about following our instincts. However, go with what that symbol means for you; for you, dogs may represent loyalty, love, or fear. If you’re fascinated by the vivid yellow of XIX The Sun, begin the reading by allowing your impressions to surface: heat, light, warmth, or summer vacations may come to mind. 2. Decode the Colors Decoding the tarot’s colors is an instant way to intuit a card’s meaning. Pay attention to the color that attracts you most; this may vary each time you contemplate a card, because your inner guidance will reveal the most relevant color for you at a particular moment. Below are some guidelines for colors—but it’s still important to note your personal responses to specific colors. That’ll help you develop your own meanings for each color, which you can also record in your tarot journal (see page 7). Reading All the Cards by Color Yellow, for vitality: Conscious action, enlightenment, ideals, virtue, happiness, good health White, for purity: Purity, innocence, openness, divinity Orange, for warmth: Communication, flow, creativity impulse, self-control Red, for fire: Drive, energy, passion, practical and material concerns Blue, for truth: Truth, clarity, integrity, spirituality, balance; “true blue” Purple, for intuition: Intuition, mysticism, other realities, problem solving, royalty, leadership Green, for nature: Growth, healing, nature, abundance, new life Gray, for decisions: Stress, doubt, procrastination; the need for refuge and protection; can also reveal neutrality Brown, for the earth: Security, fecundity, necessity and basic needs; can also show stubbornness; “stuck in the mud” Black, for the shadow: Intensity, disruption; the dark side of life; that which is hidden or unknown 3. Find the Quintessence The quintessence is the fifth element, or spiritual aspect, of the issue at hand. You can find the quintessence for every spread in this book by adding up the numbers of all the cards you have laid out (excluding the Court cards, which don’t have numbers). Reduce that number to 21 or below: for instance, if you got 45, you would add 4 plus 5 to get 9, but if you got 18, you’d stick with that number. Now, relate this number to the 21 cards of the major arcana. In the example above, 18 would correspond to XVIII The Moon. This card reveals a deep theme of the reading: in the case of The Moon, it points to a critical decision that needs to be made. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Spreads helps you answer your life questions instantly, while showing you how to read your cards and create your own layouts. This ingenious guide contains spreads used hundreds of years ago by occult scholars such as Nostradamus and modern spreads inspired by today’s visionaries. Expert tarot author Liz Dean has also created spreads based on the questions most often asked of professional tarot readers and teachers. The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Spreads gives you over 70 new and classic tarot card layouts for love, money, and success that can help you answer your questions accurately when reading for yourself and others. Easily learn the meanings of the cards, the major and minor arcana, as you try out dozens of spreads. Organized by question subject with layouts in stunning full-color, beginners will find they can easily begin doing readings for themselves and others. Advanced tarotists will enjoy the challenge of the more complex layouts, while every one on their tarot journey, will delight in discovering new ways to see story of their lives – and to have their important questions answered through these magical cards. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.