There are several people who believe in Tarot card readings while others have huge faith about reality and do not rely on such cards. Some say that Tarot card readings is one of the best ways to know one’s future, but what people really don’t know is that these readings are just the possible outcomes of which card they have chosen in a deck of cards. The readings can be true or something that you need to prove in the future.

Basically, there are two forms of Tarot card readings, and they are open reading and question reading. In question reading, you will address a certain question. Tarot card readings were not made to answer a yes or a no question. Majority of people who believe in these readings say that Tarot must be used to guide and help you in making decisions by yourself, not to use it to make your decisions. That is the reason why your questions matter a lot and based on the statements of experts, you should keep your choices open, find the best and considerable level of detail, be positive and neutral. 

Open readings, on the other hand, address the huge aspects of one’s life instead of a specific issue or question. These readings are typically done when you are just about to enter a new stage of your life like graduating from college or getting married. You may also consider this type of reading if you want to cover a general area of your life including your career or health, but this may depend on your hired Tarot card reader.
In the next chapters, you will get more ideas about Tarot cards, their basics and how they work. You will also learn the warnings about Tarot card readings.

There is a wide collection of Tarot decks available today. There’s no standard or required number cards of decks. While the card’s types, their meanings and the suits are the same, the pictures or illustrations may vary widely. Decks can be based on different themes including nature, dragons, fantasy, animals, etc.

The most common decks were used is Rider-Waite deck that was created in year 1909 by a prominent member of an occult group. The artist of the Tarot cards was Pamela Smith. Normally, a Tarot card deck is composed of 78 cards and is considered as definitive.

However, according to a Tarot card site, there’s no definitive Tarot deck. The typical Tarot deck is composed of Major Arcana and Minor Arcana.

Minor Arcana

As compared to the traditional way of playing cards, Minor Arcana of a Tarot deck consists of 4 suits. Instead of spades, diamond, clubs, and hearts, the suits are wands, cups, circles or pentacles, and swords. Every suit has a meaning. The cards that belong to these suits are numbered from one to ten. They also consist of court cards which are the queen, king, page, and knight. The Minor Arcana, as the name suggests, represents the practical and more minor daily highs and lows in one’s life.

Major Arcana

The Major Arcana, unlike Minor Arcana, isn’t associated with the suits. Rather, they include the picture cards which represent concepts, ideals, and principles. They are numbered from 1 to 21. The 22nd card which is the “Fool” is marked as zero. The cards in Major Arcana represent long-term, strong energy or huge events in the different areas of life. Major Arcana Cards: Death, The Hanged Man, Temperance, and The Fool.

Seeing one Major Arcana card shows a certain subject in a reading and getting a Minor Arcana card talks about the same subject in the next reading. This means that the subject is becoming less essential to one’s life.


Probably, the trickiest process of reading Tarot cards is memorizing or remembering each of their meanings. Memorization may be simple for some people, but for others, they find it difficult most particularly if they find it hard to record the details in their memories.

All cards in Major Arcana are numbered from zero to 21. It starts from the Fool and ends in the Universe or the World. The Major Arcana cards are said to be the easiest cards to remember and to read as their titles show their meanings. For instance, The Fool represents an individual who does not think before he/she decides or speaks because he/she is too confident of him/herself.

Nevertheless, if this is your first time to learn reading Tarot cards, always find a good book that will provide you a guide on the meanings of Tarot cards. The Lovers, for example, can mean a choice which one has to make rather than to have an affair or another romance. When you are memorizing, always memorize the cards’ positive meanings before you start to learn the reversed meanings.

Tarot cards are considered as an ancient form of art or divination which is predictive. They are also used to guide one person when experiencing tough times or facing complications in life. For instance, laying out the Celtic Cross’ spread exposes several atmospheres which surround a question. The outcome of the reading will be shaped once the questions are narrowed down like knowing the past which may have influenced the present situation.

Steps on How to Interpret Tarot Card Combinations

To begin the interpretation, spread the cards by observing the layout. Count cards that have common features before you start the reading. Look for Major Arcana cards first. These cards are those with numbers 0 to 22 which show the range of the start of a karmic experience. For those who do not have any ideas about karmic experience, it is the one that you have no control over and may intervene your fate.

If from the ten cards you laid out 4 or more Major Arcana cards, this means that there is a presence of force in the place that will cause things to occur based on the action you’ve taken in your past. Based from what happened, there would be several pieces that will complicate the situation even if you do nothing.

Count the aces’ number in the reading. If there’s one or more, indications are the results of the beginning. If you got Ace of Rods in your combination, then this suggests a new growth. But, if you got Ace of Pentacles, this represents a new course of security. Ace of Cups means emotional involvement and Ace of Swords signify new challenges in the situation.

When interpreting, always observe the pages, as they indicate the experience that will be gained. However, it may not come in your present. Pages in the combination show practice, education, sparring, planning and ideas that will be taken. However, this not just the end of the reading unless the final result shows otherwise.

Count numbers of every suit in the Tarot card reading. Each suit that has cards will serve as the guide of the force. If the card is cups, then the reading of the combination can be about relationship.

If Pentacles appeared, then the readings may guide you on financial or business matters. If the combination or reading has many Rods as compared to other suits, this means that there is renewal of life. If Swords dominate, this means that you have to plan regarding your quest and be ambitious.

Tarot readers hover over their cards and conjure up the aura or energy of their environment for them to make predictions about your future. But, since Tarot cards are not a science, they search for hints regarding the events that will happen. By looking at the numbers and symbols on the Tarot cards, they are able to make a prediction.

Probably, predicting the perfect timing of events is quite challenging. It is because according to a Tarot card reader, time doesn’t exist for higher self, spirit, loved ones who passed away or guides. Time can also trick you anytime and might disappoint you at some point, especially if you have expected too much for the event to come.

Time frames may not exist to some Tarot card readers, but there is a way for you to calculate them and that is through following these steps:

  1. First and foremost, look at the cards’ suit. Swords means winter, cups is equivalent to summer, wands is spring while pentacles is autumn. If you don’t know the meaning of suits, you may use a material or resource that would help you determine the accurate time frame even if there is no accurate timing of events.
  2. The second step that you should always take into consideration is reading the cards’ number. The number of cards which start from one to twelve represent the months. One means it’s the month of January while twelve is December.
  3. The third step is observing the cards that you have pulled with numbers more than 12. Cards with numbers above 12 can be the days within the months.
  4. The fourth step is keeping in mind the astrological clues or hints. For example, if you got the Emperor card that has ram’s horns or ram on it, this represents the zodiac sign Aries which falls from the 20th of March to the 19th of April.
  5. The last and final step is using your instincts to tell or determine the time. According to some Tarot card readers, for you to tell the exact time of the event, you have to focus on the positive energy in your environment or soak yourself with the aura of your place. In addition to that, you have to be open, relaxed, as well as natural while you are picking Tarot cards.

Calculating time frames with Tarot can be challenging, but if you want to master Tarot card reading, then this is an important concept that you should not forget because it can help you predict what time the event will fall.

Tarot cards or Tarot cards readings are just one way to foresee the coming events to your life. But, it does not mean that one should rely on them because you are still the one who creates your fate. Without your efforts, Tarot card readings will not become a reality and it would always be an ordinary reading.

Things You Should Remember About Tarot Card Readings

As mentioned in the previous chapters, Tarot card readings are not a way to see your future, but rather foreseeing the coming events. It will also serve as your guide in order for you to make the right decision and choices in life. Readings on Tarot cards may be true at some point, but it really depends on how you handle your daily life and which choices you make in a certain phase of your life.

Some people rely too much on the readings of Tarot cards and forget to manage their lives on their own. It is because they believe that the readings are true and in any minute, they will happen. Tarot cards don’t work that way. No one could ever tell one’s future unless you have a time machine that will let you visit your future. Everybody says that the past is the key to the future. This is not just about the readings about your life or future, but about molding or creating your own destiny. You are the one who creates your future. If you work hard to reach your goals, then the readings may come true. However, if you just wait for your future to come and do nothing in your present, Tarot card readings will always remain as an ordinary reading about the coming events of your life.

If the result of Tarot card readings is negative, it does not mean that you have to be depressed and get frustrated with it. As mentioned earlier, you are the one who holds your destiny. This only suggests that you can do anything to block those hindrances or negative things that may occur. So, it is still essential to take note of the readings of a Tarot card reader, as it would guide and give you hints about the possible things that may happen.

Tarot card readings are not bad. It depends on which side you chose when Tarot card reader gave you the meaning of your cards. It is up to you if you will believe on the readings or you will use it as your guide in every step of your life. Remember, your destiny relies on what you chose in your life and not on the Tarot card readings. Build your future now and use the Tarot card readings as your best guide when making decisions in life!