“Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.”
One thing I’ve noticed as I’ve started teaching tarot cards to other people is that they have a tendency to think that every card has an individual meaning and it is their duty to memorize 78 complex sets of meanings before they can begin reading for others.
That’s simply not true.
It’s also incredibly inefficient and totally kneecaps you when you move on to learn another deck (and try memorizing ANOTHER 78 complex sets of meanings). Cards exist in relation to one another. Understanding those relationships lets you remember meanings quicker, better understand how cards in a spread might be connected, and give much smoother readings.
If you’re learning Tarot for the first time or looking to bush up, here’s my advice after reading cards for 10 years. Please, learn from my mistakes.
Tarot is a language
In the same way you learn letters and string them into words and then string words into sentences to communicate, tarot is a language you learn so your intuition can communicate more fully with you and others. And like a language, it’s often best to start with the phrases that you’ll use the most.
Practice: Go through your deck and pick out no more than 12 cards that are really calling to you and look up those meanings. Write them down if you’re up for it. Go through your deck and pick out no more than 12 cards that give you a feeling of unease and do the same. Notice any reoccurring symbols?
Tarot is a story
How you understand that story may vary on your tradition, your experience level, your aims. Most standard Tarot decks follow the Fool’s Journey through the Major Arcana as he becomes more skilled and then more enlightened. A similar pattern can be seen in each of the suits. The Court Cards are less narrative in my opinion but a similar progression can be seen.
Practice: Take out each of the suits one at a time and lay them out in a row. Read the meanings of each card and see how the story progresses. Write down a summary. Do the same with each of other suits’ courts and the major arcana.
Tarot is a system
You aren’t fluent until you know the language well enough to speak smoothly and in most situations. Similarly, it takes understanding Tarot at a high level to give the best quality readings and read without a book. No card exists in isolation and just like when they show up in a reading, you must read them in relation to the rest of the spread - it helps a lot to know them in relation to the rest of the deck.
Practice: Lay every card in your deck out like this (pardon my bad MSPaint job). Major Arcana up top and Court Cards off to the right and all the numbers lined up with the Fool and World left hanging. Pick one of the cards that resonated with you in the first exercise and look at how it relates to all the other cards in the deck. If it’s the 8 of Pentacles, what do the other 8′s look like and speak to? What do 8 (Strength) and 18 (the Moon) in the Major Arcana connect to it (if at all)? How does it relate to the rest of the story of the Pentacles?
Hope this helps! If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
hi i got an incredibly strong urge to get a reading about my love life from you in particular, i am a scorpio he is an aquarius and things just feel very strange right now for me personally atm too (thank you so much) x
I feel so honored you were called to me thank you so so much!💖
There is wisdom being gained and something major being birthed into your life. You’re entering a period of healing and knowledge-seeking. If there are any secrets or holdbacks, they are being exposed and released at this time.
I’m seeing peaceful growth and the presence of a mother figure.
Major healing is in the works for you. I believe you and the Aquarius man have something to overcome together and it will require inner strength and will-power. I see that he is determined to put in the work. Stay the current course.
Momentum is gaining on a situation and I see the fiery flames of passion burning hotter and stronger. If this is in regards to the Aquarius, I see this relationship growing and the attraction is burning stronger.
Get clear on a situation that needs insight. I’m really seeing knowledge and clarity within a situation being a major factor in this upcoming future.
I do also see real balance and harmony down the line. Stay this course is the message I’m receiving.
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Hello I'm jz taurus and I'd like guidance about my relationship with jh aries- ♡
Right off the bat the Main Male cars JUMPED out meaning this person that you’re in a relationship is the one for you this is a solid person. If you are in a long distance situation, there’s an opportunity to finally settle together if you so choose. I see you presented here as the privileged lady and I see that as you having a newfound privilege of abundance flowing into your life, abundance on all levels✨
Hi Dear! I am R ( Capricorn) and I would love a reading about the future of my love life. ( I am currently single) Thank you
I’m seeing a romantic partner coming from a trip abroad. Spend time away with family and friends. I’m seeing this person is someone completely new to your life and your current environment. Make sure you’re open to the unknown✨
Send an ask with your initials and zodiac and your query if you’d like me to pull guidance from my new oracle deck
Hello dear Danielle!!! Are you still accepting readings?
I am indeed!
hi, i would appreciate a reading about my love life if you are still offering them my initials are kds
Hi dear! What’s your zodiac sign please?
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Hello, hon. If readings are still open, may I please get one? I´m thinking in working with the god of war Ares. Before I wasn´t ready because I was in a confusing situation and couldn´t set my mind on anything. Now I´m serious and eager to reach out to him. What´s in store for the both? -PM, cancer sun
I’m seeing that yes you are connected to the god Ares. I’m also seeing that there is a strength of character and will within you and this is what has drawn you and this deity together. This connection is going to give you immense power within and a strong sense of self. Area is presenting as the devils because I am sensing that he has strong dualistic personality traits. He sometimes is benevolent and giving and caring but you’ll have to be careful of his temper. Do not ever disrespect this powerful deity. If you commit to respect him and honor him, a connection to him will get you very far in life and within your drive.
Hii, may i ask what the future holds for me and eb♎? if your readings are closed ignore this and thanks a lot, ❤️ - zm♓
I’m seeing that ultimately everything will be okay but someone has to come clean and confess something to the other person in order to move forward. Both parties must have some trust in each other if there is hope to move forward in this relationship. Make your own way together.
Hello, hon. How are you? 😊 I loved the reading you provided me last time. May I request another, please? I'd like to know what's going to happen with K♉ and I♋. I feel like we were atractted to each other, not sure if in a romantic way. But I wish to be his friend overall 😢 I think we hit it off pretty good once I took the first step and talked to him. Thing is I haven't seen him is weeks and maybe K already forgot me. -PM, Cancer sun, Virgo moon
I’m seeing dissent and dissatisfaction as well as third party interference. “A choice to ride through it on the back of a hopeful chance”
New things can grow and prosper where there once was doubt and darkness. I see two different paths presented here; one that leads to sadness and complacency, and one that leads to new beginnings and greener pastures. You are the only one who must decide which path is the one you’ll take.
Sorry, im a capricorn and my initials are l.t. and i wanted to ask about my future love life! Thank you!!
I see hardships in love followed by immense joy and belonging. For the foreseeable future (not a long future but a good couple months) I’m seeing dissatisfaction within your love life and a feeling of lack. In just a few short months, your situation will be completely different and you’ll be sitting on top of the world. But there are lessons that need learning within this period of dissatisfaction so don’t let your feelings get in the way of your learning and your journey.
Hi, I never had a boyfriend and I never had been in love, so I wonder when I will meet him and what character he will have? 😊 N.P, aquarius
You can expect this person to either be a fire sign or have heavy fire energy in his chart. I see celebration and young love. You two are walking the same path to each other and a meeting is very soon to happen. I sense that the two of you may have previously met on the astral realm such as in dreams or visions and I see that there is a meeting soon to happen on the physical plane as well.
Hi!!! I would love a reading. My name is Crystal & I started talking to this guy, his name is Justin & I’m wondering how he feels about me so far !
Hi crystal what’s your zodiac sign dear?
Hello!! Could I get a reading, please? Will I get a job soon? I went for an interview recently and they sent an email recently asking for my availability on a specific date next month for the next process of the interview. However, it does not confirm anything 🙈. Thank you! -V♉️
I see there will definitely be an increase in finances coming. You’re embarking on a new financial journey and it’s a path that will yield most juicy fruits. You’ll have to use your discernment and trust your gut that you are choosing what is best for you and what will yield the most fruits for all your labors.
hi there, can I ask if I will get a job offer cant company AG this year? i have my final round with them next week - L, taurus 🐻
I’m seeing that you will get an offer but the details may not be what you deserve. Someone may try to shortchange you and you will have to respond with the swift edge of the Queen of Swords. Demand what you deserve and don’t settle for anything less.
Thank you for the reading, it's sad but it helped and it seems to be what I needed to hear ♥ P. M.
I’m glad the message resonated for you dear. And remember that you have control over where your life goes from here💖
Are you still doing readings? If you are still doing them i want to ask about my future love life? Thanks in advance!!
Hi dear, please send another ask with this same question and please include your zodiac sign and your initials💖
If you submitted a reading request, it may take up to Monday for it to be completed.
hello, lovely. can i have a reading please? i am currently in a complicated situation of which my friend and her son are living with me. i am being to have feelings for her beyond a friendship level. should i tell her how i feel? thank you so much. -jbl, cancer
I’m seeing you presented here as the King of Cups and your friend here as The Empress. You have much love to give her and she in return offers nurture and support.
I see a call for patience being unheeded. Don’t rush into things but do be bold and brave.
Hi! I'm not sure if you are still doing readings but if you are, why is this person (L) ignoring me all of a sudden? Thank you a lot ♥ My initials are P. M. and I'm an aquarius
I’m sensing a betrayal of sorts here. A breaking of a promise or of a heart. I’m sensing that L is currently building up a wall and closing out their emotions in an effort to protect themself.
I’m seeing a culmination, some trust coming to an end and trickling away.
hi danielle can i ask for a reading? Will some sort of marriage or familial reunion happen between me and my lover AE in the future? we arent currently together now - BA, taurus
I am seeing a reunion of sorts. You are presenting here as the Queen of Wands and AE is presenting as the King of Pentacles. You two have a divine connection between you, I’m sensing a soulmate connection. AE is truly entangled in your energy and that sort of entanglement always leads to a reunion.
Your adventures together aren’t over quite yet and I’m seeing a rekindling of love between the two of you.
Hii im id sorry for asking 2. Can you do a readinf for my love life? Thanks a lot ✨
We have the Sun and the Moon cards, two halves of a whole. Yin and yang. Balance. The person coming into your life is a soulmate and someone who will bring immense balance into your life.
This union will be a happy and prosperous one. The two of you will have an abundance of everything in this life: love, creativity, vitality, finances, everything.
There is still some inner work to be done on yourself before this person enters your life. I see this person as the result of a great desire being made manifest. Talk with your Divine Guides and work together to align you to this frequency.
hey there can i pls ask for a reading? Is it recommendable that I reapply to this company called McK in a year or two, and will I get into this company if I reapply should i study or work further during the time of waiting until reapplication period? - AP, taurus. Thanks!
Don’t feel compelled to put all your eggs in one basket.
Nine of Cups signifies completion, an end to the cycle. This is a very positive and happy card. I’m seeing the completion this card represents as the completion of ties to this particular company.
Ace of Swords represents courage on a new journey. You have the willpower and bravery to continue on.
The Hanged Man represents feeling stuck b having the power to free yourself of that. Look into other options and offers and explore all options. If you feel called to, make pros and cons list of each track you’re considering.
Trust yourself and your gut
Hi! I'm Mary, capricorn♑ Sun, scorpio Rising and Moon♏ Can i have a tarot reading ? If yes could you describe my next lover and where i could possibly meet this person? 🦋 I know this question can seems cliché but my spirit guides keep sending me messages about a lover who's coming since 5 months(from a past life) and i never been with anyone, never been intimate too so idk this person or this connection seems important 😅 Have a beautiful day 💞💞💞
I’m seeing that there will be hardships in this relationship, and you’ll need the fortitude and the courage to fight for it. This person is one who will love you and love you truly but there may be some drama or baggage he’s bringing in. Don’t let that drama scare you off, this is a testing period from spirit and trust that you’ll ace this test with flying colors.
Once the drama is out of the way, I’m seeing happiness and celebration. Embrace all that is good.
Hi! Can I have a 2 card reading on my personality please? I'd like to know more about myself. Thank you! M/Leo
Hullo there love!
You have a very strong and powerfully feminine energy to you. Youre of a mindset to be of service to others and you enjoy helping people. This eagerness to aid others will tire you and drain you but it will al be worth it. In your love and kindness, you generate so much abundance within your life. Don’t ever lose that kind giving spirit.
Hi! Can I please have a reading? There's something I have been manifesting for a few months now and I wonder if I cen expect it to happen? Thank you - NW, Sagittarius Sun, Aquarius Moon, Pisces Rising 🌷
Ask yourself if you have ~truly~ let go? In order for your desire to come into this physical plane you must take a step back and trust Spirit to do their job.
Get some sleep. While Spirit brings your desire to manifest, get rest and focus on taking care of you. Pamper yourself, love yourself.
If you’re manifesting a romantic partner, this person is assuredly on their way to you. They’ll be here sooner than you expect once you let Spur it work for you.
Hello, how are you? I hope you’re having a fabulous day/night wherever you are! I wanted to request a general reading for this creative project I’m working on. I’m SS, ♏️ sun, ♋️ moon, ♍️ rising. Thank you for reading my request!
Hello there love!
This creative venture is one that will bring you success’s one all levels. Don’t doubt your vision. If it’s an idea that people need to warm up to, allow them to do so. But do not little yourself to please those who don’t have the gift of understanding your vision.
His vision is one that is aligning you to your soul’s purpose. Be open to signs of all sorts in all places. Trust your intuition and the messages you are receiving.