So you want to be a tarot reader? Great, I am so happy to hear this. To get you started here are some tips to get you started. There are many things to keep in mind.
Buy a Waite-Smith deck first. With an endless supply of decks on the market it can be hard to find the “right deck”. Save yourself the pain and get a Waite-Smith deck, also called the Rider Waite or Rider-Waite-Smith. This is the deck that virtually all decks today are molded after. Virtually all published books use this deck as reference as well, so you will have an endless supply of material to read and learn from.
Buy a deck you like. You should have two decks when starting out. The Waite deck and a personal deck which appeals to you for whatever reason. The Waite deck will help you learn “tradition” and the personal deck will help you learn tarot from intuition.
Skip the Celtic Cross. The popular spread that comes in many instructional booklets with your deck is the Celtic Cross, a ten card spread that I believe to be too advance for beginners. Skip it! Learn smaller spreads first. My book Tarot Unlocking the Arcana has spreads perfect for beginners and adept readers.
How to learn. Learning tarot has never been so accessible right now. There are tons of books to read. Classes to take both in person or online. (Check out YouTube for great tarot videos) You should also attend a conference at least once. I promise you will keep going once you go to one! Find other readers in your community, connect and study together! Going Facebook groups.
Reality check. If you are like me, when I first got my deck I got it for less than noble reasons. I wanted to be magical and tell fortunes. Seeing the future, how cool would that be? Let’s be real, tarot is not that magical, forget what you have seen in Penny Dreadful, tarot does not work like that.
Slow and steady. Reading tarot is not something you will perfect over night, you must be in it for the long haul. I have been reading tarot almost 15 years, I am still learning. You never stop learning. Don’t for one second think that you will ever know everything about tarot, you won’t and it is ok! Just be open to new ways to looking at the cards and using them.
No answer. You want to read tarot because you have questions and want answers. To be honest sometimes the cards won’t have answer for you, or it won’t be clear. Some things are a mystery and we must live our lives ourselves and not through the cards. It may be shocking to know that I consult the cards very little myself for my own life, I opt to live and see how things happen. I don’t rely on the cards for everything, nor should you.
Final thoughts, enjoy the journey with tarot. Learning it is a process, there is no destination so have fun.