Hey Squirrel Fam and welcome back to the Squirrel Nest! 🙂
Today I’m giving you 5 quick tips on how to learn tarot! We all love simple tips and tricks in order to help us improve certain skills in our lives. Things can be extremely overwhelming because of all the information out there. I feel like these 5 quick tips on how to learn tarot are exactly what you need to focus on! It’s the foundation of learning tarot. If you just focus on these 5 quick tips on how to learn tarot this will help you to better learn!
Choose the deck that you are most drawn to!
Now I know that this might be the most simple thing, but honestly I feel like it really gets overlooked! People can get so caught up in the decks that others tell them what “are the best decks for you” or get scared or uneasy listening to rumors about being gifted a deck etc. All of this quite frankly can be a lot of BS!
Use a deck that you are drawn to! Something that you are connected to so you bond over the deck that gives you that sense of passion! When you have that connection and that drive that you’re like I HAVE TO HAVE THAT DECK! That drive to want to learn the tarot goes along with that passion and connection that you have with the deck itself.
If you end up with a deck that you have no interest in this will hinder the learning process. Sure, there are decks out there in my opinion that are better than others….BUT…. I will have to say that MY first tarot deck CERTAINLY was not a great deck to begin with, BUT…it’s what got me into learning the tarot! And that’s the most important part! To have that drive, to have that passion and spark of curiosity to be thirsty for knowledge and wanting to know more!
Read the card LITERALLY
Draw a card and look at the card, literally analyzing and saying out loud EXACTLY what you see in the card. Nothing else!
This is a pretty easy but also very important exercise that helps you learn the cards. You not only familiarize yourself with the cards but it also invites you to sit with the card, study and analyze what is happening in the card.
The second step to this process is what meanings, or symbolism, or understanding do you have attached with the image in the card? The example I give in the video ( link above ) was analyzing the Justice card: For me the things that stood out when saying out loud what all was on the card were the scales and the sword. Both of which are even, unwavering… essentially the card was telling me about balance, fairness and justice. Which the card is exactly about that ( shocking surprise at how the meanings can be found in the images in the cards…. wink wink)
Focus on the number in the card
This is a pretty generalized tip to better gauge what the meaning of the card is…
The Minor Arcana ranges from 1-10 before going into the Court Cards. When first learning sometimes it can be difficult and quite frankly a bit overwhelming when trying to remember ALL the things! Instead of trying to remember ALL the things just keep this in mind, the number.
If we are looking at the numbers 1 through 10 on a spectrum remember that 1, the beginning, is about just that, a beginning. It’s immature, it’s underdeveloped, its the start of something. etc etc etc. Whereas 10 is going to be the opposite of that. Ten is the mature, developed, finalization of something, a full completion or full circle and understanding.
Match or Talk about the element in the card
Now were at the tip where we will start to combine the earlier tips in order to get a more well rounded and understood meaning of the card. You’ll see what I’m talking about…
The example I give in the video is looking at the 4 of Pentacles. Pentacles is an Earth sign which represents career, home and finances. In the literal sense and using tip #2 looking at the card pentacles look like coins!
What is the figure doing in the card with his coins? Well, hes holding onto them, looks like he’s guarding them. He’s also alone and has positioned himself far away from everyone else (you can see the city is in the distance behind him). He’s protecting his coin right? Using tip #3 looking at the number 4, it’s in the first half of that spectrum of ‘beginning’ and ‘end’ so it’s still pretty early on, he doesn’t have a lot of coin, so he’s guarding it right? He’s saving up because he wants more coin! He NEEDS more coins so he can buy more tarot decks 😉 lol
Ta-Da !!! You’ve got the meaning of the card! Congrats! See… your a natural already 🙂
Tarot is a language
Years ago I used to work in the restaurant industry where Spanish was the primary language spoken! Now I had never taken any Spanish classes in school I was the dip wad that took 3 years of Latin and 3 years of French ( guess who doesn’t need to use or even remember how to speak any of those). Being immersed in a highly Spanish speaking culture meant in order to interact with the people around me I had to learn a new language.
Sure, it was a combination of learning a word here and there but it was also a lot of observing of body language and more importantly being immersed in the language by hearing conversations in this new language all the time. Eventually once I started learning words the more and more I started to understand others conversations. I would listen to them speak and even though I didn’t understand the whole sentence I could start to pick out words I knew and eventually piece together the whole conversation.
Of course I was still an infant in the stages of learning so I could regurgitate these conversations back but I was able to start to interact and understand the more I did this.
TAROT IS THE SAME WAY! Tarot….is a language!
You MUST immerse yourself into the language in order to continue to learn and grow and really understand not only what the individual cards mean but how when paired together there is a conversation, there is a flow an overall message for you to understand. Do NOT be timid to start throwing down a lot of cards….3, 4, 5….heck 9, 10… however many you want. I know you know what some of the meanings of the cards are, can you pick them out? Can you start to piece some of the words together and start to understand the conversation as a whole?
The more you do this…. the more you learn the cards (words) and the more you read the spreads (sentences) the more and more you start to understand the language of tarot.
Now go off and practice!!!
Practice, practice, practice
Just keep in mind that this learning experience should be fun! It’s also a journey, you will ALWAYS be learning on this path (or I should probably say SHOULD be learning lol) This is not a race! There is no need to put pressure on yourself or beat yourself up when you don’t understand! You will get there in your own time I have faith in you 🙂
Just remember these fundamental tips when it comes to learning the tarot and this will help to build a strong knowledge base and give you a stepping stone of sorts in order for you to take your next steps to fully understanding the tarot!
Do you have any simple tips and tricks on how to learn the tarot? What struggles are you facing currently with your learning process?
Comment down below and share with the rest of the Squirrel Nest so we can all learn and grow together! And until next time Squirrel Fam, much love and light!