How to Read Tarot Cards: A Paranormal Investigator’s Journey

They all insisted a person need not be "sensitive" to read Tarot cards and benefit from their insight. And you know, they're just so beautiful! I'm here to share my lessons learned, some the hard way.

Takes a little practice but anything worth doing is worth doing well.  You will get the hang of it quick with a little patience.  

Step One:

Find a reference book and a set of cards that work for you. After hearing author Melissa Cynova interviewed on Jim Harold’s Paranormal Podcast, I bought her light-hearted book, “Kitchen Table Tarot.” Which Tarot deck would I use to learn to read the tarot? Artist designed cards reflecting zombies, cats, mythical goddesses, fairies, aliens, they’re all there! Your chosen deck must fit comfortably in your hand. It must appeal to your sense of touch, and allow you to identify with the characters depicted on the cards. I chose the longtime standard, Rider-Waite-Smith. I came to believe this deck would give me a good beginner’s foundation as I learned to read tarot cards. When shopping for your tarot deck be aware that Tarot cards are different from Oracle cards. As opposed to the Tarot which contains 78 cards, Oracle decks can have any number of cards. The cards mean any number of things as applied by the creator of each specific deck.

Step Two:

Determine how you want to use the cards. I often pull one card in the morning to get an impression of how my day may unfold. Or I may pull three cards to represent my own recent past, the present, and the near future.

STEP THREE:

Watch a live card reading. I turned to YouTube, but not to the instructional videos. I became acquainted with a handful of psychics who use, and show, the cards they’ve thrown! Quickly I realized that each reader had a personal interpretation of some cards beyond what the “charts” provided. Also, each reader had their preferred shuffle and method to select cards. Some cards, such as the Tower and Death cards, have a standardized meaning across readers (the Death card is not literal). The suits (Cups, Wands, Swords, Pentacles) each have an overall sentiment. After that, you may interpret the tarot cards as you wish. Just be consistent.

Step Four:

Have a consistent and comfortable spot to read the cards. It’s important to have a flat surface and a pretty scarf or cloth to cover the table. Light a small candle, perhaps have some fragrant oil nearby or a stone that brings you comfort. Get comfortable and clear your mind of all the daily clutter. Then take a few deep breaths.

Now, What Are You Waiting For?
There you have my tidbits of advice for anyone considering taking that plunge into learning how to read tarot cards. Hopefully, the cards will speak to you as well!