- No Instruction Book needed -
Tip # 1
Just pick a deck you're drawn to!
There is a superstition that says one needs to be gifted a tarot deck in order to be able to start using the tool. That's rubbish. As you can see from the picture, there are 1000's of decks to choose from. Go to Amazon, eBay, your favorite bookstore, or a metaphysical shop and just buy one that fancies you!
(Some stores have demo decks that allow you to flip through the cards!)
Tip # 2
Kind of an extension to Tip #1
A Tarot deck is most often 78 cards and each card has a specific meaning --
but let's not discuss the meanings here.
Take a look at the Fool card in these decks. All of these images are different, but essentially, they all mean the exact same thing! It just depends on what images bring you happiness!
So don't worry about buying the "right deck."
The "right deck" is the one you're drawn to!
Tip # 3
What's happening in each card individually?
The Fool - seems like a happy-go-lucky guy (or girl). He has a pet, and the sun is shining, but he might be naive because it looks like he's about to fall off a cliff.
The Hermit - He's an old man traveling in the dark with just a lantern lighting his path and he seems kinda lost. Compared to the background of the Fool, he seems to be in a cold environment.
The Devil - This is a dark place, with possible demons, slaves, and possibly supernatural elements.
The Moon - The darkness on this card is kinda similar to the Hermit as the Moon is the only source of light in this darkness. Here, there's also one path leading the way.
Tip # 4
The 4 suits of the tarot
these are the Knights, but don't pay attention to that.
What are they holding?
There are four suits in the tarot - Cups (sometimes Chalices), Pentacles (sometimes Coins), Swords, and Wands (sometimes Staves or Batons).
What do these artifacts do?
Cups hold water or liquid, Pentacles look like money, Swords are pointy and look like they hurt, and Wands are wood and wood burns.
They do have specific elements associated with them, but we're not going through them here.
Tip # 5
Just like a regular pack of playing cards, there are 10 cards for each suit - Ace through 10.
In daily life, as numbers grow, that usually means things get more complicated, you have more knowledge, getting older, higher levels, etc.
Ace, 2, 3 are the beginning
4, 5, 6, 7 are the middle
8, 9, 10 are closer to the end
So that's another way to look at the cards.
Tip # 6
What do we know about Royalty?
Page, Knight, Queen, and King
They literally just say their names of what they are. So, for example, apply what you already know about a Queen to the card.
Some decks are formulated this way:
Daughter, Son, Queen, Lord
Some decks are formulated this way:
Maiden, Warrior, Chief, Matriarch
You can create family structures with these as well.
Daughter, Son, Mom, Dad
Essentially these cards can kinda mean the same thing, it just depends on how you want/need to associate with them.
Tip # 7
Sex and Gender
Just because any card shows a boy, girl, man, or woman, doesn't mean that you have to stick to that. Think of them more as personality embodiments.
A King/Dad is usually the money maker, the rule maker, and more strict.
The Queen/Mom usually takes care of the home and cares more for her children.
Boys are usually destructive and gross.
Girls like things clean and pink.
But what if a dad is no longer in the picture? Maybe the mother has more King attributes associated with her - making money and the rules.
Maybe a teen girl is on a rebellious streak instead of the boy...
Maybe a boy likes things clean and pink and the girl is the messy one.
Tip # 8
Describe what's happening in the card...
This card pictures an individual riding a horse with a crowd of people behind them.
Are they being celebrated?
Is this a riot?
Are they returning from battle?
Maybe the horse is not even a horse. Maybe the horse is a car and this individual is driving his car through the crowded streets of NYC!
Tip # 9
Without going over all of what a reversal means in the tarot, the first 'rule' of reversals is that you don't have to read them.
Some readers do and some don't.
However, when a reversed card does com up, consider what this could mean for a reading or your story. The image is now upside down.
Has gravity turned into an issue?
If the sky is at the bottom and the ground is at the top, does that mean anything?
Also, specifically for this card at least, the hand grabbing the wand... is it pulling, pushing, reaching for, or letting it go?
The hand questions can apply to the upright position as well.
Tip # 10
What's the opposite or changes of what you see in the card?
Contrary to what this sounds like, as we just covered reversed cards, consider the opposite of what is pictured in the card?
So here we seem to have multiple generations of a family, and a lot of money, which could mean stability, the family is in a castle and seems to be protected, and the sun is shining bright.
What if the sun is out or it's nighttime?
What if the character's genders are swapped?
Do you see cats instead of dogs?
What about the ages of the characters? Can they be flipped?
As mentioned before, this family seems to be in a castle. What if they are in a shack with minimal protection?