Tarot Card Reading | Beginner’s Guide – All You Need To Know!

What is Tarot Reading?

Tarot Card Reading: Tarot card reading is an ancient practice of using tarot cards to shed some light or get an insight into your past, present and future by drawing one card from the pack of cards and interpreting its symbolism. In common usage, they are used to gauge the potential consequences and go through the influences surrounding a person or an event. However, it is important to mention here that despite the popular myth that tarot cards are used to predict the future, they do not foretell your future or fortune.

The word “Tarot Reading” mostly invokes images of a woman in flowy robes bent over a small candlelit table and predicting the future. But that’s not just about it.

Tarot Card Reading – All You Need To Know!

Tarot Card Reading

As the occult organisation, The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn says, “The most powerful sources of information come from within; the Tarot aids in coming in contact with one’s Higher Self.” It combines techniques using both art and science. Tarot reading, apart from being all about intuitive psychic abilities also demands analytical expertise to shed light on the cards correctly. Meanwhile, it is part science as it aims to produce reliable and accurate results or insights through tarot reading.

Few interesting facts about the Tarot that one should know before reaching out to a professional.

Did you know that tarot cards first originated in the 14th century but for a different purpose. It was used to play games with the deck. However, after the 18th century, Tarot reading came into force for fortune-telling and became immensely popular in the 20th century. 

Tarot reading should be seen as a point of reference or a guide to help you make your decision yourself through the insights gained through Tarot Card Reading. People turn to tarot card readers to get an idea or insight into their past, present, or future problems or to clear one’s confusion.

Readings through the Tarot can be either open or question-based. Open tarot reading directs at or focuses on a particular area of your life. Likewise, Question tarot reading answers a specific question asked.

Types Of Tarot Card Reading:

  • Major Arcana Tarot Cards

The Major Arcana is the first set of cards in tarot. Also known as the trump cards, it comprises 22 cards. These are the most important set of cards and represent life lessons and karmic journey. The Fool is the most important of the Arcana Deck and denotes the journey of one’s life. All important life lessons can be understood through the Fool’s journey.

These 22 cards signify or tell of significant events that we all face in life. Tarot readers study and interpret these cards to reveal the journey of a person starting from birth to death. Any important message of your life that can guide you can be interpreted through these cards.

Likewise, each card has different meanings and interpretations. For instance, the Lovers card foretells about the aspect of your life concerning love and relationships. Similarly, the Death card represents transformation, rebirth, or change. 

  • Strength
  • Hermit
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Justice
  • Hanged Man
  • Death
  • Temperance
  • Tower
  • Star
  • Moon
  • Devil
  • Sun
  • Judgment
  • World
  • The Fool
  • The Magician
  • High Priestess
  • Empress
  • Emperor
  • Hierophant
  • Lovers
  • Chariot

Minor Arcana Tarot Card Reading:

Tarot readers interpret your day to day life events through Minor Arcana cards. It comprises a whopping number of 56 of the 78 cards. The 56 minor Arcana cards denote the daily struggles and trials we go through on a regular basis in daily life. And sheds light on the present situations affecting your life. Through these cards reading, one can understand and analyze what one needs to do to reach their goals. 

For the uninitiated, there are 4 suits within the Minor Arcana cards deck. 

  1. The Suit of Swords
  2. The Suit of Cups
  3. The Suit of Wants
  4. The Suit of Pentacles

Moreover, each Suit comprises 10 cards and 4 Court Cards (Page, Knight, Queen, and King).

The breakdown of these cards are: 


  1. Ace of Wands
  2. Two of Wands
  3. Three of Wands
  4. Four of Wands
  5. Five of Wands
  6. Six of Wands
  7. Seven of Wands
  8. Eight of Wands
  9. Nine of Wands
  10. Ten of Wands


  1. Ace of Cups
  2. Two of Cups
  3. Three of Cups
  4. Four of Cups
  5. Five of Cups
  6. Six of Cups
  7. Seven of Cups
  8. Eight of Cups
  9. Nine of Cups
  10. Ten of Cups


  1. Ace of Pentacles
  2. Two of Pentacles
  3. Three of Pentacles
  4. Four of Pentacles
  5. Five of Pentacles
  6. Six of Pentacles
  7. Seven of Pentacles
  8. Eight of Pentacles
  9. Nine of Pentacles
  10. Ten of Pentacles


  1. Ace of Swords
  2. Two of Swords
  3. Three of Swords
  4. Four of Swords
  5. Five of Swords
  6. Six of Swords
  7. Seven of Swords
  8. Eight of Swords
  9. Nine of Swords
  10. Ten of Swords

So, while a Major Arcana card dives deep into the crucial aspects of your life, the Minor Arcana card is the mirror of your present thoughts, emotions, and actions that affect you. However, this energy is temporary and it can change depending on one’s actions. 

Court Cards/Royal Arcana Tarot Cards:

Court Cards in the Tarot have different interpretations. Most often, they represent a person or personality. The four suits of the Minor Arcana have further segregation. Four court cards are drawn from each of the four suits which total to a 16 in number. They are – the King, Queen, Knight, and Page. Each of these Court Cards has its peculiar traits and specifics. 

Court Cards denotes personality traits and characteristics. It can be either you or someone else. 

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