You get better by making tarot part of your daily life. The better you understand the cards and the symbolism the more you can piece together the entire picture of reading and become much more accurate. For example, the three of swords-could mean a betrayal, a broken heart, a hidden matter, or it could indicate a heart condition or simply a need to distance yourself. The tarot has hundreds of interpretations-none of them exactly the same. You just need to study with them as much as possible in your own life to be able to read for others.
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I have been reading tarot since I was 15, but that doesn't mean I've mastered all there is to know. I have found that just sitting and really 'reading' my cards is the best way to learn them. All of my decks came with books, but I didn't get the same impressions from my cards. And it all depends on what is being asked. I have pulled the same cards for people and came up with two differnet readings. To me, it's the energy reading that is most accurate. I think that the cards will tell you what you need to know.
Studying your cards is one of the best wat to get better at it. I first 'learned' my cards by just sitting and meditating on each one. Some spoke very loudly, some just a whisper. I personally think that if you are 'decently accurate', then your doing just fine.
Sometimes, I have learned, that regardless of the question at hand; the cards will tell you what it needs to right now! It may have nothing to do with anything, but the Universe is telling you that which is most important.
I think sometimes a new deck is a good tool. You have to learn them all over again and sometimes it tweaks your interpretation. Also, read your daily cards and play with layouts. I find it keeps me fresh!
"Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong." Ayn Rand
You could try using the cards for meditation rather than simply readings. Some good books on the subject: The Enchanted Tarot by Amy Zerner & Monte Farber (short meditations on each card), Tarot & Magic by Gareth Knight (historic overview of the Tarot, plus a long guided meditation based on the Fool’s Journey) Inner Landscapes by Delores Ashcroft-Nowiki (guided meditations for each of the major archana).
This method gave me brand new insight in to the cards even after 15 years of reading.
Every deck has similarities and differences when compared to other decks. I found a deeper understanding came with the addition of my second deck, and third as well. They each have their own personality, so to speak, and I find that they read better in different circumstances. Many decks I've seen seem to focus on the Major Arcana, but the story told within the Minor Arcana is integral to the milestones and archtypes of the Major. If you use an elemental or astrological correspondence with the suits in your deck, having those elements represented tangibly during a reading can help you to focus on those and get in touch with those energies. Working with new spreads is always a welcome challenge to me-the cards can interact in so many different ways, depending upon where they are placed. There are countless books available on tarot symbolism, some even tailored to particular decks. Either Llewellyn's site or Amazon would have plenty of reference material:)
I don't read tarot very often either - maybe once in a great while.
Getting the basic concepts of each suit down is a good start. I tend to go with my gut when I do readings. What I get from a card may not be a "traditional" meaning, but it ends up tailoring to what I'm actually reading for. A reading that has to do with emotions and relationships may have a different interpretation than a reading on finances and job-related circumstances.
It's important to really look at the symbolism on each card - they're LOADED with them - and what that symbolism means to you.
Practice, practice, practice. What I like to do is read up on as many different interpretations as possible - those on aeclectic.net are a good place to start - and then branch out from there.
How often do you read your cards? It might be time to get reacquainted with them. Though it'll take a long while, if you go through one card a day and really meditate on its meaning and open yourself up to your intuition, you'll build a larger base of knowledge and experience to draw on the next time you read for someone.
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I know this is not related to weight loss but I have a question. If you are like myself and do not have many people to do card readings for, how do you get better at reading tarot cards. I have been reading for people for a couple of years and I tend to be decently accurate, but how do you get better without having someone, or someone new, to practice on.
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