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How to read tarot cards for daily life navigation…

If you are trying to learn how to read tarot cards for a deeper understanding of your life, a simple way to learn is to choose one card a day and use it as a reflection point for the entire day. Before you begin your day, centre yourself to get your mind and body into a receptive state, and ask your higher self/god/ the universe/whatever you feel most comfortable posing your question to, to give you an insight for the day ahead. Shuffle your deck, split it into three piles, then reassemble in a different order without thinking about it too much, then take the top card.

How to read tarot cards for life navigation

Don’t be too quick to look up the meaning.

Before you go and look up the meaning in a book, take some time to just really look at the card. What is your first impression? Look at the colours in the card, the people, their stance, any background pictures within the card.

If you could jot down some of your first impressions and a few words about the atmosphere you sense in the card, what would they be? What is the underlying emotion you feel if there is one? Is it calm and reflective or filled with worry and conflict?

Feel before your think.

After you have spent some time thinking about the card (and more importantly-feeling and sensing), go and look up the traditional meaning of the card and compare your interpretation. A good rule of thumb to learn this card is to see how it applies to yourself in relation to your day. Check in with yourself throughout the day to see how the card is reflecting.

Or, if you find it difficult to relate it to the day, ask yourself how it has applied to a situation in your past that you recall with vivid emotion. Then, combine your interpretation with the traditional meaning to come up with a hybrid meaning. That way you have some grounding in the history of the card, as well as your own personal feelings about the card and emotion helps to bind things in our memory.

What is your favourite simple method for learning how to read tarot cards for more understanding of them? Comment below and let me know.

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6 thoughts on “How to read tarot cards for daily life navigation…”

  1. Thank you for this explanation! I recently bought a tarot deck for my daughter who is 9 1/2 and we’ve been playing around with them, but interpretation has been confusing. I love this idea of using it as a way to trust one’s own intuition. Her deck came with a little booklet that has very brief explanations of each card. Do you know of any books that go deaper into the cards – I think we have a basic deck (don’t remember the name) especially one that might be good for kids (i.e. not too much focus on romantic / sexual themes..) Any ideas would be appreciated!
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Sarah! Thanks for your comment. Wow! I could write a whole other blog post about recommended decks for kids (in fact I think I will!). But here is a list you could peruse. Just google them and Start with the first 3 suggestions as many people often recommend these decks for kids. Then, if they don’t grab you or your daughter, have a look at the others. Best to have a quick look at the images first to see whether the cards are immediately appealing and ‘speak’ to you. The more they speak to you the easier it will be to draw a story out of them when doing a reading. It is difficult at first to make sense of interpretations, but the more you live with each story of each card, the easier it will be to find some flow for a interpretation. I think it is wonderful if kids are showing interest in Tarot cards because of the rich stories contained in them and the introduction to big archetypal themes which could potentially act as a guide for them for the rest of their life.
      So here is the list:

      The Wizard’s Pets
      The Happy Tarot
      Whimsical
      The Hanson Roberts deck
      Lisa Frank Tarot.
      The Easy Tarot
      Tarot of Pagan Cats
      The Halloween Tarot
      The Rabbit Tarot
      The Fairy Tale Tarot
      Gummy Bear Tarot
      The Jelly Bean Tarot
      Mibramig Magical Tarot
      Cherub Tarot
      The Connolly deck
      The Children’s Tarot: The Road is a River.
      Marseille Cats, Tarot of White Cats, Tarot of Black Cats, Mystical Cats, and Cat’
      Dragon Tarot
      The Inner Child Tarot
      Tarot of the Magical Forest
      Goddess Tarot
      Tarot Nova
      Elemental Tarot
      Girls guide to Tarot
      Animal Wisdom Tarot
      The Medieval Cat tarot
      Joie de Vivre Tarot

  2. Hi Liz! Wowee!! What an incredible list! Thank you so much for this. I’m so excited to check these out. I had no idea there were so many geared towards kids! The one I bought is a Rider Waite basic tarot deck. I think my daughter would love one with images geared towards kids. I think that is a great idea for a post – and you’ve already done the research. Looking forward to it!

    1. My pleasure Sarah! Kids are so naturally visual and stories are such a part of their growing up therefore I think Tarot cards that are age appropriate are a match made in heaven! I can’t wait to be able to share it with my daughter when she is a little older. She is only 18 months right now, but she already loves books, so won’t be long before I can start reading things that are a little more sophisticated to her.I have not even begun to explore the world of tarot card archetypes in kids fairy tales, so that is another thing to look forward to (and most likely another blog post ha ha!)

  3. I never have experiences with Tarot card, but after reading your article, I got curious! I am very passionate about mind body connection and relationship with the Creator. I have been looking for a way to do meditation in the morning and the exercise you mentioned seems to me a fun/short way to start my day spiritual! Pick the card, interpret, think about and prepare my day ahead! Thanks for sharing. I want to look into it!

    1. I am so glad you got some value out of this Young! I have been doing this for a while now and it has changed the way a perceive my day both before it starts, during it and after it has ended. Always intriguing to see where the energy of the card was relevant when you reflect back on the day.

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